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Ride the wind with Go Ape!

Zip, Zip, Horray

Today is not just any old (dreary) Tuesday, oh no. Today is a special day. D’you want to know why? Because it’s Ride the Wind Day!

Yep – Ride the Wind Day is a thing, and it’s celebrated across the world every year on the 23rd of August! If there’s a day dedicated to celebrating love, then why can’t there be a day dedicated to celebrating one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts!?

Alright, so there are certain times when the wind can be annoying – when you’re trying to read the paper outdoors, when you can’t hear what your mate’s saying on the phone, or when it messes with your hair to make you look like an ‘80s pop icon.

But, there are many reasons why wind is brilliant, too. Wind allows us to travel, whether it’s over water on a sailboat or through the air on a paraglider. It dries our washing and cools us down when we’re hot and flustered. It’s also a free, renewable energy source that is super-clean, emitting no pollutants or greenhouse gases.

So, how did Ride the Wind Day come about?

Well, it was initiated to honour the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer Prize (a series of awards given to pioneers of human-powered flight). On this day back in 1977, the Gossamer Condor became the first human-powered aircraft capable of controlled and sustained flight. It was designed by Paul Macready and piloted by Bryan Allen, who completed a mile-long, figure-eight course in 7 minutes and 27 seconds, reaching a top speed of 11mph.

Tree Top Adventure Go ApeIf you’re scratching your head thinking of how to celebrate Ride the Wind Day, we’ve got an idea: book a Zip Trekking Adventure at Go Ape! What better way to experience that wind-in-your-face feeling than by soaring through the air like a bird!?

Our Zip Trekking Adventure is exclusive to Cumbria and you’ll find it nestled amidst the Douglas Firs at Grizedale Forest. You’ll soar high above the forest floor, soaking in the views as you take on seven zips and cover a mega 3km of ground (or shall we say, air?).

Your Zip Trekking Adventure will start with a safety briefing, and then you’ll get to experience that fresh, forest breeze as you embark on a 20-minute hike through one of the most beautiful forests in the UK. You’ll then be whisked along winding mountain roads in one of our off-road Land Rovers, up to the training zip. Once you’ve perfected your technique and learned how to land like a pro, you’ll be free to soar!

If Cumbria is a bit of a trek from where you live, you’re able to get that wind-in-your-face feeling at any of our Go Ape locations! Every single Tree Top Adventure features zip lines! But if you’re near any of the following, be sure to check them out…

Go Ape Aberfoyle – Home to two of Britain’s longest zip wires (each stretching over 400m).

Go Ape Glentress Forest, Peebles – Our highest zip wire, flying you over stunning reservoirs in the valley.

Go Ape Haldon Forest Park – Boasting two 235m zip wires, flying you from hilltop to hilltop with awe-inspiring views of Dartmoor National Park.

So, are you ready for a zip-tastic adventure? Book now to avoid disappointment!

Monkey around at Bracknell’s Fun Day

Go Ape Kids Parties

Ronan and his merry monkeys invite you and your Tribe to a family fun day at Go Ape, Bracknell.

On Saturday 6th August, Ronan and his Bracknell Tribe will be hosting a charity fun day event between 10am and 4pm. Swing by the Go Ape cabin and join in on the festivities. There’ll be lots to keep your little monkeys entertained, including:

  • Cake stalls
  • Teas and coffees
  • Face Painting
  • Lots of fun!

You may be wondering why Go Ape have swapped tree tops for muffin cups, well, every year we choose a charity to raise money for. In 2016, we’re raising money for the Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity that helps 9-24 year olds from all walks of life, get out in the great outdoors and experience life-changing adventures.

The day will be completely free to attend, all we ask is that you make a small donation in exchange for the activities, to help us raise money for The Outward Bound Trust.

 

Experience Go Ape

If you’re planning on spending the whole day in the forest, there are lots of other Go Ape activities on offer at Bracknell too. Bracknell is one of our leafy locations that offers 3 Go Ape adventures in one beautiful forest:

  • Tree Top Adventure – the classic 2-3-hour adventure for ages 10+ (over 1.4m tall)
  • Forest Segways – Epic segway safari trails around the breath-taking forest (for ages 10+ and over 7 stone)
  • Tree Top Junior – brand new course for 2016, it’s all the fun of the classic Tree Top Adventure designed especially for mini-explorer’s over 1m tall

 

There really is something for the whole family.

We hope you can swing by and monkey around with us for the day!

 

The important stuff

  • When: Saturday 6th August 2016
  • Where: Go Ape, Bracknell, The Look Out, Nine Mile Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QW
  • Time: 10am – 4pm

For more information on visiting Bracknell, Swinley Forest, parking charges and opening times, visit the Go Ape website

 

“Behind the Trees” of our new TV Advert

Go Ape filming TV advert

 

If you hadn’t already seen, we released a national TV campaign on the 7th July.

We’re encouraging all the men, women and beasts of the UK to #TakeTheFirstStep and visit Go Ape for the very first time. While you can now see the 30 second TV ad in all of it’s glory, there was a lot of work going on off-camera that made it happen. Here’s the “behind the trees” scoop from our first ever TV advert.

When: 24th-25th May 2016

Where: Go Ape Leeds Castle

Who: 13 members of the public, 16 Go Ape staff, 4 actors and a hairy herd of directors.

Preparation for the day

After 14 years of encouraging people to live life adventurously, the advert had a lot to live up to. In order to film this TV campaign, we needed genuine reactions of people experiencing our classic Tree Top Adventure for the very first time. The hunt was afoot… 

Naturally, we called on the most charismatic, fun-loving explorers we knew – the general public! Weeks before shooting, we sent out a message via email, social and the Go Ape website searching for members of the public who have never “gone ape.” We then invited a selection of bushy-tailed newbies up into the trees and filmed them on their first ever Tree Top Adventures.

On the day (queue 2 days of monkeying around on camera)

At 7am on a Tuesday morning in late-May we set off to start filming our very first TV advert. Go Ape at Leeds Castle was our location of choice. The course was closed so we could give our enthusiastic new members of the Tribe exclusive use of the course.

Before being let loose in the trees everyone had to complete a safety brief led by one of our instructors. At this time of the morning, before the sun had really woken up, we saw a lot of makeshift ways of keeping warm including lunges, jump squats, and a unique version of the shuffle.

Once our Tribe were up in the trees, however, nothing could stop them and the fun could really begin. Every single person we recorded on the day had never been to Go Ape before. The reactions we captured were real and raw (while others were just down right funny).

While shots like these were easily captured from the ground (or occasionally a nearby tree), others were a bit trickier to capture. In order to get the beautiful views of the tree-tops and really appreciate the landscapes our wind-in-your-face zip-wires travel over, we needed to go above and beyond – literally. The breath-taking shot of the zip wire crossing over the field was taken using a drone, and allowed us to really capture the wow-factor of our famous zips. Look out the final drone shot in the #TakeTheFirstStep advert.

 

We want to inspire you to #TakeTheFirstStep

All this hard work combined to make, what we think is, one tree-rific TV advert. Keep an eye out for our ad on the telly over the 6 weeks of summer and follow the #TakeTheFirstStep campaign on our social media channels. Or if you just can’t wait, check out the below:

We’re encouraging people to take their first steps by giving away free tree-time via Twitter and Facebook. Get involved and tell us who you would love to #TakeTheFirstStep with, and live life adventurously together!

GO APE BATTERSEA INTRODUCES SPLASH FEST

Splash

It’s a date for your diary!

On Sunday, 7 August, London’s first family-friendly water-filled obstacle course is taking over Battersea Park. Splash Fest is set to be the wild, wet and wonderful highlight of the school holidays.

Set over a 2.5K trail, Splash Fest is made up of five awesomely fun aqua challenges designed to delight the whole family.

Obstacles include the enchanted Bubbly Brook maze, geyser-spouting Wild Wild Waters and the slippery speed of Slip-Slide Stream. So however you like your splashy splashy thrills, we’ve got you covered.

For a more relaxed vibe, our event village – the Splash-Out Zone – is the perfect place to dry off, eat, play and soak up the festival atmosphere.

Brought to you by the RNLI, Splash Fest promises to be the biggest, splashiest, bubbliest day of the summer.

Numbers are limited so book now before it’s too late at www.splashfest.co.uk!

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