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Go on an Advent-ure

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“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… An adventure in Go Ape’s trees!”

Catchy, isn’t it?! Although the twelve days of Christmas aren’t here just yet, Advent is! The countdown to the 25th began on Sunday, 29th November, and it’s a time of year we love here at Go Ape!

How do you plan on spending the lead up to the big day?

We try to avoid frenzied shopping mode wherever possible, instead preferring to spend December living life adventurously, spending time with our nearest and dearest and – most importantly – having fun in the process.

This shouldn’t be a stressful time of year where you pull your hair out, trying to think of present ideas and frantically organising who’s going where and who’s cooking what for Christmas. If it is, you’re doing something wrong!

Try to enjoy the yuletide build up as much as possible.

Make life easy for yourself; plan ahead, take some time out and try to have fun whenever you can. Make decorating the Christmas tree an exciting activity for all the family, not a chore; make wrapping presents a time when you crank up the volume on your speakers and sing along to those Christmas tunes at the top of your lungs like no one’s listening (all while covered in bits of sticky tape and glitter from the wrapping paper!).

Even if you’re not the arty and crafty type, how about making your own Christmas cards this year? It’s actually pretty therapeutic and makes you feel all festive and fuzzy inside in the process.

And why not organise a pre-Christmas gathering for you and your tribe and share an adventure together? Dig out those Santa hats and buy tickets to spend a few hours hanging out in the trees at Go Ape! It’s an awesome way to get the little monkeys and Tarzans of the family together.

If you don’t have time this side of Christmas, you could always give the gift of adventure and treat your tribe to Go Ape gift vouchers as their Chrimbo prezzie. Go Ape Gift Voucher WalletNot only will you avoid the mayhem of the shops, but you’ll be giving them something to look forward to in the New Year!

Giving your family or friends memories, rather than things, really is the best gift they could receive.

What’s more, they will be sent to your door (delivery is free!) in a lovely little wallet, so all you have to do is pop the voucher in a Christmas card – whether that card is homemade is, of course, up to you!

Buy Go Ape Gift Vouchers here.

Puddles are for splashing!

Go Ape Tree Top Junior Weekends

What is it about a puddle? Every time we see one, we have an uncontrollable urge to jump in it!

Maybe it stems from our childhood; maybe it’s because we’ve been watching too much Peppa Pig (if you’ve got a child/grandchild/niece/nephew/family friend under the age of 7, you’ll know what we’re talking about) or maybe it’s just because it is SO. MUCH. FUN!

You can’t deny it: at some point in your life you’ll have had an out-of-the-blue impulse to jump in a puddle. Why? Because sometimes it’s the simple things provided by Mother Nature that provide the most fun; mud pies, trees to climb, sand castles and splashing in puddles definitely makes this awesome list.

Think about it. There are so many adventures you can have – with your little monkeys in tow or without – when the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Just because you see that little rain symbol pop up on your weather app doesn’t mean you have to spend the day cooped up inside; why not get out and embrace it instead?

Weekends at Tree Top JuniorAs the famous saying goes, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

That’s where puddles come in! Be honest, has there ever been a time when you wished you could jump in a puddle, but stopped because the sensible side of your brain said: “I better not – my socks will get wet and I might get all muddy.” Well, this time, how about throwing caution to the wind? Leave any clothing you don’t want to get wet in your wardrobe, wrap up warm, get that rain jacket on, pull on the wellies and hey presto! You’re ready for some serious puddle splashing.

The same thing goes with any outdoor adventure; as long as you’re prepared for it clothing-wise, there’s nothing to stop you having fun – sometimes more fun! Go Ape is awesome when the heavens open, that’s for sure!

The trees are a natural canopy and offer some protection, but really, a bit of rain never hurt anyone! Sure, it makes it a bit muddier – but if you’re dressed in clothes you don’t mind getting a tad grubby, who cares? It only adds to the fun!

Go Ape is most certainly a wet weather activity! So, grab your Mini Tarzans and let us brighten up a grey weekend – we can guarantee you’ll have lots of splashy fun! Remember, our Tree Top Junior courses will remain open at weekends this winter (NB. Dalby and Grizedale Forest are the only sites that’ll be closing their doors until spring) so book in advance and beat the winter blues.

(Stomping in puddles: compulsory).

Say hello to… Go Ape Battersea Park!

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Battersea Park

People say “everything happens in the capital” but, until now, we couldn’t really agree.

When people said it we’d nod politely, saying “yes, it’s a buzzing place, isn’t it?” but only ever half-heartedly. Something was missing – can you guess the reason for our out-of-character lack of enthusiasm?

Yep, you’ve got it: there was no Go Ape in the centre of London! But, finally, in just a couple of weeks we will be able to jump for joy and whole-heartedly agree that YES! London IS the place to be!Go Ape Battersea Park

Our award-winning high wire tree top adventure will be opening in Battersea Park – the first for any UK city! (Can you tell we’re a little bit excited?!).

What’s more, Go Ape Battersea Park – which will open in December – will feature obstacle crossings that are double – yes, DOUBLE – the height of many of our courses, and some are also twice as long. If you love a wobble, a challenge and a healthy dose of adventure – look no further than the tree tops of Battersea! Plus, the course is open to Mini Tarzans over 1m tall, making Go Ape Battersea Park a fun family day out like no other.

Battersea Park is right in the heart of London – the 200-acre green space can be found opposite Chelsea, on the south bank of the River Thames, and the nearest train station is Battersea Park National Rail station, with trains running regularly from Victoria.

So, if you know someone who lives in or near London, or is planning a visit to the capital soon, why not treat them to the ULTIMATE Christmas present this year – the gift of adventure! Yes, buy them vouchers for Go Ape, simply click here to personalise and buy your voucher which will be delivered to you in 2-5 working days (for free) and will be valid for a whole year!

Battersea Park Tree Top Adventure

Don’t forget, if you can’t wait ‘til then, it’s super easy to book online. There’s even a cheeky monkey on the page to walk you through the process of booking your adventure! Just click here to get started.

So, calling all Londoners (and anyone else who loves an adventure!)!

Are you ready to Go Ape at Battersea Park? Come and monkey around in the trees with us in the capital city! See you soon.

Wintry Weekends at Tree Top Junior

Wintry Weekends at Go Ape

Winter is coming!

Although some of Go Ape will be going into hibernation mode during the winter – fear not: our Tree Top Junior courses will remain open, meaning your mini Tarzans can enjoy zipping through the trees every weekend throughout the coming months (NB. Dalby and Grizedale Forest are the only sites that’ll be closing their doors until spring).

Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean you have to batten down the hatches and stay indoors every weekend throughout the chillier months; quite the contrary – kids LOVE being unleashed in the great outdoors.

What better way to discover the forest than with a Tree Top Junior course at Go Ape?

They’ll enjoy a fun-filled hour of canopy exploring and trail blazing; negotiating crossings, overcoming obstacles and finishing on a high – both literally and metaphorically – with the zip wire of all zip wires.

Kids love living life adventurously and, at only £18 per child, they can do so without you breaking the bank! We’ve aimed our Tree Top Junior adventure at little monkeys aged between six and 12, but as long as they’re over one metre tall, they’re good to go!

One thing we would highly encourage, though, is that they’re dressed sensibly. Here are some of our top tips for winter attire at Go Ape:

Tree Top Junior Winter• Thin gloves are recommended, particularly when there’s a chill in the air. Gloves will not only keep their hands nice and toasty, but will also give them a layer of protection against the friction of the ropes

• Bring a mac, even if the heavens don’t look like they’re about to open on the morning of your adventure. You never know!

• Make sure your little ones are wearing appropriate footwear – grippy soles are a must, and sandals and slip-off shoes are a big no-no (although you’d be a little mad to be wearing summer shoes in the winter!).

• Long hair must be tied back.

• Leave the ‘Sunday Best’ outfit in the wardrobe – this isn’t the time for a fashion show! Make sure they’re wearing something you don’t mind getting grubby. It can get a little muddy in the rain, but this simply adds to the fun!

• Layer them up. Think thermal vests, t-shirts, cardies, fleeces, waterproofs – you can always peel the layers off when they warm up, but you can’t add layers if you haven’t got them with you!

Finally, make sure you book up your course in advance!

We tend to get pretty busy, especially during the school holidays. You can book online here. We look forward to seeing you and your little monkeys very soon!

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