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Our Summer Adventure Backpack

Forest Segway Go Ape

Woah! We’re going on an adventure…

 

Adventures come in all shapes and sizes. They can be scary, fun, thrilling or life-changing (or all of this rolled into one!). They could last a mere few hours, take place over a long weekend, or go on and on for months. They can be embarked on solo, with a partner or a mahoosive tribe. You get the picture, we’re sure!

 

Anywho…regardless of what kind of summer adventure you’re embarking on next, there are some absolute essentials that certainly warrant a place in that backpack of yours.

Here’s a list of 13 items we simply couldn’t adventure without…

 

  1. Portable fan. When the cold tap is nowhere in sight, you can always rely on a battery-powered fan to rid your eyebrows of sweat beads.
  2. Torch. If you take a wrong turn in the dead of night, this noble accessory will guide you back to base.
  3. Batteries. Because a portable fan or torch without batteries are pretty darned useless!
  4. A picture-taking device. Snap away so you can relive memories of your adventure (but don’t forget: look with your EYES first!).
  5. Your diary (and pen). Taking pics is one thing; jotting down how you felt during your adventure is another. Flick back and read your entries in a few years’ time and it’ll all come flooding back!
  6. Multitool. All hail, the multitool! Most adventurists simply cannot do without this does-almost-everything device.
  7. Suncream. Safety first, tribespeople. It’s summer and you don’t want to end your adventure with a beetroot complexion.
  8. ‘Proofs. What a fool you’d be to assume that there won’t be any rain during your summer adventure. This is England, after all! Pack some ‘proofs for your expedition – they’re worth the additional weight.
  9. Phone (and portable charger). Stuck in the woods without a phone – is that not the opening scene of many a horror flick? Pack your phone, plus a charger (and hope it has signal if you ever come to need it).
  10. Water. When that portable fan simply doesn’t do the trick, and for essential hydration during your adventure, make sure you pack water – and plenty of it! Be kind to our planet by opting for a reusable bottle.
  11. Snacks. What is an adventure without snacks? A hungry one, is what! You don’t want to be distracted during your adventuring by a painful, grumbling stomach, so make sure you load your bag with tasty treats.
  12. Something warm. You can’t count on our summers to be dry and you can’t count on them to be warm, either. Pack something warm and snuggly if your adventure is likely to last into the evening.
  13. A travel-size game. If you think your adventure will involve some sitting around, twiddling thumbs, pack some cards or a mini Scrabble and the time will whizz by.

Have we missed anything super essential off the list? If so, let us know what it is, and we’ll pack it next time…!

Get Ahead For The Summer Bank Holiday

Wintry Weekends at Go Ape

At last, there’s another bank holiday coming up for us all to look forward to!

 

This weekend will be an extra-long one, with many of us being treated to a paid-for day off work on Monday, 28th August. It’s about time – we haven’t had a bank hol since the end of May, after all!

 

…Oh, and there won’t be another bank holiday until (dare we say it?) Christmas! So, that’s why it’s mega important you make the most of it. And to do that, you need to plan, plan, plan! Here’s how we think you should go about it (forgive the festive feel, we just couldn’t resist):

 

We’re making a list…

 

You’d be surprised at how much adventure you can cram into a three-day weekend! So to make the most of it, grab a pen and scribble down a list of things you’d like to do. Don’t worry if you get carried away and the list turns out to be super-long – if you don’t get round to doing everything, you can turn to that piece of paper the next time you’re pondering what to do!

 

Fancy camping out under the stars one night? Itching to get into the sea to surf, swim or wakeboard? Do you dare to do something…daredevil? How about running rampage in the canopy with your tribe at Go Ape!? Prioritise your must-dos by putting them at the top of the list.

 

We’re checking it twice…

 

So, you’ve written a long list of things you want to see, do and experience. Now, top it up with a few, unusual activities. These might not immediately spring to mind, so rely on the good ol’ internet for some inspiration. Or, here are some ideas:

 

  • Book a one-day wild foraging course
  • Laugh ‘til you’re blue in the face at a comedy night
  • Hang out with some alpacas at The Lakes Distillery near Keswick, Cumbria
  • Marvel at the Mods at the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally
  • Learn to catch a carp from an experienced fisherman
  • Have a lesson in chocolate making (you get to take home whatever you make = bonus!)

 

As well as researching some unique ideas, ask your tribe if they have any suggestions for activities. If you quite like the sound of them, put them at the top of your list, as we all know the best adventures are shared adventures!

 

We’re gonna find out what adventures are nice…

 

You’ve done the hard work…now, to have some fun! Don’t wait about – if things need booking, book them pronto to avoid disappointment (particularly considering it’s a bank holiday weekend). If Go Ape is on your list (which we sincerely hope so), then you can choose to swing with us by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure, roll with us aboard our Forest Segways, zip endlessly on our Zip Trekking Adventure, or (brand new for 2017) hang out in our mighty Nets Kingdom!

 

You’ve got plenty of tree-mendous options – perhaps gather your tribe together and agree on one (or two!) activities you all like the sound of most. We hope to see you in the forest very, very soon!

10 summer date ideas

Love Trees
Summer, with its balmy days and light evenings, is the perfect season to embrace the great outdoors and do something super special with your other half. And plus, you can guarantee that embarking on an outdoor activity together will linger longer in the memory than a trip to the cinema or a meal for two at your local restaurant!

So, whether you’re wooing a new love, impressing a partner of ten years, or maybe even celebrating an anniversary, here are our top 10 summer date ideas:

 

  1. Take a trip to a local farm and pick a punnet for two of strawberries. You could use them to make a scrumptious dessert, pack them for a picnic, or simply enjoy them in the comfort of your back garden.
  2. A swim in the British sea is super chilly, yes. But, a swim in the British sea at dusk or dawn is also very romantic! If you’re braving the waters in the evening, reward yourself with some fish and chips to enjoy on the beach afterwards.
  3. Forget a picnic in a park…tuck into lunch together on a paddleboat, instead! Take in turns to row to avoid unnecessary arguments and don’t forget to just stop – oars still – and appreciate your surroundings.
  4. On a clear, mild, dry evening, escape the city and go stargazing. See if you can spot any of the constellations and look out for shooting stars. If you want to make the evening extra special, pack candles, a blanket, some food and drink.
  5. Pick a breezy day to fly a kite together. Watch it soar and swoop in the sky – and hope it doesn’t nosedive or snap!
  6. Lose your inhibitions in the comfort of the canopy at your local Go Ape. Romance is sure to blossom in the trees as the two of you tackle sky-high obstacles on a Tree Top Adventure – see if you can woo your other half with your loudest, boldest Tarzan holler!
  7. Dust off your saddles, pump up those tyres and enjoy a leisurely bike ride together. Head out into the countryside or pick a coastal route, stopping off at a picturesque spot to enjoy your packed lunch.
  8. Do something devilishly daredevil as a duo – go scuba diving, sign-up for a couple’s bungee, or leap from a plane on a skydive!
  9. OK, we know we just bad-mouthed trips to the flicks, but outdoor cinemas are different! There’s something mega magical about watching a film under a star-speckled sky. Just don’t forget to pack something warm.
  10. Spend some quality time together, sans distractions, on a camping trip. Reminisce over your time together and talk about future adventures as you cook food over a campfire (cheesy guitar music and singing optional).

 

If you’ve been (or are planning to go) on an awesome summer date, and we haven’t mentioned it above, let us know what it is. The tribe here at Banana HQ are always keen to hear your inspiring ideas!

Go Ape’€™s top tricks for beating the heat this summer!

Seize Adventure
Oh, summer. We spend all of autumn, winter and spring dreaming of your sun-filled days, and when you eventually arrive, we complain about the heat! Many of us spend our Saturdays and Sundays seeking out the shadiest spots, as we incessantly fan our faces with any object that’€™s up to the job. Pass us that magazine!

To all you heat-haters, fear not; the Go Ape tribe are here to help! We’€™re lucky that our courses are kept nice and cool by the canopy of the trees; but if you’€™re out and about in the sunshine and want to beat the heat, here are 20 ingenious tips for doing just that:

1. When wanting to wear socks, submerge them in a bowl of ice-cold water before putting them on.
2. Thread a shoestring through three ice cubes and hang around the neck.
3. Make friends with a hummingbird in the hope that it will become your loyal face-fanner.
4. Wet and freeze a bunch of flannels to plonk on your face at any given opportunity.
5. Stick your bananas in the freezer and enjoy super-chilled (it tastes like ice-cream).
6. Alternatively, just buy ice-cream.
7. Take your lunch into work in a cool bag, rather than a lunch box.
8. Let the sprinkler water you at the same time as your garden by lying underneath it.
9. Fill up a bundle of water balloons and ask someone to throw them at you whenever you feel hot.
10. Be the epitome of fashion by donning an umbrella hat whilst out and about.
11. Ditch hot coffees for the iced alternative.
12. Hose yourself down when returning home from a day spent in the sunshine.
13. Develop a device to fix a portable fan onto your computer screen and be the envy of your office.
14. Eat cucumber in the hope that it will keep you cool as a cucumber.
15. Sub soup for gazpacho.
16. Fill up a paddling pool using only cold water and use as a plunge pool.
17. Shut your eyes and think of snow, studies have shown that the body reacts to this and lowers your temp (we’re not joking).
18. Harness any opportunity you can to chill in the treetops at Go Ape. Whizzing through the air will keep you ultra-cool.
19. Freeze your pillowcase and sheets remove just before sleeping.
20. Heat rises€“ so instead of walking, commando crawl whenever possible.

If you have any hot tips for keeping super cool this summer, don’€™t forget to share them with us!

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