Monthly Archives: September 2014

Win a Climbing Frame

Dunster

We’ve teamed up with creators of wooden climbing frames Dunster House to offer this spectacular primate palace, the MonkeyFort Woodland.

The MonkeyFort Woodland climbing frame is the perfect companion from clambering capers and is constructed using high quality pressure treated timber and features a durable slide and swing, as well as the all-important swinging monkey bars. It’s suitable for kids aged between 3 – 14.

This competition is now closed. Please click here to find our latest competition.

For more information and to view the wide range of quality outdoor play structures available from Dunster House please visit www.dunsterhouse.co.uk/climbing-frames

Terms and conditions

Only one entry per person. The prize winners will be the first correct entry drawn at random after the prize draw closes on 30.09.2014. The prize is being supplied by Dunster House Ltd.

The winner’s prize will be delivered between 8:30 and 6:00pm on a date agreed with the supplier. Delivery can take up to 4 weeks. We rely on someone being home between those hours to take delivery of the climbing frame, and will require that person to be a capable adult to help the driver unload the item from the van. The driver will not be able to help with construction or placement, which remains the responsibility of the winner.

Dunster House deliver across the UK excluding certain areas, visit http://dunsterhouse.co.uk/faq/7/where-do-you-deliver-to for full details.

Butterflies In Wyre Forest

Butterflies

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s just a kaleidoscope of butterflies fluttering above your head at Wyre Forest.

Did you know: Wyre Forest in Worcestershire is home to the UK’s largest collection of butterflies? In fact, half of the UK’s butterfly and moth species can be found fluttering around the forest’s fauna and flora.

And if you go down to the woods today you’re sure to see an array of beautiful butterflies. Perhaps you’ll spot the common Red Admiral, with velvety-black wings and bright red bands. Or, maybe you’ll come across the striking Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, one of the fastest-declining species in the UK.

You may have sussed that the Go Ape tribe are extremely pro-conservation when it comes to our forests and everything in them. The people at Wyre Forest also share our passion and have been extremely dedicated to protecting endangered butterfly species over the years. A past project called Back to Orange, which was led by the Butterfly Conservation and the Forestry Commission, resulted in a substantial increase in the number of Peal-Bordered Fritillaries – result!

If you’re stopping off at Wyre Forest to do some butterfly-spotting, be sure to pack your camera. Each variety of butterfly is uniquely marked – be it spotted, stripy or speckled. You might want to print off a spotting sheet so you can identify all the different varieties. You could creep up on a couple of butterflies, or snap one sitting on a leaf. If you’re lucky enough, one may even land on you – just don’t scare them away by squealing with excitement.

Luckily for you, we’ve got a Go Ape located in Wyre Forest, so after a morning of butterfly-spotting on the ground, why not climb high-up in the tree tops for some panoramic views of the forest? Book in at Go Ape and you’ll spend the afternoon tackling complicated crossings, scary high ropes and Tarzan swings with your tribe. Perfect.

 

Dalby – the great.

Zip5

Meet Kel, one of the marketing tribe at Go Ape HQ, on why we ventured to the beautiful Yorkshire Moors for our 2015 Go Ape photo shoot.

My Go Ape world mostly consists of a desk and a mac – but luckily, from time to time, we get hang out in the forest too.

I chose Dalby Forest as the backdrop for our annual photoshoot.

Here’s why:

– Roadtrips: good company + good music + a cheeky junk-food-stop at the services (optional). You can’t beat ’em.

-Height, big zips, and BEAUTY – Dalby has it all (it’s now home to Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior and Forest Segways). The mountain biking is great too. Hello Adventure.

-Nick and his tribe run the show up there. They’re a passionate bunch about two things: Adventure & Yorkshire. #bigup

-Yorkshire tea. (contentious I know)

-Pancakes and maple syrup at Grindale House B&B. Or if you fancy a splurge check out The Star Inn, Harome.

-The North. I’m a southern fairy so it’s always a treat to flock North.

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Celebrate National Grandparents’ Day This September

Tree Top Adventure - Black Park Country Park

Yep. It’s actually a thing.

On the 7th of September, grandparents up and down the country will be receiving special treatment from their beloved grandchildren in aid of National Grandparents’ Day. This is the chance for you to say a big ‘thank you’ to your nans, granddads, grampys, grandmas…whatever you call them.

Every year we celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day, so we think it’s only right that grandparents get their day, too. It’s a way of showing how much you appreciate their time and patience, as well as their hearty home-cooked grub and interesting (if not extremely long) stories.

Our grandparents always make time for us; they spoil us and are always up for a bit of fun. And so, they deserve a day when we make a fuss over them for once, right?

National Grandparents’ Day has been celebrated in the US since the late seventies and was later introduced here in the UK back in 1990 by charity group Age Concern. So, how can you celebrate National Grandparents’ day?

If your nan and granddad are fond of the great outdoors, why not get them up out of their armchairs and out for a nice afternoon walk – perhaps in a local park or nearby nature reserve? If it’s a nice day you could pack a picnic – just don’t forget the flask of tea and a couple of biccies.

You could make them a card, bake them their favourite cake or even cook them a roast dinner, seeing as it’ll be a Sunday. But, just sitting with them for a few hours, listening to their stories (even if you’ve heard them umpteen times before) and looking through old photographs is sure to make their day.

Or, do your grandparents have some adventure left in their bones? If they do, why not give them a gift like no other by booking an afternoon in the tree tops? So long as they are reasonably fit and healthy, they can join you as you navigate tricky obstacles, tackle Tarzan Swings and whiz down a zip wire at the end of it all. Perhaps they’d rather keep both feet on the ground and enjoy our Forest Segway Experience.

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