Monthly Archives: August 2016

The adventure on your doorstep

Bank Holiday Weekend

How often do you find yourself saying ‘no’ when you could have said ‘yes’? Think about it.

It’s all too easy to stay in our comfort zones, doing the same old things and sticking with the same old familiar routines. Why? Because it makes us feel safe, that’s why! In fact, many of us have been guilty of shrugging off a friend or family member’s suggestion to try something we’ve never tried before with the phrase, “It’s just not my thing.”

But if you’ve never given it a go, how do you know it’s not your thing?

Tree Top Adventure at Go ApeWhat if you could open up a new and exciting horizon to explore just by changing that one little word from a negative to a positive? What if there’s a whole world of fun out there that you’re letting pass you by?

Well, no more! This summer, we’re challenging people all over the nation to release their inner adventurer, cast off the shackles of sensible Britain and take the first step towards a life where you grab opportunities with both hands and set a new, fun-loving you loose on the world! All you need to do is take the first step and say yes to a new opportunity or experience that comes your way…

Luckily, we have just the thing to get you started, right here at Go Ape!

We firmly believe that there’s no better way to give your mentality a makeover than by embracing the Great Outdoors at one of our numerous sites around the country. After all, getting active out in the fresh summer’s air with your family and friends is a sure-fire step on the way to a healthier, happier you. With 27 choice locations to choose from, scattered throughout the UK, you can rest assured that your next adventure (should you choose to take it) is right on your doorstep – it really is that convenient!

The best thing about the Go Ape experience is that there really is something for everyone.

Go Ape at ChessingtonFrom our award-winning Tree Top Adventure (the classic Go Ape adventure) with its high ropes, tunnels and wind-in-your-hair zip wires to our Forest Segway tours where you and your tribe can get back in touch with good old Mother Nature and explore the forest on our self-balancing segways. Whether you want to fly high through the sky, swing through the tree tops or stay close to the ground, we’ve got your tribe covered!

No matter where you are in the UK, you’ll find our welcoming and supportive tribes awaiting – we’ve seen all sorts of people pass through and, more often than not, it’s those who claim they ‘can’t do it’ or that it’s not for them that have been the hardest to pry away at the end!

Saying “YES!” to Go Ape this summer might just feel like one little word, but it’s the first step towards living a more adventurous life.

Go on and #takethefirststep – we guarantee you won’t regret it.

Art Attack…Go Ape style!

Monkey art pulp fiction

Fancy yourself an art aficionado? Well, what if we were to tell you that some of the world’s most famous art works have been taken over…by apes!?

A number of creative folk thought it would be fun to monkey around with some classic works of art, removing the original characters and replacing with apes! Not even da Vinci escaped this ape invasion – and we’re already debating which painting would work best as a centrepiece in BananaHQ!

Monkey Lisa

mona lisa monkey ape













Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting has been hailed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” Everyone from captain Jack Sparrow to Edward Scissorhands and Kim Kardashian has been photoshopped in place of poor old Lisa, but this one gets our vote (of course).


Gorilla with the pearl earring

Gorilla with the pearl earring













This one’s a parody of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring painting. A couple of years ago, Dutch astrophysicist Vincent Icke raised doubts about the earring’s material, arguing that it looks more like polished tin than pearl. All we know is that the Gorilla has one hell of a pout (move over Kim K)…


Banana Pulp Fiction








Put bananas in your artwork and you’re asking for a monkey spoof! The original piece, created by Bristol-based Graffiti artist Banksy, depicted Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta’s characters in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, with their guns replaced by our favourite yellow fruit. A print of the stencil sold for £10,600 back in 2012.














Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Chimspeare! This ape definitely pulls off ‘smart’ better than we do…



Monkey scream Edvard Munch 











A cheeky parody of Edvard Munch’s Scream painting, we reckon this ape is thinking either one of two things – “How do I get back to the forest from here?!” or “Why did I buy a onesie that makes me look like I’ve just come out of prison?!”

Have we missed any monkey masterpiece takeovers? If so, share them with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Sunny day forest activities

High Ropes for Kids

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure…to have some fun!

Scratching your head for things to do with the little ones this weekend? Well, we’ve got an idea: why not head to your local forest to check out the activities on offer? There’s more to forests than trees and trails – there’s so much to see, do and experience!

If you quite fancy a family forest foray, here are a handful of activities you can all get involved in:

Monkey around

Outdoor Birthday Parties Go ApeIf forests are nature’s playgrounds, then trees are nature’s climbing frames! Supervise your little ones as they monkey around, swinging from branch to branch. You might want to show them how it’s done first, though a sturdier tree may be required!

Take aim

Aim…release! How do you fancy a shot (literally) at archery? The beautiful surrounds of the forest provides the perfect setting for you and your family to brush up on those bow and arrow skills – just watch out for the wildlife!

Find the Gruffalo

How do you make walking fun for kids? Turn it into a game of hide ‘n’ seek, of course! Giant wooden Gruffalos have taken over 15 forests across the UK (here’s the list) and you’ll be able to find them hiding amongst the trees. Each sculpture is carved in a different position – if you visit Wyre Forest, for instance, you’ll find the Gruffalo on his side having a snooze!

Get building

There’s something hugely satisfying about scavenging for forest materials and constructing your own shelter. Not only is den building fun, it’s a great way to bond as a family and it teaches your little ones valuable survival skills. For some expert tips, check out Forest Holiday’s guide on how to build the ultimate forest den.

New Platforms at Go Ape ThetfordFairy tale forests

Forests are some of the most magical places on earth. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild as they explore the forest’s fairy tale features, from natural babbling brooks to fairy dens and giants’ chairs (which are perfect for story telling).

Fancy getting crafty? The Forestry Commission website has a number of fairy tale activity sheets available to download. Using the forest’s natural resources, you can choose to make everything from a fairy or elf outfit, to a leaf crown or bow and arrow!

Go Ape!

For an utterly unique forest experience, it’s got to be Go Ape! We’ve got a number of tree-mendous activities you can choose from, whether it’s our award-winning Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior courses, our Segway Experience, or our one-and-only Zip Trekking Adventure in Grizedale Forest. With 30 courses across the UK, you’re bound to find a Go Ape near you!

Monkey around at Bracknell’s Fun Day

Go Ape Kids Parties

Ronan and his merry monkeys invite you and your Tribe to a family fun day at Go Ape, Bracknell.

On Saturday 6th August, Ronan and his Bracknell Tribe will be hosting a charity fun day event between 10am and 4pm. Swing by the Go Ape cabin and join in on the festivities. There’ll be lots to keep your little monkeys entertained, including:

  • Cake stalls
  • Teas and coffees
  • Face Painting
  • Lots of fun!

You may be wondering why Go Ape have swapped tree tops for muffin cups, well, every year we choose a charity to raise money for. In 2016, we’re raising money for the Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity that helps 9-24 year olds from all walks of life, get out in the great outdoors and experience life-changing adventures.

The day will be completely free to attend, all we ask is that you make a small donation in exchange for the activities, to help us raise money for The Outward Bound Trust.


Experience Go Ape

If you’re planning on spending the whole day in the forest, there are lots of other Go Ape activities on offer at Bracknell too. Bracknell is one of our leafy locations that offers 3 Go Ape adventures in one beautiful forest:

  • Tree Top Adventure – the classic 2-3-hour adventure for ages 10+ (over 1.4m tall)
  • Forest Segways – Epic segway safari trails around the breath-taking forest (for ages 10+ and over 7 stone)
  • Tree Top Junior – brand new course for 2016, it’s all the fun of the classic Tree Top Adventure designed especially for mini-explorer’s over 1m tall


There really is something for the whole family.

We hope you can swing by and monkey around with us for the day!


The important stuff

  • When: Saturday 6th August 2016
  • Where: Go Ape, Bracknell, The Look Out, Nine Mile Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QW
  • Time: 10am – 4pm

For more information on visiting Bracknell, Swinley Forest, parking charges and opening times, visit the Go Ape website


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