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“What child has not dreamt of having a tree house?” ask the folks at Tripsdrill in Cleebronn, Germany. Now families can do exactly that by staying overnight in one of five charming new wooden houses high among the trees at this popular park near Stuttgart.

Each house has been individually designed by architect Manfred Dietz with respect to the natural surroundings, with local

On the ropes at Tayto Park

UK based family attractions specialist Innovative Leisure has installed a high ropes course at Tayto Park in Ireland, courtesy of Ropes Courses Inc. The Eagle Sky Adventure Zone was custom designed to appeal to both younger and older children and their parents and features a horseshoe configuration with four staircases, with each level requiring more skill than the last. Participants move around the course in a linear sequence and if required are able to switch tracks on the level they are negotiating, from left to right and vice versa.

Up to 50 guests at a time can enjoy the experience, which takes

between eight and 12 minutes to complete. Geared up for a high throughput, the course is the first supplied by Innovative Leisure to feature a queue line area and exit gate akin to that found on amusement ride. Located north of Dublin in County Meath, Tayto Park was developed by the

Tayto crisp (potato chip) brand and opened in 2010. Now, thanks to the ropes course, fans of the snack can burn off some of the calories they pile on eating it.


timber and carpenters used for construction. Offering 3-star equivalent accommodation, each house spans two floors and sleeps up to six guests. Additional features include a bathroom, sitting area with TV, coffee maker, refrigerator, wireless internet and smoke detectors. The park’s total investment in the five houses

exceeds €600,000. Together with 20 vintage style “shepherd wagon” caravans, it now boasts over 130 beds for its guests.

The tree houses are available for booking up to the end of the season on November 6, and then for three weekends in December as part of Tripsdrill’s

One the treehouse bedrooms Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower Observatory and Skywalk was relaunched on September 23 as the Sydney Tower Eye by Merlin Entertainments. In common with the London Eye and Blackpool Tower Eye in the UK, the sightseeing experience is now coupled with a 4D pre show. As well as the 250-metre-high observation deck, guests can also choose to strap on a harness and visit the glass-floored Skywalk (pictured), which at 268- metres is exactly twice the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The company Magic Memories has been appointed to provide photo souvenirs to guests at both the tower and sister attractions Wild Life Sydney (formerly Sydney Wildlife World) and Sydney Aquarium. As guests exit the attractions they will be handed a “photo book journey” and given details about how to access, share and keep the images, either digitally or physically.

In May 2012, Merlin will add to its cluster of attractions in the Australian city with the opening of Madame Tussauds Sydney.

Christmas celebrations. Prices range from €178 to €218 per night.



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