All New VertiGO at Drayton Manor

Isaac is fast following his Dad and big brothers footsteps in becoming a bit of an adrenalin junkie, so when I told him that we were visiting the new High Ropes attraction at Drayton Manor he was very excited.

We set off from a beautifully sunny Bournemouth on Saturday morning full of excitement about what was to come, until just 15 minutes from Drayton Manor when the heavens literally opened. We feared torrential rain might scupper our plans, but thankfully after waiting the storm out for half an hour or so, the rain stopped and it was time to climb.

VertiGO is situated just down the hill from the theme park’s on-site hotel, and you don’t even need tickets to the park to be able to try it out. From afar the VertiGo High Rope Adventure looks like a giant climbing frame, only one where adults and children can climb safely whilst attached to a special harness. Unlike some high ropes courses there is no clipping on and clipping off making it a seamless experience

After watching a short safety video, those that were climbing were geared up in safety harnesses. Hubby and Isaac were taking the VertiGO challenge whereas Eliza and Sebastian were testing out VertiGO Tots, which allows younger climbers the chance to test their balance and agility on a low-level course. Hubby and Isaac were the first to go.


It is safe to say that Isaac has no fear! There are two levels to VertiGo, a lower and an upper level with various rope challenges and instead of gradually building up to the challenge but doing the lower level first, Isaac was straight up the top. They had 30 minutes to navigate the course at their leisure and they must have tried every single route in that time – no circuit is the same.


The zip wire was the firm favourite of the day though and they headed back to both the high one and low one time and time again.

Whilst the boys raced around the high ropes, it was my job to supervise the little ones on VertiGO Tots. Like Hubby and Isaac they were put in harnesses before being allowed onto the course which puts agility to the test with rope bridges and balance beams. We have done a similar course before at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Eliza was off, zooming around without a care in the world.

Vertigo Tots

In fact Eliza tried to make it more interesting by swinging on the harness which isn’t allowed – I think she would have preferred the bigger course but she didn’t want to do it. Sebastian on the other hand was a little more cautious and demanded I hold his hand as he started off.

VertiGo Tots

The course is designed so that you can pop in and out and help your child as you go by lifting barriers, which is great for more cautious children like Sebby. Once he realised he couldn’t fall, he was off and although not running around like his sister, was happily tackling the rope bridges and walkways. He only lasted about 10 minutes though as he wasn’t keen on wearing the harness.

To do the VertiGo course children must be 1.2m (4ft) or taller to climb without adult supervision and those between 1m and 1.2m must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult and stay within arm’s length at all times. The maximum individual weight for VertiGo is 21 stone (136kg).

For VertiGo Tots children must be aged two and above and no taller than 1.2m (4ft). Participants must have a responsible adult with them.

Entry to VertiGO is not included in the price of an admission ticket to Drayton Manor and I recommend you buy your tickets online before your visit as it costs from £3 for VertiGO tots and from £5 for VertiGO.

17 thoughts on “All New VertiGO at Drayton Manor”

  1. wow, they look so happy. Loving the idea, mine would love to have a go of this, we have been lookng a drayton manor for a day away, but this sells it to me a little more. The prices are really reasonable and worth it to see there little faces 🙂 thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. that is really great price. We have a very similar high ropes course next to the River Tees here and the boys love visiting it. Yes I have adrenaline junkies as kids too!

  3. This looks like a great addition to Drayton Manor, even having to pay extra for it. Isaac looks like he had a ball exploring the higher levels with your hubby, he’s definitely turning into a true adventurer. Eliza and Sebby look like they loved the VertiGO Tots course, it’s fab that they’ve included an area for the little ones too! Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  4. That is a very reasonable way to entertain children, both old and young! We have a Vertigo in town but it is an indoor trampoline park, not a high rope course, I did think for a minute that it was maybe a franchise of the same thing.xx

  5. Oh what fun! This looks very similar to a high ropes course we played on At Great Wolf Lodge in Texas. Makes me want to go again. Thanks for sharing. #countrykids

  6. oh wow!!!! Every year we try to find something special to do for my daughters birthday. She will be 3 in a couple of weeks time and we have been struggling to find something different to do – but i may have just found it!!!! For her first birthday we went to the zoo, for her second birthday we went to Splash landings at Alton Towers, so this would be perfect for her!! So glad that she will be big enough for the tots one!!


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