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We welcome our 7,000,000th customer!

Seven Millionth
Fellow tribesmen and tribeswomen, we’€™ve done it! We’™ve only gone and welcomed our 7,000,000th (yep, seven millionth) Go Ape customer!

 

To think a€“ in 15 years, seven million people from across the UK and beyond have visited our leafy hideouts. Seven million people have swung through the treetops, whizzed through the air on zip wires and rolled around the floor on our Forest Segways. Seven million people have chosen to Go Ape and live life adventurously. In fact, we actually feel a little emotional about it!

How we celebrated

Of course, this mammoth millionth milestone certainly deserved a celebration€“ and celebrate we did!

We surprised three lovely ladies visiting Go Ape Cannock, as they embarked on a Forest Segway Experience. Unsuspectingly, they completed their forest-themed adventure wearing helmets with three 7,000,000th customer tickets sneakily planted inside of them.

We secretly set our video cams to €˜record€™ and filmed Jane, Julie and Jane turning up to Go Ape. We followed them with our cams as they cruised around the forest floor, hiding behind tree trunks so we didn’t get caught out!

Then, as they rolled back to base, stepped off the Segways and removed their helmets. SURPRISE! Cue the music, party hats, bananas, gorillas, singing, dancing and huge celebratory certificates! You could say the three Js were rather taken aback!

After the buzz died down and we explained to Jane, Julie and Jane why they were receiving the extra-special treatment, we got to find out more about the ladies. They know one another through their husbands who work together (along with one of the Janes).

The ladies occasionally organise a girls’€™ day out and, upon their arrival at Cannock, told one of our tribe that they’™d decided they wanted to do more adventure-filled things together. One of the Janes referred to herself as ‘the Segway expert€™ after rolling around multiple times on the self-balancing machines (including at Go Ape Cannock). We can second that after witnessing her skills whilst filming them on the forest floor!

The ladies had enjoyed a leisurely stroll before the roll and said that they were delighted with being surprised! As an extra thanks for helping us to reach the milestone, we gave Jane, Julie and Jane a hamper packed with merchandise and gift vouchers – so they can come and enjoy another adventure-filled girls’€™ day out with us again in the not-too-distant future!

So, we’€™ve got to say a huge thanks€™ to Jane, Julie and Jane! Thanks as well to all of our lovely, loyal Go Ape-rs who have helped us to reach the seven million mark. Thanks for living life adventurously and for being advocates of our forest-themed adventures!

Here’€™s to the next seven million visitors!

80 year old tackles Rivington!

80 Year Old Silverback Bill Rivington
Want to hear a story that’ll inspire and motivate you? A story that’ll make you want to rise up from your seat and applaud endlessly?

Here we go, then…

Several weeks back, we had the privilege of welcoming Bill to Go Ape in Rivington. Bill’s wife had arranged a surprise trip into the treetops for Bill’s birthday. Not any old birthday, though…his 80th birthday!

They say you’re only as old as the age you feel and Bill certainly proved that point as he swung from tree to tree, tackling our sky-high obstacles in a Tarzan style. The silverback wasn’t alone in the canopy, though: as soon as Bill’s family heard about the surprise, they wanted in on the adventure. And who can blame them?

The family arrived at the forest as a 22-strong tribe, which included Bill and his wife, their four children, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four in-laws (*breathe*)!

Now that’s a tribe and a half!

After Bill and ten of his family completed the course, they toasted their adventure by tucking into a well-deserved picnic and drinks.

Bill said: “Everyone enjoyed it, we had a good laugh and it will be a good talking point at future family gatherings.

“The staff were very good and the safety equipment easy to use, with simple instructions.”

We pondered whether Bill would ever take to the trees again – he said: “I would do it again no problem.” That’s what we like to hear!

Our hats are off to Bill, who has proven that age is just a number and that anyone can live life adventurously! Check out adventures here!

#MayTheGamesBegin it’s a wrap Tribe!

May Games

Sometimes the routine of everyday life needs a bit of a shake-up and, here at Go Ape, we feel there’s no better way to do this than to set yourself a little challenge or two and have a good long laugh while doing it.

After all, if we didn’t step out of our comfort zone now and again, we’d hardly be swinging through the treetops with the wind in our hair – we’€™d probably just be hanging there, wishing someone would give us a push! That’€™s why this May we decided to sound the jungle drums and test our loyal and fun-loving tribe with a series of challenges, designed to weed out any treetop talents they might be hiding or secret simian skills they might possess.

Our #MayTheGamesBegin competition saw us set our instructors a brand new challenge each week as well as offer our extended tribe the opportunity to outshine them by sharing a video of their skills on our social channels. As we suspected, you cheeky monkeys tackled each week’€™s challenge with smiles on your faces and we have to say, we’€™ve never been more impressed!

Here’s some of the impressive entries from the Tribe!

Who would have thought our instructors’ tree-hugging capabilities could so closely compete with the magnificent koala? Or that our tribe could so delicately peel bananas with their dextrous feet? We should have known there would be some impressive yoga poses, held in the treetops with ease and, of course, one could hardly call themselves a member of the Go Ape tribe without at least attempting to roll a banana down their face and into their mouths!

Our whole ethos at Go Ape is centred around challenging yourself, embracing new activities and leading an adventurous lifestyle. Whether you’€™re hitting the high ropes for the first time or setting yourself the goal of letting out the loudest Tarzan cry as you tackle the zip line, there’€™s nothing more exhilarating than seeing what you are capable of at our Go Ape courses.

With 61 ways to Go Ape across the UK and 31 locations at which to do so, you’€™re bound to find something that will put you to the test! Who knows, you might even uncover a secret talent you never knew you had!

Thanks to everyone who stepped up to the plate and gave our challenges their best shot – you made us laugh, you made us cry (with laughter) and you€’ve shown us that the Go Ape tribe is one talented bunch!

Don’€™t forget to keep on challenging yourself – see you at your next visit, book it here!

A shout out to adventurous Dads

Go Ape Gift Vouchers this Christmas
It’ll soon be that time of the year again. The day where family silverbacks all over the UK get to put their feet up, unwrap a thoughtful pressie, and legitimately put off mowing the lawn until another day. Yep, Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, 18th June.

Here at Banana HQ, we’ve compiled a list of five things we can thank our dads, step-dads, grandads, fathers-in-law and uncles for. We bet at least one of these rings a bell…

  • Thanks for… being our personal taxi drivers

Shelley’s house, then Priya’s house, then Jen’s Nanna’s. Then to the cinema on the High Street, please. Oh, there’s a new one-way system, by the way. Yeah, probably should have mentioned that earlier. Can you reverse?

Gift inspo: why not get him a bottle of something smooth and aged, with a posh label. Or perhaps just his trusted favourite. Someone else can be designated driver for a change.

  • Thanks for… letting us climb the tall trees

Looking back, we’re sure there were many hours of anxious curtain-twitching and phone-checking while we were out with exploring our local jungles. Thanks for resisting wrapping us in cotton wool. We learnt something from every single bump and scrape, and we’ve got the precious life-long memories to prove it.

Gift inspo: why not relive childhood summers by treating your silverback to a Tree Top Adventure. Swing-side-by-side through the forest canopy
and challenge each other to who can Tarzan call the loudest.

  • Thanks for… being the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas, and the Tooth Fairy

OK, so although it was technically a decade-long deception, thanks for hiding those eggs under the geraniums, nibbling Rudolph’s carrot, and sneaking those pound coins under the pillow. We know it was you, and we love you for it.

Gift inspo: let your Dad be himself this Father’s Day by buying him a smart shirt from his favourite store. He deserves it after all those Christmases in that Santa costume…

  • Thanks for… letting us listen to our terrible teenage music

Slaves to the charts, we’re fairly sure you made you endure more than anyone’s fair share of white-suited boy bands, neon-haired pop princesses, and novelty one-hit wonders (Crazy Frog, anyone?).

Sound familiar? Gift inspo: make Dad a playlist of stuff he actually enjoys listening to. Maybe he was right, after all. We’d much rather listen to Blur than Blazin’ Squad these days.

  • Thanks for… the epic BBQs

Although it was pretty clear the kitchen wasn’t your natural habitat, you were always first out with the lighter fluid on a clear day. Bravely risking burnt eyebrows, backseat chefs, and an incinerated shed, you made sure we all enjoyed the sunshine with full bellies. Thanks for your commitment to the marinades – they were awesome.

Gift inspo: why not coax your culinary hero indoors with a good cookbook? It might persuade him that not all food has to be prepared over hot coals.

Whatever you have to thank Dad for, why not treat him to some family tree-time? We’re sure he’ll love the Tarzan swings and zip lines, but we’re willing to bet his favourite bit will be spending quality time with you.

Dad’s – looking for a (not so) subtle way to hint at an adventurous gift for family tree-time? Maybe a cheeky retweet might be just the trick…

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