High-ropes adventure site popular with celebrities extends after-dark sessions amid high demand

A treetop adventure course popular with Cara Delevingne and Mo Farah has extended its after-dark sessions after a surge in demand. 

Go Ape in Battersea has opened up one of its high-rope challenges from 5pm until 6.30pm so daredevils can test their climbing skills in darkness.

Olympic legend Farah scaled the 50ft-high course with his family this month. Other celebrity adventurers have included grime star Stormzy and actors Will Ferrell, David Schwimmer and Jason Isaacs. In the evening sessions, which launched last month, visitors spend an hour climbing across the different platforms in darkness, before whizzing on a zip wire to the finish line.

Rob Medlicott, site manager, said the branch in Battersea Parkdecided to extend its hours as a way to challenge the instructors and customers.

“We wanted to try doing the courses at night for a while,” he said. “We thought, we haven’t done this in the 16 years of Go Ape running, so let’s think about it, try it and see if it works.

Thrill-seeker: Jason Isaacs poses with Go Ape instructor Jen at its Battersea location (Isobel Frodsham)

“We’re the only location doing the treetops at night as we’re at a unique location with a small circuit and we’ve got the light of London to help us out.”

The company, founded in 2002 by Tristram Mayhew and his wife Rebecca, launched the sessions last month and had 100 customers over six nights —double the number expected.

Mr Medlicott added: “We’re extending the hours because it proved so successful. We’ve had loads of people come back with beaming smiles on their faces which is great as we put so much work into it.

“We’re running the nights on Thursdays and Fridays as people have said they’re coming to us rather than going to the pub. A few people have booked Christmas parties with us as well.”

Other evening events at Go Ape in the capital include the Nets Kingdom at Black Park in Uxbridge.

Wobbles, then a moment of calm

“You’re doing great, Isobel, keep going!” my friendly instructor Tom shouted to me as I clung on to my harness 50ft above the ground. It’s not a usual way to spend a Thursday night in London, I’ll admit, but that is what Go Ape is all about.

Standard reporter Isobel Frodsham on the zip wire (Nigel Howard)

Despite my fear of heights, I read a safety briefing and signed a waiver (gulp), before I was strapped into a harness and set off on my adventure. Each obstacle varied, from sturdy wood trunks to thin rope loops. After a final rickety bridge, came the big finish — a 50m zip wire.

As I prepared myself, I looked round London’s illuminated skyline and experienced a moment of calm. Despite my fears, it was all worth it.

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