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How to make the most of Easter!

Things to do this Easter

The Easter holidays are officially in full swing! By now, your little ones have probably made a huge dent in their almost-toppling tower of eggs, and you’ve been experiencing the notorious chocolate cramps too following last weekend’s excessive indulging.

For most families, the school holidays pan out pretty much the same. For the first week, parents organise tonnes of activities to keep their little ones entertained, but by the second week they start running short of ideas. And that leaves parents desperately searching for things to do to avoid hearing that dreaded phrase: “I’m borrreeed!”

Boredom can make even the happiest of families go stir crazy, so we’ve put together a list of activity ideas to help you make the most of the entire Easter holidays:

Team up for an adventure

Fresh faces are always welcome after spending days in the same company! If you know parents who have also taken time off this Easter, why not team up with them and their little ones and head out on an adventure? You could organise a group hike or bike ride, or try something a little different, such as geocaching.

Host a sleepover

Provided you have a set of earplugs, how about letting your kids have a couple of their friends over for a sleepover? Sort out the snacks (no more chocolate), films and games and leave them to it! If it’s a nice evening, you might want to suggest a campout in the back garden, complete with (supervised) campfire and marshmallows for toasting.

Wild camp

Turn off those phones, tablets and iPods… you won’t need them where you’re going! Nature lovers or not, your kids are bound to enjoy pitching up in the wild to spend the night under the stars. The good news for you is that wild camping is totally free, you just need to pick a place which permits it, such as Dartmoor National Park.

See and feed lambs

Half-term at Go ApeAround 16 million lambs are born in the UK each year and springtime is lambing season. Many farms have their barn doors open to visitors so they can learn about the lambing process, pet and bottle-feed lambs, and maybe even witness a live birth! It’s a fantastic experience that’s not to be missed and there’s bound to be a farm near you.

Take a trip to a museum

A trip to the museum is the ideal rainy day activity and in most cases entry is free, making it a cheap day out. Whatever your kids are into – science, history, cars, films – there’s bound to be a museum for it. Exploring the different artefacts will be great fun for your little ones, and they’ll be learning a thing or two at the same time!

Go Ape

For outdoor fun whatever the weather (minus gale-force winds), it’s got to be Go Ape. Swinging through the trees with your tribe is a sure-fire way to beat boredom and make the most of the holidays! Book your next adventure now.

Meet Britain’s Best Sailors

Three Peaks Yacht Race

As you may have heard, five (bold/crazy) members of the Go Ape tribe have signed-up to take part in one of the world’s oldest, longest and toughest endurance races: the Three Peaks Yacht Race (#3PYR).

Collectively, the team will run 72 miles, cycle 18 miles, and sail a jaw-dropping 389 miles up the notoriously wet ‘n’ wild west coast. That’s some serious sea miles – but thankfully, team Go Ape has some highly-experienced sailors in its midst, who are ready to (quite literally) take the helm and sail the team to success! That is, if they’re able to control their seasickness when things get a little choppy…

In aid of #3PYR, we’re taking a look at some of Britain’s best boatmen and women. Sailors who have achieved things many of us can only dream of, and who are inspiring Jerome, Tris, Mike, Ed and Paul to train hard so they can get out there and show the land and sea who’s boss!

Dame Ellen MacArthur

Dame Ellen MacArthur shot to international sailing fame back in 2005 when she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, which she completed in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds. Sailing alone, Ellen had to be on constant lookout and never had more than 20 minutes of sleep at any one time. That’s dedication.

Now retired from professional sailing, Dame Ellen dedicates her time to her two charities: the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which is focused on inspiring our generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future circular economy.

Sir Ben Ainslie

It would be criminal not to give mention to Sir Ben Ainslie, aka, the most successful sailor in Olympic history. Sir Ben won four gold medals at four consecutive Olympic Games, and is the first person to bag five medals from five different sailing events.

Sir Ben started sailing at the ripe of eight, competing in his first race two years later and finishing in 73rd place. His next challenge – which he’s dubbed his ‘ultimate challenge’ – is to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain for the first time in around 165 years. He will head a team of some of the best British and international sailors in hope of winning the prestigious trophy.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

In 1969, English sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. And while most people are retired and ‘winding down’ aged 67, Sir Robin had other plans, sailing into the record books as the oldest yachtsman to compete (yet another) solo round-the-world trip in the VELUX 5 Oceans Race. Go Sir Robin!

John Merricks

John Merricks represented our country at Atlanta’s 1996 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 470 class with his teammate, Ian Walker. Sadly, Merrick died in a car accident in Italy in 1997, but his legacy lives on through the John Merricks Sailing Trust, of which Sir Ben Ainslie is the first patron. Over 16 years, more than £335,000 has been raised to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations achieve their goals.

Sarah Ayton

Sarah Ayton OBE has won two gold medals for sailing; the first during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and second during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. But, she’s not going to stop there: Sarah’s ambition is to add to her medal collection, and will be hoping her lucky red socks will help her do just that!

Think we’ve missed anyone out? Who would make your list of Britain’s best sailors?

Easter is here!

Go Ape at Easter

Finally, it’s the weekend we’ve all been waiting for: Easter Weekend!

Schools are out, spring has sprung, and to top it all off, most of us get to enjoy four whole days of (chocolate-filled) fun – eggcellent!

Easter is gracing us with its presence early this year, which has caught many people by surprise. If you’re feeling a little underprepared, fear not, Go Ape is here to help! We’ve put together a list of suggestions for making the most of Easter weekend. Here it is…

Indulge.

Easter gives us a great excuse to indulge in sweet stuff and not feel guilty about it! To make things a little more eggciting this year, why not have a crack at making your own eggs? To help, check out this useful BBC Good Food guide.

Hunt.

Don’t just hand over eggs to your friends and family, make them hunt for them! If it’s a nice, dry day, you could hide the eggs around your back garden. If it’s raining, it might be better to keep them indoors…no one wants a soggy egg!

Decorate.

Got little ones to entertain this weekend? If so, why not shell out on some eggs and get decorating?! Do what you want with them – paint pretty patterns, turn them into egg-people, or roll them in glitter! This Brit + Co article shares some cracking ideas to get you started.

Bake.

If you’ve hollowed out your eggs for decorating, don’t waste what’s inside! The Easter weekend is the perfect opportunity to don your finest apron and get your bake on. Why not make something Easter-related, like hot cross buns or Easter biscuits? Or, if you’ve amassed a small mountain of chocolate but don’t think you can stomach all of it, why not use it to make some chocolate cornflake cakes or nests?

Get out.

If you plan to indulge this weekend, that’s fine, but you should try to balance it out with Go Ape Tarzan Swingsome exercise otherwise you’ll end up feeing overfull and lethargic. So get outdoors, stretch those legs and enjoy springtime in all its glory! The clocks also go forward on Sunday, meaning we get to enjoy an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings.

Forests are great places to be during springtime as they burst into life – bees buzz, birds sing, flowers bloom. This Easter, there are plenty of events taking place in forests across the UK. For instance, Haldon Forest Park is holding an Easter Family Fun Day with craft making, marshmallow toasting and a treasure trail, while Delamere Forest is hosting an Easter Bunny Dash 5km Fun Run (Easter Bunny fancy dress not compulsory, but strongly encouraged). You can search for forest events near you via the Forestry Commission website.

Go Ape.

If you’re planning some forest fun this Easter, why not swing by Go Ape with your tribe? Not only are our award-winning Tree Top Adventures mega fun, they’re also a great way to get some exercise! Completing the course burns around 510 calories in women and 660 in men – that’s basically an Easter egg! Book now.

Win a Montezuma’s Chocolate Hamper

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Looking for the best present a chocolate lover could imagine? For five lucky winners, Montezuma’s is offering a sumptuous Cheer Hamper and three months of its Chocolate Club subscription – the perfect self-indulgent treat!

The Cheer Hamper is made up of two delicious bags of Montezuma’s infamous giant chocolate buttons – one milk and one dark, a selection of 100g bars including Bean Machine, Space Hopper and Orange & Geranium, Mellow Caramel Bombes, along with a Grand Truffle Bag and the ever-popular American Idol Truffles. If you are one of the lucky prize-winners, you will also be entitled to three months of the Montezuma’s Chocolate Club for free. This means monthly deliveries through your letterbox of 600g of assorted, award-winning chocolate!

Sorry this competition is now over!

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