Category Archives: Top Tips

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!

#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!

Flexible pricing – Go Ape for less

Reach New Heights At Go Ape

At the moment, the prices of our adventures are fixed, but soon, you’ll be able to book adventure at a range of different prices.

Currently we charge a fixed price for all of our adventures, but soon the prices will be flexible. The price you pay will depend on a number of factors generally speaking, though, the earlier you book, the better value your Go Ape adventure will be!

The system is currently being rolled out at Go Ape Delamere Forest, Wendover Woods, Moors Valley and Wyre.

Swing by Delamere Forest and you could enjoy a Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior or Forest Segway at a discounted rate by booking early. While you’ll only find a Tree Top Adventure at Wendover Woods, it’s the only course in the UK to exclusively offer an ‘extreme’ route you’ll have to navigate across a Scrambling Net and Climbing Wall before coming face-to-face with some of our trickiest obstacles. Go on…challenge yourself!

Why have we introduced flexible pricing? Well, we think it’s a good incentive to inspire people to live life adventurously! Get your Go Ape date in the diary as early as poss and not only will you save cash, but you’ll give yourself something to look forward to! We call that a win-win.

We’ll tell you this now there’s no point in waiting to book your adventure, because prices will never go down. Whether you swing through the trees, zip through the air or roll around the forest floor with your tribe, your Go Ape adventure will always be cheaper the earlier you book it up.

Perhaps you want to get ahead and organise some fun days out for the kids during the summer hols. Or maybe it’s your partner or mate’s birthday in a few months’ time and you want to plan something extra-special. Maybe just maybe it’s your big day soon and quite frankly, you’re fed up with a bog-standard night out in town!

What to do with the money you save? You could always put it towards your next Go Ape adventure, or treat yourself to some branded gear available from our on-site cabin! Or maybe, you and your tribe could enjoy a hearty, post-adventure lunch at a nearby pub or cafe (trust us, swinging through the trees works up an appetite!).

The early bird catches the worm, and the early Tarzan swings for less! Book your Go Ape adventure today and save, save, save!

Can I Go Ape?

Half term activities for kids

You’ve been thinking about unleashing your inner Tarzan in the treetops for a while now, but you haven’t booked because you’re not sure if you’ll physically be able to swing with us.

Well, maybe we can clear the air…”Can I Go Ape?” is actually one of the most common questions the tribe get asked; and while our Tree Top Adventure courses are challenging (both mentally and physically), you should be able to conquer one so long as you’re reasonably fit and healthy.

What we say is this: if you can climb a ladder, you can swing through the trees at Go Ape! You don’t need to hit the gym five days a week, or follow a diet of an Olympian to monkey around in the trees with us. It’s our mission to make adventure accessible to the masses, which is why we’ve created courses to accommodate as many people as possible.

You’ll burn hundreds of calories completing a Tree Top Adventure (without realising it), and there are certain obstacles that are more challenging than others. Your adventure will last around three hours, and in that time you’ll crawl, climb, wobble, swing and zip your way to the finish line which is, a squidgy mound of woodchip!

Log Crossing at Go Ape

Concerned about the trickier obstacles? Don’t be! When you’re up in the canopy, you carve your own path there are a number of points where you get to choose whether to take on the easier or harder obstacle. You might start off with the more simple obstacles, then move on to the trickier ones (Stirrups, we’re looking at you) as your confidence grows!

If you think that you might need additional support, just give us a call on 0333 433 0902 to discuss your requirements. Extra equipment or support may be needed for your adventure, or we might have to tweak our training to ensure you get the most from your Go Ape experience. Sometimes the risk of injury is too great despite taking additional measures, which means that some people are unfortunately unable to swing with us.

If you have a pre-existing medical conditions then we recommend you visit the course first to check it out. The Go Ape tribe aren’t medically qualified, so you’re responsible for conducting your own risk assessment.We don’t recommend pregnant women sign-up to a Tree Top Adventure; but again, the choice is yours.

If you are pregnant, we suggest seeking advice from your doctor first, and you’ll need to sign a disclaimer stating that you’ve made us aware and have decided to take part despite Go Ape’s advice.

If you don’t think you’re up for spending time in the treetops, that doesn’t mean you can’t come and hang with us!

You could always hop aboard our Forest Segways for an hour’s worth of exploration! Segway-ing around the forest floor is not as physically demanding as swinging from tree to tree just put your feet up while the wheels do all the work!

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