Monthly Archives: August 2016

Ride the wind with Go Ape!

Zip, Zip, Horray

Today is not just any old (dreary) Tuesday, oh no. Today is a special day. D’you want to know why? Because it’s Ride the Wind Day!

Yep – Ride the Wind Day is a thing, and it’s celebrated across the world every year on the 23rd of August! If there’s a day dedicated to celebrating love, then why can’t there be a day dedicated to celebrating one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts!?

Alright, so there are certain times when the wind can be annoying – when you’re trying to read the paper outdoors, when you can’t hear what your mate’s saying on the phone, or when it messes with your hair to make you look like an ‘80s pop icon.

But, there are many reasons why wind is brilliant, too. Wind allows us to travel, whether it’s over water on a sailboat or through the air on a paraglider. It dries our washing and cools us down when we’re hot and flustered. It’s also a free, renewable energy source that is super-clean, emitting no pollutants or greenhouse gases.

So, how did Ride the Wind Day come about?

Well, it was initiated to honour the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer Prize (a series of awards given to pioneers of human-powered flight). On this day back in 1977, the Gossamer Condor became the first human-powered aircraft capable of controlled and sustained flight. It was designed by Paul Macready and piloted by Bryan Allen, who completed a mile-long, figure-eight course in 7 minutes and 27 seconds, reaching a top speed of 11mph.

Tree Top Adventure Go ApeIf you’re scratching your head thinking of how to celebrate Ride the Wind Day, we’ve got an idea: book a Zip Trekking Adventure at Go Ape! What better way to experience that wind-in-your-face feeling than by soaring through the air like a bird!?

Our Zip Trekking Adventure is exclusive to Cumbria and you’ll find it nestled amidst the Douglas Firs at Grizedale Forest. You’ll soar high above the forest floor, soaking in the views as you take on seven zips and cover a mega 3km of ground (or shall we say, air?).

Your Zip Trekking Adventure will start with a safety briefing, and then you’ll get to experience that fresh, forest breeze as you embark on a 20-minute hike through one of the most beautiful forests in the UK. You’ll then be whisked along winding mountain roads in one of our off-road Land Rovers, up to the training zip. Once you’ve perfected your technique and learned how to land like a pro, you’ll be free to soar!

If Cumbria is a bit of a trek from where you live, you’re able to get that wind-in-your-face feeling at any of our Go Ape locations! Every single Tree Top Adventure features zip lines! But if you’re near any of the following, be sure to check them out…

Go Ape Aberfoyle – Home to two of Britain’s longest zip wires (each stretching over 400m).

Go Ape Glentress Forest, Peebles – Our highest zip wire, flying you over stunning reservoirs in the valley.

Go Ape Haldon Forest Park – Boasting two 235m zip wires, flying you from hilltop to hilltop with awe-inspiring views of Dartmoor National Park.

So, are you ready for a zip-tastic adventure? Book now to avoid disappointment!

Over 60 hours a week, what’s stopping you?

Tarzan Swing

Right – hands up who’s ever used the excuse, Sorry; I don’t have the time to get out of something?

Perhaps a friend called to see if you wanted to play 5-a-side, a family member asked if you’d run an errand for them, or a colleague needed help with a project at work.

We all have busy lives but its important not to fall into the (lazy) habit of constantly using time as an excuse not to do things! Sure, work saps up a lot of our waking day, but there are still plenty of hours in the evenings and weekends to let your hair down and have some fun!

Time for Go Ape!

Call us clever, call us smart, as the Go Ape folk have been doing some calculations without a calc. Our sites are open for an average of 9 hours a day, which over the course of a week means were open for 63 hours. That’s over 60 hours of forest-themed, Tarzan-inspired fun that you and your tribe could be getting involved in!

Why wait for a bank holiday weekend?

Instead of spending your weekday evenings watching TV and daydreaming about the weekend, swing by Go Ape for an adventure in the tree tops. It’s important to make the most of these lovely light evenings before summer ends and the nights start drawing in (lets not think about that yet).

If you embark on a Tree Top Adventure, you’ll take on a whole host of exciting obstacles, from bridges and tunnels to stirrups and tight ropes. You’ll leap off platforms and into giant nets, and you’ll feel the evening breeze in your face as you fly through the air on a zip wire. Sounds pretty awesome, huh?

If you’d prefer an adventure that’s a little closer to the ground, you could hop aboard one of our all-terrain Segways and cruise the forest floor.

With our Forest Segway Experience, you’ll roll across simple pathways and trickier trails as you weave your way in and out of the trees, soaking in the sights and breathing in that fresh forest air as you go! Arguably the best way to unwind after a hard days work!

And then, we have the weekends – two whole days to do whatever you like!

Not seen your best mate in a while? Call them and see if they like to catch up in the tree tops. Fancy arranging an alternative first date? Unleashing your inner Tarzan as you tackle sky-high obstacles is bound to impress! Want to treat your kids before they head back to school? They’ll love monkeying around on a Tree Top Junior course!

See you soon!

Win a £100 Go Ape gift voucher

6 Million Customers Go Ape

We want to hear from you, our tribe. Answer just a few questions about living life adventurously whatever the weather and you could win a £100 Go Ape gift voucher.

Sorry this competition is now closed.

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 starts Monday 23 August 2016 until Friday 26 August 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.

Win Muddy Puddles kit

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Muddy Puddles believes that whatever the weather, children come alive outside!  They’ve been kitting out young explorers in waterproofs, wellies and ski-wear for over 20 years, enabling them to stay warm, dry and happy come rain or shine.  Muddy Puddles are committed to inspiring families to get outside and enjoy the natural world around them, and run free events for families across the country.  They also regularly share outdoor ideas and tips on their blog, Muddy Days!

Our friends at Muddy Puddles have given us a couple of bundles of kit (worth £100 each). We’ll even throw in a couple of Go Ape Tree Top Junior gift vouchers (worth £36). Simply enter your details below to be in with a chance…

Sorry this competition is now over.

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 starts 23 August 2016 and ends 5 September 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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