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We welcome our 7,000,000th customer!

Seven Millionth
Fellow tribesmen and tribeswomen, we’€™ve done it! We’™ve only gone and welcomed our 7,000,000th (yep, seven millionth) Go Ape customer!

 

To think a€“ in 15 years, seven million people from across the UK and beyond have visited our leafy hideouts. Seven million people have swung through the treetops, whizzed through the air on zip wires and rolled around the floor on our Forest Segways. Seven million people have chosen to Go Ape and live life adventurously. In fact, we actually feel a little emotional about it!

How we celebrated

Of course, this mammoth millionth milestone certainly deserved a celebration€“ and celebrate we did!

We surprised three lovely ladies visiting Go Ape Cannock, as they embarked on a Forest Segway Experience. Unsuspectingly, they completed their forest-themed adventure wearing helmets with three 7,000,000th customer tickets sneakily planted inside of them.

We secretly set our video cams to €˜record€™ and filmed Jane, Julie and Jane turning up to Go Ape. We followed them with our cams as they cruised around the forest floor, hiding behind tree trunks so we didn’t get caught out!

Then, as they rolled back to base, stepped off the Segways and removed their helmets. SURPRISE! Cue the music, party hats, bananas, gorillas, singing, dancing and huge celebratory certificates! You could say the three Js were rather taken aback!

After the buzz died down and we explained to Jane, Julie and Jane why they were receiving the extra-special treatment, we got to find out more about the ladies. They know one another through their husbands who work together (along with one of the Janes).

The ladies occasionally organise a girls’€™ day out and, upon their arrival at Cannock, told one of our tribe that they’™d decided they wanted to do more adventure-filled things together. One of the Janes referred to herself as ‘the Segway expert€™ after rolling around multiple times on the self-balancing machines (including at Go Ape Cannock). We can second that after witnessing her skills whilst filming them on the forest floor!

The ladies had enjoyed a leisurely stroll before the roll and said that they were delighted with being surprised! As an extra thanks for helping us to reach the milestone, we gave Jane, Julie and Jane a hamper packed with merchandise and gift vouchers – so they can come and enjoy another adventure-filled girls’€™ day out with us again in the not-too-distant future!

So, we’€™ve got to say a huge thanks€™ to Jane, Julie and Jane! Thanks as well to all of our lovely, loyal Go Ape-rs who have helped us to reach the seven million mark. Thanks for living life adventurously and for being advocates of our forest-themed adventures!

Here’€™s to the next seven million visitors!

A shout out to adventurous Dads

Go Ape Gift Vouchers this Christmas
It’ll soon be that time of the year again. The day where family silverbacks all over the UK get to put their feet up, unwrap a thoughtful pressie, and legitimately put off mowing the lawn until another day. Yep, Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, 18th June.

Here at Banana HQ, we’ve compiled a list of five things we can thank our dads, step-dads, grandads, fathers-in-law and uncles for. We bet at least one of these rings a bell…

  • Thanks for… being our personal taxi drivers

Shelley’s house, then Priya’s house, then Jen’s Nanna’s. Then to the cinema on the High Street, please. Oh, there’s a new one-way system, by the way. Yeah, probably should have mentioned that earlier. Can you reverse?

Gift inspo: why not get him a bottle of something smooth and aged, with a posh label. Or perhaps just his trusted favourite. Someone else can be designated driver for a change.

  • Thanks for… letting us climb the tall trees

Looking back, we’re sure there were many hours of anxious curtain-twitching and phone-checking while we were out with exploring our local jungles. Thanks for resisting wrapping us in cotton wool. We learnt something from every single bump and scrape, and we’ve got the precious life-long memories to prove it.

Gift inspo: why not relive childhood summers by treating your silverback to a Tree Top Adventure. Swing-side-by-side through the forest canopy
and challenge each other to who can Tarzan call the loudest.

  • Thanks for… being the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas, and the Tooth Fairy

OK, so although it was technically a decade-long deception, thanks for hiding those eggs under the geraniums, nibbling Rudolph’s carrot, and sneaking those pound coins under the pillow. We know it was you, and we love you for it.

Gift inspo: let your Dad be himself this Father’s Day by buying him a smart shirt from his favourite store. He deserves it after all those Christmases in that Santa costume…

  • Thanks for… letting us listen to our terrible teenage music

Slaves to the charts, we’re fairly sure you made you endure more than anyone’s fair share of white-suited boy bands, neon-haired pop princesses, and novelty one-hit wonders (Crazy Frog, anyone?).

Sound familiar? Gift inspo: make Dad a playlist of stuff he actually enjoys listening to. Maybe he was right, after all. We’d much rather listen to Blur than Blazin’ Squad these days.

  • Thanks for… the epic BBQs

Although it was pretty clear the kitchen wasn’t your natural habitat, you were always first out with the lighter fluid on a clear day. Bravely risking burnt eyebrows, backseat chefs, and an incinerated shed, you made sure we all enjoyed the sunshine with full bellies. Thanks for your commitment to the marinades – they were awesome.

Gift inspo: why not coax your culinary hero indoors with a good cookbook? It might persuade him that not all food has to be prepared over hot coals.

Whatever you have to thank Dad for, why not treat him to some family tree-time? We’re sure he’ll love the Tarzan swings and zip lines, but we’re willing to bet his favourite bit will be spending quality time with you.

Dad’s – looking for a (not so) subtle way to hint at an adventurous gift for family tree-time? Maybe a cheeky retweet might be just the trick…

Gift adventure

How to Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day

Raymond Go Ape Crathes Castle

As the world celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day on 31st May, we explore five ways we can all keep our minds and bodies on their toes (so to speak).

1) Try something new

Aristotle may have been one of the first philosophers to make the distinction between happiness we feel in the moment (hedonia), and the satisfaction that comes from constantly developing and living life to the fullest (eudaimonia). Slightly more modern research has revealed that the sense of purpose that comes from eudaimonia is associated with lower cortisol levels, increased immune function, and better sleep.

Have you thought about open water swimming? A brilliant choice for confident swimmers, swimming in cold water burns more calories, works every single muscle, and is a great way of meeting people. There are lots of opportunities to get involved – visit SwimEngland for more tips.

2) Spend time with lots of different people

Mixing with people of all different ages and backgrounds introduces us to different perspectives – which can sometimes make us challenge our own outlook.

Have you thought about dancing? Thanks to a certain celebrity dance show that we’ve all heard of, dancing in the UK is experiencing a boom, with popularity growing among people of all ages and cultures. Why limit yourself to the ballroom when there’s Latin, Flamenco, Bhangra, Street…

3) Reconnect with nature

We’ve all heard the benefits of exercising outdoors. Research by Professor Jules Pretty of the University of Essex has revealed that green exercise is associated with increased feelings of revitalization and decreased feelings of anger, confusion and depression.

Have you thought about dog agility? A lot of clubs take classes outdoors in the summer, and little Rufus doesn’t have to be a prime athlete to join in –classes are usually open to dogs (and owners) of all shapes, sizes and ages. Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks…

4) Embrace technology

Video communication apps like Skype can be a big help in bringing people closer together. Social media channels such as Facebook can also be a handy way of organising or searching for events in your local area. There are also lots of fitness games and apps on the market, designed to improve health and wellbeing, from sharpening mental agility to improving balance and core strength.

Have you thought about a Forest Segway adventure? A novel way to explore the forest floor, our Segway adventures allow you embrace technology and nature at the same time.

Raymond Goes Ape5) Take inspiration from others

Here at Banana HQ, we’re often reminded that adventure really doesn’t have any limit. Take one of our favourite Silverbacks, Raymond, who leapt into the limelight this Autumn by becoming the oldest member of our Tribe.  At the tender age of 93, Raymond joined his granddaughter’s 21st birthday celebrations on our Tree Top Adventure at Crathes Castle. Speaking of his adventure, Raymond said, “I don’t think age should ever be a barrier and I am always keen to try something new.”

There you go. We should all be more like Raymond.

 

Move over Hygge…Hello world!

Zip, Zip, Horray

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or in the middle of a forest with no connection to the outside world), you’ve probably heard of Hygge.

Hygge is associated with cosiness. It’s that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you’re cuddled up on the sofa reading your favourite book, cocooned in a fluffy blanket in front of a crackling fire. It’s a feeling of comfort and contentment; it’s indulging in all the good things and good people in your life, check out how we like to embrace Hygge.

Now, it’s never our aim to upset readers of our blog, and the amount of press Hygge’s received can only mean that there are plenty of devotees out there.

But, we’re kind of over it.

We embraced Hygge for months and loved every second, but those days and evenings spent inside has got us yearning for some time in the great outdoors! We’re sure it wasn’t its intention, but too much Hygge led us to develop a serious case of cabin fever!

Half-term at Go ApeWith the days getting longer and lighter (finally!), Mother Nature is calling out our names (can you hear her?). We want nothing more than to wrap up warm, head out and explore! It’s still a winter wonderland out there, but that’s not a bad thing. The great outdoors is beautiful this time of the year, sure it’s cold, but dress right and that won’t even matter!

It’s hard to explain. Unlike Hygge, there isn’t a word to describe the feeling you get after spending a day in the great outdoors. It’s a mixture of feelings, we guess. We feel positive, revitalised, content, accomplished and connected (to nature, that is).

We can’t summarise is with a single word perhaps we should make one up? (Answers on a postcard, please!).

Outside, there’s no limit to what you can do. Got kids? Organise a scavenger hunt, build a fort or supervise a campfire, where you can all keep warm, toast marshmallows and sing songs. Hanging out with your other half? Drive out to the countryside for a winter picnic, complete with blankets, sarnies and a flask of hot chocolate. Spending the day with your friends? Cruise a forest trail on your bikes, and stop off at a pub en route back home.

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that will get your adrenaline pumping, then why not take to the trees at Go Ape? Embark on a Tree Top Adventure and you’ll clamber high up into the canopy to crawl through tunnels, wobble across bridges, swing from stirrups and leap off platforms! Oh, and whoosh down zip wires, too!

We’re officially on countdown…Go Ape’s forest doors open on the 11th of February – and we can hardly contain our excitement! Book before 10th February and save 20% off your half-term adventure, and so that you have something to get excited about!

See you very soon!

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