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Fancy dress…we’re impressed!

Go-Ape-Gorillas

Love to dress up? We certainly do!

If you visit Go Ape and spot a gorilla roaming the forest floor, run for your life! No, don’t really. The great ape is no great ape at all – just one of the Go Ape tribe monkeying (or shall we say, ape-ing?) around!

Our Tree Top Adventure courses are tonnes of fun (if we do say so ourselves). But do you know what makes them even more fun? Fancy dress!

Provided your clobber lets you easily navigate the obstacles, we strongly encourage rocking up to the forest dressed to impress. And if you’re visiting us to celebrate a birthday, stag or hen do, donning fancy dress will make your experience even more memorable!

Sound good? Here are some snaps to inspire you…

Fancy dress 1

These lads and ladies are looking particularly spectacular in Alice in Wonderland attire. Our gorilla pal gives his seal of approval, too. Fancy dress 2

A marvellous mixture of brightly-coloured costumes. These comic book heroes and villains look awesome – just imagine their capes flapping in the wind as they soar through the air via zip wire!

Fancy dress 3

Spiderman in action – and looking ultra-confident as he confronts the stirrups, one of Go Ape’s trickiest obstacles. But hey, it’s Spiderman; he could probably do it blindfolded (now that’s something we’d like to see!).

Fancy dress 4

Hurrah! Looks like Little Bo Peep has found her sheep who went walkabouts in the treetops! Baa-d sheep!

These are just a few fancy dress ideas to get you started – the possibilities really are endless! Come dressed as your favourite animal, singer, or movie character. Dress like the birthday girl or boy; or challenge one another to scour charity shops and buy the most outlandish outfits you can find. Just make sure you wear shoes suitable for trailblazing and canopy exploring!

Oh, and one more thing: make sure you take lots of pictures of you and your tribe in get-up! It’ll give you all a sacred memento to stick on the fridge door and remind you of your Go Ape adventure! And if you do take lots of snaps, don’t forget to share them with us via our social channels – who knows, you may help to inspire the next stag, hen or birthday bunch that swings with us!

Birthday celebrations from around the world

Go Ape Kids Half Term

When we think of a typical British birthday party, we tend to think of balloons, games, prezzies, and cake smothered with icing and topped with candles.

Did you know that you share your birthday with around 19 million people across the globe? So, as you hover over your cake while desperately trying to think of a wish, other birthday boys and girls will be celebrating turning one year older (and wiser) in very different ways.

Here are some of our favourite birthday customs from around the world – some brilliant, others totally bizarre…

China slurps noodles

In china, ‘longevity’ noodles are served to the birthday boy or girl for lunch. These noodles symbolise long life and are meant to be slurped until the child can slurp no more – then they are bitten. We’re sure table manners like these would have got us told off as kids.

Jamaica makes flour bombs

Forget smothering a cake in icing; in Jamaica, the birthday boy or girl is smothered with flour in a tradition called ‘antiquing.’ Not sure we want this custom to catch on in the UK, though…

Brazil gets its 5-a-day

We’ve heard of parents secretly adding healthy food to kids’ meals, but never this: in Brazil, kids eat sweets shaped like fruit and veg on their birthday! Oh, and they also get their earlobes tugged on – one tug for every year (this stops after childhood, thankfully).

Israel wears the crown

Kids in Israel get treated like royalty on their birthday (the way it should be, right?). Not only do they get to don a crown made from leaves and flowers, but their parents carry them around on a chair decorated with streamers as guests dance and sing around them.

Mexico whacks a horse

…Not literally, of course. Chances are you’ve tried your luck at winning the contents of a sweet-filled piñata in the past; and in terms of its fun factor, it’s definitely up there. Blindfolded kids hurling a heavy object around…what could possibly go wrong?

Germany takes it easy

German kids are lucky, because they’re never given chores or homework to do on their birthday. Parents will often decorate the whole house and instead of a cake, candles are placed in a wooden wreath on the dining room table.

Vietnam waits ‘till New Year’s Day

Everyone in Vietnam celebrates their birthday on New Year’s Day, which the Vietnamese call ‘Tet.’ The actual day people are born isn’t acknowledged at all, meaning if a baby was born in December they’d still turn one on January 1st!

The UK gets to Go Ape!

If you’re celebrating a birthday in the UK, you can swing through the trees, jump off platforms and whizz down zip wires. That is, of course, if you book a birthday party at Go Ape!

Adventurous Kids Birthday Parties

The birthday boy or girl can hang out with their mates on one of our Tree Top Junior courses, where they’ll get to enjoy an hour of canopy exploring, obstacle conquering and trail blazing! To make their day extra special, we offer a range of extras including party bags, a Go Ape t-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, and use of our forest shelter.

Outdoor Birthday Parties Go Ape

Adults can celebrate their birthdays in the forest too, choosing from our award-winning Tree Top Adventure or Forest Segway Experience. If you want to find out more, call one of our tribe today on 0333 355 9416.

Find out more about Go Ape Birthday Parties.

Tips for planning the perfect party

Go Ape Kids Parties

So, it’s your little one’s birthday in a few weeks’ time and you’re panicking because you still haven’t planned how you’re going to celebrate it.

Well, fear not – Go Ape is here to help! (*Phew*). We’ve put together some tips for throwing an awesome party that your little one (and all their friends) will remember for years to come. Candles and cake at the ready…

Fancy dress

From Hogwarts wizards to Disney princesses, kids love to play dress up. So, why not let your little one pick the dress code for their party? Just don’t forget to tell the other parents what it is!

Set a theme

Themed parties are the best parties. Some ideas include a beach party (think food served in buckets and beach ball piñatas); a teddy bear’s picnic (with tartan rugs and a game of teddy bear hide ‘n’ seek); or a camping party (you supply tents, torches and marshmallows for toasting on a supervised campfire).

Limit numbers

When it comes to invitees, less is more (though that does mean less prezzies, which your kid might have something to say about). Having 20 or 30 kids to meet and greet can be overwhelming for the party boy or girl, so just invite a handful of their closest friends.

Seek help

If you’re more of a ‘sit out’ parent, it’s not cheating if you enlist the help of another adult! From magicians and fairies to clowns and pirates, a children’s entertainer will do all the work, so you don’t have to! (Note: you might want to check none of the kids are going to start bawling at the sight of a clown).

Go Ape Birthday PartyGo old school

There’s a reason why we remember playing sleeping lions, musical chairs and pass the parcel when we were young: because they were super fun! And the added bonus is that you don’t need much in the way of equipment – simple!

Go Ape!

For a guaranteed ‘never-to-be-forgotten’ birthday party, Go Ape! For just £18 per head, your little one and their friends get to enjoy an hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles. If you want, you can add extras to your do such as party bags for the kids, a special t-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, or use of our forest shelter where your little one can blow out the candles. (PS. Tarzan/monkey fancy dress is not essential but strongly recommended!).

Happy birthday to us!

Highest Go Ape Obstacles

Where’s the banana cake and candles… it’s our birthday!

This Easter Saturday (26th), Go Ape turns 14 years’ young and we plan to celebrate with lots of monkeying around in the forest. Who’s with us?!

There have been one or two obstacles to overcome in building a business around the concept of swinging through trees. It’s been quite a journey – we thought you might like to read about our story..

Here’s our story one step at a time.

2001

Eureka moment – Tris and Becs discover Go Ape concept on holiday in France with six month old baby in tow. Spent a whole day talking to James Comte from Altus who has built all our Go Ape courses to date.  Back in the UK a multi-site deal is agreed with the Forestry Commission.

2002

Tree Top Adventure Go ApeMarch 26, a special day for us. The first Go Ape Tree Top Adventure opens in Thetford forest. Within a year, 15,500 gorillas and baboons have swung through the trees. Our cabin is five feet tall and all bookings are taken on a mobile phone.

2003

Crunch time with three further courses opening at Moors Valley, Grizedale and Sherwood and no money in the bank. A small loan keeps us afloat and we are amazed to win the NFU Rural Attraction of the Year for 2002.

2004

Go Ape opens at Swinley Forest, Bracknell – our first site with a different landowner, the Crown Estate.

2005

Moors Valley wins ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ (South West Tourism). Grizedale wins ‘Best Tourism Experience’ (Cumbria Excellence Awards).

2006   

Record-breaking first-year customer numbers for Delamere and Forest of Dean – in September customer number 500,000 swings through the trees.

2007

Five more courses, including the first Scottish course with the longest zip line in the UK. Go Ape launches its own magazine, Tribe.

2008

Go Ape now has 17 courses and we celebrated our millionth customer in June. The Chief Gorilla (Tris) is a National Business Awards finalist in the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ category. Go Ape is listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100.

2009

21 Go Ape Courses including the first franchise site at Woburn Safari Park and the first Go Ape course in Wales.Go Ape Forest Segways

2010

A further four adventures join the Go Ape family tree; Beecraigs, Pembrey, Coed-y-Brenin and Black Park Country Park. Go Ape branches out into other adventures with our Forest Segway adventure at Thetford Forest.

2011

Two new tree top adventures at Crathes Castle and Itchen Valley Country Park, and our segway adventure lands at Moors Valley Country Park and Swinley Forest, Bracknell. Tree Top Junior was launched in October at Moors Valley Country Park – our first adventure for the under 10’s.

2012

It’s our 10th birthday. Our first tree top adventure lands in the Capital. Sadly, we lost our Beecraigs adventure following extreme storms. A further five segway adventures joined the family, and Tree Top Junior landed in Thetford Forest.

2013

So another busy year. Our Forest Segways were let loose in Grizedale and the Forest of Dean. Our Tree Top Junior adventure landed at Leeds Castle, Alice Holt, Cannock Chase and Bedgebury Forest and we opened another Tree Top Adventure at Tilgate, near Crawley.

2014

We rolled out our Tree Top Junior adventures for Mini Tarzans across the country, including Black Park, Dalby Forest, Grizedale Forest, Sherwood Pines, Delamere Forest and Wyre Forest. We also launched our very first Zip Trek Adventure at Grizedale Forest. We sadly lost our Coed-y-Brenin adventure.

2015

We rolled out another Tree Top Junior for Mini Tarzans at the Forest of Dean. We also launched our very first Tree Top Adventure in central London at Battersea Park – it’s a first for any UK city!

 

It’s been a busy few years, now’s where is that cake?