The gloomy and wet weather failed to dampen spirits as parents and children enjoyed an exciting day out at the new Go Ape location in Blackburn today (July 15).

Go Ape Blackburn is the adventure company’s 36th location in the country and had its pre-launch ahead of the grand opening day tomorrow (July 16).

The site is located in Witton Park, next to Ronnie's Cafe, and includes two new high-ropes activities for adventurers under the age of 10-years-old.

There is also Treetop Adventure Plus which is an extension of the Treetop Adventure Course, with an additional loop filled with even trickier crossings and an extra-long solo zip line for participants aged six and older.

Lancashire Telegraph: Noughts and Crosses crossing at Go Ape BlackburnNoughts and Crosses crossing at Go Ape Blackburn (Image: LT)

Children from Blackburn with Darwen, including some from Blackburn Youth Zone and Astley and Buckshaw Junior FC donned their rainmacs and laced up their walking boots ready to tackle the challenging Treetop Adventures.

Marcus Cubbings and his 7-year-old son, Carter and 5-year-old daughter, Blake successfully completed the courses and say they’re excited to return.

Marcus, whose dad runs Ronnie's Cafe to the Go Ape site, said: “It was the first time I’d done a Go Ape and the kids loved it.

“They were very nervous at first but was like a duck to water after that, they absolutely loved it. It’s a great day out and we’ll definitely be returning.

Sharing what the highlight of the day was for him, Marcus added: “Seeing these two overcome their fears. They got up to the top and they cried but they wanted to conquer their fears, so it really pushed them out of their comfort zone. It was just a really great day.”

Lancashire Telegraph: Go Ape Blackburn in Witton ParkGo Ape Blackburn in Witton Park (Image: LT)

Speaking on how the new Go Ape site in Witton Park will benefit businesses, Marcus said: “We’re hoping it will boost the business. We’ve seen quite a few people coming in today to buy snacks so hopefully that continues.”

Natalie, one of the instructors said: “It’s been a great day. The kids have been having a great time and everyone’s been really positive.”

Parents praised the staff for their hard work. One mum said: “It was all very organised and they talked through everything in detail and made sure everyone was happy. They’ve been fantastic.”

Go Ape Blackburn will open to the public tomorrow. Find out more about Go Ape Blackburn at: