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Check ’em out! Our new gift vouchers have arrived…

Gift Voucher
Want to know a sure-fire way of scoring some serious brownie points with your friends and family this Christmas? It’s simple: give them the gift of adventure!

A pair of socks will only disappoint, a box of choccies may please, and a DVD or music album could excite. But nothing – no, nothing! – beats a present that’s based on experiences and making memories that’ll last a lifetime. That’s our opinion, anyway!

Ready, steady, wow!

If you want to make someone’s Christmas very merry this year, why not give them a Go Ape gift voucher? They can be used on all of our adventures, whether you think the giftee would love to get their Tarzan on in the treetops, cruise the forest floor aboard a Segway, or sample human flight on our one-of-a-kind Zip Trekking Adventure. The choice is yours – or, leave it to them by loading up the voucher with cash instead.

All about the present(ation)

Who likes wrapping presents? Not us! With a Go Ape voucher, there’s no getting frustrated with folding, or constantly losing the end of the sellotape. If you want the voucher to be delivered directly to you, our tribe of furry elves will send it to you free of charge, snazzily presented in one of our wallets. You just need to make sure you order before midday on 20th of December to receive your delivery in time for Christmas!

 

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Or, there’s another option. If you don’t want to wait around for your vouchers, you can download and print them digitally at home. It’s as easy as 1-2-3; and for a bit of fun, we’ve created four, free envelopes you can pick from and print yourself! Very basic origami skills are required (plus a printer and piece of paper).

We reckon instant e-vouchers are a smidgen more personal, allowing you to choose your design and create the envelope yourself. This means that you can proudly declare “I made that!” when handing over the envelope to that special someone on Christmas day.

Whichever voucher option you go with, you’ll be able to personalise it with the recipient’s name and a little message from you to them. It’s a great opportunity to let them know how much they mean to you, to thank them for all they’ve done for you this year, or to simply wish them a merry Christmas.

So, what are you waiting for? Tick another pressie off your to-buy list today by purchasing Go Ape vouchers!

Fun outdoor winter activities

Winter at Go Ape
There’s no doubt about it: winter is the most magical season of them all. Not just because it’s the season of all-things-festive, but because the winter weather transforms the great outdoors into something resembling a scene from Narnia.

While it can be tempting to stay snuggled indoors when it’s bitter outside, we think that would be a real waste of winter! We’re bigger fans of wrapping up warm, filling our flasks with a hot beverage, getting out there and embracing it! Are you with us? Great. Here are five, fun outdoor activities we think you should get involved with this winter:

Canyoning – Brecon Beacons

Heard of canyoning? It essentially involves travelling down river canyons by abseiling, jumping, scrambling, floating and swimming (the list goes on). It sounds pretty hardcore but it’s actually relatively easy, and as a plus, it’s all downhill! Wales’ Brecon Beacons are a top spot for canyoning, with numerous tour operators to chose from.

Horse riding – Scottish highlands

The Scottish Highlands are famed for their horseback riding tours, and if you ask us, there’s no better time to enjoy a leisurely hack on this rugged terrain than during winter. Book an early morning or mid-afternoon slot and ride with the sun rising or setting beside you – and prepare to be swept away by those awe-inspiring views!

Mountain biking – BikePark Wales

Wales gets another mention on our list as it’s the perfect place to tear up some trials on a mountain bike! BikePark Wales is built by riders, for riders, and is the first full-scale bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys. There are routes for all ages and abilities, and if you aren’t a fan of climbs, you can always book yourself on the uplift. Slipping and sliding on those rocks and routes can be kept to a minimum by making sure those tyres are pumped to the right pressure!

Coastal walking – Marazion to Porthleven

The Marizon to Porthleven coastal route is arguably one of Cornwall’s best walks. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers fantastic views of Mount Bay and the enchanting castle on St Michael’s Mount. It’s a relatively easy trek but does involve a few climbs; it’s also ten miles long, so be sure to wear some sturdy walking boots! Once you’ve passed through gorgeous, sandy beaches, you’ll end up in the quaint fishing village of Porthleven, which itself has received status of being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Go Ape – 31 locations across the UK

Come swing with us before we go into hibernation! The canopy will protect you from the elements as you make your way from platform to platform, overcoming any obstacle in your path. You’ll wobble across bridges, crawl through tunnels, clamber up nets and whoosh through the air on zip wires! Go Ape is a wonderful, wintertime activity and with 31 locations across the UK, there’s bound to be a course near you!

Catch you in the treetops soon!

Top gifts for adventure lovers

Gift Voucher
In a letter to a friend, ill-fated explorer Christopher McCandless wrote: “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Now, while we can’t all head for the hills and adopt the “helter-skelter lifestyle” suggested by McCandless, we could all do with imbuing our daily lives with a little more adventure. New experiences do set our hearts a-flutter; they leave us feeling emboldened and alive and free from nine-to-five living. Adventure enriches and educates us. It makes us better.

That’s why the tribe here at Banana HQ believe that it’s experiences and not objects that make for truly meaningful gifts. After all, what feeling would you rather have come Christmas morning: the invigoration that comes with facing your fears, or the realisation that once again, you’ve got socks?

Adventurous Christmas gifts are great for all kinds of reasons, but the most important is the mark they leave on you. So, whether you want to say a big “thank you” to the intrepid explorer in your life who drags you out of monotony and up mountains, or you’re looking for some wishlist inspo, we have you covered. Kick 2018 off to an unforgettable start with these fantastic and daring experiences…

Pony trekking

Combine romance and adventure in an activity that would even put the epic love story of Aragorn and Arwen to shame. Opt for a sunset trek along one of Britain’s beautiful shores, or a weekend horseback hideaway in the Highlands of Scotland. Regardless of the backdrop, this is one that will certainly leave your loved one swooning!

Escape a room

Escape rooms are so last year, we want themed ones!

If you’re looking for a gift for a horror movie boffin, why not put their bravery and brains to the test with MoviESCAPE? With both Saw and Exorcist-inspired rooms, you’ll be sure to give them an experience that’ll keep ‘em up at night!

Or, maybe your main squeeze is a lifelong fan of the Crystal Maze and 90s nostalgia aficionado. Don your best bomber jackets and put on your thinking hats, because you can now collect crystals in both London and Manchester.

Paintballing

What better way to bid adieu to 2017’s stresses than by pummelling your partner with paintballs? Okay, we don’t condone that, but what we do support is a day spent out in nature, interjected with teamwork, tactics and terrific fun!

Zombie experiences

Do you have a friend who’s obsessed with zombies? Maybe they’re convinced they’d survive an outbreak or simply won’t shut up about the Walking Dead. Either way, get them to put their money where their mouth is by gifting them a zombie experience! Select an asylum, shopping centre or even a lab as your base location, then all that’s left is to choose your weapon, prepare your team and go face the undead!

Go Ape – We put the ‘A’ in adventure!

We have a plethora of adventures to pick from; swing into the New Year on one of our unbeatable Tree Top Adventures, feel the thrill of flight on our Zip Trekking course, or explore the forest floor on one of our Segway Experiences. Whatever thrilling activity you choose, we can guarantee a day full of laughter, surprise and exhilaration!

So, go on – give the gift of adventure this Christmas and leave your loved one beaming!

Superfoods for a super tribe!

Superfoods
If you’re well acquainted with the furry tribe here at Go Ape, you may know that food – particularly banana cake – is the way to our hearts. Food makes us smile, gives us energy and brings us together. Oh, and let’s not forget, it also keeps us alive!

Certain foods also have a clever way of boosting brain power, motivation and productivity levels in the office – not just a little bit, but by a whopping 20%, so says the World Health Organisation. We call that a triple whammy. All hail, superfoods!

So, what mood-lifting, motivational foods should you and your tribe be munching on whilst at work? Here are four of the finest:

1. Nuts

An excellent source of protein and natural (good) fats, we should all go nutty over nuts! This humble snack is also loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants, and is rich in amino acids, which together will help to improve brain and memory performance. A handful of nuts as a mid-morning pick-me-up is guaranteed to do just the trick!

2. Avocados

Has the nation gone avocado mad? Yes, it has. The benefits of this creamy, green fruit remained under the radar for decades, even centuries. But now, avocado is extremely a la mode, and as a big plus, it fires up our brain cells by improving blood flow in our bodies. Enjoy on its own, or our fave, mash it up with a squeeze of lime and smother on a slice of sourdough. We’re actually salivating.

3. Bananas

Oh, the brilliant banana! Our top fruit has made this list because it’s a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, like fibre, potassium and magnesium. Just one banana contains all the glucose your body needs for the day, too – which is far better than getting your fix by overloading on carbs or gorging out on sickly, sweet treats (both of which are notorious for causing energy crashes).

4. Berries

Brilliant berries are stuffed with antioxidants that support our brains and memory function. They’ve even been found to prevent us from developing conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as we age – so they’re definitely deserving of their superfood status. We like them sprinkled on our morning porridge (along with slices of banana). And here’s something to remember: the darker the berry, the more nutritional benefits it tends to contain!

Feed ‘em for free

Now you know which foods really are super, you can encourage your tribe to incorporate them into their daily diets and reap the benefits. Better still, you can buy these foods for your tribe, making sure the staff room is always well-stocked! Banana and avocados in the fruit bowl? Tick. Packets of nuts in the cupboard? Yep. Berries in the fridge ready to adorn some hearty bowls of porridge? You bet!

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