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Stag and hen dos at Go Ape

Stag and Hen Do

Has your best mate recently announced that they’re tying the knot, and you’ve been landed with the task of organising their stag or hen do?

 

No pressure or anything, but this will probably be your best bud’s last blowout before their big day. So naturally, you’ll want to please the bride- or groom-to-be by making it a trip to remember… for all the right reasons!

 

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, here’s an idea: round up your best (pri)mates and come swing through the trees at Go Ape!

 

If you’ve never unleashed your inner Tarzan on a Tree Top Adventure before, expect 2-3 hours of trailblazing and canopy exploring as you and your tribe take on a whole host of sky-high obstacles. We’ve got rope ladders, bridges, tunnels, stirrups, swings, nets, zip wires…we’ve got it all!

 

We guarantee that your adventure will be far more memorable than a trip into town in fancy dress! Oh, and on the subject of fancy dress, we strongly encourage stag and hen parties to arrive at the forest in costume – here are some ideas for themes:

 

Superheroes

Batman, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Spider Man, Flash, Catwoman…there’s an (almost) endless list of superheroes you could dress as! And you’ll all look pretty fly when you leap off the Tarzan Swing with your capes flapping in the wind.

 

1970s Disco

Party in the tree tops donning disco gear; big ‘fros, big flares, leg warmers and bold, psychedelic prints! D-I-S-C-O!

 

Cartoon characters

Hen DoTransform into one of your favourite cartoon characters! Buzz Lightyear? Marge Simpson? Elmo?!

 

Harry Potter

Put a spell on the tree tops dressed head-to-toe in wizard clobber; robes, hats, wands, the lot! The bride- or groom-to-be gets to be Harry, just don’t forget the glasses.

 

Animals

Dress up as your favourite animal, whether that’s a cow, lion, monkey (the obvious choice!), parrot or panda! If one of your tribe takes too long to complete an obstacle, their forfeit is to make the noise of their chosen animal as loud as they can.

 

Charity shop

Everyone in your group has to buy the cheapest, yet smartest outfit they can from a local charity shop (accessories too). Make sure you all choose something ‘extra special’ for the bride- or groom-to-be.

 

When deciding on a theme, remember that you all need to be able to swing from tree to tree (which means dressing like Sponge Bob is a little impractical). You’ll obviously want to take a few snaps of your tribe too, and you can take a camera into the trees so long as it’s attached to you with a lanyard. One of the Go Ape tribe will be more than happy to take a group photo when you’ve all completed your adventure!

Wrap Up And Love The Elements!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, our forest doors are officially open!

Go Ape Instructors Are WaterproofSo, when are you planning to come and hang in the trees with us? There’s no doubt some of you will be peering out of your windows, staring at the somewhat grey, wet and windy outdoors and thinking, “I’ll wait until spring.” But, so long as you’re well-prepared, Go Ape is the ultimate wet-weather activity – why wait that long when you can visit us today?!

Of course, it’s not just Go Ape’s tree-top obstacles courses that can be enjoyed in this weather. So long as you’re kitted-out with the right gear, you can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Plus, throw some rain, mud and sludge into the mix, and most of those activities become a heck of a lot more fun!

Here’s a little list of winter weather essentials:

Waterproofs

If there’s a chance it might rain, always pack your waterproofs. In fact, even if the weatherman doesn’t predict rain, pack them anyway, as you can never be too sure in this country. A little rain never hurt anyone, but it’s not so fun when you’re soaked through and can’t stop shivering. A waterproof jacket and trousers will help to keep you warm and dry; opt for breathable material, though, because you don’t want to ‘boil in the bag.’

Thermals

If temperatures are near or below freezing, then it’s important to layer up. Long-sleeved thermal tops or a dashing pair of Long Johns will help to keep the heat in when you’re outdoors.Go Ape Instructors Singing In The Rain

Suitable footwear

Leave those ballet shoes and canvas plimsolls in the wardrobe where they belong! If rain starts seeping through your shoes and socks, it’s only a matter of time ’till your toes turn to ice cubes. Whether you’re biking, hiking, running or Go Ape-ing, you need shoes that are warm, sturdy and waterproof. If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking, you might want to invest in specialist hiking boots. Otherwise, a pair of standard waterproof boots or trainers will do the trick.

Woolly warmers

Your extremities need protecting from the cold, so make sure you’ve got a decent pair of thick gloves – there’s no fun in trying to shift gears on your bike when you can’t feel your fingers. Most of our body heat escapes through our head, so make sure you’ve got a nice woolly hat and scarf to match.

A towel and change of clothes

If you’ve spent a couple of hours battling the elements, there’s no doubt you’ll return wet and muddy, so make sure you pack a towel and change of clothing. You might even want to pack a flask of warming hot-choccy and a much-deserved biscuit or two for afterwards.

Our tree-top obstacle courses can be enjoyed come rain, wind, sleet or snow! (minus thunder and lightning). If you’re considering booking-up an afternoon session in the trees, make sure you check out the weather forecast on the day and dress/pack accordingly (no rocking-up in flip flops and summer dresses, please). Book your next adventure with Go Ape online here.

March Madness With Forest Holidays

Forest Holidays

The cold snap is (just about) over and we’ve got news that could brighten up your March! Forest Holidays are offering 15% off midweek breaks at a number of their stunning woodland locations.

Forest Holidays LocationsWho are Forest Holidays?

We’re glad you asked! For a luxurious woodland cabin holiday, Forest Holidays are the natural choice. Their eco-friendly cabins are all set within idyllic locations across the UK and sleep between 2 – 10 people. Whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway or unique forest experience, Forest Holidays have the answer, from their remarkable treehouses to their stylish cabins.

The 15% discount can be applied to midweek Forest Holiday breaks at Keldy, Cropton, Forest of Dean, Sherwood Forest, Thorpe Forest, Blackwood Forest and Deerpark – just remember to use MARCH15 when booking.

But don’t get too comfortable! What’s a relaxing break away without a little bit of adventure? Near every Forest Holiday location is a Go Ape Adventure waiting to happen.

Have you entered #LoveAdventure yet?

If you’re feeling lucky, enter our competition to win a three-night cabin break with Forest Holidays. Simply tell us, in 50 characters or fewer, why you love adventure! You’ll have to be quick, the competition ends Sunday 22nd February.

Good luck!

5 Awesome Adventure Bloggers!

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Food, cars, travel, fashion…you name it, you can blog about it. But, for us Go Ape folk, nothing beats getting stuck into a good ol’ adventure blog. After all, adventure is our specialty…

From trekking the Himalayas to cycling Europe on a tandem, we love reading all about other people’s adventures. Aside from giving us itchy feet and turning us green with envy (thanks very much for sharing those pictures of you soaking up the sun in Oz), we find adventure blogs incredibly inspirational.

Read them, enjoy them, be inspired by them; heck, after reading them, you may even want to start an adventure of your own and blog about it! Here are five of our favourite adventure bloggers:

Adventurous Kate

It’s not a question of where Kate has been, but rather a question of where she hasn’t been. Kate packed in her job at the age of 26 and has since travelled to over 50 countries – solo. In her blog, you can read all about each destination and, in Kate’s words, learn how to travel “easily, safely and adventurously.”

We especially liked her post on zip-lining through the forest in Costa Rica.Expert Vagabond - How to seduce an ostrich

Expert Vagabond

Keen traveller and photographer Matt has been traveling the world for over 4 years. He’s super hot on adventure travel, defining it as “breaking out of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in different cultures and trying new things” (a man after our own hearts, we think). He has blogged about pretty much everything, from camping on erupting volcanoes and cage diving with great whites, to advice on ‘how to seduce an ostrich‘ (yep, that’s a real blog post…)

Hiking The Trail

Hiking The Trail is a blog about backpacking, hiking and camping. Written by Adam, it contains lots of helpful hiking gear reviews and survival tips. Although it’s an American blog, you can find several reviews of English hiking trails on there, too.

Mapping Megan

Megan and Mike are self-confessed adrenaline junkies that have been on the road since 2007. They’ve hiked the Inca Trail, biked in Bolivia and white-water rafted in Iceland…and they’ve written all about their experiences for you to read. Check out their post on 8 Amazing Trips from London, featuring our awesome Forest of Dean and Leeds Castle Tree Top Adventures. According the duo, “life begins outside of your comfort zone.” Hear, hear!

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XpatMatt

Matt confesses that he loves “attempting ridiculous adventures in far-flung places with a total lack of planning and common sense.” Sounds fun. His blog is perfect for people needing a crash-course on travelling and adventure. He offers advice on everything from finding cheap traveling gear to learning how to scuba dive.

Are you ready to start living life adventurously? Start today by booking a trip to Go Ape! From high ropes and stirrups to Tarzan swings to zip wires, our tree-top courses are jam-packed with outdoor adventure activities!

Do you #LoveAdventure? Your favourite trip could win you a three night cabin break with Forest Holidays! Simply tell us, in 50 characters or fewer, why you love adventure. Enter here, but be quick, the competition ends on 22nd February.

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