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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…

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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!

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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!).

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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!

A Four Day Weekend? Now There’s A Reason To Celebrate!

Celebrate Adventure this Bank Holiday Weekend

Well, school’s out, spring is here, and on top of all that, it’s Easter this weekend! The arrival of Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday means a four-day weekend for many of us, and we can’t help but feel eggstremely eggcited about it! (Sorry, we couldn’t resist).

Besides from eating enough chocolate to sink a small ship, what other Easter plans do you have? You need to get out there and celebrate that four-day weekend, it only comes once a year! If you’re scratching your head for things to do, here are some suggestions:

Eat chocolate

This four-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to (over)indulge on chocolate. It’s the only time (bar Christmas) when it’s OK to gorge out on sweet treats any time of the day, so sub those scrambled eggs for chocolate eggs! (OK, maybe not…).

Burn it off

Chocolate cramps – they’re actually a thing. And you’ll no doubt find that out this weekend. It’s important that you balance your indulging with some healthy exercise this Easter. Why not head out for a few afternoon walks, or round-up the tribe for a bike ride or two?

Another fantastic way to burn off those surplus calories is by clambering up in the trees to take on one of our obstacle courses! Completing the course can burn up to 510 calories in women and 660 calories in men – that’s the equivalent to a standard sized chocolate egg! And once you’ve tackled the course, you can cool off with a stroll around the forest, which looks particularly pretty in the springtime.

Go huntin’

If you’ve got kids to entertain this weekend, nothing beats a good ol’ Easter egg hunt. You could hold one in your back garden, or join in with one of many public hunts taking place across the country. You’re bound to have a cracking time! (Last one, we promise).

In fact, forests across the UK are holding their own Easter-themed events and activities this weekend, and in many of those forests you’ll find one of our Go Ape courses! Get involved with an Easter Egg Hunt at Forest of Dean, or head out on an Easter Clue Trail with your family at Alice Holt.

Mini break

It’s not too late to book a mini break. A four day weekend is the perfect opportunity to get away for a while with friends and family. How about renting a cottage by the sea for the weekend? Or, if the weather’s particularly kind, why not organise a camping trip?

Adventure!

A four day weekend is the ideal time to have your next adventure! Go somewhere you’ve never been, or try something you’ve never tried before! You’ve got four whole days to get out there and live life adventurously – so go for it!

Fancy winning yourself £1,200 worth of Mountain Warehouse kit? Well, just tell us who you’d love to celebrate adventurously with and this weekend just may end up being your best Easter yet!

So, we guess all that’s left to say is, a very “Happy Easter” to you all!

From the Go Ape tribe X

Happy birthday to…

Celebrate Adventure this Bank Holiday Weekend

Someone get the cake and candles…because it’s our birthday!

This Thursday (26th), Go Ape turns 13 years’ young and we plan to celebrate with lots of monkeying around in the trees. Who’s with us?!

Way back in 2001, Tris and Becs were holidaying in France when they spotted a family swinging through the trees, and they were all grinning from ear to ear. This got the couple thinking (and talking and planning), and a year later the first Go Ape was born.

Tree Top Adventure Go ApeWithin a year of opening our first Tree Top Adventure course in Thetford Forest, a whopping 15,500 people had come to hang with us in the trees. It confirmed that we were right: people really did want a taste of the ‘high life’!

In the following years, more and more Go Ape courses opened up. Our Aberfoyle course in Scotland, which opened in 2007, featured the longest zip line anywhere in the UK. By 2008, we had 17 courses and in June of that year, we welcomed our millionth customer through our forest doors. A record achievement by anyone’s standards!

We won our very first award back in 2002, when we were crowned ‘Rural Attraction of the Year’ by the NFU. Since then, we’ve scooped numerous awards for our courses, including ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year,’ ‘Best Tourism Experience,’ and ‘Commended Attraction.’ And, last year, our Rivington course was runner-up in Netmums’ Outdoor Play Awards.

Over the past five years, we’ve (quite literally) branched out, launching our Tree Top Junior courses for little Tarzans wanting to Go Ape. Ten of our locations now also offer our Forest Segway experience, meaning that people can explore their beautiful surroundings from up in the tree tops as well as from the ground.Go Ape Forest Segways

We can’t help but feel a little reflective as we approach our teenage years. Like any business we have had some downs as well as ups (and we’re not just talking about the zip wires), but we’ve kept on going. Go Ape is the success it is today thanks to our dedicated, loyal and hardworking tribe, plus our lovely customers that return, time and time again, to hang with us. It means we can keep doing what we do best: inspiring people to get out there and live life adventurously. Here’s to many more happy birthdays!

With the season in full swing, now’s a great time to book yourself a tree top adventure! Why not come and celebrate our birthday with us this spring?

(p.s. – banana cake is our favourite)

Britain’s Most Celebrated Explorers

Great British Adventurers

Oh, to live the life of an explorer.

Spending your days traveling around the world to all those amazing places, meeting new people and discovering new things. Sounds great, right?

Many great explorers have come out of Britain. They’ve scaled the highest mountains, battled the wildest seas and crossed treacherous land – all in name of exploration and discovery. Explorers, our hats are off!

Here are some of Britain’s most celebrated explorers, both past and present:

Sir Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Thesiger was an explorer and travel writer, most known for his books on Arabia, which have inspired people like fellow explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Thesiger travelled across the world’s second largest desert, the Rub’ al Khali, twice, tackling dunes that were 100 miles long and 1,000 ft. high.

Thesiger visited countries across the world and in north Kenya he was known by tribes as the ‘old bull elephant who walks by himself.’ Thesiger died in 2003 and donated over 23,000 travel photos to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley was an explorer and writer who travelled the world to study different cultures. She spent lots of time with African tribes, some of them said to be cannibals, and her work has been significant in our understanding of these groups.

Mary climbed the 13,225 ft. Mount Cameroon, taking a daring route that had never been attempted by a European before.

George Mallory

George Mallory was an English mountaineer who was involved in the first three expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s. He became one of our favourite explorers after we read that, replying to someone who asked why he would conquer the world’s highest mountain, he replied: “Because it’s there”!

Mallory vanished along with his climbing partner during his third expedition in 1924. His body was only discovered in 1999, and it is still unknown as to whether the duo ever made it to the mountain’s summit…

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Described by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer,’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes has many astonishing achievements under his (climbing) belt. He’s the first person to visit both the North Pole and South Pole by surface means, the first person to reach Mount Everest’s summit and cross both polar ice caps, and together with Mike Stroud became the first person to cross Antarctica by foot. The list goes on (and on, and on…).

The explorer cut off the tips of his fingers after suffering frostbite, and completed seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in 2013, just 4 months after suffering from a heart attack and undergoing a double heart bypass operation. Sir Ranulph, we salute you!

Check out the BBC interview below with Sir Fiennes as he discusses the moment he cut off his fingertips.

We’ve got a lot of love for explorers (keep an eye out for our upcoming post on modern day pioneers!). If, after reading this, your feet are a little itchy (not literally), then don’t you think it’s about time to do some exploring of your own? If you don’t really want to set off on a round-the-world trip, just visit one of our Go Ape courses to spend the day exploring the tree tops! See you there!

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