Monthly Archives: July 2017

Happy birthday, Go Ape Alice Holt and Bedgebury

Happy birthday alice holt and bedgebury

In case you haven’t heard – two of our Go Ape locations are celebrating their 10th birthdays this weekend. Go Ape Alice Holt and Bedgebury Pinetum will both mark their 10th anniversaries on Friday 21st July 2017.

The Tribes will be celebrating their big days with balloons, bunting, party bags and free cake. They even ran a giveaway to win a 10th birthday party for one lucky Tarzan who shares their birth year. If you didn’t get a chance to enter the competition, you have until midnight tonight tomorrow to enter.

A decade of adventure takes a lot of effort to achieve, and during that time there were lots of other accomplishments to celebrate too. Here are some of our favourite moments in the history of Go Ape Alice Holt and Bedgebury Pinetum:

1) Go Ape Bedgebury Pinetum is located inside the largest collection of conifers in the world

 

2) Our Alice Holt location has helped create film history – providing the landscape for the opening battle from Gladiator, scenes from Skyfall, Captain America and Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

3) One of Bedgebury’s instructors, Becky Jordan, is a silver medalist in mountain biking

 

4) Five of the tribe members from Alice Holt completed a 1000 ft skydive for Teenage Cancer Trust

 

5) Both Go Ape Bedgebury and Alice Holt have welcomed quite a few celebrities over the years, including the beautiful Kate Winslet and the talented Daniel Radcliffe

 

There is still time to book onto the course and enjoy the birthday celebrations at Go Ape Alice Holt or Bedgebury. Book your day out with us before the big day on the 21.07.2017 and you can receive 10% off your adventure:

Use code BEBD10 to receive 10% off Tree Top Adventures and Tree Top Junior adventures at Bedgebury Pinetum

Use code AHBD10 to receive 10% off Tree Top Adventures and Tree Top Junior adventures at Alice Holt.

We hope to see you in the trees soon!

Natural history programmes – inspiring our love for the great outdoors!

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If we asked you to name three national treasures, we bet one of your answers will be Sir David Attenborough. A hero to us all, Sir David has inspired generations with his natural history programmes, granting us unprecedented access and unique insight into the ways of the wonderful, untameable, wild world.

We delved into the deep, dark depths of the ocean watching The Blue Planet. We sympathised with polar bears and Arctic wolves watching The Frozen Planet. And we all watched with bated breath as a baby iguana ran for its life while being chased by snakes on Planet Earth II (and cheered when the little fella made it!).

In fact, Planet Earth II, which aired late last year, was the most watched natural history programme in the UK for over 15 years, drawing in around 9.2 million viewers during the opening episode alone.

Of course, it’€™s not just Sir David’€™s encapsulating documentaries that inspire our love for the natural world. Many nature-lovers have used their passion to create inspiring documentaries and to better educate us about nature; the way it works, the challenges it faces, and how humans play a pivotal part in its preservation and future.

Inspiring our little ones

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We know we moan about wasting evenings watching TV, but if kids are watching TV to learn about our lovely little planet, that can only be a good thing! Natural history programmes are capturing our kids’ imaginations, fuelling their curiosity, and inspiring them get out there and live life adventurously!

So, this weekend, why not make like Sir David and go and immerse yourself in the natural world!? For instance, why don’€™t you pay a visit to a local forest? Help your little ones learn all about the different types of trees, see how many species of wildlife you can spot, or gather natural materials to build a leafy hideout.

If your little ones (and you) are fans of nature and wildlife docs, no doubt you’€™ve watched a few episodes based on our furry, monkey pals. You’€™ve watched them in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees, play-fighting on the forest floor with one another. Well, we’ve got a suggestion: why not have a go at being a monkey yourself!?

See things from the perspective of your furry friends by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior at Go Ape! Our courses are set high up in the canopy and feature a whole heap of fun obstacles for you to tackle. You’€™ll wobble across bridges, clamber up ropes, leap from platforms and into nets, whoosh through the air via zip wire and much, much more! Let’s hear you: Oh ah ah ah, oh oh, ah ah ah!

So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate the beautiful natural world by swinging through the trees at Go Ape!

What would your UK outdoor #DreamAdventure be?

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Here at Banana HQ, we’ve been having a conflab, and if we could enter our #DreamAdventure competition (which we can’t – boo) this is what we’d ask for…

Adventurous marketing exec Jaz would climb Mount Snowdon with her boyfriend. PR gal Poppy would take on a wingwalk (rather her than us!), and our social media man’s dreaming of kitesurfing in Pembrokeshire – go Dan.

Scotland proved to be a popular destination. Boss Anna would paraglide over the Highlands, while copywriter Sarah wishes she could search for whales off the coast of Mull. Work experience guy Josh would also head north of the border, to cycle the outdoor velodrome in Edinburgh (we didn’t even know that was a thing).

All good choices. But unfortunately, as we can’t enter, a total an utter waste. You can enter, though – you lucky thing, you. What would your UK, outdoor #DreamAdventure be?

Head to our website and tell us! There are only six more chances to win!

We’ve got our fingers crossed for you,
The Go Ape Tribe

Happy birthday Go Ape Buxton

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Hip, hip hooray for Buxton’s big day. Our Derbyshire gem, just west of the Peak District National Park just celebrated its 10th birthday.

If you visited our Buxton adventure today, on the 14th July, you may have noticed some goings on around the cabin. Despite a spot of rain, the team at Buxton threw a tree-mendous birthday party to mark the anniversary of their launch in 2007.

Aside from the free cake, the Buxton Tribe have a lot of accomplishments to celebrate from the past 10 years. Here are 5 of our favourite accolades about Go Ape Buxton:

 

1) It is one of our highest courses, standing proudly on the edge of a valley

 

2) It is right next door to a natural landmark – the two-million-year-old cave Poole’s Cavern

 

3) One of their instructors is an IronMan (of the triathlon variety not the superhero)

 

4) It is an award-winning site, nabbing a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a Visit Peak District award

 

5) The site manager, Liam, is a master of dad jokes

 

If you missed out on the fun of the day, there is still time to book onto the course and enjoy the adventure with the Buxton Tribe. With summer holidays just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get outside and enjoy some tree-time with family and friends. You can book onto the classic Tree Top Adventure at Buxton, right here.

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