Category Archives: Thetford Forest

Special Guest blog post from 73 Year Old Silverback Frances Butcher

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Find out about silverback grandmother Frances and her trip to Go Ape with her ‘Little Monkeys’ …

I tend to think of the grandchildren as ‘Little Monkeys’ (in the nicest possible way) but I recently found my inner-ape. The invitation to join my daughter and her two children on the Go Ape challenge at Thetford Forest filled me with excitement. Then I looked at the website and the excitement turned to trepidation, but I was determined not to show cowardice in front of anyone, let alone a 6-year old.

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On the appointed day we arrived in time for a picnic lunch and a review of the course from ground level, and it almost looked too easy. So I donned the harness and rushed to the start point. From 8 metres up in the trees it then didn’t look quite so easy, but I wasn’t going to admit that, even to myself.

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I was amazed to find what fun it was crossing between trees on swinging pathways of various ingenious designs; clinging on to a cargo net, and walking over a suspension bridge of logs. The one challenge that I found mentally difficult was the balance log. Just a bare log between one tree and the next. But as there were people in front and behind me I told myself I just had to do it, and fortunately I did without resorting to the need to sit on it and shuffle along!

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The best part though was the zip wire – hurtling through the air at high speed (or so it seemed). It was all over far too quickly. Did I find it difficult at my age? Not really, but as the course was rightly designed for children the height of some things meant I needed to stoop a little, but the biggest problem was that my large feet caught on things like the netting.

I would recommend anyone of any age to ‘have a go’ if they fancy it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, hope I didn’t embarrass my grandchildren, and may even do it again.

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A new Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape Thetford

Tarzan Swing

If you’ve been to visit our Thetford Forest course recently, you may have noticed things were a bit different in the canopy this time around.

That’s because we’ve renovated our Tree Top Adventure and turned it into a brand new course for you! Thetford was our first ever site, a mother hen to all the sites that followed her, so it’s only right that after 14 years, the place got a makeover.

Changes up high
New Platforms at Go Ape Thetford

Not only have we put in all new obstacles and crossings, we’ve rethought the entire layout of the course, meaning you get to see parts of the forest you wouldn’t have seen last time.

With the new design comes a unique aspect for those adventurous monkeys out there – a dual course. That means you now have a choice of which route you take – moderate or extreme. Along these routes you’ll encounter brand new back-to-back black crossings (don’t worry these are optional) and a one-of-a-kind dual zip wire where you can race your pri-mates to the landing area. Sound challenging enough for you?

Changes closer to Earth

Go Ape Thetford Pixie CabinThere’s lots more that’s happened on the ground too. The party area has had a complete re-furb and is now an idyllic forest retreat.

You may even catch sight of a sprite or forest fairy in the aptly named “pixie palace”; a brand new cabin that seats up to 20 people, and boasts a fully furbished interior with pillows, electricity and heated floors.

 

We’ve also opened up another level of the events area (literally, it’s on another level) where you can hang out with your party –  it’s the open air tree house.

Be the king or queen of the jungle in an exclusive open-air platform in the trees, scattered with comfy beanbags and garden games to entertain your guests. The new events area is available to hire for parties and corporate events every day of the week.

Go Ape Thetford Forest FacilitiesWhat your day could look like

10am – Arrive at the Go Ape cabin and check in. You can use your exclusive events area to wait for your fellow pri-mates or set up games/meeting agendas for later on in the day

10:30am – Set off on your 2-3-hour Tree Top Adventure and enjoy yourselves

1:30pm – It’s time for lunch in the forest shelter. You can either bring your own picnic or book our mid-week caterers for a Go Ape forest feast

2:30pm – Make use of the whole events area with team-building games or just hang out in the treehouse platform and chill with your party

3:30pm – Head into the indoor shelter to host a meeting, complete a team-building personality test or play some games, the choice is up to you.

5pm – Leave the forest with great memories of your day

So why not swing by?

Swing by with your Tribe to check out the new and improved Go Ape at Thetford Forest. Prepare to face exhilarating new challenges, witness unseen forest views up in the trees and relax in style when you land back on the ground. We look forward to seeing you there.

Breakfast…the Go Ape way!

Breakfast

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, does that make National Breakfast Week the most important week of the year?

Victoria Bowden - Go Ape Thetford ForestOk, so we’re getting a little too philosophical for a Monday morning, but we can all agree breakfast is a pretty major part of the day. So we asked the team at Go Ape Thetford how they power up for a full-on day in the forest. Here’s what Deputy Manager, Vic, had to say:

“We’ve all heard it before (dons whiney voice..)

 “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”

But you know what, I think they might be on to something.

Breakfast is so incredibly versatile. Hot, cold. Sweet, savoury. At the table, on the go. Eat in, Takeaway. 

That’s why I would hands down class it as my favourite meal of the lot. As a self-labelled “foodie” I get excited to go to bed, knowing what delights might await me in the kitchen in the morning! 

As Deputy Manager at Go Ape Thetford (the original forest adventure, there’s now 29 across the UK!) I am always on the go, as are all of the instructors whose job it is to make our customers experiences the best while adventuring in the forest.

l have witnessed first-hand the difference that a good breakfast can make. Last year, I introduced the ‘Banana Breakfast Club‘ to encourage others to get as enthused about their most important meal as I am. To no surprise, the results spoke for themselves. It was a great way to socialise before knuckling down to a long day in the forest. The team had chance to properly wake up, chat and nourish both mind and body to fuel them for their busy day ahead. Productivity increased, people had more energy and were in a better frame of mind to deliver the top notch customer service that Go Ape prides itself on. A win win!

Naturally, working for a company called ‘Go Ape’ where at every site there is a resident ‘Gorilla’, and head office is called ‘Banana HQ’, bananas become a staple part of the diet. It’s practically a given, And why not?! They are a great food, the unsung hero of a breakfast plate I think. You can slice ’em, dice ’em, smash ’em, fry ’em, put them in a smoothie, or just peel ’em for the easiest of on the move eats. The list of health benefits of bananas is a long one, but for us at Go Ape, their high energy and ability to stabilise blood sugar during exercise is great for keeping us going whilst swinging through the trees.

Here’s a few snaps of my breakfasts that have helped me get to where I am today. 

(Please excuse me for being one of ‘those’ people who takes photos of their food – I just love it!)

Oat and Chia Porridge

Oat and Chia Porridge, Cinnamon toasted Cashews, Caramelised Bananas and a dusting of raw Cacao

Banana and Date Breakfast Bars

Banana and Date breakfast bars made without fat or sugar

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten free banana pancakes with Nutella Yoghurt

Feeling inspired? Got a favourite breakfast of your own? Share it with the Go Ape Tribe!