Climb, swing and jump through one of three adventure climbing courses at this terrific treetop challenge in Milton Keynes!
- Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Climb, swing and jump through one of three adventure climbing courses at this terrific treetop challenge in Milton Keynes!
Outdoor Experience Days: Get ready to swing through the trees Tarzan style... Choose from three treetop courses, Explorer, Adventure or Extreme. Situated on a picturesque lake, climb to new heights as you tackle your fears and capture breathtaking views. Each adventure begins by scaling a 10 metre climbing wall to get a birds eye view of the lake. Then, it's onto your choice of course...
The Explorer climb is perfect for a beginner level adventurer. Taking you to a maximum of 9 feet off the ground, this course ensures you focus on the fun side rather than a fear of heights! An entry level treetop trail, the course features easier obstacles than its seniors but is still guaranteed to be a great thrill! If you're ready for more, the Adventure climb is ideal for those up for a challenge. Boasting 16 obstacles and 2 thrilling zip wires, you'll be elevated up to 15 feet off the ground. Ideal for an intermediate explorer, this course is perfect for testing your nerve and ability all whilst being exposed to the elements! Finally, not for the faint-hearted is the Extreme course - towering a whopping 35 feet above the ground! Consisting of 16 challenging obstacles and 2 phenomenal zip wires, you're bound to be feeling the adrenaline in no time. The final element to your adventure includes jumping off a huge 13 feet from a free fall simulator! As you glide back down to the ground safely, its the perfect way to end a thrill seeking day in the forest.
The Treetop Adventure is an ideal day out for families and friends alike, and makes a great gift for anybody up for a challenge!
The Treetop Adventure runs every weekend throughout the year, and midweek during school holidays, subject to availability.
Opening hours are subject to weather conditions, and the activity may close at short notice in the event of high winds or thunderstorms.
Minimum age: 6 years
For any under 16's taking part, there must be an adult present on site. You do not have to take part, as there are viewing areas and benches around the course.
Minimum height: 1.1m (Explorer Climb)
Minimum height: 1.4m (Adventure and Extreme Climb)
Anybody able can participate, and the course will aim to accommodate to everyone. If you have any concerns about participating, contact our customer service team for more information.
There are no pets allowed at this experience. However assistance dogs are permitted.
Experience Duration: 01:00
Time Spent at Venue: 01:30
The Treetop Adventure in Milton Keynes course will last around one hour, but you can expect to be at the centre a little longer for a safety briefing.
Participants: The Treetop Adventure in Milton Keynes is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 6
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Spectators are welcome to attend the Treetop Adventure in Milton Keynes at no extra charge.
For the Treetop Adventure in Milton Keynes, you can wear comfortable clothing and footwear which is closed around the toes and heels. Dress appropriately for the season.
No loose items in pockets whilst you're swinging around!
The Treetop Adventure in Milton Keynes is an all-weather facility, so will remain open during rain.
However, they may close at short notice in the event of high winds or thunderstorms.
Average rating: 5 stars out of 5
My girlfriend surprised me with vouchers for the treetop adventure for our anniversary. I can sometimes be a bit wobbly with heights, so was nervous to see how I would do! We went for the 'Adventure' level, and had a great time. A few obstacles in I was over the initial fear of being so high up and really enjoyed myself, feeling safe the entire time. The swing into the rope netting was a highlight for me, and my girlfriends favourite part was the amazing free fall simulator at the end. It's a bargain of an experience for the price that it is, and well worth a visit. We're planning to come back soon to tackle the Extreme level!!
My friend purchased this experience for us. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as this was my first outdoor adventure experience I had done. I had the best day! My friend and I managed to do the extreme climb, which was the highest course. We also did a 35 foot jump! Which I didn't think I would be able to do at first but I'm so glad I did! It was so much fun. Tom who was one of the treetop team members stood at the top with me before my jump, he was very encouraging which help me jump. Overall I would definitely do this experience again.
Setting off on a sunny afternoon from Brighton, Rina and I were thrilled that we had been invited along to participate in Treetop Extreme’s high ropes course. Based at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes, the centre was easily reached as it is just off the M1 motorway, and has plenty of signage to direct you. The lake itself is beautiful, with a wide variety of other activities available such as archery, wakeboarding and one of the biggest aqua inflatable courses in the country – so well worth an explore! There’s also a number of hotels close by if you’re planning a weekend break.
There are a couple of car parks situated around the lake, all within walking distance of Treetop Extreme. As the course is based on the South Bank, we parked in the South Bay car park. It’s worth noting that these car parks do charge for parking, so remember to bring a few coins along with you for this. As we had a little extra time before our session was due to begin, Rina and I had a stroll around the lake to take in some of the scenery. There were various picnic benches around, so there are lots of places to perch and have some lunch. There’s also bicycles available to hire, which if you have the time, I’d really recommend having a ride around the lake on!
As the time came for our session to begin, we headed over to the Treetop Extreme course and were welcomed by the lovely Tom, JP and Martha. To get us started, they gave us some waivers to read through and sign. Don’t panic, it’s just usual health and safety procedures - you are going to be swinging from platforms of up to 35 feet, after all! With our waivers signed, we stored our bags, and any other belongings we didn’t want to be taking up with us safely in the cabin (this is manned at all times). It was now time to get kitted out!
Tom ran us through each piece of equipment we would be using, and explained how we would be attached to a state-of-the-art continual belay system. The brilliant thing about the continual system is that whilst you’re on the course, there isn’t any detaching or reattaching - you are hooked up the entire time. This means there’s less time worrying about your safety, and more time to focus on the adventure ahead! Later, when we were up on the course Tom demonstrated how safe we were on this system, by running through an exercise in which we simply sat back into our harness, dangling from the system. This sounds scary, but actually made us feel much better knowing the structure could easily handle our weight, and feel secure in doing so.
Now we were suited and booted, it was time to head over to the first part of our challenge: The 10ft climbing wall! Treetop Extreme features 3 different courses altogether: Explorer, Adventure and Extreme, and a Treetop Adventure voucher will buy you access to one of these courses. They range from Explorer being the easiest, to Extreme being the most challenging. The climbing wall is included in the Adventure and Extreme levels, while the amazing ‘Jump’ freefall simulator is included in all three. There are also speakers dotted around the site everywhere, so that you can listen to some tunes whilst you swing! This is an excellent addition to the course, and definitely adds to the enjoyment of the entire experience.
Beginning at the climbing wall, we could see there were three coloured routes: green, red and blue. Green was the easier route, with larger, more frequent ‘rocks’, while blue was the toughest with smaller, sparser ones to grip onto. Having not been rock climbing since I was much younger, I leapt at the chance to go on the green route, and Rina chose red – a middle ground between the green and blue. As we began to climb, we realised it was going to take a little more upper body strength than we originally thought… Once we made it to the top, JP was ready and waiting to help us up onto the ledge. Now on top of the platform, we were getting some amazing views of the lake already!
Rina and I decided to go for the Adventure level, the course Tom recommended to us, which consists of 16 obstacles and 2 zip wires, all at 15 feet off the ground. This level included a whole range of different obstacles throughout, some with stepping stones, some with tight ropes, and even some where you just have to take the leap and jump from one platform to the other! Looking back, the obstacles where you have to take the leap were the scariest, but definitely offered the biggest adrenaline rush. Another one of the highlights were the zip lines. When approaching, there’s a large rope suspended in front of you – this is what you need to grab a hold of and jump onto, in order to swing across into a large climbing net! The jumps can seem daunting at first, but trust me, they’re worth it. As we came to the end of the Adventure course, we returned to the tower - the Adventure and Extreme courses act like a circuit, so you end up where you began on the same tower that the rock climbing is on.
We were lucky enough to have enough time on our hands, so we also had a go at the Extreme level, towering a whopping 35 feet above the ground! (The course is £20 per level, and subject to availability). As we made our way up the steps and toward the beginning of the highest level, I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into, and told myself just not to look down! Being a big fan of heights, Rina was in her element and raring to go at the first obstacle. I, however, took a moment to have a mini pep talk before I was ready to go. 35 feet certainly is a long way up, after all! Tom reassured us that many of the obstacles were of a similar difficulty to what we had just completed, and that the main thing to overcome was the height which we would soon get used to. As we made our way around the top level, what he said was certainly true – after a little while of climbing, jumping and leaping on obstacles 35 feet in the air you really do get used to it! It was fascinating to see how we were able to adapt to it in a fairly short space of time. If you’re wanting a real adrenaline rush, I can’t recommend the Extreme level enough for a fantastic treetop thrill. Coming to the end of the course and arriving back onto the tower once more, Rina and I both felt proud to have accomplished something that initially felt daunting - but the fun wasn’t over yet!
As we headed up the final set of stairs on the tower, it was now time for the final part of the course: The 13-metre free fall simulator. Tom let us know that this part of the course is all about taking the leap, and not to worry if we topple over at the bottom (as many people do). Earlier that afternoon, we had seen JP come down the simulator, landing easily on his feet and looking like an absolute pro, so thought to ourselves, how bad could it be? Rina was geared up to go first, and with an encouraging ‘1,2,3 JUMP’, she leapt off the ledge for the free fall. There’s no pressure to jump straight away, but it certainly helps as the longer you are up there, the more you think about it! The jump was incredible – I’m not the biggest fan of heights, but I’m so glad that I faced a fear and took the leap as the adrenaline rush is unmatched. As you can see from the video, neither Rina nor I managed to land on our feet, but we did have a good giggle watching each other toppling over!
Overall, we had a brilliant time with Treetop Extreme and would both love to visit again one day. What’s best is that there’s something for everyone - this is a fantastic experience for any adventurous little ones, anyone hoping to overcome a fear of heights or good old adrenaline junkies!
Thank you for reading, and a huge thank you to Tom, JP and Martha for looking after us so well. We really had a fantastic time and cannot wait to visit again. To check out a full video of our experience, and see every climb, swing, leap (and fall!) click here!
Treetop Extreme is one of Experience Days latest and greatest additions, offering a treetop challenge that looks over the gorgeous Willen Lake in Milton Keynes. Their award-winning treetop course is a unique adventure that sees its participants climb, swing and jump their way through an adrenaline pumping 60 minutes. We interviewed Treetop Extreme to get to know more about each level of the course, and what makes the perfect treetop adventurer! Read on to see if you’ve got what it takes…
Treetop Extreme began its journey as ‘Aerial Extreme’ way back in 2006. At the time of opening, it was the first urban high ropes course of its kind in the UK. In 2017, Aerial Extreme became part of the Willen Lake business, and from that day forth we became Treetop Extreme! One thing that makes Treetop Extreme unique is the fact that customers can enjoy their experience without ever needing to clip or unclip themselves. We have the original continual belay system which allows customers to focus on completing obstacles and not have to worry about their safety - that’s our job! Another thing that makes us unique is our incredibly fun and dedicated team of instructors, whose priority is to ensure every customer leaves with a beaming smile across their face!
We have over 40 different obstacles here at Treetop Extreme, and all of them require customers to test their abilities to the max! We start at the easy end with the bridges and balance beams, but then participants find themselves facing vine crossings, increasingly larger jumps, Tarzan swings, horizontal climbing walls and even tightropes! The zip wires get higher too, the harder the level…
We find that most people enjoy the zip wires and powerfan freefall jump the most, as these are the elements of the course that really get your adrenaline pumping. For those who are terrified of heights, I’d say their favourite bit is arriving safely back on the ground! However, they’re always glad to have conquered their fears.
We see plenty of teamwork on a regular basis, no matter if we’re hosting a school trip, a hen do or just normal public sessions. When people are put in a situation out of their comfort zone (such as being 35ft up on a cargo net!) they tend to rally together. Some of our activities are near enough impossible to complete without teamwork and communication, so customers have no choice but to get stuck in and help their peers (and so they can get their certificate at the end!).
We tend to recommend all three on a regular basis, as everyone has different needs, abilities and goals to achieve. Our choice of three levels allows people to tailor their experience so they can enjoy themselves no matter how high or hard the obstacles are. However, being adrenaline junkies ourselves, we’ll always recommend the Extreme level as it is our biggest challenge and probably the most rewarding to complete! Although if customers are unsure or quite nervous about doing Extreme, we will often recommend they try our Adventure level first, as our Extreme level is not for the faint hearted!
Almost anyone can participate! If you’re over 6 and at least 1.1 metres tall (and have a sense of adventure) you’re off to a great start. Although we’d say the perfect adventurer is the kind of person who looks adversity in the eye and doesn’t blink, the sort of person who faces every challenge without grimace, but with a smile.
Looking across the lake from our course, participants can expect to see almost the whole expanse of the south lake, including all the resident birds and ducks Willen has to offer. These include our famed flamingos and swans! (If you count the pedalos…) If you are stood up on our powerfan, which stands above the course at 42ft, participants can see all the way over our Wakeboarding centre, to the peace pagoda on the north lake of Willen, a first-of-its-kind shrine built by monks in the 1980’s. And at the very least, you’re sure to see a sea of onlookers gawping in awe at your amazing aerial abilities!
Thank you to Treetop Extreme for answering our questions! If you’re interested in having a go yourself, you can find vouchers from £20 per participant here.