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If you are looking to organise a birthday party for any age, but want to try something different, why come to Zipit for up to 4 hours of fun and adrenaline.
Fantastic time- Kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Celebrating daughters 16th birthday, she had so much fun with her friends- Thank you.
The activities are great, but it's the staff that make the experience.
They are brilliant with the kids- patient, kind and encouraging. They go the extra mile! Best birthday ever! That was amazing, so much fun!
Hundreds of children have celebrated their birthdays at Zipit, but, it's not just for the kids. Zipit is a great way to mark those significant milestones, whether it's an official entry to adulthood, a key to the door, or a life begins at 40 to mention a few, let's not limit ourselves. So, whether you are a child or an adult, join us for a unique day that will stay with you forever.
A 30 - 45 minute instruction session is required, before you can move on through the circuits, so if you only have 2 hours to spend, you really will only get one circuit completed. Allow the time to make your day so much more enjoyable.
Children's Birthday PartiesWhen booking a birthday for a group of 10 or more under 12’s, the birthday girl/boy will get a free t-shirt or alternative gift. With the activity lasting 3 - 4 hours, you will need to allow extra time for food / cake. We do not have café facilities on site at Zipit, only drinks, chocolate and crisps. But you are welcome to bring along your own food / drink and use our tables and chairs at our outdoor decking area, outside the cabin. There are also picnic benches scattered around the parks.
Birthday Parties for Under 9
7 - 8 year olds can complete the green circuit only, but can go around as many times as they want within their allocated time. It's a fairly "hands-on" party for supervisors and the bigger the group, the more you will be in demand! We advise a maximum number of 15 if all the children are 7-8.
If you would like to send out children’s party invitations, Click Here to print our Zipit Birthday Invitations.
All children under 18 must be supervised by an adult, either participating or on the ground. We do ask that all supervisors attend and listen to the Safety Briefing. Adults supervising more than one child must keep all children within their view, and on the same circuit. Unsupervised children will be taken down from the circuit, without refund.
If you have a group of mixed ages, it may be the children are spread between 3 circuits, so you would need a minimum of 3 supervisors.
Take a look at the Pricing Tab to check what circuits everyone can do. Remember that age is the priority with no exception made for ability. Whilst an adult can do the lower circuits, children who are below the age shown, cannot complete the higher circuits, even with a supervisor. We do have a strict policy on this, so please don’t ask us to make an exception.
Group of Children age 7-8
Smaller children sometimes need a lot of encouragement and oftentimes, having someone familiar close by increases their confidence. The first time around is the slowest, but, once they have successfully completed the circuit, second and third time round becomes great fun, as they move around with confidence. A ratio of 1 supervisor for every 4 children aged 7 - 8 is required.
- Minimum age is 7 years.
- Minimum Height is 1m.
- Maximum Weight is 120kg (leg strap dimensions can also limit fitting of harness).
Our park in Farran Woods, Cork, uses a different safety system to our other two parks, and involves the use of magnets. Magnets may interfere with the operation of pacemakers and ICD’s.
We recommend that you check with your doctor, before booking Zipit at Farran.
Unfortunately, due to safety risks anyone who is pregnant is unable to participate.
Dress appropriately for physical exercise in an outdoors environment. We recommend layers, with a light rain jacket, even in the summer! Padded jackets should not be worn. Runners are ideal, no open toed shoes or sandals. Little hands can get very cold in winter, so bring a pair of woolen gloves for extra warmth. You may need to bring insect repellant and sun cream during certain months.
For further information on food and toilet facilities, select a location from one of the 3 courses below.
If you need to know more, visit our FAQ section for further information.
10% discount for groups of 10 or more when booked online.
Ready to Book
We know it is an almost impossible task getting people to commit to a date and time, with all their extra-curricular activities, but we do need numbers to reserve the harnesses.
Group is Under 15 people
If your group is below 15 people, you book online. We recommend booking for your maximum numbers and payment must be made in full. But you can reduce these numbers up to 48 hours before the date of your visit and get a full refund.
And check the weather too, because we go ahead in the rain!
Have a group of more than 15?
Call us on 051 858008 or complete our Group Contact Form and we will check availability for you.
We require a €100 booking deposit at time of booking.
Confirmation of numbers must be made 48 hours in advance, and payment made in full. Please understand that harnesses have been reserved for every person booked, and cannot be re-sold last-minute. We also roster staff in accordance with number of people on the course. If you book for your highest numbers and there is a large drop in the meantime, please let us know as early as possible, so we can re-sell the reserved harnesses.
Our French construction crew have built more than 90 courses worldwide, including parks in Europe, the West Indies and South Korea. The platforms are built around trees at various heights (ranging from 1 metre to 20 metres off the ground) and connected with a range of activities to allow the participant move from one tree to another. the construction company adheres to EN 15567-1 Sports and recreational facilities - Ropes courses - Part 1: Construction and Safety Requirements
Zipit Forest Adventures is a member of the European Ropes Course Association (ERCA) and adheres to EN 15567-2 Sports and recreational facilities - Ropes courses - Part 2: Operation Requirements
This European Standard applies to the operation of ropes courses and specifies the operational requirements to ensure an appropriate level of safety and service when used for either recreation, training, education or therapeutic purposes.
Our harness design protects you from accidentaly unclipping from the circuit, ensuring that your safety is paramount.
All of our Instructors are European Rope Course Association (ERCA) trained with the following certifications:
- ERCA Instructor Training.
- ERCA Site Specific Rescue Training.
ERCA Training is undertaken by either our own staff who have been trained as a Trainer or an external UK specialist company. All final assessments and certifications are undertaken by the external company.
- First Aid with CPR.
- Manual Handling.
- Maintenance Training.
Working with Children
All our staff have undertaken an on-line child protection course and are garda vetted.
We have a policy of informing participants of the nature of risk associated with our activities through our Disclaimer and safety rules.
Our Safety Briefing (approx. 45 minutes) is carried out by our qualified instructors and is mandatory for all customers wishing to participate on our courses. Our instructors monitor customers completing the Safety Briefing circuit and are patrolling throughout the park should any assistance be needed during your visit.
Our minimum age requirement is strictly enforced. All children under 18 must be supervised by an adult, either participating or on the ground.
Through strict adherence to the ERCA requirements and continual investment in the most current Personal Protective Equipment we are confident that all risks are minimised. Our advanced safety harnesses ensure that customers are always connected to our safety system whilst traversing the treetop activities.
- Instructors navigate each circuit every morning before opening, as if they were a customer. They digitally sign a spreadsheet to confirm the circuit has been checked and this is then digitally signed by the Duty Manager who notes and addresses any issues.
- Completed at end of day by the instructors whose names are logged and checked by the Duty Manager who signs off. Any harnesses which do not pass the highest standard safety checks are put out of service. An annual inspection is also carried out in accordance with EN15567-2.
- All equipment inside our Rescue Bags are regularly checked and devices function tested.
- Our Instructors check the course equipment thoroughly to identify and address any issues. These checks are in addition to the daily checks.
- Performed as required, primarily during peak season. This is a general assessment of the site by the Operations Manager including safety checks and instructor performance.
- Completed annually or as required, checking the health and suitability of the trees on the course by a European specialist company.
- A European Specialist company annually checks the structural elements of the course.
Course Safety Equipment
- Fallstops and Base Jumps are serviced by the manufacturer or a service provider trained by the manufacturer.