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Children prefer to play outdoors than watch TV

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Here at Go Ape we think we already knew but fresh research has proved: ‘Children prefer to play outdoors than watch TV‘.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could allow the young freedom to roam outdoors and play until the sun sets? We know it’s hard to allow kids to play on their own nowadays with busy streets and strange goings on, but here’s some tips to maximise fun in the great outdoors.

Heading out to the park and allowing your child to do the things you did is crucial for their development – and, most importantly, it’s fun! Collecting conkers, climbing trees and creating camps from what you can find are just some of the childhood memories that will never be forgotten. Join in with their adventures and play – it’s a break away from everyday stresses and you can never have that time again!

Hours together as a family are key so why not get your tribe out of the house for some family tree time? Getting up in the forest canopy on our Tree Top Adventure brings the family together like nothing we’ve seen. Trust us, just a few hours at some of the UK’s most beautiful forests on our Tree Top Junior experience and the kids won’t have missed their Playstation.

Here’s a quote that captures all that is childhood play: “Don’t you wish you could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever?” 

We can’t wait to see your tribe swing by.

No Weekend Plans? Combine A Camping Trip With Go Ape

Camping

You may have come to the conclusion that us Go Ape folk are rather fond of the great outdoors – and you’d be right. For us, nothing beats getting some fresh air in our lungs and going on an outdoor adventure.

If you’re slouched at home on the sofa, scratching your scalp and wondering what an earth to do this weekend, why not embrace the last weeks of the summer holidays by organising a combined camping and Go Ape trip?

Yep, that’s right kids. The dawn of the new school year is fast approaching (sorry to remind you), so it’s only right you end the holiday on a high. And by high, we really do mean high…

A camping trip coupled with a Go Ape Tree Top adventure = a match made in heaven, we think. And lucky enough, there are Go Ape’s dotted across the UK, so you really are spoilt for choice.

All our Go Apes are located in beautiful areas that are perfect for a spot of camping. Perhaps a couple of nights in a Forest of Dean campsite tickles your fancy? Or what about pitching-up near Haldon Forest Park in Exeter?

There’s something special about ditching the phones, TVs and tablets and spending some quality time with friends and family. At Go Ape, you’ll spend the day tackling tree-top obstacles, whether it’s swinging your way across the stirrups or balancing on the high ropes. Or, you may want to round-up the tribe for a forest tour on a bunch of Segways – the choice is yours.

After all the adventure, you can look forward to gathering round a campfire, cooking some hearty grub and relaxing. Perfect.

So, what are you waiting for? Dig out your tent, dust off your gear, go camping and Go Ape!

Swinging in the rain

Wisbey

Embrace your Adventurous spirit. Take on the Great Outdoors.

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

John Ruskin

I’m Charlotte, one of the marketing monkeys at Go Ape HQ, and I decided to treat my family to some frolics in the tree tops this Bank Holiday.

Booking an adventure on an August bank holiday you might have expected bright, hot sunshine, but the Great British elements never surprise us English folk. So armed with waterproofs and gear we didn’t mind getting grubby, we set off for a family adventure at Go Ape Black Park.

And rain it did! It tipped down in it’s bucket loads but that didn’t put off the Wisbeys’ – soggy trainers and well-tested waterproofs were the gear of choice. Trust me, it makes finding your footing on the stirrups as they sway with the wind, 40 ft above the forest floor that little bit tougher!

As a family we saw it as exhilarating, unique and a chance for a real adventure. It’s the most fun you can have in your waterproofs!

So why wait for the perfect weather? A bit of rain sure doesn’t dampen the Go Ape spirit.

Essentials for the Great Outdoors

Wet

Planning another outdoor adventure with your tribe? Whether you’re going to tackle some trails, set up camp in the woods, or hike up a hill or two, there are a few outdoor essentials you can’t leave home without.

Sunscreen

OK, so the British weather is unpredictable at the best of times. But, no matter what the weatherman says, you should always have a trusty bottle of sunscreen to hand. Nothing’s worse than watching your friends have fun and being too sore to move whilst looking a little bit like a lobster.

Waterproofs

You never know what the Great British elements are going to throw at you so pack a waterproof just to be on the safe side!

Insect repellent

If you’re venturing into the deep dark woods, don’t allow yourself to become a bug’s tasty tea-time treat. Make sure you pack plenty of insect repellent to last you the duration of your adventure.

First aid kit

Us adventurous folk have all met with the ground unexpectedly on more than one occasion. Make sure you’re prepared for a fall by packing a first aid kit with all your accident-essentials: plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, paracetamols, etc.

Flashlight

What’s that rustling in the tent? Maybe you don’t want to know. Still, if your outdoor adventures are likely to carry on until or through the night, a flashlight is a must.

Drink and food

Exploring is thirsty work. Not only that, but it’s important to stay hydrated, so make sure you pack plenty of water and keep yourself topped up throughout the day. You’re also likely to build up an appetite, too, but instead of cramming your rucksack with crisps and chocolate that will make you feel lethargic, instead pack it with plenty of nutritious and filling grub.

Camera

Your outdoor adventures will no doubt provide you with plenty of picture-perfect opportunities. Pack a camera and don’t be ashamed to get snap happy.

Looking for ideas for your next outdoor adventure? Why not gather your tribe together and spend an afternoon climbing rope ladders, tackling Tarzan swings and whizzing down zip wires at Go Ape?

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