To celebrate the spooky season this half-term, we’re offering a weekend of ghoulish games and tree-top shrieks for your little (flying) monkeys.
From Friday 27th until Sunday 29th October, 10 of our Tree Top Junior locations will be offering a Halloween twist on their classic adventure alongside lots of free ground-based activities.
Participants will have access to all the free festivities happening on the forest floor. From face-painters to spooky riddles, to spider web crafts and fancy-dress competitions, there’s plenty for the family to do. What’s more, if you can solve all the riddles hidden around the forest on the day, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a year’s worth of Go Ape adventure.
That’s not all. If you’re visiting Go Ape at High Lodge, Thetford Forest, then there’s even more to enjoy. On Thursday 26th October and Tuesday 31st October you can choose from a range of extra activities hosted by the Forestry Commission, including Halloween games, spooky storytelling and more.
Sound spooktacular? To find out more about our Halloween activities, or to find out your nearest Tree Top Junior location, click here and come and play with us for a spell. We promise we don’t bite… Often.
School’s officially out for summer (hurrah!) and we’re now a good few weeks into those lovely, long holidays.
But every year, the same thing happens: parents plan heaps of activities for their kids for the first half of the hols, but after that they start to struggle a little for ideas. You’ve been camping, taken many a trip to park, hosted multiple sleepovers and built numerous dens (inside and outside). So, now what? What fun thing can you plan for your little ones to avoid hearing the one phrase all parents dread most: “I’m boorrreeed!”?
…We’ve got the answer: book a Tree Top Junior adventure at Go Ape! Your little ones will be in their element as they take to the canopy, ready and raring to tackle a course full of fantastically-fun obstacles. They’ll crawl through bridges, clamber up nets, wobble across bridges, swing on ropes and whoosh through the air via zip wire!
A Tree Top Junior is the ultimate school holiday activity and you’ll be the best parents EVER when you tell your kids what you’ve arranged for them! Or, why not make it a surprise, leaving it until you arrive at the forest before the big reveal!?
If you’re feeling up to it, you’re able to join in the fun and head up into the canopy with your mini Tarzans! The course is set-up for smaller folk, but you’ll still have a great time. Don’t fancy that? Well, you can simply watch from the forest floor with camera in hand!
We could go on about how awesome our Tree Top Juniors are for little monkeys, but we realise that we’ll sound a little big-headed. So instead, we made a video diary of a family who recently came to hang with us, so that you can hear it straight from the monkey’s mouth!
Every other week during the summer we’ll be sharing a video where we put some questions to our lovely, loyal Go Ape-rs! The Adventure Tales chronicles the experiences, thoughts and experiences of a tribe after they embarked on a Go Ape adventure!
So, without further ado, listen to what this Dad and his two little monkeys had to say about their Tree Top Junior adventure…
As any teacher knows, rewarding your tribe for a job well done, whether that involves academic achievement, excellent behaviour or attempting something they initially found daunting is a helpful tactic to keep motivation sky high. A juicy dangling carrot at the end of an arduous task can provide just the boost a student might need in order to pull their best efforts out of the bag!
Getting to know your tribe
The key to choosing the right rewards to offer your class is to remember that each little monkey is an individual with their own unique personality. For the greatest chance of your reward system working, you want to have a variety of rewards to pull into play that suit the different personality types of your tribe. After all, variety is the spice of life!
Whilst it’s impossible to stick students into neat little categories, the acclaimed Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test can suggest whether a student is more of an extrovert or an introvert in the way they focus their attention and get their energy. This can help you choose the rewards they might respond best to.
Extroverts have more of a tendency to gain an energy boost from interaction with the world around them, focus on making connections with others, prefer to learn through actions, and can feel drained by spending too much time alone.
Introverts may prefer to boost their energy from within, from their own ideas, thoughts and feelings. They may feel drained by too much time spent around others, prefer to focus on fostering a few close friendships, and may like to learn through observations.
Rewards which might match
In the moment rewards such as public praise in the classroom or displaying the student’s name on a poster as student of the week might appeal to the more extroverted amongst your clan, those who are happy to step into the limelight and enjoy their chance to shine! They might also respond well to formal assemblies where they can receive certificates and enjoy the applause.
In comparison, the more introverted student might die a little inside at the idea of all those eyes watching them receive their award. Token rewards that represent value such as house points that contribute towards a greater prize, or individual points that could be traded in for rewards such as free time, might be a better idea.
Go Ape for schools
Of course, one of the most memorable rewards you can offer your students is the opportunity to try something new, and our adventurous school trip packages at Go Ape offer the chance to do just that! We offer both primary and senior school packages at affordable prices and our range of activities will appeal to a wide variety of students, from those happy to quietly swing their way through the treetops, soaking up the scenery of the great outdoors, to those who want all eyes on them as they let out their loudest Tarzan yell and leap from one of our high platforms!
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 âthe 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 â 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!