Monthly Archives: February 2016

10 things you didn’t know about Monkeys

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Monday 8th February 2016 marks Chinese New Year and this year it’s the turn of the monkey! It’s time to go bananas, our year has finally come! Yes, we know apes aren’t technically monkeys but we don’t like to split hairs (or furs) – we’re all simians so we’re going to celebrate right alongside them.

 

To mark the start of the Year of the Monkey, we did a little research and found some weird and wonderful facts about our friends that we didn’t already know. Here are 10 facts about monkeys that will make you say “ooooo.”

1. How many?!

There are approximately 260 living species of monkey

2. The food chain

Some of the top predators of monkeys include big cats, snakes, crocodiles and even some eagles

3. From little…

The smallest monkey is the Pygym Marmoset which is less than 6 inches in length

4. To large…

The largest species of monkey is the Mandrill which can weigh up to 110lbs (50kg)

5. To incredibly loud!

The loudest monkey is the Howler monkey, which can be heard for 2-3 miles.

6. Worship

In India, monkeys are worshipped as they represent the God Hanuman.

7. Ape or monkey

You can easily tell a monkey and an ape apart. Apes have no tails!

8. Family ties

A group of monkeys is called a “troop”

9. The old and the new

There are 2 groups of monkey, Old World monkeys that live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys form South America.

10. Life span

The life span of a monkey is 10-50 years depending on it’s species

 

How are you planning on celebrating the Year of the Monkey? Whether you’re monkeying around in the trees or going bananas on the ground, share your ideas with us!

What to do when it’s windy!

Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure

The UK has certainly had its fair share of windy weather this winter.

Some days the breeze is so gentle it barely tickles the back of your neck, while other days the blizzardy gales have us holding on to our hats and scarfs as soon as we step out the house!

When it comes to wind, though, we’re big fans (pun intended). Wind is responsible for some pretty awesome stuff – for instance, just this week passers-by caught footage of wind making a waterfall fall backwards on the island of Mull in Scotland!

Sure, the wind might give us some whacky hairdos, and it can be quite annoying chasing the recycling bin as it cartwheels down the road. But there are also plenty of pros: the wind dries our laundry, keeps us cool, supplies us with pollution-free energy and enables us to enjoy sports such as windsurfing!

So, the next time you peer out the window and notice the trees vigorously swaying back and forth, instead of closing the curtains and hibernating why not wrap-up warm, head outdoors and embrace the wind?! Here are some fun ideas of things you can do with your family:

Cloud gaze

If it’s windy, chances are the sky will be dotted with white, fluffy clouds shape-shifting across the sky. Lie down and look up – can you or your kids spot any shapes?!

Fly a kite

“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…” Kites were made for windy days (literally), so head to a local park with your little ones where you can start perfecting those flying skills! Instead of buying a kite, why not try making one of your own? It’s simple (not to mention more fun) – take a look at this wikiHow guide.

Make a windmill

Twirly-whirly windmills make a great addition to any back garden and they can be appreciated from inside the house, too! Your kids are bound to love making their own – check out this video for some inspiration.

Make wind chimes

Continuing the DIY theme, if you’ve got any spare jar lids, metal cans and/or beads lying about, why not use them to make a pretty wind chime? In fact, you can make a wind chime from almost anything, so long as it makes a noise when the wind blows! Your little ones might enjoy scavenging for materials – take a look at these awesome designs.

Go sailing

Not fortunate enough to own your own sailing boat? Fear not – you and your littles ones can build some model-sized boats instead! Experiment with different designs (such as these), bearing in mind that some of them might not float when you place them in the pond. (You might want to check if the boats sink or float in the bathtub first!).

Try a windsport!

Feeling adventurous? If the answer’s ‘yes,’ why not treat your kids to a day out trying a windsport? There are plenty of wind-powered activities to choose from, whether it’s windsurfing, kite buggying, or more extreme sports Zip Trekking Adventurelike hang-gliding and paragliding (age restrictions may apply).

When it’s not windy…

For that ultimate wind-in-your-face feeling, head to Go Ape in Grizedale where you’ll find out Zip Trekking Adventure. With a total 7 zip lines traversing the beautiful forest, you’ll be in the air for around two hours! To be able to fly, you must be over 13 years old, at least 1.4m tall and weigh 7 stone or more.

WIN a Family Day Out to High Lodge, Thetford Forest

Highest Go Ape Obstacles

Win a whole day of non-stop family fun & adventure at High Lodge, Thetford Forest! Your prize includes:

• 2 free site entry passes
• Bike Art bike hire for a family of 4
• 4 Go Ape Tree Top Junior vouchers
• £25 voucher for the Café

Fill in the form below to enter to win:

 

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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 2 free site entry passes to Thetford Forest (excludes mini-buses and coaches), Bike Art standard bike hire for 2 adults and 2 children up to the value of £34, 4 Go Ape Tree Top Junior vouchers available to use Monday-Sunday at Thetford Forest only, and a £25 gift voucher redeemable at the High Lodge Café. Your prize is non returnable and non exchangeable. Travel and accommodation are not included.

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.

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Only 10 Days to Go!

Climb the treetops

We’re less than two weeks away from opening our forest doors for the start of a brand new Go Ape season…and we can barely contain our excitement!

We can’t wait to catch some hang time with you all, to welcome loyal Go Ape-rs back into the forest and to give tree-top newbies a real taste of the high life.

Did you know that there are 29 Go Ape locations in the UK?

This means that, no matter where you are, you’ll never be far from a Tree Top Adventure. Indeed, you’ll find one of our courses as far up north as Aberdeenshire and as far down south as Devon (and of course, in plenty of other places in-between).

And you don’t need to be out in the sticks to stumble across one of our courses, either. In fact, we’ve just opened a brand new Go Ape in Battersea in the heart of London. Now you can swing through the trees without even leaving the city!

The Feeling of AdventureGo Ape is a perfect all-weather activity.

It’s never a bad day for monkeying around in the trees, so long as you’re wearing sensible clothing that’ll protect you from the elements (i.e., trousers and jackets). And there’s no need to worry about a little rain, either, as the tops of the trees provide a perfect protective canopy.

Although we’re known primarily for our Tree Top Adventure, that’s not all we’ve got to offer. If heights aren’t your thing, you’ve got the option of hopping aboard one of our all-terrain Segways and cruising the forest floor, bookings available from March. Or, if heights are your thing and zip wires are one of your favourite obstacles, why not head to Grizedale forest to check out our Zip Trekking Adventure? Seven zip wires, one after the other – it’s just zip, after zip, after zip…

If you’re looking to treat your kids, we’ve got Tree Top Junior courses in 13 of our Go Ape locations, as well as mountain biking and garden games in select locations.

All Go Ape courses are set within the beautiful surroundings of the forest. If you’re not too worn out after visiting us, you can continue your outdoor adventure with a walk, run or bike through the trees!

The Go Ape tribe has been mega busy these past few weeks making final preparations. We’ve stocked-up on the woodchip, spring-cleaned our courses and serviced our Segways. And of course, we’ve been all been practicing our Tarzan hollers so that none of our visitors show us up when they arrive!

So, what are you waiting for? Our courses might not be open for another 10 days, but it’s never too early to book your adventure! See you soon!

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