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Striking the balance: The workings of a Segway

Group Segway

At first glance, Segways might not seem all that extraordinary, with some people describing them as mere ‘glorified scooters.’ But in actual fact, Segways are ingenious pieces of kit and a lot of science goes into developing them.

Packed away in the base, hidden from view, are clever computers, sophisticated sensors and smart motors which keep the Segway upright when it’s switched on. As for the controls and navigation, well, that’s down to you…the rider!

Successfully operating a Segway involves mastering the art of balance tightrope walkers do it, ballerinas do it; and if you’ve ever embarked on a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, you’ve had to do it! As the saying goes, it’s simple once you know how!

Lean forward (not too much, now) and the clever gyroscopic sensors within the Segway pick up changes in pitch angle and, as a result, move the wheels forward to maintain balance. The same goes if you need to reverse; i.e., if you overshot a forest trail at Go Ape and find yourself a little too close to a tree (*gulp*)!

Of course, as well as going backwards and forwards, you’ll want to navigate left and right which is done by moving the handlebar in the desired direction. When travelling forward, leaning forward will pick up the pace and if you start going a bit too fast for your liking, just lean back! Segway with Go Ape!

Now you know all about the tech behind Segways, do you fancy having a go on one? If the answer’s ‘yes,’ then why not pay a visit to Go Ape for a totally unique, forest-themed Segway adventure?

Go Ape Segway Experience

When it comes to cruising around on a self-balancing Segway, there really is no better setting than in the heart of a beautiful forest. Immersed in a sea of green, you’ll weave your way in and out of the trees with your tribe, listening to the birds chirping, breathing in that fresh forest air while watching numerous species of wildlife go about their merry way.

A Forest Segway experience is a fun-for-all activity. If you aren’t a fan of heights, or have swung with us so many times you’ve lost count, it provides a good alternative to a Tree Top Adventure (though, we also recommend facing up to your fears by heading into the canopy).

Or, you might choose to treat yourself and your tribe to the ultimate Go Ape day out by combining both adventures go on, you deserve it!Worried you won’t be able to balance? Worry no more! Before we let you roam free in the forest, a skilled member of the Go Ape tribe will teach you the tricks and make sure you’ve nailed the controls.

A Segway experience costs just £35 for 60 minutes, and is the perfect chance to put your feet up and explore the wonders of the forest in a fun and totally unique way!

Our Tribe’s Got Talent!

May Games
Ready for a challenge? Of course you are!This month, we’re calling out to you, our talented tribesmen and tribeswomen!

We say, forget the Olympics. Give up on the Commonwealth Games. If you’ve got ninja-like reflexes and the balance of a ballerina, we’ve got just the competition for you.

#MayTheGamesBegin…

Ever watch Britain’s Got Talent and feel a burning desire to stand on that stage and show the panel and the world what you’ve got? Can you imagine showcasing your show-stopping skill to a screaming crowd, who rise to their feet shouting “more, more, more” and endlessly applaud the moment you stop?

While our competition won’t be televised, it will help to give your talent the recognition it truly deserves!Our competition rewards the mastery of the miscellaneous skills. This is your opportunity to flaunt your party-trick prowess and, at the same time, be in with a chance of winning some awesome Go Ape goodies.

So, here’s the deal: Every week in May, our instructors will be demonstrating their dexterity and ingenuity by taking on a series of unique challenges. What do you have to do? Well, quite simply, you have to do it better.

You need to record your attempt at outshining our instructors, sharing your video on one of our social channels or emailing the footage to [email protected].

The Banana HQ tribe then have the fun job of watching all the vids and choosing the ones we like best. We’ll reward any entry that makes us gasp in awe, or gives us a good ol’ giggle.

Unfortunately, you’ve already missed out on our first challenge, which was to show to the world that you can peel a banana faster and/or funnier than anyone else…with your feet! Instructor Bob from Go Ape Bedgebury Forest set the bar with his digits, but you folks didn’t disappoint either!

Here is Bedgebury Bobs attempt …

This week, we’re asking you to practice your ‘om’ and bid passers-by ‘Namaste!’ as you pull a tree yoga pose in the most adventurous place you can. We want you to think outside of the box for this one.

Ready, set, balance…The challenges left for this month involve koala cuddles and even more bananas (what can we say, they’re our fave fruit).

Here are some of our Tribes attempts so far …

Challenge 2 Instructor 1 Challenge 2 Instructor 2 Challenge 2 Instructor 3

So, be sure to check the Go Ape website regularly to see what the next tasks are!

Good luck out there, primates!

Embrace the challenge, hit that record button and prove to the world that our tribe’s got talent!

Get Ahead This Spring Bank Holiday

Tree Top Junior Southampton

Bank holiday season is upon US!

 

We’ve already been treated to three bank holidays recently thanks to Easter, and May Day and before we know it Spring Bank Holiday will be upon us and then we have to wait until August for another!

Have you penciled your plans into the diary yet, or does it leave a Monday-shaped hole in your calendar? After three you should be well rehearsed but fear not its not too late to take the time to start making preparations‚ take a look at these handy tips for making the most of your long weekend!

 

Write a list

 

A bank holiday means you have 50% more time to do the things you’ve been nagging yourself to do, but haven’t got around to. There’s nothing more satisfying than striking a line through that dreaded chore you’ve been putting off for ages. Once it’s done, it’s done, and you can enjoy the rest of your extended weekend guilt-free. Tidy the shed‚ tick! Take that old bookcase to the dump‚ tick! Practice your chest-pounding skills‚ okay, maybe that one’s just us…

 

What’s on the menu?

 

Life can get so hectic that sometimes, eating becomes a necessity rather than an indulgence. This is a travesty in our opinion! Why not plan ahead for the upcoming bank holiday by considering what treats you could have in store? The range of ideas out there these days are vast, and vloggers are making recipes even easier to achieve. For the more health-conscious, these goodies needn’t be high in naughtiness, as long as they are something you can look forward to! So start favouriting those online tutorials you usually scroll past longingly, sighing that you’d “love to try this out but never have the time…” Well, now you will!

 

Money-maker

 

Why not use your extra time to declutter your home, and at the same time, make some extra pocket money? Start gathering your preloved particulars ready for that bank holiday boot sale/auctioning website/free ads forum and watch your finances flourish. Perhaps your little monkeys have a mountain of toys they don’t play with anymore? Maybe your wardrobe could use a clear-out? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, after all.

 

Plot in time with your loved ones

 

It may seem like an obvious one, but if your lives are half as busy as ours, you’ll know that time is precious and we must grab the opportunities to spend time with our family and friends as often as we can. Eat together, play together, take a walk in your local park‚ anything that brings you closer and allows you to spend some quality time with one another. So book in some bank holiday bonding time with your favourites today, before anyone else does!

 

For a truly great experience with your nearest and dearest, a trip to Go Ape could be just the ticket! There are just a few days left until the Early May Bank Holiday‚ so make sure you get in early by booking a session at one of our fantastic Tree Top Adventure courses. Make this year’s Spring Bank Holiday the most memorable yet!

Be in with a chance of winning the best giveaway in the Valley with Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley Blog

Go Ape and Yeo Valley have teamed up to give you the chance to win one out of five great Yeo Valley prize bundles including a cookbook, a cool bag of products and a tea towel – all delivered via chilled courier!

All you have to do is head over to the entry page here and fill out your details

It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Not sure who Yeo Valley are? Find out more about the UK’s largest organic brand making everything from Yogurts, Butter and Cream to Compote, Ice-cream and children’s products …

Yeo Valley

TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape, whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To effectively enter the prize draws you must be: (a) UK resident, (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape, their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter.

4. The prize draw period is between 5th May – 19th May 2017.

5. After this date no further entries to the prize draw will be permitted.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the prize draws and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the prize draws will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this prize draw.

9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prizes with others of equivalent value without giving notice.

10. The winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the promoter.

11. The winners will be notified by email or phone within 28 days of the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prizes within 10 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prizes from the winners and select replacement winners.

12. The promoter will notify the winners when and where the prizes can be arranged for delivery.

13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the prize draws will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

14. By entering these prize draws, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

15. The prize draws and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

16. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winners or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

 

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