Monthly Archives: January 2016

Win a pair of Tree Top Junior vouchers for Go Ape Southampton

Tree Top Junior Go Ape Southampton

Win two Tree Top Junior vouchers and have a fun family day out at Go Ape Southampton!

Fill in the form below to enter to win

COMING SOON TO GO APE SOUTHAMPTON

A NEW Tree Top Junior course is coming soon to Go Ape Southampton. Tree Top Junior is a Go Ape course designed for Mini Tarzans. It’s a fun filled hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. They’ll negotiate crossings and finish on a high (literally) with one awesome zip wire.

To find out more and be the first hear about the new course, including when it opens, sign up here.

 

 

Terms and conditions:

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. Your prize includes two Tree Top Junior vouchers to Go Ape Southamton.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

12. The winner will be notified on 15th February 2016 and the winner must claim their prize within 24 hours. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 24 hours of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

 

Cold weather hacks you NEED to know

Winter at Go Ape

Yeah, alright, we get it. It’s cold. And it’s only going to get colder. But, we’ve got one thing to say to you, winter: Bring it on!

This weather can make even the most outdoorsy of people want to don their fluffy slipper socks and crash in front of the sofa. But, it’s time to turn that (frosty) frown upside down. To help you do that, we’ve compiled a list of 15 life hacks that’ll transform your winter from plain old brrr to brrr-illiant! You can thank us later…

1. Want to keep your feet and toes toasty? Get hold of some wool and cut out insole shapes for extra warmth.

2. Having to get the scraper out every morning can be a right pain in the neck. If you park your car facing east, the sun will help defrost your windscreen as it rises.

3. Here kitty, kitty! If your car gets stuck in the snow, putting cat litter under the tyres will help to get you moving again.

4. It may be great smothered on a bag of fish shop chips, but vinegar is also the solution to keeping your windshield free from ice. Grab yourself a spray bottle and fill it with one part water to two parts vinegar.

5. Heading out for a bike ride in the snow? Grab yourself a set of zip ties, thread them at even intervals around your tyres and voila, your own makeshift snow tyres!

6. Excessive wearing of your favourite woolly number can often lead to pilling. Getting rid of it is simple: buy a cheap razor and shave it off!

7. If you’re planning a winter’s walk but can’t remember where you last left your waterproof socks, sandwich bags are equally as rain-resistant! Put them around your feet before slipping into your shoes.

8. Battling a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder? Making the most of those sunshine hours will help boost your mood and keep you thinking positive. So wrap-up warm and get outdoors!

9. Our skin takes a battering during the cooler months. Applying ChapStick to cracked and dry knuckles will help soften the skin and relieve any discomfort. Keep one in your pocket at all times.

10. …And speaking of dry skin, although it might be tempting to take long, hot showers, minimising the time you spend in the bathroom and turning down the heat will help to keep skin soft.

11. Scarves in a tangle? Instead of shoving them in a drawer, loop them over trouser hangers and hang them up in your wardrobe.

12. The hot water bottle – an essential companion during these cold, winter months. Use it to warm up your bed before you go to sleep, or your clothes before you head out into the cold.

13. If you need another excuse to cook-up some tasty treats in the kitchen, here’s one: leaving the oven door open after use will help to keep your home warm. Just remember to turn it off.

14. If ice-cold air is entering your home through gaps in the doors, a cheap way to fix this is to buy some pipe insulation and fit it around the frame.

15. If snow gets serious this year, spray your shovel with cooking spray so the white stuff doesn’t stick to it. Use a broom to clear light snow from pathways.

If you’ve got any life hacks of your own to share, we’d love to hear them!

Get Your Kids Outdoors This Winter

Go Ape Winter Tree Top Junior

When it’s cold and grey outside, it’s always tempting to stay snuggled up on the sofa in your pyjamas with a mug of hot choccy in hand.

It’s difficult enough for you to muster up the energy to step outdoors, let alone convince your little ones to do the same.

Most of us spend all week cooped up indoors, be it in the office or school classroom. That’s why, when the weekend arrives, it’s important to savour every sun-shining second and embrace the great outdoors! Spending time outside the house is good for the body and soul; not only does it promote a healthy lifestyle and ensure your little ones are keeping active, but it also helps strengthen family bonds (so long as you join in!).

The amount of time kids spend outdoors has halved in one generation, says The Wild Network, a UK-based project aiming to get more children outside. Not only that, just 20% of kids aged under 12 have a connection with nature. In an age of smartphones, tablets and game consoles, children are becoming less and less exposed to the great outdoors – it’s time to make a change.

So, if convincing your little one to shift from the sofa has proved a struggle in the past, try these tricks:

Make it fun!

If you want to get your kids excited about a wintry outing, then you need to make it fun! Ask your little ones what they want to do – make a few suggestions and work together to draw up a list of activities.

Need inspiration?

How about a family mountain bike outing to a frosty forest, a wintertime nature trail or an evening toasting marshmallows around the campfire? Why not take a trip to Go Ape where you can monkey around in the trees and compete for who has the best Tarzan holler? And if it snows, then sledging, snow angels and a family snowball fight are all a must.

For more ideas why not check out ShareAdventure.co.uk – it’s packed full of real-life adventures from families across the UK.

Join in

You can’t sit there convincing your kids of the benefits of playing outdoors and not join in! This is a great opportunity to spend some fun, enriching family time with your little ones. Besides, making a snowman is great fun no matter how old you are…

Invite friends

Kids, like adults, have more fun when they share their experiences with others. So, if you’ve planned a bike ride or a trip to the local park, why not let your little one invite a couple of their friends along, too?

PWinter Activities for Kids at Go Apelan ahead

Let your kids know that, come Saturday, instead of completing 10 levels on their new video game they’ll be tearing-up the trails on their mountain bikes (which, to us, sounds a lot more fun). Planning ahead will give them (and you) something to look forward to!

Don’t forget to wrap up warm

OK, it’s a bit of an obvious one to finish on. But, you don’t want to cut short your outdoor adventure because your little one is moaning that they’re wet and cold! Wrap-up warm, pack extra layers and a change of clothes, just in case. And if you plan to be out for a good few hours, why not pack a picnic and a flask of hot choccy?

Here’s our top tips on what to wear, whatever the weather!

Add a little sunshine to your January

About Go Ape

January may be a grey month, but it needn’t be blue as well!

If you can’t help but feel a little glum, then it’s time to recognise the positives: January is the start of a brand new year, which means a whole twelve months of activities and adventures to plan and get excited about!

Though the sun may be hibernating behind a mass of thick grey cloud, there are many things you can do to add some sunshine of your own to January. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Organise a get together

One thing you realise during Christmas is that there is such a thing as too much family time (sorry!) But with all the festivities a few weeks behind us, now’s a great opportunity to organise a get together with your loved ones. You could plan a Sunday roast around yours, head out en mass for a crisp winter’s walk or host a girls’ night in. Socialising is a perfect way to banish those blues and brighten your day.

Take a break

You know what they say: sometimes you need a holiday to get over a holiday. This couldn’t be more true after all those tiring Christmas and New Year celebrations. Even if it’s just a weekend away in the countryside, booking a break will give you something to work towards and look forward to. Just don’t forget to pack your woolly hat and gloves.

Spring clean

It might still be winter, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving your home a thorough spring clean! If most rooms in your house remain cluttered by the remnants of 2015, then it’s time to sort out and throw out. A de-cluttered home equals a de-cluttered mind and you’ll feel much better for it, trust us.

Learn something new

January is the ideal month to find yourself a brand new hobby, whether you choose to learn a new language, join your local gym or sports team, or take up a craft. Learning something new gives you something fun and exciting to focus on for the months ahead, and you’re bound to make some new friends in the process.

Ready, steady, cook!

If you’re looking for a rainy day activity, why not don your finest apron and cook up some tasty treats in the kitchen? Instead of opting for sugar-laden cakes and sweets, chose healthy meals that’ll make you feel good. How about a hearty casserole or a winter vegetable soup with home baked bread? Yum.

Embrace the outdoors!

Just because it’s chilly out there doesn’t mean that embracing the outdoors is a no-go! Besides, that’s what raincoats and umbrellas are there for! If you want to keep smiling through January it’s important that you get outdoors and enjoy as many sunshine hours as possible. Go on a morning run with a mate, take a stroll through your local park or better still, come monkey around in the trees with us at Go Ape!

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