Monthly Archives: November 2015

Puddles are for splashing!

Go Ape Tree Top Junior Weekends

What is it about a puddle? Every time we see one, we have an uncontrollable urge to jump in it!

Maybe it stems from our childhood; maybe it’s because we’ve been watching too much Peppa Pig (if you’ve got a child/grandchild/niece/nephew/family friend under the age of 7, you’ll know what we’re talking about) or maybe it’s just because it is SO. MUCH. FUN!

You can’t deny it: at some point in your life you’ll have had an out-of-the-blue impulse to jump in a puddle. Why? Because sometimes it’s the simple things provided by Mother Nature that provide the most fun; mud pies, trees to climb, sand castles and splashing in puddles definitely makes this awesome list.

Think about it. There are so many adventures you can have – with your little monkeys in tow or without – when the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Just because you see that little rain symbol pop up on your weather app doesn’t mean you have to spend the day cooped up inside; why not get out and embrace it instead?

Weekends at Tree Top JuniorAs the famous saying goes, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

That’s where puddles come in! Be honest, has there ever been a time when you wished you could jump in a puddle, but stopped because the sensible side of your brain said: “I better not – my socks will get wet and I might get all muddy.” Well, this time, how about throwing caution to the wind? Leave any clothing you don’t want to get wet in your wardrobe, wrap up warm, get that rain jacket on, pull on the wellies and hey presto! You’re ready for some serious puddle splashing.

The same thing goes with any outdoor adventure; as long as you’re prepared for it clothing-wise, there’s nothing to stop you having fun – sometimes more fun! Go Ape is awesome when the heavens open, that’s for sure!

The trees are a natural canopy and offer some protection, but really, a bit of rain never hurt anyone! Sure, it makes it a bit muddier – but if you’re dressed in clothes you don’t mind getting a tad grubby, who cares? It only adds to the fun!

Go Ape is most certainly a wet weather activity! So, grab your Mini Tarzans and let us brighten up a grey weekend – we can guarantee you’ll have lots of splashy fun! Remember, our Tree Top Junior courses will remain open at weekends this winter (NB. Dalby and Grizedale Forest are the only sites that’ll be closing their doors until spring) so book in advance and beat the winter blues.

(Stomping in puddles: compulsory).

Say hello to… Go Ape Battersea Park!

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Battersea Park

People say “everything happens in the capital” but, until now, we couldn’t really agree.

When people said it we’d nod politely, saying “yes, it’s a buzzing place, isn’t it?” but only ever half-heartedly. Something was missing – can you guess the reason for our out-of-character lack of enthusiasm?

Yep, you’ve got it: there was no Go Ape in the centre of London! But, finally, in just a couple of weeks we will be able to jump for joy and whole-heartedly agree that YES! London IS the place to be!Go Ape Battersea Park

Our award-winning high wire tree top adventure will be opening in Battersea Park – the first for any UK city! (Can you tell we’re a little bit excited?!).

What’s more, Go Ape Battersea Park – which will open in December – will feature obstacle crossings that are double – yes, DOUBLE – the height of many of our courses, and some are also twice as long. If you love a wobble, a challenge and a healthy dose of adventure – look no further than the tree tops of Battersea! Plus, the course is open to Mini Tarzans over 1m tall, making Go Ape Battersea Park a fun family day out like no other.

Battersea Park is right in the heart of London – the 200-acre green space can be found opposite Chelsea, on the south bank of the River Thames, and the nearest train station is Battersea Park National Rail station, with trains running regularly from Victoria.

So, if you know someone who lives in or near London, or is planning a visit to the capital soon, why not treat them to the ULTIMATE Christmas present this year – the gift of adventure! Yes, buy them vouchers for Go Ape, simply click here to personalise and buy your voucher which will be delivered to you in 2-5 working days (for free) and will be valid for a whole year!

Battersea Park Tree Top Adventure

Don’t forget, if you can’t wait ‘til then, it’s super easy to book online. There’s even a cheeky monkey on the page to walk you through the process of booking your adventure! Just click here to get started.

So, calling all Londoners (and anyone else who loves an adventure!)!

Are you ready to Go Ape at Battersea Park? Come and monkey around in the trees with us in the capital city! See you soon.

Nikki Curwen Conquers the Mini Transat

Nikki Curwen Sailing Sunset
Nikki Curwen Profile Photo

Credit: Christophe Breschi

It’s officially over, the 2015 Mini Transat has come to an end, and with it the accolade of being the first woman on complete the gruelling 4,000 mile solo race across the Atlantic.

If you’ve missed our coverage of Nikki competing in the prestigious Mini Transat, where have you been? We’ve learned how to stay mentally prepared for solo sailing, been given a beginners guide to sailing, and even put our Managing Director, Jerome Mayhew, through his paces. As a previous Go Ape instructor, we’re proud of Nikki for continuing to live life adventurously, and thrilled to have had the opportunity to sponsor her journey.

Nikki has been working towards the Mini Transat for the past three years – in order to qualify every skipper needs to complete 1,000 miles of official mini races as well as a 1,000 mile non-stop passage. Only once submitted and assessed by the Classe Mini can an individual enter the race. Having narrowly missed out on the previous Mini Transat, Nikki’s unfaltering determination earned her a place in the 2015 race having eyed up different boats, finding out costs and working out logistics, all before even meeting the racing requirements. Willing to do whatever it took, Nikki worked relentlessly towards raising the necessary funds, including living with parents and friends, and working in bars and restaurants to keep her head above the ground.

Salvation came at the beginning of 2014 when Nikki secured the purchase of Mini 741, a competitive reliable proto while reasonably priced. With a two year loan to help fund the remainder of the boat Nikki was all set and the 2015 dream came alive!

Speaking before the race, Nikki said;

Everyone kept asking if I was nervous, stressed, anxious, and I can honestly say it never hit me, not really. I thought that as I got in the marina it would but as the days got closer to the start I just got more and more excited, an amazing feeling.

With the weather looking perfect on the Start Day, a good omen came as Nikki’s chosen song blared over the sound system. Surrounded by support crews, family, friends of all the skippers, spectator boats, the French Navy, press and helicopters, the bay was buzzing with excitement and the atmosphere was incredible.

Nikki Curwen Go Ape

Credit: Stanislas Thuret

In her arrival interview with Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe, on speaking about her journey Nikki said “Even in the worst moments, I had fun.”, going on to say;

I think I’ve never talked so much to myself. But I was alone on board. I do not know how to describe it, I just had to conform to my routine. It was unbelievable I have never had low morale, even when I broke my spinnaker. Then I found myself in the driver down for 200 miles.

So, what did Nikki think of her performance?

For me, the most important was to reach the goal. On this side, mission accomplished. It is the culmination of three years of work. I will remember everything, I’m really makes me happy. I will not forget all those sunsets.

Nikki Curwen Mini Transat

Congratulations from the Go Ape Tribe Nikki!

Nikki Curwen Mini Transat Part 2

Credit: Christophe Breschi

She said, “YES!”

Go Ape Marriage Proposal

Question: What could be better than ending one of our Tree Top Adventures with an epic wind-in-your-face zip line? 

Answer: Landing feet first, followed by a wildly romantic marriage proposal!

Congratulations to Ollie and Selina for getting engaged at our Forest of Dean course last week. Our Go Ape instructors were on hand for support, holding up a handmade banner asking ‘Selina, will you marry me?’ as Ollie got down on bended knee with ring in hand.

Does it get any more tree-mendous than that?!

Tissues at the ready, check out the video below showing the moment Selina said “YES!”

 

It seems love is in the air at Go Ape this year following the first Tree Top Wedding at our Aberfoyle course this past summer where Martyn and Colette said “High Do!”. In full wedding attire, Martyn and Colette opted for an utterly untraditional wedding, complete with their Registrar officiating the proceedings high up on the Tibetan Bridge – check out their day here.

So, for Ollie and Selina it’s time to get planning! We wonder whether we’ll see them return for a stag or hen do with a difference.

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