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Striking the balance: The workings of a Segway

Group Segway

At first glance, Segways might not seem all that extraordinary, with some people describing them as mere ‘glorified scooters.’ But in actual fact, Segways are ingenious pieces of kit and a lot of science goes into developing them.

Packed away in the base, hidden from view, are clever computers, sophisticated sensors and smart motors which keep the Segway upright when it’s switched on. As for the controls and navigation, well, that’s down to you…the rider!

Successfully operating a Segway involves mastering the art of balance tightrope walkers do it, ballerinas do it; and if you’ve ever embarked on a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, you’ve had to do it! As the saying goes, it’s simple once you know how!

Lean forward (not too much, now) and the clever gyroscopic sensors within the Segway pick up changes in pitch angle and, as a result, move the wheels forward to maintain balance. The same goes if you need to reverse; i.e., if you overshot a forest trail at Go Ape and find yourself a little too close to a tree (*gulp*)!

Of course, as well as going backwards and forwards, you’ll want to navigate left and right which is done by moving the handlebar in the desired direction. When travelling forward, leaning forward will pick up the pace and if you start going a bit too fast for your liking, just lean back! Segway with Go Ape!

Now you know all about the tech behind Segways, do you fancy having a go on one? If the answer’s ‘yes,’ then why not pay a visit to Go Ape for a totally unique, forest-themed Segway adventure?

Go Ape Segway Experience

When it comes to cruising around on a self-balancing Segway, there really is no better setting than in the heart of a beautiful forest. Immersed in a sea of green, you’ll weave your way in and out of the trees with your tribe, listening to the birds chirping, breathing in that fresh forest air while watching numerous species of wildlife go about their merry way.

A Forest Segway experience is a fun-for-all activity. If you aren’t a fan of heights, or have swung with us so many times you’ve lost count, it provides a good alternative to a Tree Top Adventure (though, we also recommend facing up to your fears by heading into the canopy).

Or, you might choose to treat yourself and your tribe to the ultimate Go Ape day out by combining both adventures go on, you deserve it!Worried you won’t be able to balance? Worry no more! Before we let you roam free in the forest, a skilled member of the Go Ape tribe will teach you the tricks and make sure you’ve nailed the controls.

A Segway experience costs just £35 for 60 minutes, and is the perfect chance to put your feet up and explore the wonders of the forest in a fun and totally unique way!

Get Ahead This Spring Bank Holiday

Tree Top Junior Southampton

Bank holiday season is upon US!

 

We’ve already been treated to three bank holidays recently thanks to Easter, and May Day and before we know it Spring Bank Holiday will be upon us and then we have to wait until August for another!

Have you penciled your plans into the diary yet, or does it leave a Monday-shaped hole in your calendar? After three you should be well rehearsed but fear not its not too late to take the time to start making preparations‚ take a look at these handy tips for making the most of your long weekend!

 

Write a list

 

A bank holiday means you have 50% more time to do the things you’ve been nagging yourself to do, but haven’t got around to. There’s nothing more satisfying than striking a line through that dreaded chore you’ve been putting off for ages. Once it’s done, it’s done, and you can enjoy the rest of your extended weekend guilt-free. Tidy the shed‚ tick! Take that old bookcase to the dump‚ tick! Practice your chest-pounding skills‚ okay, maybe that one’s just us…

 

What’s on the menu?

 

Life can get so hectic that sometimes, eating becomes a necessity rather than an indulgence. This is a travesty in our opinion! Why not plan ahead for the upcoming bank holiday by considering what treats you could have in store? The range of ideas out there these days are vast, and vloggers are making recipes even easier to achieve. For the more health-conscious, these goodies needn’t be high in naughtiness, as long as they are something you can look forward to! So start favouriting those online tutorials you usually scroll past longingly, sighing that you’d “love to try this out but never have the time…” Well, now you will!

 

Money-maker

 

Why not use your extra time to declutter your home, and at the same time, make some extra pocket money? Start gathering your preloved particulars ready for that bank holiday boot sale/auctioning website/free ads forum and watch your finances flourish. Perhaps your little monkeys have a mountain of toys they don’t play with anymore? Maybe your wardrobe could use a clear-out? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, after all.

 

Plot in time with your loved ones

 

It may seem like an obvious one, but if your lives are half as busy as ours, you’ll know that time is precious and we must grab the opportunities to spend time with our family and friends as often as we can. Eat together, play together, take a walk in your local park‚ anything that brings you closer and allows you to spend some quality time with one another. So book in some bank holiday bonding time with your favourites today, before anyone else does!

 

For a truly great experience with your nearest and dearest, a trip to Go Ape could be just the ticket! There are just a few days left until the Early May Bank Holiday‚ so make sure you get in early by booking a session at one of our fantastic Tree Top Adventure courses. Make this year’s Spring Bank Holiday the most memorable yet!

Carry on…bonding!

Trees for Cities and Go Ape

Why is it that the Easter holidays and May Day Bank Holiday always seem to be over in a flash?

Well do not fear we have Spring Bank Holiday and the Summer Holidays just on the horizon ….

One day you’re all kicking back in the garden, enjoying a hot cross bun or two (or three); the next you’re sat at your desk, your kids are back at school, and you’re checking your calendar to count the weeks until the summer hols.

Easter and the early May Bank Holiday may be over, but the opportunity to bond with your family isn’t! Chances are, you all got up to some fun things during the break…well, there’s no reason why the fun should stop! In fact, having some fun activities in the pipeline will help to lessen the blow of being back in the office or the classroom.

Spring’s here and the evenings are getting lighter by the day so get out there and make the most of it!

Autumn Adventures at Go Ape

Maybe you weren’t able to hang out with your family that much this Easter. Well, even more reason to start planning some awesome adventures for you to bond over. With a little inspiration from the National Trust website, here are eight springtime family adventure ideas which do not need a holiday to take advantage of:

1. Take a trip to the forest, find the best climbing tree, and appreciate the view from way up high (just don’t forget to hold on tight).
2. Go for a stroll in the countryside, and see who can spot the most newborn baby lambs.
3. Be brave and take a dip in the sea hold hands and all run in together. The UK boasts some truly beautiful beaches; so after your swim, you can spend an afternoon building sandcastles and enjoying ice cream.
4. If it’s a windy day at the beach, bring a kite, and watch it dance and twirl in the breeze (before crash-landing into the sand).
5. Set off at dusk and spend an evening stargazing. Pick a spot with limited light pollution, and look out for shooting stars.
6. Gather together some paper and crayons and sketch some pictures of the springtime blooms. If you have flowers (like daffodils) growing in your garden, why not try pressing them into your artwork?
7. Ready, steady, slow! Ask a few snails if they wouldn’t mind taking part in a race. Placing a piece of lettuce at the finish line will encourage them to keep moving and in the right direction.
8. Unleash your inner Tarzans in the treetops at Go Ape! The ultimate in family bonding, a Tree Top Adventure will see you teaming up to tackle a whole host of sky-high obstacles. You’ll crawl through bridges, swing on stirrups, leap into nets and whizz through the air via zip wire!

With 31 locations across the UK, there’s bound to be a Go Ape near you. Book today, and give you and your family something to look forward to.

Time to burn off those Easter eggs!

Chocolate
Right, it’s time to confess: how many choccy eggs did you devour over Easter?

You thought your stash would last for weeks, but there’s something about Easter egg chocolate that makes it oh-so irresistible. It has what we call a ‘Pringle effect’ on us; once we take that first tongue-tantalising bite, we’re hooked and find it impossible to stop.

And when someone looks at you disappointedly and questions how you’ve managed to gobble three large eggs in one sitting, you have your reply ready: “Well…they are hollow!”

Which means they can’t be that many calories… right!?

If you believe ignorance is bliss, you may want to skip this section.

We found ourselves wondering how many cals are loaded into those hollow, choccy eggs, so we did some research.

*Gulp*

We discovered a study by Bidvine, revealing the calorie content of the nation’s fave Easter eggs. If you were treated to a Dairy Milk XL Easter egg this year, you may be (unpleasantly) surprised to learn that it packs a whopping 1,758 calories (egg + bars). To burn off that many cals would take either 5.9 hours of walking, 3 hours of running, 2 hours of swimming, or 2.1 hours of squatting.

Cadbury caramel eggs packed the second highest amount of cals (1,683), followed by Mars (1,623), Flake/Wispa (1,562) and Double Decker (1,549). But if you enjoyed a Smarties egg, then don’t feel too bad they only contain 680 cals, although they’d still take 1.2 hours of running to burn off.

Time for some eggs-ercise!

Sorry, we don’t want to sound like Willy Wonka’s dentist Dad, groaning about eating too much chocolate. Besides, we all deserve to treat ourselves every now and then.

But if your egg-cessive egg munching has left you feeling full up and fed up, then some good ol’ fashion exercise will help. If you want to burn off your Easter eggs as quickly as possible, here are some activities to get involved in:

 Tennis
Tennis 

Like any sport, you get out what you put in. If you want to shift cals fast, then you need to push yourself on that court. Keep those legs moving!

Swimming

 

Swimming

The butterfly is a hard stroke to master, but it’s the best for burning fat. An hour’s worth of non-stop butterfly could burn around 1,000 calories and if you can manage that, then you deserve a medal!

Kick Boxing
 Kick-boxing

Kick and punch those calories away! Book an intense one-on-one session with a trainer and you could shift around 1,000 cals in a single hour.

 

 

Bike Ride
Bike ride

No leisurely cruises…if you want to burn cals quick, you need to pedal fast, picking a route with long flats to practice your sprinting, plus a few hills for good measure. If you don’t have a bike to hop on, a 45-min spin class at the gym burns around 750 calories.

Go Ape!

There’s a reason Tarzan was so buff: swinging through the trees is hard graft! Completing one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses burns around 510 calories in women, and 660 in men. And you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realise you’re exercising!

Our courses have tunnels you can crawl through, ladders you can clamber up, bridges you can swing on, and platforms you can leap off! So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape adventure today!

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