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Art Attack…Go Ape style!

Monkey art pulp fiction

Fancy yourself an art aficionado? Well, what if we were to tell you that some of the world’s most famous art works have been taken over…by apes!?

A number of creative folk thought it would be fun to monkey around with some classic works of art, removing the original characters and replacing with apes! Not even da Vinci escaped this ape invasion – and we’re already debating which painting would work best as a centrepiece in BananaHQ!

Monkey Lisa

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting has been hailed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” Everyone from captain Jack Sparrow to Edward Scissorhands and Kim Kardashian has been photoshopped in place of poor old Lisa, but this one gets our vote (of course).

 

Gorilla with the pearl earring

Gorilla with the pearl earring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This one’s a parody of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring painting. A couple of years ago, Dutch astrophysicist Vincent Icke raised doubts about the earring’s material, arguing that it looks more like polished tin than pearl. All we know is that the Gorilla has one hell of a pout (move over Kim K)…

 

Banana Pulp Fiction

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Put bananas in your artwork and you’re asking for a monkey spoof! The original piece, created by Bristol-based Graffiti artist Banksy, depicted Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta’s characters in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, with their guns replaced by our favourite yellow fruit. A print of the stencil sold for £10,600 back in 2012.

 

Chimpspeare

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Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Chimspeare! This ape definitely pulls off ‘smart’ better than we do…

 

Scream

Monkey scream Edvard Munch 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A cheeky parody of Edvard Munch’s Scream painting, we reckon this ape is thinking either one of two things – “How do I get back to the forest from here?!” or “Why did I buy a onesie that makes me look like I’ve just come out of prison?!”

Have we missed any monkey masterpiece takeovers? If so, share them with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Birthday celebrations from around the world

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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.

#TakeTheFirstStep: one step at a time

Take the First Step Go Ape

This summer, we’ve made it our mission to inspire you, yes, you! to take the first step towards leading a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life.

And there’s only one way you can do that: by getting out there and embracing adventure!

One step at a time

We’ll be the first ones to admit that our Tree Top Adventure courses seem a little scary to start. In fact, most members of the tribe will tell you they had the jitters the very first time they climbed the rope ladder to Platform 1!

But, it would be wrong to label our courses extreme, or to say that they’re for daredevils or thrill-seekers only. A Tree Top Adventure is for everyone! Provided you’re reasonably fit and healthy, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a few hours of canopy exploring and trailblazing!

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to swing with us (and your inner Tarzan is dying to be released), but something’s always held you back, a fear of heights, maybe? Well, Go Ape prides itself on helping people to overcome their fear of heights you just need to be ready to take the first step.

If you embark on a Tree Top Adventure, that ‘first step’ will take place on the rope ladder leading to Platform 1. Take it one step at a time: you can be as slow as you like (within reason, of course). If you want to stop for a breather every few steps, that’s absolutely fine!

Trust us when we say, getting yourself up there is the trickiest bit (mentally, anyway).

Once you’re in the tree-tops, you’ll start to relax and realise how much fun it is up there! And besides, the bridges, tunnels, nets and swings will be welcome distractions from the fact you’re suspended 30+ feet in the air!

Woodchip Landing at Go ApeAnd here’s the thing: on a Tree Top Adventure, you pick your route. As you make your way through the course, you can choose to take-on easier obstacles, or (if you’re feeling brave) trickier ones. You might select ‘beginner mode’ to start and then crank it up to advanced as you go along, it’s up to you.

If you stick to the more simple routes the whole way round, that’s absolutely fine. Kudos to you for facing your fear head-on, clambering up into the tree-tops and conquering a Tree Top Adventure!

Few things compare to that “I’ve done it!” mini-fist-pump-feeling you get as you whizz down the final zip wire, landing (gracefully or not so gracefully) in a soft pile of woodchip. We promise you’ll enjoy your tree-top time so much, you’ll be wanting to book another Go Ape adventure!

A happier, more adventurous you is just around the corner, are you ready to take that first step?

Keep your feet on the ground…well, almost

Family Forest Segway

How many times have you swung with us? Once? Twice? Ten times? More!? Maybe you’re a self-confessed serial swinger who’s simply lost count of all those tree-top trips!

Every day, we welcome a mix of newbies and seasoned pros through our forest doors. First-timers arrive eager to get their first true taste of the high life, while regulars clamber up into the trees with one thing in mind: perfecting their Tarzan skills.

We must admit, it’s great watching people go bananas over our Tree Top Adventures – smirking as they wobble across bridges, hollering as they leap from platforms, and laughing as they whizz down zip wires. It confirms to us that we’ve succeeded in our mission, which is, to open people’s eyes to the fun that can be had when they live their lives more adventurously!

If you’ve visited us on numerous occasions and know your local course like the back of your hand, why not set yourself a new, forest-themed challenge?

How does a two-wheeled adventure with a down-to-earth twist sound!?

You’ve explored the forest canopy, so now’s your chance to explore the forest floor via our rugged, all-terrain Segways! Instead of balancing on ropes, you’ll be balancing on two wheels as you roll, lean, twist and turn your way through the forest, weaving in and out of the trees as you go!

Our Forest Segway Experience is proving to be a mega hit with our customers, many of whom decided to try it out after embarking on a Tree Top Adventure. It’s a great way to extend your day out at Go Ape, and it also gives you a good excuse to visit us again!

A Tree Top Adventure grants you a bird’s eye view of the forest; and if you’ve been-there-done-that, you’ll know how awesome it is from the top. On the other hand, a Segway Experience fully immerses you in the forest – you’ll be surrounded by its sounds, smells and sights.

Forest-Segway-Go-ApeWith spring in full swing, it couldn’t be a better time to explore the forest. As you cruise around on your Segway – navigating both simple pathways and tricky trails – you’ll hear bees buzzing and birds chirping in their nests. You’ll roll past patches of brightly-coloured flowers, which you’ll smell before you see. And you might even catch a glimpse of one the many species of wildlife that call the forest home, whether it’s a squirrel scurrying up a tree or a rabbit grazing close to its warren.

A Forest Segway Experience includes a safety demo from one of the tribe, a practise session (for us to make sure you’ve nailed the art of Segway balancing), plus a totally unforgettable trail experience all for just £35. Oh, you’ll also have a certificate ready and waiting for you when you pull up to Segway base!

Come and see what all the fuss is about by booking your Forest Segway Experience today! See you soon!

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