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What do teachers do in the summer holidays?!

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE
If you’€™re a teacher or a student, it’€™s safe to say you’€™re in agreement that the summer months with weeks of blissful freedom on the horizon, are the happiest time of the year!

That’€™s not to say you don’€™t deserve it. Although teachers might finish school at 3.30pm, most put in much longer hours than the average office worker, what with all the planning and paperwork they need to do. Plus, students who have faced the dreaded exam period will be in desperate need of escaping their revision and soaking up some much needed vitamin D in the great outdoors! Here at Banana HQ, we take our hats off to you!

But whilst students are most likely to be sleeping until noon, hanging out in the park or generally luxuriating in the fact that school’€™s out for summer, what exactly are you teachers doing? It’€™s a mystery that baffles students, parents and society as a whole each and every year!

Well, contrary to popular belief, teachers don’€™t just cease to exist as the school year finishes, nor do they hibernate in the stock cupboard until Autumn is upon us. We know that most teachers want to make the most of their well-earned time off. Here are a few ways they can do it and #SeizeAdventure at the same time:

Discover the world.

With five to six weeks off, there’€™s no better time than to push all thoughts of routine to the back of your mind, book a holiday and discover the world! With Europe right on our doorstep, there are golden sands, cerulean waters and majestic mountains just a short hop, skip and jump away. Plus, some long haul destinations like Indonesia or Thailand might cost a bit more than you’€™d like for the plane ticket but are cheap as chips once you’€™re out there! Can you hear it? That’€™s the sound of adventure calling!

Get inspired.

Sometimes it’€™s all too easy to get bogged down in ensuring all the right topics are covered to get your students through their exams and you forget that your subject can actually be fun! Now you’€™ve got some free time, read more books, go to more plays, visit an exhibition or two,€“ whatever floats your boat! Rediscover your own passions and by the time September rolls around you’€™ll be feeling ready to inspire your tribe again!

Try something new.

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a must in the summer months,€“ there’€™s no better time to enjoy the exhilaration of trying something new. Take a banana leaf out of our book and come try one of our high ropes courses at Go Ape, or explore our beautiful forest locations on board your very own Segway. We guarantee that you’€™ll know what true freedom tastes like as you shoot down our zip-wires or leap from our high platforms! We’€™ll get that adrenaline pumping, that’€™s for sure.

But seizing adventure at Go Ape doesn’€™t have to stop once the summer is over! We offer inspiring school trip packages that start from £12 per child,€“ with supervising adults going absolutely free! With a fun-filled hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy, you can turn those back-to-school frowns upside-down.

Contact us today for more details about what we can offer!

Happy birthday, Go Ape Alice Holt and Bedgebury

Happy birthday alice holt and bedgebury

In case you haven’t heard – two of our Go Ape locations are celebrating their 10th birthdays this weekend. Go Ape Alice Holt and Bedgebury Pinetum will both mark their 10th anniversaries on Friday 21st July 2017.

The Tribes will be celebrating their big days with balloons, bunting, party bags and free cake. They even ran a giveaway to win a 10th birthday party for one lucky Tarzan who shares their birth year. If you didn’t get a chance to enter the competition, you have until midnight tonight tomorrow to enter.

A decade of adventure takes a lot of effort to achieve, and during that time there were lots of other accomplishments to celebrate too. Here are some of our favourite moments in the history of Go Ape Alice Holt and Bedgebury Pinetum:

1) Go Ape Bedgebury Pinetum is located inside the largest collection of conifers in the world

 

2) Our Alice Holt location has helped create film history – providing the landscape for the opening battle from Gladiator, scenes from Skyfall, Captain America and Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

3) One of Bedgebury’s instructors, Becky Jordan, is a silver medalist in mountain biking

 

4) Five of the tribe members from Alice Holt completed a 1000 ft skydive for Teenage Cancer Trust

 

5) Both Go Ape Bedgebury and Alice Holt have welcomed quite a few celebrities over the years, including the beautiful Kate Winslet and the talented Daniel Radcliffe

 

There is still time to book onto the course and enjoy the birthday celebrations at Go Ape Alice Holt or Bedgebury. Book your day out with us before the big day on the 21.07.2017 and you can receive 10% off your adventure:

Use code BEBD10 to receive 10% off Tree Top Adventures and Tree Top Junior adventures at Bedgebury Pinetum

Use code AHBD10 to receive 10% off Tree Top Adventures and Tree Top Junior adventures at Alice Holt.

We hope to see you in the trees soon!

Natural history programmes – inspiring our love for the great outdoors!

Child Watching TV
If we asked you to name three national treasures, we bet one of your answers will be Sir David Attenborough. A hero to us all, Sir David has inspired generations with his natural history programmes, granting us unprecedented access and unique insight into the ways of the wonderful, untameable, wild world.

We delved into the deep, dark depths of the ocean watching The Blue Planet. We sympathised with polar bears and Arctic wolves watching The Frozen Planet. And we all watched with bated breath as a baby iguana ran for its life while being chased by snakes on Planet Earth II (and cheered when the little fella made it!).

In fact, Planet Earth II, which aired late last year, was the most watched natural history programme in the UK for over 15 years, drawing in around 9.2 million viewers during the opening episode alone.

Of course, it’€™s not just Sir David’€™s encapsulating documentaries that inspire our love for the natural world. Many nature-lovers have used their passion to create inspiring documentaries and to better educate us about nature; the way it works, the challenges it faces, and how humans play a pivotal part in its preservation and future.

Inspiring our little ones

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We know we moan about wasting evenings watching TV, but if kids are watching TV to learn about our lovely little planet, that can only be a good thing! Natural history programmes are capturing our kids’ imaginations, fuelling their curiosity, and inspiring them get out there and live life adventurously!

So, this weekend, why not make like Sir David and go and immerse yourself in the natural world!? For instance, why don’€™t you pay a visit to a local forest? Help your little ones learn all about the different types of trees, see how many species of wildlife you can spot, or gather natural materials to build a leafy hideout.

If your little ones (and you) are fans of nature and wildlife docs, no doubt you’€™ve watched a few episodes based on our furry, monkey pals. You’€™ve watched them in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees, play-fighting on the forest floor with one another. Well, we’ve got a suggestion: why not have a go at being a monkey yourself!?

See things from the perspective of your furry friends by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior at Go Ape! Our courses are set high up in the canopy and feature a whole heap of fun obstacles for you to tackle. You’€™ll wobble across bridges, clamber up ropes, leap from platforms and into nets, whoosh through the air via zip wire and much, much more! Let’s hear you: Oh ah ah ah, oh oh, ah ah ah!

So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate the beautiful natural world by swinging through the trees at Go Ape!

What would your UK outdoor #DreamAdventure be?

Dream Adventure

Here at Banana HQ, we’ve been having a conflab, and if we could enter our #DreamAdventure competition (which we can’t – boo) this is what we’d ask for…

Adventurous marketing exec Jaz would climb Mount Snowdon with her boyfriend. PR gal Poppy would take on a wingwalk (rather her than us!), and our social media man’s dreaming of kitesurfing in Pembrokeshire – go Dan.

Scotland proved to be a popular destination. Boss Anna would paraglide over the Highlands, while copywriter Sarah wishes she could search for whales off the coast of Mull. Work experience guy Josh would also head north of the border, to cycle the outdoor velodrome in Edinburgh (we didn’t even know that was a thing).

All good choices. But unfortunately, as we can’t enter, a total an utter waste. You can enter, though – you lucky thing, you. What would your UK, outdoor #DreamAdventure be?

Head to our website and tell us! There are only six more chances to win!

We’ve got our fingers crossed for you,
The Go Ape Tribe
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