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Innovative Leisure aims for the sky with new junior ropes course

Innovative Leisure Chester Zoo

Innovative Leisure, a leading supplier of adventure attractions, has installed a new Sky Tykes junior ropes course at two popular UK venues. Younger visitors to Chester Zoo and Center Parcs Elveden can now take part in these fun rope challenges.

Chester Zoo is a prominent visitor attraction in the UK, which has recently invested in new themed areas, animal habitats and improved facilities. The 11 pole Sky Tykes course installed at the zoo by Innovative Leisure is the largest junior course of its kind in Europe. The course, named Treetop Challenge, is aimed at children aged two to seven years old. It has 18 different elements plus two Sky Rail zip lines for extra fun.

The course at Chester Zoo is located by the Fruit Bat Forest and is run as an extra charge attraction. It can handle up to 25 users. Like all Sky Tykes courses, parents/guardians have the ability to walk alongside their children, giving peace of mind while the children enjoy themselves. The challenge is 1m off the ground.

Forest fun at Center Parcs

Center Parcs Elveden in Suffolk is the fourth Center Parcs venue in the UK to introduce a Sky Tykes attraction. The course is called Mini Trek and is a nine pole installation with 15 different elements. It also has a 14m long Sky Rail zip line at the finish and is the first Sky Tykes attraction at a Center Parcs venue to include this. The course has a capacity of 20 children. It is located next to Center Parcs’ adult adventure tower, in the forest area. Again, parents and carers can help their children by walking with them as they navigate the challenge.

Innovative Leisure Center Parcs Elveden“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, who is the Group Outdoor Activities and Safety Manager at 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,” added 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.”

For adult high ropes fans, Innovative Leisure has recently installed an exciting course at the new Bear Grylls Adventure attraction in Birmingham, UK. At five storeys and 24m (79ft) high, the course is the tallest of its kind in Europe.

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