Monthly Archives: April 2016

Love is in the air…

Go Ape Aberfoyle Proposal

Marriage Proposal at Go ApeIt was late last month, at Go Ape Aberfoyle, when Colin Nicholson found himself whizzing down the course’s final 400-metre long zip wire.

His partner, Zac Louden, had begged to go first, and as Colin neared the end he started to realise why: one knee down in a pile of woodchip knelt Zac, holding up a sign which read: “Will you marry me!?

An immediate “Yes!” from Colin was greeted with claps and cheers from onlookers, including fellow customers as well as members of the Go Ape tribe who helped make the forest-themed proposal possible.

“Being up in the trees I was so worried that I was going to drop the rings!” says Zac. “As if a zip wire isn’t nerve wracking enough without the added pressure of proposing – but it was worth it to see the look on Colin’s face as he came flying down the zip wire.”

The couple’s whirlwind romance all began last summer. After meeting on Facebook through mutual friends, Zac and Colin decided that they wanted their first date to be fun – somewhere they can relax and have a laugh. And so, after visiting Go Ape before and loving it, they decided to head 150 feet up in the trees of Aberfoyle!

After deciding to take their relationship to new heights, Zac knew that a zip down memory lane at Go Ape would be the ultimate way to pop the question.

“We were about to go on the last zip wire and I knew something was strange as Zac was insisting that I went last,” says Colin. “At about half way along the zip I could see a huge sign and Zac down on one knee and I immediately clicked what was happening.”

Zac and Colin at Go ApeColin admits he went a little red-faced at the number of people clapping and cheering, but says, “We love going hill walking and doing outdoor activities, so it was an amazing proposal which really summed-up our relationship.”

Gordon Cochrane-Yuill, site manager at Go Ape Aberfoyle, congratulated Colin and Zac on their engagement. “Go Ape’s all about having fun and living life adventurously, which makes it a great place for an exciting date that’s sure to leave a lasting impression,” he says.

Now living together, Colin and Zac have made a bucket list of things they want to do over the next few years, starting with a trip to Disney World in 2017 to celebrate their engagement. Then, they’ll start planning their dream wedding on the water at The Vu in Scotland’s Bathgate.

All that’s left to say is a huge ‘congratulations!’ from all the Go Ape tribe, and here’s to many more tree-mendous years of adventure together!

Win new LEGO® Friends Adventure Camp Sets

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Go on a LEGO® FRIENDS Adventure – Win new LEGO® Friends Adventure Camp Sets

LEGO® Friends has teamed up with Go Ape and to celebrate we’re giving away 5 brand new LEGO Friends bundles which include the Adventure Camp Tree House (rrp £59.99), Adventure Camp Rafting (rrp £24.99) and Adventure Camp Archery (rrp £8.99).

Build your very own adventure at home with these exciting new sets.  Join Emma and Stephanie at the Adventure Camp Tree House for a crazy climbing challenge! The camp leader, Joy, with her tamed Eagle Elvis, will guide you as you scale the climbing wall over the waterfall. Then use your balance to master the turning bridge and reach the treetops.

Then head off on an excursion with Olivia and Andrea to the river for a climbing and rafting challenge with Adventure Camp Rafting. Help master the climbing wall and see how fast you can reach the top, then put on your life jacket and brave the rapids in the boat.

And finally challenge your friends to Adventure Camp Archery.  Mia has her eye on the archery trophy so head down to the range to help polish her skills and keep practicing until she hits the target!

To find out more about LEGO® Friends please visit www.LEGO.com/Friends

Enter your details for a chance to win with Lego

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. The competition period ends Thursday 21st April Midnight 2016.

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 by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days 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.

An Introduction To Adventure

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Adventure can take many forms for different people – for some it’s taking to new heights on a Tree Top Adventure or whizzing across the forest floor on a Segway, for others it’s a quiet morning of horse-riding or discovering previously unknown culinary skills.

That’s why we’ve caught up with Virgin Experience Days to find out more about their adventurous packages. For those looking for an introduction to adventure, there’s a world of starter and taster experiences out there.

Here’s a bunch of our favourites so you can find something new to try this year and become even more adventurous (you’re on the Go Ape blog after all!). 

Introductory Indoor Skydiving

Far less terrifying than jumping out of a plane but just as exciting, this one’s perfect for those who want the feeling of flying/falling without getting too far from the ground. Exhilarating, uplifting (literally) and an awesome way to while away some time, hovering like a wizard in a powerful vertical wind tunnel.

Introductory Wine Course

It’s not all about the excitement when it comes to adventure, sometimes it’s just trying something new – like learning how to taste 14 different types of wine in a British vineyard. Become more adventurous with your wine choices on you next meal out, and walk about town as an all-knowing wine connoisseur. Introduction to Horse Riding - Virgin Experience Days

Introduction to Horse Riding for Two

There are few things that capture the spirit of adventure better than riding a horse (possibly with a cowboy hat on) out in the open air. Don’t know how to ride a horse? That’s not a problem – this course is for the newbies – and it starts with 30 minutes of getting to grips with the basics before heading out into the enchanting New Forest.

L’atelier des Chefs One Hour Cookery Class

You can choose your own one hour culinary adventure at L’atelier des Chefs from making the perfect pasta and crafting terrific Thai dishes to sautéing the perfect steak with mushrooms and baking delicious desserts. The best bit? At the end you’ll get to eat everything you’ve made with a glass of wine each!

Introductory Off-Road Driving - Virgin Experience DaysIntroductory Off-Road Driving

This is like horse-riding, but you’ll be trading the animals for horsepower as you belt around an off-road course made specially to put your freshly learned skills to the test. Picture yourself taking shortcuts through the fields the next time you’re coasting down the motorway, and dream of driving the way our ancestors (wish they) did.

Introduction to Mountain Boarding for Two

Imagine skateboarding, but on grass and dirt, and swap the town streets for some Surrey hills as you bomb down some slopes with a plank of wood strapped to your feet. It won’t take long before you’re running smoothly.

Ski or Snowboard Taster for Two

You can get to grips with snow sports all year round, without even needing to head for the Alps. You’ll have everything you need for an epic snow session minus the mountain views (it’s all indoors), with a pair of gloves to keep too as a reminder of your great day out – ski or board, it’ll be an adventure to remember. 

Spy Academy

A bit of an oddball, the spy academy gives you the chance to imagine being the spy you wish you were, with instruction in surveillance gadgets, pistol quick draw techniques, unarmed combat and a variety of things that shoot. Informative and fun, you’ll feel like James Bond or Black Widow by the time you’re done.

We should never stop exploring, and with these experiences from Virgin Experiences Days your next introduction to adventure is never far away.

NEW Go Ape Turbo Adventure

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Latest adventure unleashed

Wind turbines we hear you say? Yes – wind turbines. Take a look for yourself. We’re currently constructing one of our multi-award Tree Top Adventures onto the horizontal axis of a Scottish wind farm to create a revolutionary experience. Go Ape Turbo will challenge adventure-seekers like no other experience in the UK. 

Go Ape Construction Manager Paul Love-Williams is leading the project. He said:

“The highest crossings are double the height of most Go Ape courses, and all obstacles are three times as long, making them extra wobbly and challenging. We’ve been tasked to develop our latest adventure and design a safe yet dynamic hybrid experience. It’s certainly taking Go Ape to a new level”.

The experience will last two hours, which will include a detailed safety brief. It will also include a two-tiered Zip, a first for Go Ape.

We have a slight confession. It’s time to own up! 

Our announcement this morning was an April Fool. Sadly there is no such thing as Turbo Adventure. *Cue sighs of relief from the Go Ape Safety Team.* But, good news, we do have new sites joining Go Ape family tree with Alexandra Palace and Chessington World of Adventures – that’s no joke! Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

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