Monthly Archives: June 2017

80 year old tackles Rivington!

80 Year Old Silverback Bill Rivington
Want to hear a story that’ll inspire and motivate you? A story that’ll make you want to rise up from your seat and applaud endlessly?

Here we go, then…

Several weeks back, we had the privilege of welcoming Bill to Go Ape in Rivington. Bill’s wife had arranged a surprise trip into the treetops for Bill’s birthday. Not any old birthday, though…his 80th birthday!

They say you’re only as old as the age you feel and Bill certainly proved that point as he swung from tree to tree, tackling our sky-high obstacles in a Tarzan style. The silverback wasn’t alone in the canopy, though: as soon as Bill’s family heard about the surprise, they wanted in on the adventure. And who can blame them?

The family arrived at the forest as a 22-strong tribe, which included Bill and his wife, their four children, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four in-laws (*breathe*)!

Now that’s a tribe and a half!

After Bill and ten of his family completed the course, they toasted their adventure by tucking into a well-deserved picnic and drinks.

Bill said: “Everyone enjoyed it, we had a good laugh and it will be a good talking point at future family gatherings.

“The staff were very good and the safety equipment easy to use, with simple instructions.”

We pondered whether Bill would ever take to the trees again – he said: “I would do it again no problem.” That’s what we like to hear!

Our hats are off to Bill, who has proven that age is just a number and that anyone can live life adventurously! Check out adventures here!

How much time does a teacher spend working?

Teacher-on-zip-wire-go-ape

The typical working week is 37.5 hours long, or 40 hours if you count the obligatory lunch break. Now, even if you love your job like we do, we’re sure you’€™ll agree that a 40-hour working week is long enough. Besides, we have things to do, people to see and many adventures to embark on with our own tribes!

So, get this: according to research published last year by the Education Policy Institute, the average teacher in England works a whopping 48.2 hours a week! That’€™s like adding a day and a half to the working week, almost.

And that’€™s not all. The study also showed that one in five teachers work 60 hours or more every week a€“ 12 hours above the limit that was set by the European working time directive.

It’s not just time spent teaching kids that constitutes as work. Teachers get home and rather than enjoying some downtime with their families, often have to mark papers or prepare for lessons. They arrive at school super early and leave long after the school bell rings. They work extra hard to make sure our kids are given the best education possible – mega kudos to them!

Tree Top Junior School Trips

Take a break

If you’€™re a teacher, then take it from us: you deserve a break from the classroom! You need to leave school behind for the day to rejuvenate€ in the treetops!

Yep, you read that correctly! How do you fancy unleashing your inner Tarzan (or Jane) in the forest at Go Ape? Leave your worries in the classroom as you and your mini tribe take on obstacles ranging from bridges and swings to nets, stirrups and zip wires!

Chances are that your class will be in need of a break, too! Maybe they’ve been working hard on group projects or have been busy revising for a test. A school trip to Go Ape will be tree-mendously fun as well as educational (a win-win).

For one day, let Go Ape take control of your lesson plan! Your trip will pan out a little something like this:

– Arrive at the forest and complete one of our suggested activities (we’€™ve put together a whole range of learning resources with the help of practicing teachers, covering English, maths and science).
– Head up into the canopy to take on a Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior, depending on how old your tribe are.
– Tuck into a scrumptious school lunch in the heart of the forest (under the shelter if it’s wet). – Complete another one of the suggested activities.
– Leave the forest with huge smiles across your faces, certificates of your accomplishments and ever-lasting memories of your time with us!

Oh, and here’€™s something else that might sweeten the deal for you: teachers get to swing absolutely free! The school package is available Mon-Fri during term time. If you fancy chatting to us before booking up, call 0845 643 9215. Hopefully see you in the treetops soon!

Happy birthday Aberfoyle!

Happy birthday Go Ape Aberfoyle

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Our breathtaking Go Ape location in Stirlingshire celebrated it’s 10th birthday this weekend. If you visited Aberfoyle on Sunday 11th June, you may have been greeted with balloons, buntings and a slice of cake (or you may have even entered our competition to celebrate your 10th birthday with us).

 

A lot has changed over the decade of adventure at Aberfoyle, but there are some things that will always remain a proud part of our history. Here are 5 fun facts you may not know about Go Ape Aberfoyle:

 

1) It was our first ever Scottish site. Now you can find 3 of our scenic locations in Scotland.

 

2) It’s home to the longest zip wire in Go Ape history, at a staggering 426 metres.

 

3) In March 2017, Go Ape Aberfoyle made it to the finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards – Scottish tourism’s equivalent of the Oscars.

 

4) It is home to one of our rare dual courses, where you can choose your fate on one of two routes (moderate or extreme).

 

5) In 2014, we welcomed our first and only ever Go Ape Tree Top Wedding. They said ‘I do’ then took a leap of faith off the Tarzan swing.

 

Here are some photos from the day, just look at that cake!

 

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If you missed out on the fun of the day, there is still time to book onto the course and receive 10% off the adventure for your whole Tribe.  Simply use code ABBD10 when you book your Tree Top Adventure before the 11th July 2017*. You can book here.

*Code valid on Tree Top Adventure at Aberfoyle only. Excluding Saturdays until 11th July 2017.

#MayTheGamesBegin it’s a wrap Tribe!

May Games

Sometimes the routine of everyday life needs a bit of a shake-up and, here at Go Ape, we feel there’s no better way to do this than to set yourself a little challenge or two and have a good long laugh while doing it.

After all, if we didn’t step out of our comfort zone now and again, we’d hardly be swinging through the treetops with the wind in our hair – we’€™d probably just be hanging there, wishing someone would give us a push! That’€™s why this May we decided to sound the jungle drums and test our loyal and fun-loving tribe with a series of challenges, designed to weed out any treetop talents they might be hiding or secret simian skills they might possess.

Our #MayTheGamesBegin competition saw us set our instructors a brand new challenge each week as well as offer our extended tribe the opportunity to outshine them by sharing a video of their skills on our social channels. As we suspected, you cheeky monkeys tackled each week’€™s challenge with smiles on your faces and we have to say, we’€™ve never been more impressed!

Here’s some of the impressive entries from the Tribe!

Who would have thought our instructors’ tree-hugging capabilities could so closely compete with the magnificent koala? Or that our tribe could so delicately peel bananas with their dextrous feet? We should have known there would be some impressive yoga poses, held in the treetops with ease and, of course, one could hardly call themselves a member of the Go Ape tribe without at least attempting to roll a banana down their face and into their mouths!

Our whole ethos at Go Ape is centred around challenging yourself, embracing new activities and leading an adventurous lifestyle. Whether you’€™re hitting the high ropes for the first time or setting yourself the goal of letting out the loudest Tarzan cry as you tackle the zip line, there’€™s nothing more exhilarating than seeing what you are capable of at our Go Ape courses.

With 61 ways to Go Ape across the UK and 31 locations at which to do so, you’€™re bound to find something that will put you to the test! Who knows, you might even uncover a secret talent you never knew you had!

Thanks to everyone who stepped up to the plate and gave our challenges their best shot – you made us laugh, you made us cry (with laughter) and you€’ve shown us that the Go Ape tribe is one talented bunch!

Don’€™t forget to keep on challenging yourself – see you at your next visit, book it here!

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