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How to come out of hibernation…the Go Ape way!

Go Ape Hibernaton Blog


Although we promote year-round adventures, we know that many people choose to hibernate during the winter months. They escape Mother Nature’s elements by spending their evenings and weekends inside, in the warmth, sheltered by four walls and a ceiling.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the occasional cosy night in or lazy weekend day. But if we spend too much of our time indoors, we start to go a bit stir crazy!

It’s important to resist the temptation to hide from winter by hibernating until spring. Why? Because heading out into the great outdoors this time of year has loads of benefits – such as…

– It improves our mood, helping us to combat the notorious SAD (that’s short for Seasonal Affective Disorder, if you didn’t know)
– It enhances creativity and focus (ideal if you’re trying to think up a brilliant idea or solve a problem!)
– We get to soak up some of that much-needed Vitamin D
– Our immune systems gets stronger, helping us to stave off the dreaded winter lurgy

Now you’re aware of the benefits, just how can you come out of hibernation in style!? We asked the Go Ape tribe to offer some suggestions…

Reach a peak

“Dig out and dust off your hiking boots and conquer a mountain peak or two with your other half. Don’t forget to pack some grub to enjoy at the top!”

Set up camp

“Pitch-up under the stars and spend the night around a campfire with your family, telling stories, singing songs and toasting marshmallows. Don’t forget blankets lots of blankets…”

Take to the trails

“Test your mountain biking skills on some local trails. Don’t worry about a spot or two of rain slippery trails are all the more fun, after all!”

Ride the waves

“Don a wetsuit and head for water go diving, sailing, kayaking, surfing or paddle boarding.”

Get snap happyGo Ape Snappy Rainbow

“Take your fancy camera for a trip to the countryside (or ask to borrow a friend’s). It’s surprising how much more of your surroundings you soak in when searching for the perfect shot.”

Off the beaten track

“Ditch the treadmills and boring roads. Pick a mountain and give fell running a shot. It’s so much more rewarding and the views are always awesome!”

Head deep underground

“Join a group to explore some of the UK’s eerily fascinating caves. White Scar Cave, Peak Cavern and Chislehurst Caves all get my vote.”

Get your adrenaline pumping

“If you’re looking for something to get your pulse racing, try canyoning in Wales. It’s basically white water rafting without the raft!”

Swing through the trees

“Let loose in the forest at Go Ape! You’ll feel like you can conquer anything when you complete one of our Tree Top Adventure courses.”

If you’re one step ahead of us and have already ditched the confines of your humble abode for the great outdoors, let us know how you came out of hibernation! We’re always on the hunt for new adventure ideas…


Adventurous quotes to live by

Books that inspire adventure

“Live Life Adventurously” Go Ape

Now, those of you au fait with the Go Ape blog will know that we appreciate a good quote. In fact, we don’t just appreciate good quotes we LOVE them.

We love reading quotes that make us smile, make us laugh, or get us thinking. We love quotes that inspire us, or give us a fresh perspective on something. Oh, and we also love quotes that leave us reaching for the tissues…

We always want to share the love, passing on some of our favourite quotes in the hope that you’ll enjoy them, too!

The theme for this week’s post? Adventure! As you know, the Go Ape tribe are all about living life to its very fullest. It’s part of our motto: “creating adventures, encouraging others to live life more adventurously.” And so, we welcome any quote that helps inspire you to break free from that boring comfort zone, get out there, and start making memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Ready for adventure? You will be after reading these…
“If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti
“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” Sue Fitzmaurice
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T. S. Eliot
“Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure and go ever upward.” Drew Houston
“Fill your life with adventure, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” Anon.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the juAdventure is out theredgement that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
“If happiness is the goal and it should be then adventure should be a top priority.” Richard Branson
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” Jack Kerouac
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Katharine Hepburn
“Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” Sarah Ban Breathnach.

…Do you now feel the fire in your belly? Have you suddenly developed a thirst for adventure? Stop putting your life on hold get out there and start living adventurously today! Why not kick things off by booking a Tree Top Adventure for you and your tribe?


8 reasons why early mornings rock!

Happy Go Ape Breakfast

Rise and shine!

Do you embrace early starts, or are you a self-confessed serial snoozer?

If you dread your alarm going off every morning, we want to change that! We think it’s about time you learned to love the early a.m. and become something you never thought you’d become: a morning person!

There are loads of benefits to being an early riser 8 of these include:
Feel more awake

The more you snooze your alarm, the more groggy and fuzzy-headed you feel when you get up. Get up the first time it goes off, and you’re more likely to feel fresh as a daisy!

Time to shower

Splish, splash! There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing shower to set you up for the day. Plus, taking a shower in the morning means one less thing to do after work. We call that a win-win!

A few moments of peace

Hear that? No? Exactly. Rise before your family and enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet to yourself that is, before the mayhem ensues!

Get some exercise

Exercising in the mornings has loads of benefits, from improving our mood and concentration to boosting our metabolism and energy levels. How you choose to exercise is up to you go on a run, visit the gym en-route to the office, or workout to a YouTube tutorial from the comfort of your own living room!

Shake up breakfast
Make a healthy brekkie

Grabbing a high-sugar cereal bar on your way out the door does not constitute a healthy breakfast! Having more time in the mornings means you can prepare yourself a nutritious brekkie that’ll keep you fuller for longer!

 Write your to-do list

…While you’re enjoying your fresh fruit and yoghurt, you could get to work on your to-do list for the day, saving you a task when you get into the office.

Do some chores

Get some of your household chores out of the way so that you have more time to enjoy to yourself in the evenings!

Beat the rush

Leave your house nice and early and the dreaded morning rush hour commute won’t be a problem for you anymore! If your boss allows flexitime, then an early start will also mean an early finish.

Every morning this week, try to get up a little earlier than usual you’ll quickly realise the benefits of being an early riser! And if you can’t seem to shake the habit of snoozing the alarm on your phone, put it somewhere out of reach so that you have to get up to turn it off. This trick works a treat!

Pssst…Now you have so much free time on your hands in the evening, how do you fancy blowing off some post-work steam in the treetops at Go Ape?! With 31 locations across the UK, there’s bound to be a Tree Top Adventure course near you!


Half-term is here! How to stay prepared

Go Ape Kids Half Term

Yep…it’s that time already! We are all tackling the first half-term of the year. Were you prepared this time round? No? Then let us help you nail it for next time!

Start planning NOW!

Parents: the task that lies before you is to find ways to keep your little tykes entertained for the entire half-term week. Not just for their sake, but for your sanity’s sake so that you don’t have to deal with them constantly telling you: “I’m boorrrrrreeeedddd!”

Start making plans now and who knows, you might enjoy the break as much as your little ones! Here are some ways you can get ahead…Tree Top Junior School Trips

Purchase indoor supplies

The British climate is unpredictable at the best of times; and while we’re all for embracing the great outdoors come rain or shine, you should still have some indoor activities lined up. Make sure the arts and crafts box is full, buy ingredients to bake a cake, or treat your little one to a new board game (make it one that you’ll enjoy playing, too!).

…But make sure you get out

Don’t let cabin fever make you cranky! If you spend a day indoors, try to get out for at least a few hours the next. Fresh air does the world of good and combined with some good ol’ exercise, it will help to tire out your little ones meaning a peaceful evening for you!

If your kid loves nothing more than to roam the great outdoors, why not treat them to a trip to Go Ape Tree Top Junior? They’ll spend an hour monkeying around in the treetops, taking on a whole host of obstacles. See their confidence grow as they swing from tree to tree, and listen to them yell “Wahooo!” as they descend the final zip wire.

Organise some playdates

Team up with the parents of your little one’s friends and get a few playdates in the diary. Taking it turns to host with the other mums and dads means you’ll get a couple of days to yourself!

Find free activities

Occupying your kid through half-term needn’t cost an arm and a leg. There are tonnes of fun, free activities you can all get involved in, from bike rides to museum trips, to treasure hunts in the forest! Your local area might put on special events for the half-term break, too so do some research to see what’s on.

Plan a special treat

Plan an extra special treat for your little one you could make it a surprise, or you could ask them what they’d like to do. If they know what and when their treat is, at least they’ll have something to look forward to. It’ll also help to make sure they’re super well-behaved (technically bribery, but effective nonetheless).

If your kid loves nothing more than to roam the great outdoors, why not treat them to a trip to Go Ape? They’ll spend an hour monkeying around in the treetops, taking on a whole host of obstacles. See their confidence grow as they swing from tree to tree, and listen to them yell “Wahooo!” as they descend the final zip wire.

There is only 13 weeks until May half term so why wait until it’s too late and risk disappointment? A Tree Top Junior is aimed at mini Tarzans aged 6-12. If your little monkey is older, then they’ll be able to take on one of our Tree Top Adventure courses. Rather than watching them have all the fun, you should join in too!

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