Thrillseeker Family Fun at Go Ape!

Go Ape

As part of our build-up to our cruise in August, Carnival decided to give us a little taste of what us thrillseekers could experience onboard their newest cruise ship, the Vista, and sent us off on an afternoon of fun at Go Ape in Moors Valley.

Hubby, Kian and Isaac have all been to Go Ape before but each time I was just a spectator, staying below to look after Eliza and Sebastian who were too small to take part. This time Eliza and I got to join in too.

We recruited Nanny to come and look after Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian on the ground whilst we got in touch with our inner first. We were given a safety briefing before we started and then it was time to fly down their zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and tackle the crossings.

As a spectator with spider monkey’s for children and a confident Hubby the course looked easy. As a forty something, slightly unfit mum, it was a little daunting at first. Climbing a rope ladder 10m up into the tree canopy is a little daunting. Kian was off like a shot, literally running across the crossings whereas I took things a little more gingerly. My first real challenge was the Tarzan rope swing, which in itself was fairly simple, but I really struggled to climb up the cargo net. Turns out you need upper body strength to haul yourself up and I don’t appear to have a lot but I got there eventually.

Go Ape

I had thought I would be terrified but you have to concentrate on clipping yourself on and off everything which takes your mind off things and getting across the crossings was challenging but not too difficult. There are more challenging routes which Hubby and Kian took whereas I chose the easier way. The zip wires were great fun but I never once managed to land on my feet, coming to a halt in a not particularly ladylike fashion.

As I got further around I did get more confident and although I was not running across the crossings like Kian, my speed did pick up. We were very excited to find a new skateboard zipwire on one of the zips but I was dreading the second Tarzan swing and cargo net as it was much larger.

Go Ape

In all honesty I had a wobble on the Tarzan swing. I felt the rope was pulling me off  and froze, clung onto a piece of wood to stop me going. Lots of encouragement from hubby, and a little shove and I was away. It wasn’t that bad but again I really struggled to get up the cargo net.

By now the little ones had started their adventure on Go Ape Junior and we were waving to them from up high, much to their delight.

It took us almost two and a half hours to get around the course and I ache in places I had forgotten existed but it was so worth it.

Go Ape Junior

The Go Ape Tree Top Junior course is a lot lower than the main course and accessed via steps rather than a ladder. There is no clipping on and off for the kids, they stay on the same line all around the course, until they get to the zip line at the end where an instructor secures the line for them.

Eliza negotiated the course once but decided not to do the zip line, but our little daredevil did the course and zip line three times!

Go Ape Junior


Carnival Vista is in the final stages of preparing for its official launch date of 1st May and I cannot wait to see the pictures of the finished ship in all its glory. Our Go Ape adventure has more than prepared us for the Sky Course which is an awesome ropes course but with the added bonus of a cool sea breeze and a view to match! The course features two levels of challenge, and you can increase or decrease the toughness as you go.

If you are looking to book a cruising holiday then check out Carnival’s Spring into Action campaign. If you book in March you can enjoy some great prices as well as up to $100 onboard spending credit. To check out this great deal simply go to Carnival UK for further details.

20 thoughts on “Thrillseeker Family Fun at Go Ape!

  1. You guys definitely deserve the Thrillseeker Family title! What a thrilling day out! Not sure I’d be brave enough to that!!
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  2. Globalmouse says:

    I don’t know if I would be brave enough to do this! Love your little ones all kitted out, oh to have a little of their bravery!!
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  3. Jenni says:

    There is a GoApe near us and I’ve heard great things about it. You look like you had a fab day x
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  4. Sonia says:

    Looks amazing! I would love to do this x
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  5. Kids can be fearless, can’t they? I’m always tempted by the Go Ape at Leeds Castle whenever we visit. Might give it a whirl now that my youngest has turned 4. recently posted…26 London museums you can visit in one day*My Profile

  6. It sounds like an amazing experience, I’m not sure I’m brave enough though. If I was on a cruise ship I might be persuaded to give it a go though

  7. Rachel says:

    Wow what fun you had, I think my nephews would be totally up for this x
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  8. Jen says:

    My boys adore GoApe and the high ropes. Maxi is something of a spider monkey too. He gets really frustrated following people around the course, so we try and book it for the first one of the day. He did it is under 40 minutes!
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  9. I remember Go Ape! I did it when I was a lot younger about 12 or 14 and it was a lot of fun. I like that they are giving you a taster.
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  10. We headed to Moors Valley the other day! Sounds like you had a lot of fun at GoApe! Bet you are really excited to go on the cruise now!
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  11. I haven’t heard of this place before but It looks really fun. I think my eldest daughter will love it. Me not so much as I’m not very good with heights. The whole experience with the family is what appeals to me. Thanks for sharing, 🙂 x

  12. Charly Dove says:

    Oh I love this post Kara, what great fun you all had! The video is brilliant too. Really looking forward to reading more about cruises, we’ve never been on one but they do appeal now. Love the idea of loads on board but being able to go off and explore too 🙂

  13. says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about Go Ape but we’ve never been. It’s definitely one of those things that is “on the list” – especially as it makes a great blog post too! recently posted…Bearded Backchat with Geraldine from Jog on MumMy Profile

  14. Marie says:

    It really does look fantastic, definatly taking my kids there when they are old enough 🙂
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  15. How fab that you got to enjoy the high wires too – it looks like a lot of fun although a bit scary too. I hope the Carnival sky course isn’t as nerve wracking although I suspect it will be!!
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  16. Anne says:

    It looks totally incredibly and I love how it has different heights so everyone can get involved. My kids would love it there for sure, proper little monkeys they are.
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  17. Cathy Glynn says:

    This looks so amazing and great fun, I think Grace would love it x
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  18. nInajcat says:

    What a fun day out . I think we would love to do this as a family . It would do my self confidence wonders .
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  19. I’ve heard of Go Ape and sounds so much fun, even though I am afraid of heights, would still love to try this one out, especially since (from the look of your photos) it’s obvious you guys had so much fun 🙂
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  20. Amanda says:

    Wow it looks like you all had so much fun! Watching your videos of the zip wires I’m confused as to how anyone lands on their feet – it looks like you spin around whilst sliding down silhouette much control over the direction you face? No wonder you ached the next day!! But what a fun thing to do 🙂

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