Monthly Archives: October 2015

Our favourite ‘all-weather’ Go Apers!

Go Ape at Easter

It’s something our Grannies instil in us from an early age: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!” And how right they are.

We love the changing seasons here at Go Ape – in our book, it’s one of the best things about living in the UK: the summer sun speckling the forest floor; the burnt orange leaves of autumn; the crisp chill in the air around this time of year… we love it!

“Embrace the elements!” is what we say – and that’s exactly what our favourite all-weather Go Apers have done. Life would be boring if the weatherman told us the same old thing day in, day out – we like to be kept on our toes. So, here are a few members of the Go Ape tribe showing us how it’s done. Grab your camera and Instagram your own all-weather snaps, tagging Go Ape! #nofilterneeded.

First up, we’ve got a member of our tribe riding the storm on one of our Forest Segways. We can’t get enough of the colours in this picture – the greens and yellows of the surrounding grass, trees and plants, and the midnight blue of the gloomy sky, only adding to the dramatic effect. With a Go Ape Segway experience, you’ll be tackling all types of terrain, so don’t forget to layer up and wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little grubby – that way, you can confidently splash through a puddle or two!

Segway in the Rain

Still on Segways, but this time on a misty, winter’s day, are these fab all-weather Go Apers, showing that you need to get your Segway fix before we go into hibernation-mode. Exploring the forest floor on two wheels really is the ultimate wet-weather activity – as long as you follow Granny’s advice and come prepared! A bit of sludge never hurt anyone!

Segway through the puddles

Next up, we’ve got this beautiful pic, taken by Perri McGovern who kindly allowed us to share it on our Instagram page. You couldn’t really get more autumnal than this – just look at the gorgeous colours of those leaves! And now imagine being up there in the trees, surrounded by them! Bliss.

Tree Top Adventure in Autumn

And finally, some concrete proof that our tribe likes to monkey around on a daily basis: a replica of the Gene Kelly scene from Singin’ in the Rain – except this time, they’re “Swingin’” in the rain… gettit? Framed by the leafy hideout at Go Ape Cannock, they really went all-out for this pic!

Go Ape Instructors

So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape experience, wrap up in the appropriate gear, grab your tribe and join us for a guaranteed fun-filled few hours – come rain or shine!

Dare you…to make the most of half term!

October Half Term Activities

Tree Top Junior Half TermHurrah! Half term is nearly upon us!

Although the weekends give us a small dose of fun time with the kids, it’s always a bonus when we have a nice long stretch to look forward to. While we’re not saying you should regimentally schedule each and every day (we’re firm believers in throwing caution to the wind here at Go Ape!), it’s always good to have a few things in the calendar for you and your tribe to get excited about. This half term, why not get out and about and do something totally adventurous, super exhilarating and – dare we say it – utterly daring!?

Make the coolest den ever

Growing up, we’ve all made a den: magical little havens where we would spend all day and night if we were given half the chance. Ours were usually made up of sheets or blankets thrown over the backs of chairs and held down with a stack of heavy books. This half term, though, why not try to create the den of all dens for your little ones? We’re talking indoor teepees, made with scrap fabric and long branches for the structure, or chill-out zones in the loft, complete with beanbags and twinkly fairy lights. Or, better still, why not finally make that treehouse you’ve been meaning to construct?

Go on an adventurous bike ride

When it comes to bike rides, we tend to have a few familiar routes we stick to: along the canal, to the nearest village and back… you get the idea. But how about venturing off the beaten track this half term? Get that roof rack on and get down to the coast, or head to your nearest forest for an amazing, nature-packed, off-road adventure!

Go Ape Tree Top JuniorTry eating something new

Here at Go Ape, we live life adventurously – and this includes eating adventurously! Give those taste buds a bit of diversity and encourage your little ones to try some new food types this half term. Whether it’s a vegetable they’ve never heard of or a new cuisine – Spanish tapas, Caribbean, Indian – dare them to experiment. Who knows? They could discover their new favourite meal!

Go Ape

Finally, what could be more daring and adventurous than zipping through the trees at Go Ape? Allow your kids to release their inner (mini) Tarzan… they will feel proud of themselves for stepping out of their comfort zone and daring to try a new activity – and so will you!

Be quick…sessions are filling up fast! Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Are you ready to fall forwards?

Go-Ape-Sunshine-Through-The-Trees

It’s that time of year again – the biannual clock change is upon us.

Whether you’re the type of person who stays up ‘til 2am waiting for the “thrill” of witnessing the time on your smartphone jump back an hour, or – like the majority of us – you need a text from your mum to remind you in the morning, the 25th October marks the official start of the autumn/winter season.

The concept of Daylight Saving Time (DST) was championed by an English gentleman called William Willett in 1907. He wrote a pamphlet, called ‘The Waste of Daylight’, in the hope of encouraging people to get out of bed earlier, and spent his entire life trying to convince us Brits to take it on. Eventually, in 1916 – nearly 100 years ago now – we did.

Here’s a random piece of trivia for you: William Willett is Coldplay’s Chris Martin’s great-great grandfather! We know – really random!

Here at Go Ape we must admit we love the autumn. The clocks going back means the mornings are much lighter, and there’s nothing like waking up on a crisp, autumnal day with the sun beaming through the blinds to make us feel recharged and ready for the day ahead. It’s also much better to travel to work when it’s light and bright – it wakes us up in a way a cup of coffee never could!

The autumn is also a wonderful time to be around trees. We love the crunch under our feet; the chill in the air; the leaves turning from green to burnt orange and yellow; the way it makes you feel like a dragon breathing out smoke when you exhale…

Sunlight-through-the-trees-at-Go-Ape-CrawleyAlthough we can’t deny we’re a fan of that sneaky extra hour in bed on the morning of the clock change, one of the perks of the longer nights and cooling temperatures is a brisk walk in the forest on a misty autumnal morning. Luckily, the UK is home to some stunning countryside and woodland, ripe and ready for an early AM excursion.

While you’re at it, why not embrace autumn and fall forwards at Go Ape this season? It’s the ultimate way of blowing the cobwebs away, and will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. Take on the challenge of gliding through the forest on our Segways or fly down our zip-wires and unleash your inner Tarzan on our Tarzan Swing (accompanying holler obligatory). With 28 Go Ape locations across the country, you’ll be spoilt for choice! See you soon…

Oh, and don’t forget to change the clock on the microwave!

Tarzan Swing: the scariest part of Go Ape?

Tarzan Swing

Are you a “3-2-1-GO!” kind of person, or does it take you at least 35 “will they/won’t they” attempts to make the leap?

However you approach the Tarzan Swing at Go Ape, there’s one thing for sure: afterwards, you’ll wish you could do it all over again!

Yep, once you’ve taken the plunge, you’ll soon realise why the Tarzan Swing is one of the most popular obstacles here at Go Ape; it gives you a new-found sense of freedom and confidence – you’ll get lost in the moment, your inhibitions will disappear (let’s hear your loudest Tarzan holler!) and you’ll feel truly proud of yourself when you’re standing on that next platform.

So why do people find the Tarzan Swing soooo scary?

Well, believe it or not, it’s not every day that we hold on to a rope high up in the tree tops (albeit safely clipped on) and swing into a net. For many, it’s an activity that is totally out of their comfort zone.

Despite the fact you’ve conquered the very first set of ropes, finally managing to calm those wobbly knees, have mastered the art of crossing shaky bridges (“look – no hands!”), and zooming down our speedy zip wires, many people say the fear comes back as soon as they reach the Tarzan Swing.

But what’s life without a bit of fear? Feeling a little scared is actually good for us sometimes – and when it comes to the Tarzan Swing, your anxiety will disappear with a single step and be replaced with adrenaline – followed by a healthy dose of pride at having made it.

Want to know how to do it like a pro? Check out the video below for top tips from one of our Go Ape instructors:

Is it actually possible to enjoy a scary situation?

The answer is, when we know we’re in a safe environment: yes! Triggering the instinctive physiological “fight or flight” response means the body experiences a rush of endorphins, adrenaline and dopamine – but all in a completely safe space.

Our award-winning tree-top obstacle course will see you tackle some high ropes, tightropes, tunnels and stirrups. You’ll be wobbling, whizzing, whooshing and whooping – but just wait until you’ve experienced the buzz from the Tarzan Swing. Once you’ve tackled this obstacle, that’s it: you’re well and truly a member of the Go Ape Tribe. Congratulations!

If you’re looking for the ultimate day out – a place where you can hang with your chums and enjoy the high life – Go Ape is the place to be. Nothing beats the breathtaking scenery of the forest from up above, and not much comes close to the thrill of the Tarzan Swing! Try it and see!

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