Monthly Archives: July 2016

#TakeTheFirstStep: one step at a time

Take the First Step Go Ape

This summer, we’ve made it our mission to inspire you, yes, you! to take the first step towards leading a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life.

And there’s only one way you can do that: by getting out there and embracing adventure!

One step at a time

We’ll be the first ones to admit that our Tree Top Adventure courses seem a little scary to start. In fact, most members of the tribe will tell you they had the jitters the very first time they climbed the rope ladder to Platform 1!

But, it would be wrong to label our courses extreme, or to say that they’re for daredevils or thrill-seekers only. A Tree Top Adventure is for everyone! Provided you’re reasonably fit and healthy, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a few hours of canopy exploring and trailblazing!

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to swing with us (and your inner Tarzan is dying to be released), but something’s always held you back, a fear of heights, maybe? Well, Go Ape prides itself on helping people to overcome their fear of heights you just need to be ready to take the first step.

If you embark on a Tree Top Adventure, that ‘first step’ will take place on the rope ladder leading to Platform 1. Take it one step at a time: you can be as slow as you like (within reason, of course). If you want to stop for a breather every few steps, that’s absolutely fine!

Trust us when we say, getting yourself up there is the trickiest bit (mentally, anyway).

Once you’re in the tree-tops, you’ll start to relax and realise how much fun it is up there! And besides, the bridges, tunnels, nets and swings will be welcome distractions from the fact you’re suspended 30+ feet in the air!

Woodchip Landing at Go ApeAnd here’s the thing: on a Tree Top Adventure, you pick your route. As you make your way through the course, you can choose to take-on easier obstacles, or (if you’re feeling brave) trickier ones. You might select ‘beginner mode’ to start and then crank it up to advanced as you go along, it’s up to you.

If you stick to the more simple routes the whole way round, that’s absolutely fine. Kudos to you for facing your fear head-on, clambering up into the tree-tops and conquering a Tree Top Adventure!

Few things compare to that “I’ve done it!” mini-fist-pump-feeling you get as you whizz down the final zip wire, landing (gracefully or not so gracefully) in a soft pile of woodchip. We promise you’ll enjoy your tree-top time so much, you’ll be wanting to book another Go Ape adventure!

A happier, more adventurous you is just around the corner, are you ready to take that first step?

Are you our 6 Millionth customer?

6 Million Customers Go Ape

Since 2002 we’ve been plotting ways to get the world swinging through the trees, and sometime in July 2016, we’ll be welcoming our 6 millionth customer!

We’ve come a long way since 2002, from our first Tree Top Adventure course in Thetford Forest to 30 locations UK-wide and over 60 adventures.

Our adventures now include the classic and original Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, Forest Segway and of course Zip Trekking Adventure, however there’s one thing for certain, we wouldn’t be where we are without you!

FLASH SALE: £6 off per person

To inspire your tribe to #TaketheFirstStep and Go Ape, we’re offering a 24-hour saving of £6 off per person at Go Ape (Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, Forest Segway and Zip Trekking) until 30 July 2016.

You have today to book (promo valid on 15 July 2016 only). Ends 23.59pm.

Book now, and you could be our 6 millionth Go Ape adventurer!

*Excludes Gift Vouchers and Corporate Events

Tree Top Adventure is open at Chessington!

Chessington World of Adventures

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, can we get a drumroll please…Go Ape’s Tree Top Adventure has swung its way into Chessington World of Adventures Resort and is officially open for (monkey) business!

It’s a mega milestone for us: our 30th Go Ape to launch in the UK (we’re feeling a little emotional about it all, to be honest) and it’s the first time we’ve teamed up with a theme park and double the adventures mean double the fun!

Go Ape at Chessington

But that’s not the only ‘first’ – oh no!

Our Chessington site is also home to Go Ape’s first ever four-person zip wire (which means quadruple the fun, right!?). Picture this: you and three of your chums perching on a platform ledge as you count down from 3 (or 10, if one of you isn’t quite ready to take the leap of faith). You reach 0 and all jump off in synch, whizzing through the air with the wind in your face. It’s a ride to the finish line/mound of woodchip!

Four man zip wire Chessington

Your little monkeys can get involved too, clambering up the rope ladder to take on an epic Tree Top Junior course. So long as they’re over the age of 6 or at least 1m tall, they can swing through the trees to their hearts content!

Set amidst 60 acres of woodland, there’s no doubt that Chessington is the UK’s wildest theme park.

So, what better place for a Go Ape? After your Tarzan-inspired adventure with us, there’s a whole heap of other activities to check out, whether it’s the parks 40+ rides and attractions, the zoo, or Sea Life centre!

In fact, seeing as there’s so much to see and do, why not make a weekend of it? The resort has two hotels and new explorer camping, where you and your tribe get to sleep under the stars in pre-pitched tents. A must if you’ve got little ones!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape adventure today!

Make Your Summer Checklist

Make a Summer Checklist

Have you made your summer checklist yet? No? Well, why not!?

With summer in full swing and the sun finally making an appearance (hurrah!), there couldn’t be a better time to get out there and embrace adventure!

There’s so much to see, do and experience here in the UK, that you might be wondering where to begin. If so, let Go Ape help! Whether you’re looking for adventures for one, two, or a big group (or a mix of all three), here are some fun ideas to get you started. Pen and paper at the ready…

Camp

Back to the simple life you go…pitch up, switch off (all tech), and spend some quality time with your loved ones singing songs under a star-studded sky. Check out this Guardian list of top campsites for some inspiration.

Go to the beach

As a favourite British pastime, a trip to the beach is a must this summer! Build sand castles with your little ones, jump over waves in the sea, explore hidden coves, and catch some crabs in the rockpools! Want to try something a little different? Head to the Jurassic Coast, pick up some hammers, and find yourself some fossils!

Get fit

Swap gym benches for park benches and get fit…outdoors! From bootcamps to group yoga and one-on-one personal training sessions, outdoor fitness classes have really taken off in the past few years and there’s bound to be one near you!

Row, row, row your boat

…gently down the river! Round-up the tribe and head out on a rowing boat for a few hours. Pack a picnic and take it in turns to row as you all tuck into some tasty homemade sarnies! If you want to extend your on-water adventure, why not hire a narrowboat and spend the weekend cruising canals with your pals?

P-p-p-pick up a paddle

A relatively new craze in the UK, stand up paddle boarding (SUP for short) is mega fun and a great way to explore the country’s network of waterways. Don’t be fooled by how easy it looks; there’s definitely a knack to it! To find out where you can SUP, take a look at the British Stand Up Paddle Association website.

Go 007

Take your little ones on a James Bond-themed adventure to discover some of the National Trust’s top-secret spots. In the houses and grounds you’ll unearth everything from twisted tunnels and secret doors to magical caves and mysterious mazes.

Go Ape!

Soaring through the air, wind in your face, with your arms stretched wide – sounds pretty dreamy, huh? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to experience if you come and hang with us at Go Ape! Our Tree Top Adventures are set high up in the forest’s canopy and include a whole host of awesome obstacles, from wobbly bridges and tunnels to swings and zip wires!

This summer we want you to #TakeTheFirstStep, don’t be held back be the same old excuses and live life adventurously with us.

We hope we’ve given you inspiration for activities to include on your summer checklist! So the next time you wake up on a Saturday morning pondering “what shall I do today?” you’ll know where to look!

(Psst…if you have any recommendations for summer adventures you’d think we’d enjoy, do let us know!)

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