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Brr-illiant ways to keep the kids happy this Christmas

Go Ape Tree Top Junior Weekends

Searching for a cure for cabin fever? You’ve come to the right place!

Just because it’s not 25 degrees and blue skies out there doesn’t mean you have to go into hibernation mode and only think of indoor activities to do with the kids. Everyone loves being in the great outdoors, and there’s nothing like getting wrapped up warm and taking your little monkeys outside. No one wants to spend all winter cooped up!

With that in mind, we’ve come up with the following activities to avoid going stir crazy – all of which will get kids (and big kids) super excited during the season of yuletide!

Go ice skating

At this time of year, there’s bound to be an outdoor ice rink near you, promising lots of slippery fun! Around age four or five is a good time for your kids to try skating for the first time. Hold hands and watch as your little one’s confidence builds with each lap. You could even treat the family to a cheeky mince pie afterwards.

Go to the beach

Ok, call us mad if you like, but we think there’s something special about walks along the shore in the winter. You’re guaranteed to practically have the beach to yourselves and, as long as you’re dressed for the occasion, you can still stop to build sand castles and draw your names in the sand with a stick – oh, and don’t forget to warm up with the flask of hot chocolate you’ve brought along with you! The question is: are you brave enough to go for a paddle?!

Go on a bike ride

Winter is a great time to head out on a family bike ride. You don’t have to go far; even cycling along the path to your local pub for a Sunday roast and back again is enough to give the kids a healthy dose of fresh air to perk them up. It’ll no doubt blow away a few cobwebs for you, too!

Go to a Christmas market

As a general rule of thumb, children and Christmas shopping don’t mix. But there’s something entirely different about a Christmas market – unlike the mayhem of department stores or shopping malls, they tend to be full of quirky, handmade items that you can marvel at with your kids. And the cinnamon and clove aromas of mulled wine filling the air, accompanied by the obligatory festive tunes, are bound to put you in the spirit.

Go Ape

There’s nowhere quite like Go Ape: whatever the weather, it has the ability to make you and your tribe feel refreshed, invigorated and raring to go! That’s why we’ve kept our Tree Top Junior courses open this winter. Maybe it’s something to do with the wind in your hair as you zip from the treetops, or the almighty unleash of your loudest Tarzan holler, but a few hours hanging out in the trees with the kids is a sure-fire way of keeping the whole family happy this Christmas! Book now to avoid disappointment!

What we’re wishing for this Christmas…

Alternative Christmas Gifts

The gifts that bring the biggest smiles to our faces are the ones that really mean something to us.

Reindeer MittensWe’re talking personalised, thoughtful and unique. Where to go for personalised, thoughtful and unique gift inspiration? Pinterest, of course! Whether you’re searching for an unusual present for that someone special, or you’re looking for things to subtly add to your wish list, we’ve scoured everyone’s favourite online pin board and have fallen head over heels with the following…

Knitted reindeer gloves

Is your gran an avid knitter? If she’s always on the hunt for a new pattern, see if she’s willing to try her hand (gettit?!) at knitting these fab reindeer mittens!

Homemade cookies in a special ‘tin’

We love a good homemade cookie – all gooey and decadent. But how about this recycling-friendly idea? Wrapped Pringle tubes in sparkly gift paper, full of homemade biccies? Something tells us that once we pop, we just won’t stop!

Transparent book weight

As you Clear Book Weightmay have guessed, we love being in the great outdoors! But sometimes, when we’re really into a good book, the flapping pages in the wind can be a tad frustrating. Enter: the see-through book weight! Why didn’t we think of this sooner?!

Personalised pebbles

How cute are these beautiful name stones? We’d love to receive these, but we’d also love to make them – choosing our favourite pebbles as we stroll along the beach would be the best bit!

Map art

We would love to receive this gift! Combining artwork for the walls with memories of countries we’ve visited on our travels… pure genius!

Homemade Twig HeartTwiggy heart

This is technically classed as a Christmas decoration, but we think it would hang proudly in our home all year round! Such a clever way of collecting and using twigs and branches (as you can imagine, we come across many of these here at Go Ape!).

Shark and mermaid blankets

Ok, these are probably designed with children in mind, but our inner kid is screaming out for these cool mermaid/shark blankets! We’d certainly be the envy of all our friends come camping season!

Silhouette pictures

These silhouette pictures are not as tricky to achieve as they look, and would make a classy and unique addition to any home (our home, hopefully!).

So, there you have it – a few special gifts we would love to receive. If you’re looking to buy that someone special in your life a prezzie to remember, then how about treating them to the gift of adventure with Go Ape gift vouchers? Allow them to release their inner Tarzan, while at the same time giving them memories that will last a lifetime! Head over to our gift experience vouchers page where you can quickly and easily purchase our gift vouchers, now with free delivery!

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Go on an Advent-ure

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“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… An adventure in Go Ape’s trees!”

Catchy, isn’t it?! Although the twelve days of Christmas aren’t here just yet, Advent is! The countdown to the 25th began on Sunday, 29th November, and it’s a time of year we love here at Go Ape!

How do you plan on spending the lead up to the big day?

We try to avoid frenzied shopping mode wherever possible, instead preferring to spend December living life adventurously, spending time with our nearest and dearest and – most importantly – having fun in the process.

This shouldn’t be a stressful time of year where you pull your hair out, trying to think of present ideas and frantically organising who’s going where and who’s cooking what for Christmas. If it is, you’re doing something wrong!

Try to enjoy the yuletide build up as much as possible.

Make life easy for yourself; plan ahead, take some time out and try to have fun whenever you can. Make decorating the Christmas tree an exciting activity for all the family, not a chore; make wrapping presents a time when you crank up the volume on your speakers and sing along to those Christmas tunes at the top of your lungs like no one’s listening (all while covered in bits of sticky tape and glitter from the wrapping paper!).

Even if you’re not the arty and crafty type, how about making your own Christmas cards this year? It’s actually pretty therapeutic and makes you feel all festive and fuzzy inside in the process.

And why not organise a pre-Christmas gathering for you and your tribe and share an adventure together? Dig out those Santa hats and buy tickets to spend a few hours hanging out in the trees at Go Ape! It’s an awesome way to get the little monkeys and Tarzans of the family together.

If you don’t have time this side of Christmas, you could always give the gift of adventure and treat your tribe to Go Ape gift vouchers as their Chrimbo prezzie. Go Ape Gift Voucher WalletNot only will you avoid the mayhem of the shops, but you’ll be giving them something to look forward to in the New Year!

Giving your family or friends memories, rather than things, really is the best gift they could receive.

What’s more, they will be sent to your door (delivery is free!) in a lovely little wallet, so all you have to do is pop the voucher in a Christmas card – whether that card is homemade is, of course, up to you!

Buy Go Ape Gift Vouchers here.

How to survive the winter

Spring

You never hear the expression ‘how to overcome the summer sun’, do you? Funny that.

Yet, when it comes to the chillier months of the year, ‘winter blues’ syndrome is something that really does affect a lot of people – perhaps even you or your tribe?

For some, it can make them feel a tad fed up and housebound; for others it can be more serious – leading to feelings of irritability, lethargy and even depression – otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that affects around two million people in the UK alone.

But even when winter is in full force, there are things you can do – some of which are scientifically-backed – that can improve your mood. Intrigued? Read on to find out ways of banishing those winter blues once and for all; who knows, it may well become a season you embrace rather than dread!

Get active

Getting active keeps you fit and healthy – that’s a given. But did you know it can also ease stress, big time? And we’re not just talking about during exercise – the effects last for hours after, giving you more energy throughout the day. Bring on those feel-good chemicals!

Embrace the outdoors

No, standing by a window looking outside doesn’t count! We mean actually get out there. Because it’s colder, lots of people spend more and more time indoors – but it’s this lack of sunlight that can cause feelings of depression, as exposure to the sun releases neurotransmitters to the brain that affect our mood. So wrap up warm and get outdoors!

Fill yourself with healthy grub

Summer is synonymous with salads. Think winter and you think of mince pies with clotted cream, cheeseboards and stodge. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can still eat warming and nourishing meals, but be healthy at the same time. How about a lentil stew or roasting off some root vegetables to serve with some grilled fish? Everything in moderation, of course – and we are by no means telling you to banish the Quality Street over Christmas – but a healthy diet is sure to boost your energy and your mood.

Stay warm

According to the NHS website, being cold can make you feel even more depressed, and evidence also suggests that keeping warm can reduce the winter blues by half! But this doesn’t mean staying inside glued to the radiator for the next few months. Invest in the right thermal gear, padded coat, warm boots, insulated gloves and beany hat and hey presto! You’re toasty!

Once you’re wrapped up warm, you’re ready to tackle the treetops with your tribe here at Go Ape! If your mood is as dark and gloomy as it looks outdoors, fear not – a few hours monkeying around with us will get you out of that seasonal slump in no time!

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