TreeRunners Junior Adventure
I came across TreeRunners (near Andover in Hampshire) when I was searching online for something different to do in the summer holidays. N had already added Go Ape to the Summer Holidays Activities List and TreeRunners is pretty much the same thing except at this version parents don't have to accompany their children up into the trees!
The reason for this is apparently all down to the safety systems they use - for the adult course the system will only let you unclip one carabiner at a time so that you are always attached to the safety line. On the junior course they use a trolley system which is attached to the safety line the whole time they are in the trees.
T and N went on the junior course because N wasn't old enough to use the adult course (you need to be 10 years old and at least 1.40m tall) and, being her first time, she was a bit nervous about tackling the course by herself. She needn't have worried though because in no time at all she was zooming round the course on her own.
It cost £17 each for 90 minutes in the trees. There were two junior courses included in the price (one 3.5 metres off the ground and the other 5.5 metres) and they went round them numerous times so there was no question of not being able to complete both courses in the allocated time.
As I said before, parents don't have to accompany their children up in the trees but you can if you want to, or if your child would feel more comfortable having you there. Thankfully T and N didn't want us to join them!
Rain doesn't even stop the fun at TreeRunners, it was raining on and off when we were there but the trees did provide a bit of cover. To be honest the kids were quite grateful for a bit of rain because they said it helped cool them down - this is a hot activity so please remember that when dressing for the occasion.
There is a covered area where you can buy drinks, snacks and have a sit down. This was particularly useful when the rain was heavier and when E started getting bored of watching the older two having fun in the trees and not being able to go up there with them.
I'm not a fan of booking activities in advance, I like to be spontaneous and just go where our mood takes us, but for TreeRunners I would recommend booking because they were very busy when we were there and it would be so disappointing to get there and not be able to go up.
The courses have a variety of different obstacles and zip lines, T and N love that kind of thing and were in their element!
E loved running around in the woods, she always enjoys the freedom of spaces like this.
The higher course had the most zip lines, including this super long one which was the kids' favourite:
As we were driving through the woods on our way home we were lucky enough to see this beautiful deer.
T and N really enjoyed their time at TreeRunners, they were both happily exhausted and so excited about what they had done. They can't wait to go again and next time T is going to have a go at the adult course!
Have you been to TreeRunners or Go Ape? I'd love to hear from you.