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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!

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.

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

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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