Thursday, March 22, 2018


Many Brigg and district residents will be interested in a new attraction being launched by North Lincolnshire Council this weekend.
Coun Rob Waltham, from Brigg, who is the local authority's Leader,  says the facility is eagerly anticipated.
Coun Rob, pictured above, hopes to see many people paying a visit in the months ahead.

Part of the Go Ape facility at Normanby Park - prior to opening. Picture supplied by North Lincolnshire Council.
 Swing into action - Go Ape opens this week


Go Ape at Normanby Hall Country Park opens this week on Saturday 24 March.
Have you booked your Tree Top Adventure yet?
It’s the first Go Ape in the region and is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area.
Go Ape are ready and waiting to welcome people on their adventure in the trees.
If you haven’t already booked your Tree Top Adventure, hurry before it gets booked up. You can book your tickets easily online at
Gather your friends and family for an unforgettable high ropes experience. The course takes around two to three hours to complete.
It has a Tree Top Adventure course and a three loop Tree Top Junior course. Activities include an Amazon Bridge, Grandpa’s crossing, Tibetan bridge, rope swings and a large Tarzan Swing to test your nerves at the last crossing. Not forgetting five zip lines on the Tree Top Adventure!
Those taking on the Tree Top Adventure course will have the choice of 29 crossings, will brave the highest point of 7.22 metres and take on the 140 metre zip wire (the longest of the five).
For the younger adventurers, they will have the choice of 17 crossings on the Tree Top Junior course and will go up to 5.25 metres (highest point).
The Tree Top Junior is for children aged six to 12 years-old. Tree Top Adventure is suitable for children aged 10 (and 1.4 metre tall) and above, and adults.
It costs £25 for ‘baboons’ (aged 10 to 15) and £33 for ‘gorillas’ (aged 18 and above) to take on the Tree Top Adventure challenge.
It costs £18 for the Tree Top Junior course for all ages (over one metre tall).
Parking at Go Ape will cost £3 per car (valid booking confirmation is required). Normanby Hall Annual Pass holders won’t have to pay for parking.
The Normanby Hall Annual Passes are on sale now. Get yours and take advantage of the many benefits. Go to to find out more details. With a premier membership you can get 10 per cent off at Go Ape.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire, said: “We have all been eagerly anticipating the opening of Go Ape at Normanby Hall, and now the time has come. To have Normanby Hall as the home to the region’s first Go Ape is brilliant.
“Normanby Hall is a fantastic venue and is the ideal place for a day out with family and friends. Go Ape will complement what is already on offer and will attract thousands of new visitors from across the region – on top of over 306,000 we had last year.
“If you’ve never experienced Go Ape, there isn’t a better location than on your doorstep in North Lincolnshire. You don’t have to go far for a fun day out. You can buy your tickets for Go Ape at”.
Nick Ruffles, Normanby Hall Go Ape Site Manager, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Go Ape Tree Top Adventure & Tree Top Junior to Normanby Hall. The course is set in the beautiful country park and you get a stunning view from the tree tops! We want to create adventures and encourage people to live life adventurously. We hope that many people will conquer their fear of heights at Go Ape and be inspired to try other adventures and challenges.”
Go Ape is hidden within the beautiful Beech Wood at Normanby Hall, adjacent to the Deer Park nestled towards the end of the woodland at Normanby Hall.
Go Ape is a multi-award winning provider of high rope adventures in the UK. They also celebrated their seventh millionth visitor in 2017 as well celebrating 15 years of creating adventures and challenges in the trees.

Go Ape - picture by North Lincolnshire Council.
Along similar lines, another Lincolnshire leisure activity that may well be of interest to people from our area is to launch over Easter.


Market Rasen Racecourse is going back to nature with a new children’s playground inspired by Scandinavia.
Designed by Stockholm-born designer Mia Witham, the complex combines wood, timber, boulders and mounds and aims to encourage youngsters to collaborate in their play.
The playground opens for the first time at the racecourse’s bank holiday meeting on Easter Monday, 2nd April.
Mia Witham, whose company Forma Landscapes is completing its second playground for Jockey Club Racecourses after the first opened at Newmarket Racecourses last summer, said: “The playground enables children’s imaginations to run wild. I want them to sense magic when they arrive at the racecourse. The equipment, all made in the United Kingdom, challenges them to play together and have great fun.”
Amongst the attractions in the new playground are a rope swing, suitable for standing or sitting for up to 12 children, and vertical and horizonal barrels including a tunnel slide and monkey bars.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “We are thrilled by the playground that has been created for us by Mia and I am sure that our young visitors are just going to love having a go on all the equipment, starting on Easter Monday.”
The bank holiday meeting – supported by BDN Construction – features lots of free children’s entertainment combined with exciting jump racing to ensure everyone is on to a winner.
There will be a spectacular inflatable carnival for children, an Easter Egg Hunt with prizes for all ages and a race for kids on the track. Add to that funfair rides, pony rides, face painting and horseplay games.
A special family pass is on offer which includes two Tattersalls Enclosure tickets for adults, four children admitted free, two race-day programmes and a party bag – all for just £25.
The fun starts from 12.15pm, with the first race at 2.15pm and the last race at 5.40pm. Entertainment is free of charge – as is admission for accompanied under 18s.
More information is available – and tickets can be purchased - at

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