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Get Ahead This Spring Bank Holiday

Tree Top Junior Southampton

Bank holiday season is upon US!

 

We’ve already been treated to three bank holidays recently thanks to Easter, and May Day and before we know it Spring Bank Holiday will be upon us and then we have to wait until August for another!

Have you penciled your plans into the diary yet, or does it leave a Monday-shaped hole in your calendar? After three you should be well rehearsed but fear not its not too late to take the time to start making preparations‚ take a look at these handy tips for making the most of your long weekend!

 

Write a list

 

A bank holiday means you have 50% more time to do the things you’ve been nagging yourself to do, but haven’t got around to. There’s nothing more satisfying than striking a line through that dreaded chore you’ve been putting off for ages. Once it’s done, it’s done, and you can enjoy the rest of your extended weekend guilt-free. Tidy the shed‚ tick! Take that old bookcase to the dump‚ tick! Practice your chest-pounding skills‚ okay, maybe that one’s just us…

 

What’s on the menu?

 

Life can get so hectic that sometimes, eating becomes a necessity rather than an indulgence. This is a travesty in our opinion! Why not plan ahead for the upcoming bank holiday by considering what treats you could have in store? The range of ideas out there these days are vast, and vloggers are making recipes even easier to achieve. For the more health-conscious, these goodies needn’t be high in naughtiness, as long as they are something you can look forward to! So start favouriting those online tutorials you usually scroll past longingly, sighing that you’d “love to try this out but never have the time…” Well, now you will!

 

Money-maker

 

Why not use your extra time to declutter your home, and at the same time, make some extra pocket money? Start gathering your preloved particulars ready for that bank holiday boot sale/auctioning website/free ads forum and watch your finances flourish. Perhaps your little monkeys have a mountain of toys they don’t play with anymore? Maybe your wardrobe could use a clear-out? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, after all.

 

Plot in time with your loved ones

 

It may seem like an obvious one, but if your lives are half as busy as ours, you’ll know that time is precious and we must grab the opportunities to spend time with our family and friends as often as we can. Eat together, play together, take a walk in your local park‚ anything that brings you closer and allows you to spend some quality time with one another. So book in some bank holiday bonding time with your favourites today, before anyone else does!

 

For a truly great experience with your nearest and dearest, a trip to Go Ape could be just the ticket! There are just a few days left until the Early May Bank Holiday‚ so make sure you get in early by booking a session at one of our fantastic Tree Top Adventure courses. Make this year’s Spring Bank Holiday the most memorable yet!

Alternative stag do ideas? We’ve got you covered

Stag and Hen Do

‘What goes on tour stays on tour.’

Aah yes, the familiar stag do mantra. It roughly translates as: do what you like lads, safe in the knowledge that you won’t get found out.

But it’s also an expression based on the idea that every stag do is a raucous, loutish affair when in actual fact, stag dos are changing. The cliched stag party‚ one fuelled by booze, strippers and fancy dress‚ is on its way out, being replaced by an altogether more refined, less rowdy affair.

That’s not to say that the thought of hanging out in bars and clubs doesn’t appeal to today’s grooms-to-be and their mates. But as men begin to marry later in life, the traditional stag do (and its associated hangover-from-hell) has lost the charm it once had. Of course, the stag do remains a rite of passage, so the pressure is on to make it a day/ night/weekend/week to remember.

The only difference is that these days, the stags want it to be memorable for all the right reasons. And this is where Go Ape comes in. This outdoor adventure makes for the perfect alternative stag do, don’t you think? It’s raucous (in a good way), exciting (without any cringe-worthy consequences), and it’s a great way for mates to bond (bring on those bromances, lads).

Admittedly, we’re biased, but we honestly can’t think of any other way we’d rather celebrate a mate’s ‘last hours of freedom’ than swinging from the treetops.

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Let’s look at what you get from a Go Ape stag party…

1. First up, it’s a great laugh. What could be more fun than you and your mates tackling high ropes, zip wires and elevated tunnels or whizzing through the forest on a Segway?
2. As an added bonus there’s also the endless pix you’ll get to fill friends’ social media feeds. Photos and videos of the groom having the time of his life (or even better, suffering an epic fail) will keep you amused for hours. What goes on tour may well stay on tour, but with this much fun you’ll definitely want to share…
3. Go Ape is the ultimate combination of adventure and male bonding. One part team building and two parts adrenalin, it will definitely make for a stag do to remember.
4. And just because Go Ape is unlike your average stag party, that doesn’t mean you have to do away with every tradition. While booze and strippers are out, fancy dress is still very much an option. Because if you’re going to be swinging from the treetops and flying through the air, why wouldn’t you be dressed as Tarzan, Superman, or a gorilla? And the fun needn’t end once your time at Go Ape is up.

Take your pick from the many cottages, campsites, yurts, log cabins, B&Bs, and holiday boats located near our various sites. You could even continue the theme and hire a treehouse (or four) for the weekend.

So if the idea of staggering through town dressed as a beer bottle, being barred from every club, and spending hundreds of pounds on a round isn’t for you, there is an alternative…

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Adrenaline rush? Yes please!

Zip Adrenaline

The body works in wonderful (and mysterious) ways, don’t you think?

Take adrenaline, for example. This hormone plays a key role in our so-called fight-or-flight responses it’s pumped around our bodies whenever we’re put in pulse-racing situations.

Remember how the last time you did something ‘scary’ your palms started to sweat? Remember how your knees wobbled, your teeth chattered, and your stomach felt like it was being churned at full speed inside a washing machine?

But can you also remember how you felt overcoming that scary thing? How you felt that burst of energy travel throughout your entire body, from your head down your toes? How you started to shiver, even though you weren’t cold? All of these things you felt are down to adrenaline!

Adrenaline is that surge of energy that increases our heart rate and blood pressure, and heightens our senses. And you might not know this, but although the hormone is released in response to stressful situations, adrenaline rushes can actually be good for us.

Adrenaline can boost alertness and awareness, and improve memory and cognitive function. It can also block feelings of pain, help out our immune system and give us increased strength for the duration of the ‘rush’!

Of course, to experience an adrenaline rush, you need to leave the confines of your comfort zone and step out into the unknown. Besides, comfort zones are restrictive and boring they stop us from living life adventurously (which is our very motto). Boo!

So, are you ready to show your daring side? You don’t have to embark on something super crazy just yet; just something that will get your heart rate climbing. Something that will excite you and leave you wanting more!

Before you go jumping off a platform with a bungee cord wrapped around your ankles, why not jump off a platform and into a giant net at Go Ape!?

Our Tree Top Adventure is guaranteed to get your pulse racing for a number of reasons. One of which is that the course is set high in the canopy (if you didn’t gather already),
which certainly gives the obstacles that extra ‘edge.’ Another reason is that you’ll come across some truly testing obstacles along the way some will stop you in your tracks and make you ponder, “How am I going to do this!?”

Go Ape Zip LineYour courage will be put to the test when crossing obstacles like our Tightrope no hands! Then of course there’s our infamous Tarzan Swing, where you have to muster up the courage to leap into the air! It may take a few seconds, it may take a minute just don’t forget to holler!

Oh, and you’re bound to feel an adrenaline rush as you whizz through the air on our zip wires, which complete each part of the course! It feels like you’re flying that is, of course, until you land (gracefully or not-so-gracefully) in a soft pile of squidgy wood chip!

So, what are you waiting for? Come and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush at Go Ape!

Like a bit of air time?

Why not check out Air Space! It’s the UK’s ultimate trampoline park with locations in Stevenage, Wolverhampton and East Kilbride, boasting 100’s of trampolines to freejump as well as basketball, dodgeball and more.

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Special Guest blog post from 73 Year Old Silverback Frances Butcher

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Find out about silverback grandmother Frances and her trip to Go Ape with her ‘Little Monkeys’ …

I tend to think of the grandchildren as ‘Little Monkeys’ (in the nicest possible way) but I recently found my inner-ape. The invitation to join my daughter and her two children on the Go Ape challenge at Thetford Forest filled me with excitement. Then I looked at the website and the excitement turned to trepidation, but I was determined not to show cowardice in front of anyone, let alone a 6-year old.

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On the appointed day we arrived in time for a picnic lunch and a review of the course from ground level, and it almost looked too easy. So I donned the harness and rushed to the start point. From 8 metres up in the trees it then didn’t look quite so easy, but I wasn’t going to admit that, even to myself.

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I was amazed to find what fun it was crossing between trees on swinging pathways of various ingenious designs; clinging on to a cargo net, and walking over a suspension bridge of logs. The one challenge that I found mentally difficult was the balance log. Just a bare log between one tree and the next. But as there were people in front and behind me I told myself I just had to do it, and fortunately I did without resorting to the need to sit on it and shuffle along!

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The best part though was the zip wire – hurtling through the air at high speed (or so it seemed). It was all over far too quickly. Did I find it difficult at my age? Not really, but as the course was rightly designed for children the height of some things meant I needed to stoop a little, but the biggest problem was that my large feet caught on things like the netting.

I would recommend anyone of any age to ‘have a go’ if they fancy it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, hope I didn’t embarrass my grandchildren, and may even do it again.

Want to try Go Ape? Find your nearest location here.

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