Monthly Archives: May 2016

Zip, zip, hooray!

Zip, Zip, Horray

We heard about it on the radio, read about it in the papers, watched it on the news. In fact, many of us experienced it first-hand simply by gazing out of our window.

We are, of course, talking about the wet-‘n’-wild weather we endured at the start of this year. For many, the superstorms were no laughing matter: hundreds of thousands of homes were flooded, forcing residents to pack their bags and seek shelter elsewhere.

One area in England that felt the full wrath of the storms was Cumbria, home to Go Ape Grizedale Forest. Schools closed and businesses shut down, as the floods invaded the area and turned streets into raging rivers.

Suffice to say, many villages within Cumbria were on lock-down during the winter and as a result, tourism in the county took a big hit. But now warmer weather has (finally) arrived, it’s business as usual with the region back up and running and welcoming visitors in their masses.

Cumbria’s comeback is fantastic news for residents and tourists alike and there’s one thing we’ve got to say to that: zip, zip, hooray!

Situated in the heart of the glorious Lake District, Grizedale Forest is one of the UK’s most beautiful woodlands. You can hike there, ride there, explore there, run there, or simply chill out there – or, you could visit Go Ape and check out our one-and-only, zip-tastic Zip Trekking Adventure!

Zip wires are one of Go Ape’s best-loved obstacles, and so we thought it would be a great idea to create a course that was all about the zip. There are no other obstacles involved in a Zip Trekking Adventure – just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip (seven zips in total, in fact).

Trekking up Grizedale ForestThe tandem of zip wires traverse the sky-scraping Douglas Firs of Grizedale Forest, and believe us when we say that the views are awesome from way up high!

You’ll feel as if you’re on top of the world (or at least, on top of the forest) as you soar through the air, arms open wide with the wind in your face!

Your adventure will last around two hours and includes a safety demo from one of our zip line pros, plus time in our training zone where we’ll share some tips and tricks for making a graceful landing. We can’t guarantee you’ll land on your feet every time, but we promise the soft pile of woodchip will soften your landing.

As well as all this, your Zip Trekking Adventure will include a 20-minute hike through the forest to get to the meeting point. And waiting for you at that meeting point will be one of our off-road vehicles, ready to whisk you and your family/friends up winding mountain roads (with unbeatable views) to the training zip.

A Zip Trekking Adventure is a great way to explore the wonders of Grizedale Forest – by air, by car and by foot; from the ground and from way up high! Book ahead now and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Tips for planning the perfect party

Go Ape Kids Parties

So, it’s your little one’s birthday in a few weeks’ time and you’re panicking because you still haven’t planned how you’re going to celebrate it.

Well, fear not – Go Ape is here to help! (*Phew*). We’ve put together some tips for throwing an awesome party that your little one (and all their friends) will remember for years to come. Candles and cake at the ready…

Fancy dress

From Hogwarts wizards to Disney princesses, kids love to play dress up. So, why not let your little one pick the dress code for their party? Just don’t forget to tell the other parents what it is!

Set a theme

Themed parties are the best parties. Some ideas include a beach party (think food served in buckets and beach ball piñatas); a teddy bear’s picnic (with tartan rugs and a game of teddy bear hide ‘n’ seek); or a camping party (you supply tents, torches and marshmallows for toasting on a supervised campfire).

Limit numbers

When it comes to invitees, less is more (though that does mean less prezzies, which your kid might have something to say about). Having 20 or 30 kids to meet and greet can be overwhelming for the party boy or girl, so just invite a handful of their closest friends.

Seek help

If you’re more of a ‘sit out’ parent, it’s not cheating if you enlist the help of another adult! From magicians and fairies to clowns and pirates, a children’s entertainer will do all the work, so you don’t have to! (Note: you might want to check none of the kids are going to start bawling at the sight of a clown).

Go Ape Birthday PartyGo old school

There’s a reason why we remember playing sleeping lions, musical chairs and pass the parcel when we were young: because they were super fun! And the added bonus is that you don’t need much in the way of equipment – simple!

Go Ape!

For a guaranteed ‘never-to-be-forgotten’ birthday party, Go Ape! For just £18 per head, your little one and their friends get to enjoy an hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles. If you want, you can add extras to your do such as party bags for the kids, a special t-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, or use of our forest shelter where your little one can blow out the candles. (PS. Tarzan/monkey fancy dress is not essential but strongly recommended!).

Bananas in a harness – Crawley’s Bananathon

Crawley Bananathon

On Monday 9th May, our team at Go Ape Crawley are going to be hosting a very special ap-PEAL to raise money for The Outward Bound Trust.

A marathon with a difference

The instructors at Go Ape Crawley, inside Tilgate Park, will be taking on the challenge of walking the 26.5 miles from Crawley to the edge of Brighton Pier. As if walking the equivalent of a marathon wasn’t enough, the team have decided to walk it in true Go Ape style, dressed up as giant Bananas!

The team of 17 Go Ape staff and instructors are setting off at 7am on Monday 9th May and will aim to be on the edge of Brighton Pier by 5pm. This is all in aid of our chosen charity of the year – The Outward Bound Trust. The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that helps youths get out in the great outdoors, experience and overcome challenges, build self-esteem and forge a lifelong sense of adventure. Last year Go Ape raised £60,000 through our combined efforts and we are looking to beat that number this year.

Show your support

Through the blisters and the banana suit chafing that is sure to come their way, Go Ape Crawley have one goal in mind – to help raise as much money as possible. You can support Go Ape Crawley’s charity effort in one of two ways:

  1. Look out for the team of giant bananas walking from Crawley to Brighton on the day. They will be carrying donation buckets and any donation is greatly appreciated
  2. Donate directly to Go Ape Crawley’s Virgin Giving page

Join in with the fun

Follow the Tribe’s progress on the day via their updates on Instagram @goape_crawley or even better, why not come and find them on their route and complete some of the walk with them? After all, adventure is always better when it’s shared!

Win tickets to Forest Live at Sherwood Pines

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Three great artists are performing at Sherwood Pines Forest this summer. Thursday 23 June sees a home show for singer/songwriter Jake Bugg, on Friday 24 June Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott from The Beautiful South and the Housemartins take to the stage, and the weekend is rounded off by Guy Garvey, frontman of Elbow who performs solo on Saturday 25 June.

Forest Live gigs offer a chance to see artists perform in a unique and family friendly forest setting, with everything needed for a great night out including festival style catering and bar, or you can bring your own picnic.  For full details and to buy tickets visit www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Win a pair of tickets to the gig of your choice at Sherwood Pines….

Win Forest Live tickets at Sherwood

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 30 May 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.

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