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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

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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!

10 things that are better than paying for postage

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What would you do if you won the lottery?

It’s a common ‘what if’ question, isn’t it? Well, we’ve got another one for you – this time, it’s a bit more realistic: what would you spend £1.99 on?

“Bit random” we hear you say. But it’s not as weird as you might think! Postage for our Go Ape gift vouchers used to be just a penny shy of two pounds. So, that got us thinking: now that postage is completely free, what could you buy with that £1.99?! Here’s what we came up with, all of which are so much better than paying for postage…

1. Multivitamins

Winter is well and truly here, which means Christmas festivities, crisp morning walks and cosying up by a roaring fire. Unfortunately, it also means sniffles, coughs and sore throats. Keep your immune system topped up with a daily dose of A-Z vitamins.

2. Anti-bac hand gel

On the topic of colds, stash a little bottle of anti-bac on your desk or in your bag and smother your hands in it at intervals throughout the day – killing those nasty germs in the process.

3. A new pen

If you write regularly, why not wave bye-bye to those temperamental biros and ever-blunt pencils and treat yourself to a good quality pen? And while you’re at it, jot down your New Year’s resolutions – that’s right it’s nearly that time of year again!

4. A new mug

We all love a good cuppa, especially during the chilly months! Your local supermarket is a great place to pick up inexpensive but super-stylish mugs – perfect for wrapping your hands around.

5. A smoothie

Five-a-day in one drink? Yes please! Next time you’re in town, swing by a smoothie shop and order the healthiest bevvy on the menu.

6. Gel hand warmers

These are a dream come true for outdoorsy types like us! Crack them to activate, place in your pockets and have toasty fingers all day long.

7. Warm socks

Don’t make your feet jealous – they want to be toasty, too! Get yourself some thick, fleecy socks to wear under your boots. You might never want to take them off (but, for your nose’s sake, we would advise you do!).

8. A flask

Hot drink hours after you made it? Enter: the flask! If you’re not going to be near a kettle for a while and you love your tea, coffee or hot chocolate, this is the vessel for you!

9. Herbal tea

We all know the health benefits of herbal tea – especially green tea. For £1.99 you can get some quality bags – maybe even those fancy mesh ones?!

10. Sketch book

If you’re the arty type, there’s nothing better than getting outside and sketching the beautiful scenery. Let those creative juices flow!

So, what would you spend £1.99 on? Answers on a postcard, please! Actually, scrap that – save on the postage and tweet us @GoApeTribe.

#GiftAdventure This Christmas

Gift memories, not things this festive season with a Go Ape gift voucher for your Tribe. Our gift vouchers can be used on Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway, Tree Top Junior or Zip Trekking Adventure at any of our 29 locations across the UK. If you’re looking for something unique to give, something to challenge, surprise and excite choose a gift voucher from Go Ape (did we mention it’s FREE delivery!)

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Christmas holiday hacks: top tips from the team

Christmas Hacks

Christmas should be a relaxed, merry old time of year; but, for many, it’s a period of intense stress – shopping, cooking, organising and juggling nativity plays with work parties, all whilst trying to keep every member of the tribe happy.

Does it make your palms sweat just thinking about it? Take into account the extra dent it makes on your December pay check, and it’s no wonder some of us experience a festive burnout.

However, we like to think the little things, when put together, can make a big difference. So, to help inject a bit of creative fun back into Chrimbo, save money and reduce stress, the team at Go Ape have compiled the following yuletide hacks…

Bulk up

Is your tree a little bare and patchy in places? Give the illusion of a full and bushy festive tree by using green tinsel or artificial pine garland and wrapping it around the inner branches – once covered in plenty of decs and twinkly lights, no one will ever know! We won’t tell – promise.

Festive aromas

Make your home smell of Christmas. How? By simply boiling cloves and cinnamon sticks in a pan! The fragrance will soon fill each room, and your guests will feel instantly warm and fuzzy inside!

Chop it up

Naturally, we think the most beautiful decorations are wooden ones. Chop the trunk of your Christmas tree into “slices”, get all the family to decorate their own (write the year on it so you can remember ‘Christmas 2015’ in years to come), and attach some red or green ribbon. Voila! Free Christmas decs.

Napkin origami

Another tree-themed hack here: this time, you can work a bit of origami napkin magic and fold them into Christmas tree shapes, complete with a mini bauble on top. It’ll save you buying special festive napkins or napkin rings!

Branch out

If you need to trim your Christmas tree in places, don’t throw the cuttings into the bin! Instead, use them as stylish and minimalist features by placing the cut branches into glass vases half-filled with water. Simple, elegant and Christmassy – what’s not to love?

Candy Cane Placecard HoldersCandy card holders

Secure three mini candy canes together, place with the round sides down and use either as name place holders or to inform your tribe of the food they are about to devour on your spread. A really fun idea!

Festive snacks

For a platter of nibbles with a twist, why not create Christmas-tree inspired pitta breads that are as delicious as they are festive? Cut toasted pittas into triangles, top with homemade guacamole and diced red peppers and place a stick of pretzel into the bottom (the tree trunk). Yum!

So, there you have it: a selection of our favourite Christmas hacks. While we can’t promise they’ll stop Crazy Aunt Maude drinking more than her fair share of brandy or the turkey burning to a crisp, they could just make your life a fraction easier and – more importantly – you should have a lot of fun in the process!

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