Monthly Archives: May 2017

How to Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day

Raymond Go Ape Crathes Castle

As the world celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day on 31st May, we explore five ways we can all keep our minds and bodies on their toes (so to speak).

1) Try something new

Aristotle may have been one of the first philosophers to make the distinction between happiness we feel in the moment (hedonia), and the satisfaction that comes from constantly developing and living life to the fullest (eudaimonia). Slightly more modern research has revealed that the sense of purpose that comes from eudaimonia is associated with lower cortisol levels, increased immune function, and better sleep.

Have you thought about open water swimming? A brilliant choice for confident swimmers, swimming in cold water burns more calories, works every single muscle, and is a great way of meeting people. There are lots of opportunities to get involved – visit SwimEngland for more tips.

2) Spend time with lots of different people

Mixing with people of all different ages and backgrounds introduces us to different perspectives – which can sometimes make us challenge our own outlook.

Have you thought about dancing? Thanks to a certain celebrity dance show that we’ve all heard of, dancing in the UK is experiencing a boom, with popularity growing among people of all ages and cultures. Why limit yourself to the ballroom when there’s Latin, Flamenco, Bhangra, Street…

3) Reconnect with nature

We’ve all heard the benefits of exercising outdoors. Research by Professor Jules Pretty of the University of Essex has revealed that green exercise is associated with increased feelings of revitalization and decreased feelings of anger, confusion and depression.

Have you thought about dog agility? A lot of clubs take classes outdoors in the summer, and little Rufus doesn’t have to be a prime athlete to join in –classes are usually open to dogs (and owners) of all shapes, sizes and ages. Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks…

4) Embrace technology

Video communication apps like Skype can be a big help in bringing people closer together. Social media channels such as Facebook can also be a handy way of organising or searching for events in your local area. There are also lots of fitness games and apps on the market, designed to improve health and wellbeing, from sharpening mental agility to improving balance and core strength.

Have you thought about a Forest Segway adventure? A novel way to explore the forest floor, our Segway adventures allow you embrace technology and nature at the same time.

Raymond Goes Ape5) Take inspiration from others

Here at Banana HQ, we’re often reminded that adventure really doesn’t have any limit. Take one of our favourite Silverbacks, Raymond, who leapt into the limelight this Autumn by becoming the oldest member of our Tribe.  At the tender age of 93, Raymond joined his granddaughter’s 21st birthday celebrations on our Tree Top Adventure at Crathes Castle. Speaking of his adventure, Raymond said, “I don’t think age should ever be a barrier and I am always keen to try something new.”

There you go. We should all be more like Raymond.

 

An adventurous gift for the daredevil in your life!

Go Ape Gift Vouchers this Christmas

Do you know someone who grabs life by the horns, lives every day to its very fullest and embraces any adventure or challenge that’s thrown their way?

If you do and their birthday’s coming up we’ve got the perfect present idea: give them the gift of adventure!A box of choccies last a couple of days (or a couple of hours if you’re anything like us), a pair of socks lasts a year and a book will be read in a week.

But the gift of adventure will create memories that’ll last a lifetime!Go Ape vouchersWe’re big believers in gifting memories, not things, which is why we offer Go Ape vouchers for four of our adventures!

Think the self-confessed daredevil in your life will enjoy monkeying around in the treetops? If so, you could treat them to a Tree Top Adventure, or a Tree Top Junior if they’re a mini Tarzan. The courses will have them climbing nets, crawling through tunnels, wobbling across bridges and whizzing through the air on zip wires!

Zip Trekking Adventure

 

 

Speaking of zip wires, if the birthday boy or girl lives near The Lakes (or wouldn’t mind travelling there), you could treat them to our one-of-a-kind Zip Trekking Adventure! No other obstacles just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip (seven in total, in fact).

We’ve basically made human flight possible with this sky-high adventure, which covers a whopping 3km!

For a more down-to-earth activity, there’s our Forest Segway Experience, which is a good alternative if the gift has already tested their Tarzan skills in the trees. On a Segway, they’ll get to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest in a totally unique way, as they roll over simple pathways as well as more testing trails.

Gift vouchers can be used at any of our 31 locations across the UK and are valid for a year. If you want, you can load the card with the amount of your choice, so that the recipient can pick their own activity.

Our vouchers can also be used to buy Go Ape gear. From branded tees, beanies and hoodies to handy lanyards and water bottles, our clothing and accessories are available to browse and buy from the on-site Go Ape cabin.

A Go Ape voucher is a gift the daredevil in your life will use and cherish. They won’t need to pull their pretend ‘I love it!’ face when they open the envelope, because they actually will!

You can expect to earn mega brownie points, and the added bonus? There’s no wrapping involved!

Teachers go free!

Go Ape School Trips

“A show of hands, kids who fancies skipping school for the day to go and monkey around in the treetops?” Ask your class this question and we bet that there won’t be a single child who keeps both of their hands down! Your class are bound to appreciate a break from times tables and spelling for the day think of it as a treat for all of their hard work.

They’ll get to clamber up into the treetops together to enjoy a fun-filled hour of canopy exploring, tackling obstacles as they go and completing the course by whooshing through the air via zip wire, landing in a squishy pile of wood chip.

A Tree Top Junior is mega fun; but it’s educational, too. Spending time in the treetops will teach your mini tribe valuable lessons and skills about the great outdoors we promise, it’s just as educational as a trip to the museum! And here’s the thing: kids learn best when they’re having fun.

A Tree Top Junior will give your kids an experience they’ll never forget; it’ll boost their confidence in the great outdoors which in turn, could make them more confident and happy in class. We call that a win-win. With the help of practicing teachers, we’ve also developed a range of stimulating resources which support the National Curriculum. They cover maths, English and science, and include ideas for how to make the most of your trip, as well as tasks for kids to complete whilst hanging out in the forest (and you can join in, too!).

Tree Top Junior School Trips

The nitty gritty A Tree Top Junior costs just £12 per pupil and guess what? Teachers and supervisors get to swing for free! If your kids are aged under 6 years old, you’ll need to supervise them from the treetops, with 1 adult to every 2 juniors. For kids aged 6-15, you can choose whether to supervise from the trees or ground, and there must be 1 adult per 8 juniors. If more supervisors join, they’ll need to pay.

Fancy swinging by to check out our offering? Not a problem! Teachers are more than welcome to pay a visit to Go Ape during the week, which will give them a good opportunity to chat to a member of our tribe about planning their adventure.

As well as a Tree Top Junior, we can suggest activities for you and your tribe to take part in during the day, and we can also put on a forest feast for you all to enjoy at lunch.

Each pupil will receive a memento of their Go Ape adventure in the form of a certificate, giving them something they can treasure forever!

Interested?

If you want your next class trip to take place in the forest, give us a call and we’ll help to arrange a unique adventure to suit your needs and budget.

Our number is 0845 643 9215 speak to you soon!

10 reasons why Air Space is the ultimate trampoline park!

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Go Ape may be renowned for its award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses, but the fun doesn’t end in the canopy, oh no.Several years ago, we decided that it was time to branch out and launched our very first Air Space; a spring-loaded urban playground featuring over 100 interconnected trampolines.

From high in the sky to down on the ground (well, almost), Go Ape adventures know no boundaries! Air Space has taken over mammoth warehouses in Wolverhampton, Glasgow (the first member of the Air Space family) and Stevenage.

Air Space has been awarded the accolade of UK’s ultimate trampoline park here are ten reasons why you should visit one:

1. Two teams, multiple balls, and the aim? To dodge them! Dodgeball is ten times more fun played on spring-loaded trampolines as it allows you to take sneaky aerial shots at your opponents!
2. Be brave, try new moves, push your limits…knowing you’re going to fall into a massive foam-filled cushion. The Air Bag is where the very best moves are born.
3. Fine-tune your freestyle finesse at Space Academy, where the Air Space crew will teach you tricks to help you perfect your skills.
4. Swap concrete for a super soft, spring-loaded court and play Shoot Out take airborne shots and dive for saves without it hurting when you hit the floor!
5. Bounce and bop to the beat every Friday night from 7-10pm, when Air Space’s resident DJs take to the decks to spin some classic party bangers.
6. Bored of the gym? Join a Freestyle Fitness class and you could burn a whopping 1,000 cals in an hour of bouncing. Just like embarking on a Tree Top Adventure, you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realise you’re exercising!
7. We’ve made walking on walls possible stand on the edge, drop yourself onto one of our Performance Tramps, bounce up and repeat! Is this what it feels like to walk on the moon?
8. Air Space welcomes anyone aged 5-85; so kids, teens, parents, grandparents and even great grandparents can join in the bouncing fun. It’s the perfect idea for your next family outing!
9. Slam dunk the funk…You don’t need to be 7ft to successfully shoot some hoops at Air Space, thanks to our springy trampolines that’ll transport you skyward.
10. Super charged, super sprung, super awesome. Bounce on our Power Jumping tramp and you’ll be transported to dizzying new heights!

Now do you feel ready to join the freestyle jumping revolution? General access sessions can last 60, 90 or 120 minutes and will give you free reign of the park as well as all of the kit.

You’ll need to wear a special pair of Air Space grip socks, which you can buy from us for if you don’t already own a pair. We look forward to bouncing with you soon!

Air Space are giving away a huge 50% off on general access!

This massive discount is only available for a little while so you’ll need to jump to it to collect it.

This promotion is for a short term only and its the biggest discount we have ever given away so make sure you use your code below.

East Kilbride – massive50offek
Stevenage – massive50offst
Wolverhampton – massive50offwv

Available when you book between Sunday 14th may and Thursday 18th May.

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