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Dedicate Time To Exploration…

Celebrate Adventure and Explore

Children learn a lot through playing and exploring, whether it’s with their friends or on their own. But, who says exploration is just for kids?!

That’s right… adults, too, can explore and have some fun whilst doing it! As human beings we never stop learning; it doesn’t matter if we’re two, 22 or 52 years old. Playful exploration is all about trying new things, letting our hair down and enjoying ourselves – strictly no age restrictions apply!

Exploring doesn’t just mean packing your bags and travelling to a place you’ve never visited before.

Exploring simply means trying something new, whether that ‘something new’ is a hobby, sport, language or restaurant (the list goes on…).

In our opinion, exploring is less about discovering new places and more about discovering who you really are. By living life adventurously and constantly trying new things, you are exploring your potential, skills and limits. Exploring means stepping out of your so-called comfort zone and discovering what you’re truly capable of.

Only if you try new things will you be able to learn more about yourself – your likes and your dislikes. You’ll be able to learn what you’re good at, and what you’re not so good at. You may even unearth a hidden talent or two that may have otherwise gone unnoticed!

Exploring is all about getting up and doing something with our lives. When we get home from a long day at work, many of us are guilty of switching on the TV, laying horizontal on our sofas and not moving for a good few hours. Our eyes are fixed to the screen, until a rumbling in our stomachs pulls us to the kitchen. We’re so caught-up in work and other things that we forget to have fun.

Instead of sofa surfing, why not dedicate that time to playful exploration?

Of course, we all need to chill out from time to time but why not try, just a couple of times a week, to do something a little out of the ordinary?

You could don your finest apron and attempt cooking a meal you’ve never made before for your loved one. You could round-up your friends and organise an evening class, or finally sign-up to that yoga class down the road. You could even get in contact with your nearest and dearest to see who’s up for an afternoon in the trees at Go Ape!

Exploration Inspiration

Sometimes thinking of these things can be a little tricky, so grab a pen and some paper and list all the things you want to try out. Then, work your way through your list, ticking as you go.

We at Go Ape think that exploration makes for a richer life. As the saying goes, “if you never try you’ll never know.” If you never try new things, you’ll never know what you’re truly capable of. So go on, get out there and explore!

8 reasons to get outdoors in January


We love January: It’s a fresh start, a chance to start new things, and most importantly plan your year’s adventures.

So why get outdoors in one of the chilliest months of the year?

1. It’s beautiful out there

Trust us, those frosty mornings and snow capped tree tops make for the most spectacular of walks (or runs!)

2. Fresh air feels good

You feel a little lethargic, it’s nothing that a good dose of fresh air can’t sort!

3. Get that vitamin D inside you

Vitamin D is essential for keeping bones strong and healthy and you can get your fair share just by going outside.

4. It makes you happier!

Getting out of the office when you’ve been cooped up inside is sure to put a smile on your face.

5. You’ll burn more calories

With a chill in the air, you’ll definitely burn more calories outside than in the gym!

6. You’ll sleep better

Fresh air is tiring, so spending time out there will mean that when your head hits the pillow you will get a great 8 hours sleep.

7. You won’t get ill!

Spending time in the great outdoors strengthens you immunity – FACT.

8. You’ll feel less stressed

Away from your desk and with nothing but open fields, you can’t help but feel less worried about life.

So wrap up and head to the great outdoors!

February is just around the corner and that means one thing in our world. Forest doors across the UK will be opening for the 2015 season! Book your next adventure now.

Add years to your life


There’s heaps of benefits to getting out and going for a walk, but researchers have found that just twenty minutes a day will add years to your life.

It’s the January rush and crowds have been flocking to the gym, but walking is a refreshing alternative. Not only is it free, but you can also make it part of your everyday life. There’s no place better to walk than in a crisp beautiful forest wrapped up from the cold winter air.

The research, undertaken at Cambridge University, found that twenty minutes of brisk walking daily reduces the risk of premature death by a third.

So why not hunt out your gloves and a bobble hat and head for the forest? You’ll find getting out in the fresh air and spending time with loved ones leaves you feeling happier. Our Go Ape adventures are set in some of the UK’s most beautiful forests and country parks, all offering tantalising trails and stunning scenery.  Find out which one is nearest to you!


Get fit with Go Ape! The fun way to work out this summer.


With the summer holiday season upon us, it is the perfect opportunity to get fit, tone up and have fun, whether it be on your own or with family or friends.   If you’re not a gym goer, why not make the most of the outdoors and try something completely different?  For most people, working 45 minutes plus in the gym is a chore, but not on a Go Ape course.

We’ve conducted a health and fitness study to establish what muscle groups are used as well as the average amount of calories burnt whilst embarking on our Tree Top Adventure.  Go Ape includes a variety of pleasurable yet challenging activities that include swinging through the forest on zip wires, crossing wooden walkways and bridges and climbing tree-top ladders whilst safely attached to a harness.

Based on an average of 100-120 minutes worth of ‘Go Ape’ time, excluding the safety training, the average amount of calories burned are:

  • Males – 660 calories (equivalent to a six-inch pepperoni pizza)
  • Females – 510 calories (equivalent to a bacon double-cheeseburger) 

The exhilarating Go Ape experience strengthens the following muscles:

  • Rhomboids, Lower Trapezius, Rectus Abdominis, Obliques, Erector Spinae, Latissimus, Dorsi Gluteals and Quadriceps.

It also stretches the following:

  • Upper Trapezius, Pectorals, Erector Spinae, Latissimus Dorsi, Hamstrings, Gastrocnemius and Soleus.

According to Charlie Coward, healthy lifestyles officer, Go Ape is “a fun and easy way to work towards your 5 x 30 minutes of physical activity per week!”

Ben Boulter, a personal trainer, explains how to manage your weight with exercise through activities such as Go Ape:

“During exercise the body burns fat deposits made up of triglycerides, with health and fitness but more specifically weight loss, sustainability is the key. The breakdown of fat occurs when the heart and muscles work to certain intensity, and that level is sustained.”

Listen to the experts and book your next work out at Go Ape – we can’t wait to see you.

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