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Happy birthday to…

Celebrate Adventure this Bank Holiday Weekend

Someone get the cake and candles…because it’s our birthday!

This Thursday (26th), Go Ape turns 13 years’ young and we plan to celebrate with lots of monkeying around in the trees. Who’s with us?!

Way back in 2001, Tris and Becs were holidaying in France when they spotted a family swinging through the trees, and they were all grinning from ear to ear. This got the couple thinking (and talking and planning), and a year later the first Go Ape was born.

Tree Top Adventure Go ApeWithin a year of opening our first Tree Top Adventure course in Thetford Forest, a whopping 15,500 people had come to hang with us in the trees. It confirmed that we were right: people really did want a taste of the ‘high life’!

In the following years, more and more Go Ape courses opened up. Our Aberfoyle course in Scotland, which opened in 2007, featured the longest zip line anywhere in the UK. By 2008, we had 17 courses and in June of that year, we welcomed our millionth customer through our forest doors. A record achievement by anyone’s standards!

We won our very first award back in 2002, when we were crowned ‘Rural Attraction of the Year’ by the NFU. Since then, we’ve scooped numerous awards for our courses, including ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year,’ ‘Best Tourism Experience,’ and ‘Commended Attraction.’ And, last year, our Rivington course was runner-up in Netmums’ Outdoor Play Awards.

Over the past five years, we’ve (quite literally) branched out, launching our Tree Top Junior courses for little Tarzans wanting to Go Ape. Ten of our locations now also offer our Forest Segway experience, meaning that people can explore their beautiful surroundings from up in the tree tops as well as from the ground.Go Ape Forest Segways

We can’t help but feel a little reflective as we approach our teenage years. Like any business we have had some downs as well as ups (and we’re not just talking about the zip wires), but we’ve kept on going. Go Ape is the success it is today thanks to our dedicated, loyal and hardworking tribe, plus our lovely customers that return, time and time again, to hang with us. It means we can keep doing what we do best: inspiring people to get out there and live life adventurously. Here’s to many more happy birthdays!

With the season in full swing, now’s a great time to book yourself a tree top adventure! Why not come and celebrate our birthday with us this spring?

(p.s. – banana cake is our favourite)

5 Awesome Adventure Bloggers!

Adventure Bloggers - Love Adventure

Food, cars, travel, fashion…you name it, you can blog about it. But, for us Go Ape folk, nothing beats getting stuck into a good ol’ adventure blog. After all, adventure is our specialty…

From trekking the Himalayas to cycling Europe on a tandem, we love reading all about other people’s adventures. Aside from giving us itchy feet and turning us green with envy (thanks very much for sharing those pictures of you soaking up the sun in Oz), we find adventure blogs incredibly inspirational.

Read them, enjoy them, be inspired by them; heck, after reading them, you may even want to start an adventure of your own and blog about it! Here are five of our favourite adventure bloggers:

Adventurous Kate

It’s not a question of where Kate has been, but rather a question of where she hasn’t been. Kate packed in her job at the age of 26 and has since travelled to over 50 countries – solo. In her blog, you can read all about each destination and, in Kate’s words, learn how to travel “easily, safely and adventurously.”

We especially liked her post on zip-lining through the forest in Costa Rica.Expert Vagabond - How to seduce an ostrich

Expert Vagabond

Keen traveller and photographer Matt has been traveling the world for over 4 years. He’s super hot on adventure travel, defining it as “breaking out of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in different cultures and trying new things” (a man after our own hearts, we think). He has blogged about pretty much everything, from camping on erupting volcanoes and cage diving with great whites, to advice on ‘how to seduce an ostrich‘ (yep, that’s a real blog post…)

Hiking The Trail

Hiking The Trail is a blog about backpacking, hiking and camping. Written by Adam, it contains lots of helpful hiking gear reviews and survival tips. Although it’s an American blog, you can find several reviews of English hiking trails on there, too.

Mapping Megan

Megan and Mike are self-confessed adrenaline junkies that have been on the road since 2007. They’ve hiked the Inca Trail, biked in Bolivia and white-water rafted in Iceland…and they’ve written all about their experiences for you to read. Check out their post on 8 Amazing Trips from London, featuring our awesome Forest of Dean and Leeds Castle Tree Top Adventures. According the duo, “life begins outside of your comfort zone.” Hear, hear!

Go Ape - Forest of Dean

XpatMatt

Matt confesses that he loves “attempting ridiculous adventures in far-flung places with a total lack of planning and common sense.” Sounds fun. His blog is perfect for people needing a crash-course on travelling and adventure. He offers advice on everything from finding cheap traveling gear to learning how to scuba dive.

Are you ready to start living life adventurously? Start today by booking a trip to Go Ape! From high ropes and stirrups to Tarzan swings to zip wires, our tree-top courses are jam-packed with outdoor adventure activities!

Do you #LoveAdventure? Your favourite trip could win you a three night cabin break with Forest Holidays! Simply tell us, in 50 characters or fewer, why you love adventure. Enter here, but be quick, the competition ends on 22nd February.

Zip Trekking in the Press

Zips

Our latest experience to join the Go Ape family tree is what everyone is talking about. We’re always proud when we hit the headlines. Here’s just a few of what the press are saying about NEW Zip Trekking Adventure at Grizedale Forest:

Financial Times, June 20th 2014.

“Zip wires – aka death slides – used to be seen only at playgrounds and Scout camps but a new generation have been scaled up and turned into tourist attractions in their own right. Opening on July 4, the Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure in Cumbria’s Grizedale Forest bills itself as the UK’s longest series of zip wires – the seven sections together add up to 1.5km of sliding.”

The Sun, 5th July 2014.

“The Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure has more than two miles of lines zig-zagging through the trees, making the the longest series of zips in the country.”

North West Evening Mail, 5th July 2014.

“Zip trekking an adrenalin rush for high fliers. Tandem zip trekking was a brilliant experience. The views were breath-taking, the afternoon adrenalin fuelled and the Go Ape team only  helped make our two hour adventure even more entertaining.”

Winner at Netmums Outdoor Play Awards

Netmums Outdoor Play Awards

Today at Banana HQ we received some fantastic news. Go Ape Rivington, which is based just outside Bolton, scooped the runners up prize for Netmums Outdoor Play Awards.

This is a fantastic win for us, as the winners are decided by mums, dads and carers who participate on the open forum -Netmums. In fact there are a staggering 1.7million mums, dads and child carers who are registered Netmums members and were eligible to cast their votes in the awards, to find the UK’s best loved outdoor attractions. Which makes this award even more special!

We caught up with our lovely site manager at Rivington, Sam Mason to get his take on the news: “We are delighted to receive this award – it’s wonderful to be recognised for what we do. There’s nothing like seeing families having fun up in the trees and now we hope to welcome even more budding apes after being recognised by Netmums as one of the regions best outdoor attractions.”

The fact that so many mums and dads love Go Ape is great news for children all over the country, and hopefully more will be able to follow in their fellow Tarzans footsteps and head up into the trees. With recent studies finding that modern kids spend only ten per cent of their time playing outdoors, four times less than their parents’ generation! We all think it’s time that children spent more time outdoors wherever that maybe.

Currently at Rivington we have the UK’s number one Tree Top Adventure. Which is suitable for those over the age of 10 years old and above 1.4m tall. However, for all those mini Tarzan’s out there, we have been working hard to build more Tree Top Junior’s. These courses are specifically designed from 6-12 year olds and over 1m tall. Although we do let kids on who are under 6, just as long as they reach the 1m mark. They are scattered all over the country so why not check it out to see if there is one near you!

Everyone at Go Ape and especially Go Ape Rivington would like to thank all you lovely mums, dads and child carers who voted for us in this fantastic award.

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