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The Best Gifts We’ve Seen

We don’t know about you, but we always find that giving gifts is just as good as receiving them (and no, we’re not just saying that in case Santa’s listening).

However, finding the right one can be tricky. That’s why we searched the web for presents that help us to abide by our mantra: live life adventurously!

Whether you’re searching for a gift for the gallivanting globetrotter in your life or want to instil a little everyday exploration onto your own Christmas list, we have you covered. Here are our favourite, adventure-imbued gifts (and if you’d like to drop them off here at Banana HQ, please feel free… a monkey can dream, right!?)

Patagonia polyester jacket

Made from plastic bottles, unusable manufacturing waste and reused fabric, these light, bright and eco-friendly polyester jackets can help to keep you warm while saving the planet. Patagonia does carry a higher price tag, but its supply chain is fully sourced and their products are sustainable, meaning you can explore nature knowing that you’re looking after her, too!


What better way to record your world travels than with a camera that was quite literally made for mad exploits and dashing deeds? You may not be rock-climbing or base jumping, but this smart piece of tech works just as well for amateur explorers as it does adrenaline junkies. Plus, with its ever-growing range of add-ons, stands and cases, you’ll have Christmas sorted for years!


You may think it’s a little too cold to be thinking about camping, but do you remember the Scout’s motto? Always be prepared! Once summer rolls around, there’s nothing better than spending a few days out in the wilderness (or in a campsite). Gift it alongside a list of dream destinations (extra points if you plan a trip around one of our Go Ape courses) or store it and some blankets in the back of your car, ready for spontaneous summer adventures!

Camping equipment

We wouldn’t be very good ex-Scouts if we set off with no supplies! Accompany the brand-spanking new tent with an enviable array of camping equipment. Now, these don’t have to be the typical, run-of-the-mill, boring, tin crockery bits; think foldable camping cookware, hammocks or a convenient coffee maker. Plus, it’s 2017 – you can even gift portable grills!

A literary adventure

If your intrepid explorer is looking for some literary inspiration, we have a long ol’ list of recommendations. To spare you from having to listen to us ramble into next year, we’d suggest travel books like Kerouac’s On the Road, Jay Griffiths’ Wild or the ever-wonderful and our all-time-hero, Emily Hahn’s No Hurry to Get Home.

Go down the nonfiction route by buying informative travel guides from Lonely Planet. Or, better still, inspire their curiosity by buying Atlas Obscura’s Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Now, if you’re anything like our tribe here at Banana HQ, you’ll know that it’s moments and not objects that really matter. When we all inevitably reach the end of our journey, we won’t think about new tech and toys under our tree, we’ll remember the people, the places and the memories we made.

So, if your loved one also values experiences and stories over expensive items, a Go Ape Tree Top Adventure could be the perfect gift for you! Is there a better way to welcome in the New Year than by jumping off platforms, swinging from trees and waking up the birds and bees with your best Tarzan holler? Nope! Wash away the January blues (and earn some invaluable brownie points) by zipping through the trees this winter!

Win a 10th birthday party

Go Ape Kids Half Term

Win a tree-mendous 10th birthday party for your mini-Tarzan.

If you didn’t know, we’re celebrating a decade of adventure at Alice Holt Forest and Bedgebury Pinetum.

Now we’re extending the party to you. So we’re giving you the chance to win a tree top birthday party for your mini-Tarzan and their 7 pri-mates.

To enter, simply nominate your favourite soon-to-be ten year old below.

This competition has now closed.

Go Ape Fun Kids Birthday Parties

Terms and conditions.

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition periods end at midnight on 21.07.17.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8a. The prize is a Tree Top Birthday Party for 8 children. Includes Tree Top Junior for 8, plus 8 party bags to be redeemed on the day.  Prize to be redeemed before the 30th November 2017. Subject to availability.

8b. Winner must be over 1m tall to participate on the Tree Top Junior course.

9. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternative.

10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

12. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

13. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

14. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

15. The promoter will notify the winner how and when the prize can be collected.

16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as consent for your entry data to be used for promotional use by Go Ape. Please be aware that should you receive further communications from Go Ape, you will be given the option to unsubscribe or opt out.

Happy birthday Aberfoyle!

Happy birthday Go Ape Aberfoyle

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Happy birthday to you,


Happy birthday to Aberfoyle,


Happy birthday to you!


Our breathtaking Go Ape location in Stirlingshire celebrated it’s 10th birthday this weekend. If you visited Aberfoyle on Sunday 11th June, you may have been greeted with balloons, buntings and a slice of cake (or you may have even entered our competition to celebrate your 10th birthday with us).


A lot has changed over the decade of adventure at Aberfoyle, but there are some things that will always remain a proud part of our history. Here are 5 fun facts you may not know about Go Ape Aberfoyle:


1) It was our first ever Scottish site. Now you can find 3 of our scenic locations in Scotland.


2) It’s home to the longest zip wire in Go Ape history, at a staggering 426 metres.


3) In March 2017, Go Ape Aberfoyle made it to the finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards – Scottish tourism’s equivalent of the Oscars.


4) It is home to one of our rare dual courses, where you can choose your fate on one of two routes (moderate or extreme).


5) In 2014, we welcomed our first and only ever Go Ape Tree Top Wedding. They said ‘I do’ then took a leap of faith off the Tarzan swing.


Here are some photos from the day, just look at that cake!


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If you missed out on the fun of the day, there is still time to book onto the course and receive 10% off the adventure for your whole Tribe.  Simply use code ABBD10 when you book your Tree Top Adventure before the 11th July 2017*. You can book here.

*Code valid on Tree Top Adventure at Aberfoyle only. Excluding Saturdays until 11th July 2017.