Adventure attractions specialist, Innovative Leisure, has announced that two new Sky Tykes junior ropes courses have opened in the UK.
Chester Zoo has seen major investment in recent years in new animal habitats, themed areas, attractions and facilities, an 11 pole Sky Tykes course featuring 18 adventure elements as well as two Sky Rail zip lines, is now entertaining young visitors.
Aimed at the two-to-seven year olds, the attraction goes by the name of Treetop Challenge and is the largest junior course of its kind in Europe. Located close to the Fruit Bat Forest and operated as an additional charge attraction, it has a capacity of 25 and as is the case with all Sky Tykes courses, allows parents/guardians to walk alongside their children if required while youngsters enjoy the challenges set out before them 1m off the ground.
Also benefiting from the introduction of a Sky Tykes course is Center Parcs Elveden in Suffolk, the fourth Center Parcs venue in the UK to install such an attraction. Called Mini Trek, the nine pole course has a capacity of 20 children and incorporates 15 individual elements and a 14m long Sky Rail zip line at the end, the first Center Parcs Sky Tykes attraction to include this new feature. Again, the course allows parents/guardians to guide and help their children around the course and to navigate the different elements.
The Mini Trek has been installed in the forest area adjacent to the venue’s adult adventure tower and close to one of the main facility buildings.
“We are always looking at introducing new ways to give families the chance to spend great quality time together, face challenges, try new things and have adventures in the forest,” said Steve Cooper, Group Outdoor Activities and Safety Manager, Center Parcs UK. “This new Mini Trek course is a great way for parents and children to traverse their way from start to finish, feeling a real sense of achievement once completed. Whilst they are surrounded by forest and alongside parents all the way round, they are never far from the ground and safely harnessed. It’s an amazing activity and we’re really pleased with the quality of product and quality of experience this offers.”
“We are delighted to have completed the installation of two more Sky Tykes junior ropes courses at two such prestigious venues,” said Innovative Leisure Managing Director Phil Pickersgill. “The course at Chester Zoo provides another fun activity for young guests to enjoy while that at Center Parcs Elveden is a great new addition to all the outdoor activities available there. And the Sky Rail zip lines, which can also be added to existing courses, are an exciting new element of Sky Tykes which I’m sure will go down very well with those youngsters brave enough to try it.”