Category Archives: School trips

What do teachers do in the summer holidays?!

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE
If you’€™re a teacher or a student, it’€™s safe to say you’€™re in agreement that the summer months with weeks of blissful freedom on the horizon, are the happiest time of the year!

That’€™s not to say you don’€™t deserve it. Although teachers might finish school at 3.30pm, most put in much longer hours than the average office worker, what with all the planning and paperwork they need to do. Plus, students who have faced the dreaded exam period will be in desperate need of escaping their revision and soaking up some much needed vitamin D in the great outdoors! Here at Banana HQ, we take our hats off to you!

But whilst students are most likely to be sleeping until noon, hanging out in the park or generally luxuriating in the fact that school’€™s out for summer, what exactly are you teachers doing? It’€™s a mystery that baffles students, parents and society as a whole each and every year!

Well, contrary to popular belief, teachers don’€™t just cease to exist as the school year finishes, nor do they hibernate in the stock cupboard until Autumn is upon us. We know that most teachers want to make the most of their well-earned time off. Here are a few ways they can do it and #SeizeAdventure at the same time:

Discover the world.

With five to six weeks off, there’€™s no better time than to push all thoughts of routine to the back of your mind, book a holiday and discover the world! With Europe right on our doorstep, there are golden sands, cerulean waters and majestic mountains just a short hop, skip and jump away. Plus, some long haul destinations like Indonesia or Thailand might cost a bit more than you’€™d like for the plane ticket but are cheap as chips once you’€™re out there! Can you hear it? That’€™s the sound of adventure calling!

Get inspired.

Sometimes it’€™s all too easy to get bogged down in ensuring all the right topics are covered to get your students through their exams and you forget that your subject can actually be fun! Now you’€™ve got some free time, read more books, go to more plays, visit an exhibition or two,€“ whatever floats your boat! Rediscover your own passions and by the time September rolls around you’€™ll be feeling ready to inspire your tribe again!

Try something new.

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a must in the summer months,€“ there’€™s no better time to enjoy the exhilaration of trying something new. Take a banana leaf out of our book and come try one of our high ropes courses at Go Ape, or explore our beautiful forest locations on board your very own Segway. We guarantee that you’€™ll know what true freedom tastes like as you shoot down our zip-wires or leap from our high platforms! We’€™ll get that adrenaline pumping, that’€™s for sure.

But seizing adventure at Go Ape doesn’€™t have to stop once the summer is over! We offer inspiring school trip packages that start from £12 per child,€“ with supervising adults going absolutely free! With a fun-filled hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy, you can turn those back-to-school frowns upside-down.

Contact us today for more details about what we can offer!

School Trips at Alexandra Palace

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE

On 17th March – we opened our 31st location and unveiled our 19th Tree Top Junior adventure at Alexandra Palace. We invited 2 local Primary Schools up into the trees to experience the adventure for themselves.

 

One of our mini-Tarzans decided to write a review on her tree-time, and we think it’s tree-mendous. Olivia (aged 10) gives her honest opinion on her recent trip to Go Ape, Alexandra Palace.

“At Alexandr

a Palace, there is a new attraction called ‘Go Ape’. Mr Broadbent took some Y6 children to have a go and we discovered that climbing in the treetops is sooooo much fun!

You might think its scary, but it’s the best thing you could ever imagine. It won’t matter if you fall as you’re all set up with harnesses, so you are completely safe. You can scramble to the top of trees, fly down zip-wires, swing on ropes and much more! We laughed so much it didn’t occur to any of us that we were high up in the air and in the trees.

The staff there were really helpful but I have to admit I did have butterflies in my stomach before we started. I slowly climbed up the stairs to a platform in the trees, and soon gained confidence and thought walking across the rope bridge was thrilling! You get to see the woods as if you were a bird flying high in the sky, and when you are climbing you feel like a monkey!

Overall my favourite part was the zip-wire which made me feel like I was flying.”

We think school trips to Go Ape are a great way to aid in children’s personal development. Encourage teamwork, problem-solving and self confidence, all whilst having fun in the trees.

 

If you’re interested in planning an adventurous outdoor school trip for your class. Download an information pack today to find out more.

Teachers go free!

Go Ape School Trips

“A show of hands, kids who fancies skipping school for the day to go and monkey around in the treetops?” Ask your class this question and we bet that there won’t be a single child who keeps both of their hands down! Your class are bound to appreciate a break from times tables and spelling for the day think of it as a treat for all of their hard work.

They’ll get to clamber up into the treetops together to enjoy a fun-filled hour of canopy exploring, tackling obstacles as they go and completing the course by whooshing through the air via zip wire, landing in a squishy pile of wood chip.

A Tree Top Junior is mega fun; but it’s educational, too. Spending time in the treetops will teach your mini tribe valuable lessons and skills about the great outdoors we promise, it’s just as educational as a trip to the museum! And here’s the thing: kids learn best when they’re having fun.

A Tree Top Junior will give your kids an experience they’ll never forget; it’ll boost their confidence in the great outdoors which in turn, could make them more confident and happy in class. We call that a win-win. With the help of practicing teachers, we’ve also developed a range of stimulating resources which support the National Curriculum. They cover maths, English and science, and include ideas for how to make the most of your trip, as well as tasks for kids to complete whilst hanging out in the forest (and you can join in, too!).

Tree Top Junior School Trips

The nitty gritty A Tree Top Junior costs just £12 per pupil and guess what? Teachers and supervisors get to swing for free! If your kids are aged under 6 years old, you’ll need to supervise them from the treetops, with 1 adult to every 2 juniors. For kids aged 6-15, you can choose whether to supervise from the trees or ground, and there must be 1 adult per 8 juniors. If more supervisors join, they’ll need to pay.

Fancy swinging by to check out our offering? Not a problem! Teachers are more than welcome to pay a visit to Go Ape during the week, which will give them a good opportunity to chat to a member of our tribe about planning their adventure.

As well as a Tree Top Junior, we can suggest activities for you and your tribe to take part in during the day, and we can also put on a forest feast for you all to enjoy at lunch.

Each pupil will receive a memento of their Go Ape adventure in the form of a certificate, giving them something they can treasure forever!

Interested?

If you want your next class trip to take place in the forest, give us a call and we’ll help to arrange a unique adventure to suit your needs and budget.

Our number is 0845 643 9215 speak to you soon!

Our Tree Top Juniors Get Arty

Tree Top Junior Art
Nothing makes us smile here at Banana HQ quite like receiving some hand drawn photos from our Tree Top Juniors!
We wont talk to too much because as the saying goes ‘a picture says a thousand words’
So without further ado heres some of the amazing pieces we receive …

Kids drawing 23

This little Tarzan was obviously having a fun filled day getting to experience both the Zip Wire and Segway’s!

Kids drawing 1

This little Baboon must have been listening to the safety briefing as they identified all the correct equipment in their drawing!

Kids drawing 22

We appreciated the action shot in this one and of course the feedback!Kids drawing 21

This cheeky little Baboon found the course easy, they better come back and try the Tree Top Adventure next time then!

Kids drawing 20

By this little ones note it seems like we have a dare devil in the making …
Kids drawing 19

Chelsea has set her sights to come back and try the ‘adult’ zip line next time and we couldn’t be more encouraging – we are waiting for you Chelsea!Kids drawing 18

This drawing depicts the way you should tackle the zip wire, hands in the air with a smile on your face!

Kids drawing 17

This young artist has heaps of potential as they have really captured the scene as you descend down our zip wire from the sky!

Kids drawing 16

Charlie had fun on the zip wire which isn’t a big shock to us at all!

Kids drawing 15

It looks as if this little Tarzan is hugging a huge banana after their visit to Go Ape!

Kids drawing 14

Another lovely drawing capturing multiple crossings!

 

Kids drawing 13

Deimante has brought her adventure drawing to life with an injection of colour!

Kids drawing 11

This little Baboon has a favourite crossing and we have to agree the noughts and crosses are one of our personal favourites!

Kids drawing 10

Max, age 6, had a fun time and also depicted the noughts and crosses!

Kids drawing 9

Again we are loving the colour in this one!

Kids drawing 8

Mia who joined us from Norwich School found the trip both educational and hard work!

Kids drawing 6

This young Tarzan found the course scary

Kids drawing 5

This one thinks that they are now a monkey

Kids drawing 4

This detailed drawing and review has left a smile on our faces!

Kids drawing 3 Kids drawing 2

The above two drawings were completed by the same little artist and they have included their whole family and friends in this colourful canvas

If one of your little Baboons has drawn Go Ape a picture then we would love to see it …

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