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10 things that are better than paying for postage

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What would you do if you won the lottery?

It’s a common ‘what if’ question, isn’t it? Well, we’ve got another one for you – this time, it’s a bit more realistic: what would you spend £1.99 on?

“Bit random” we hear you say. But it’s not as weird as you might think! Postage for our Go Ape gift vouchers used to be just a penny shy of two pounds. So, that got us thinking: now that postage is completely free, what could you buy with that £1.99?! Here’s what we came up with, all of which are so much better than paying for postage…

1. Multivitamins

Winter is well and truly here, which means Christmas festivities, crisp morning walks and cosying up by a roaring fire. Unfortunately, it also means sniffles, coughs and sore throats. Keep your immune system topped up with a daily dose of A-Z vitamins.

2. Anti-bac hand gel

On the topic of colds, stash a little bottle of anti-bac on your desk or in your bag and smother your hands in it at intervals throughout the day – killing those nasty germs in the process.

3. A new pen

If you write regularly, why not wave bye-bye to those temperamental biros and ever-blunt pencils and treat yourself to a good quality pen? And while you’re at it, jot down your New Year’s resolutions – that’s right it’s nearly that time of year again!

4. A new mug

We all love a good cuppa, especially during the chilly months! Your local supermarket is a great place to pick up inexpensive but super-stylish mugs – perfect for wrapping your hands around.

5. A smoothie

Five-a-day in one drink? Yes please! Next time you’re in town, swing by a smoothie shop and order the healthiest bevvy on the menu.

6. Gel hand warmers

These are a dream come true for outdoorsy types like us! Crack them to activate, place in your pockets and have toasty fingers all day long.

7. Warm socks

Don’t make your feet jealous – they want to be toasty, too! Get yourself some thick, fleecy socks to wear under your boots. You might never want to take them off (but, for your nose’s sake, we would advise you do!).

8. A flask

Hot drink hours after you made it? Enter: the flask! If you’re not going to be near a kettle for a while and you love your tea, coffee or hot chocolate, this is the vessel for you!

9. Herbal tea

We all know the health benefits of herbal tea – especially green tea. For £1.99 you can get some quality bags – maybe even those fancy mesh ones?!

10. Sketch book

If you’re the arty type, there’s nothing better than getting outside and sketching the beautiful scenery. Let those creative juices flow!

So, what would you spend £1.99 on? Answers on a postcard, please! Actually, scrap that – save on the postage and tweet us @GoApeTribe.

#GiftAdventure This Christmas

Gift memories, not things this festive season with a Go Ape gift voucher for your Tribe. Our gift vouchers can be used on Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway, Tree Top Junior or Zip Trekking Adventure at any of our 29 locations across the UK. If you’re looking for something unique to give, something to challenge, surprise and excite choose a gift voucher from Go Ape (did we mention it’s FREE delivery!)

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Christmas holiday hacks: top tips from the team

Christmas Hacks

Christmas should be a relaxed, merry old time of year; but, for many, it’s a period of intense stress – shopping, cooking, organising and juggling nativity plays with work parties, all whilst trying to keep every member of the tribe happy.

Does it make your palms sweat just thinking about it? Take into account the extra dent it makes on your December pay check, and it’s no wonder some of us experience a festive burnout.

However, we like to think the little things, when put together, can make a big difference. So, to help inject a bit of creative fun back into Chrimbo, save money and reduce stress, the team at Go Ape have compiled the following yuletide hacks…

Bulk up

Is your tree a little bare and patchy in places? Give the illusion of a full and bushy festive tree by using green tinsel or artificial pine garland and wrapping it around the inner branches – once covered in plenty of decs and twinkly lights, no one will ever know! We won’t tell – promise.

Festive aromas

Make your home smell of Christmas. How? By simply boiling cloves and cinnamon sticks in a pan! The fragrance will soon fill each room, and your guests will feel instantly warm and fuzzy inside!

Chop it up

Naturally, we think the most beautiful decorations are wooden ones. Chop the trunk of your Christmas tree into “slices”, get all the family to decorate their own (write the year on it so you can remember ‘Christmas 2015’ in years to come), and attach some red or green ribbon. Voila! Free Christmas decs.

Napkin origami

Another tree-themed hack here: this time, you can work a bit of origami napkin magic and fold them into Christmas tree shapes, complete with a mini bauble on top. It’ll save you buying special festive napkins or napkin rings!

Branch out

If you need to trim your Christmas tree in places, don’t throw the cuttings into the bin! Instead, use them as stylish and minimalist features by placing the cut branches into glass vases half-filled with water. Simple, elegant and Christmassy – what’s not to love?

Candy Cane Placecard HoldersCandy card holders

Secure three mini candy canes together, place with the round sides down and use either as name place holders or to inform your tribe of the food they are about to devour on your spread. A really fun idea!

Festive snacks

For a platter of nibbles with a twist, why not create Christmas-tree inspired pitta breads that are as delicious as they are festive? Cut toasted pittas into triangles, top with homemade guacamole and diced red peppers and place a stick of pretzel into the bottom (the tree trunk). Yum!

So, there you have it: a selection of our favourite Christmas hacks. While we can’t promise they’ll stop Crazy Aunt Maude drinking more than her fair share of brandy or the turkey burning to a crisp, they could just make your life a fraction easier and – more importantly – you should have a lot of fun in the process!

Wintry Weekends at Tree Top Junior

Wintry Weekends at Go Ape

Winter is coming!

Although some of Go Ape will be going into hibernation mode during the winter – fear not: our Tree Top Junior courses will remain open, meaning your mini Tarzans can enjoy zipping through the trees every weekend throughout the coming months (NB. Dalby and Grizedale Forest are the only sites that’ll be closing their doors until spring).

Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean you have to batten down the hatches and stay indoors every weekend throughout the chillier months; quite the contrary – kids LOVE being unleashed in the great outdoors.

What better way to discover the forest than with a Tree Top Junior course at Go Ape?

They’ll enjoy a fun-filled hour of canopy exploring and trail blazing; negotiating crossings, overcoming obstacles and finishing on a high – both literally and metaphorically – with the zip wire of all zip wires.

Kids love living life adventurously and, at only £18 per child, they can do so without you breaking the bank! We’ve aimed our Tree Top Junior adventure at little monkeys aged between six and 12, but as long as they’re over one metre tall, they’re good to go!

One thing we would highly encourage, though, is that they’re dressed sensibly. Here are some of our top tips for winter attire at Go Ape:

Tree Top Junior Winter• Thin gloves are recommended, particularly when there’s a chill in the air. Gloves will not only keep their hands nice and toasty, but will also give them a layer of protection against the friction of the ropes

• Bring a mac, even if the heavens don’t look like they’re about to open on the morning of your adventure. You never know!

• Make sure your little ones are wearing appropriate footwear – grippy soles are a must, and sandals and slip-off shoes are a big no-no (although you’d be a little mad to be wearing summer shoes in the winter!).

• Long hair must be tied back.

• Leave the ‘Sunday Best’ outfit in the wardrobe – this isn’t the time for a fashion show! Make sure they’re wearing something you don’t mind getting grubby. It can get a little muddy in the rain, but this simply adds to the fun!

• Layer them up. Think thermal vests, t-shirts, cardies, fleeces, waterproofs – you can always peel the layers off when they warm up, but you can’t add layers if you haven’t got them with you!

Finally, make sure you book up your course in advance!

We tend to get pretty busy, especially during the school holidays. You can book online here. We look forward to seeing you and your little monkeys very soon!

Driving home in the dark. Beat the blues!

Spring

Even getting out of bed this time of year is hard! We only see daylight from behind a computer screen at our desk, and it’s so cold that we’d rather hibernate for the next few months… So how can you make sure every single wintery day is as happy as you can make it?

We’ve gathered ways to make this winter easier:

Get some fresh air (and a few rays of sunshine)

Vitamin D adds a little bit of happiness to your mood. Why? It’s all to do with chemicals and clever scientific neurotransmitters. Just remember to escape the office even if it’s only for a few minutes – your body and mind will appreciate it.

Eat chocolate

Tree Top Junior WinterDid we just say that? Yes. Apparently it can alleviate those feelings of anxiety. That said, you probably don’t need more than a bar a day!

Exercise – go on, get a sweat on!

There’s heaps of research that says exercise is all about releasing those endorphins that makes you feel better. Even though you naturally have less energy in the colder months, that lunch time bike ride will see you have a little bit more ‘get up and go’ throughout the afternoon. Forget that nap you were after. In a nutshell, working up a sweat makes you feel better both mentally and physically whatever the season!

Turn up the music

Get those tunes pumping and you’ll feel more upbeat. Trust us, scientific research says so.

Go Ape and head to the forest!

Finally, give yourself something to look forward to. It might be a mini break, it might be a spa day or it could be Go Ape! So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape experience, wrap up and join us for a guaranteed fun-filled few hours – come rain or shine!

Goodbye summer, hello winter!

 

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