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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!

How to come out of hibernation…the Go Ape way!

Go Ape Hibernaton Blog

Zzzzzzzzzzz!

Although we promote year-round adventures, we know that many people choose to hibernate during the winter months. They escape Mother Nature’s elements by spending their evenings and weekends inside, in the warmth, sheltered by four walls and a ceiling.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the occasional cosy night in or lazy weekend day. But if we spend too much of our time indoors, we start to go a bit stir crazy!

It’s important to resist the temptation to hide from winter by hibernating until spring. Why? Because heading out into the great outdoors this time of year has loads of benefits – such as…

– It improves our mood, helping us to combat the notorious SAD (that’s short for Seasonal Affective Disorder, if you didn’t know)
– It enhances creativity and focus (ideal if you’re trying to think up a brilliant idea or solve a problem!)
– We get to soak up some of that much-needed Vitamin D
– Our immune systems gets stronger, helping us to stave off the dreaded winter lurgy

Now you’re aware of the benefits, just how can you come out of hibernation in style!? We asked the Go Ape tribe to offer some suggestions…

Reach a peak

“Dig out and dust off your hiking boots and conquer a mountain peak or two with your other half. Don’t forget to pack some grub to enjoy at the top!”

Set up camp

“Pitch-up under the stars and spend the night around a campfire with your family, telling stories, singing songs and toasting marshmallows. Don’t forget blankets lots of blankets…”

Take to the trails

“Test your mountain biking skills on some local trails. Don’t worry about a spot or two of rain slippery trails are all the more fun, after all!”

Ride the waves

“Don a wetsuit and head for water go diving, sailing, kayaking, surfing or paddle boarding.”

Get snap happyGo Ape Snappy Rainbow

“Take your fancy camera for a trip to the countryside (or ask to borrow a friend’s). It’s surprising how much more of your surroundings you soak in when searching for the perfect shot.”

Off the beaten track

“Ditch the treadmills and boring roads. Pick a mountain and give fell running a shot. It’s so much more rewarding and the views are always awesome!”

Head deep underground

“Join a group to explore some of the UK’s eerily fascinating caves. White Scar Cave, Peak Cavern and Chislehurst Caves all get my vote.”

Get your adrenaline pumping

“If you’re looking for something to get your pulse racing, try canyoning in Wales. It’s basically white water rafting without the raft!”

Swing through the trees

“Let loose in the forest at Go Ape! You’ll feel like you can conquer anything when you complete one of our Tree Top Adventure courses.”

If you’re one step ahead of us and have already ditched the confines of your humble abode for the great outdoors, let us know how you came out of hibernation! We’re always on the hunt for new adventure ideas…

 

Go Ape for Trees for Cities

Trees for Cities and Go Ape

One tree, two tree, three tree, four – let’s plant some more!

Winter Activities for KidsAt Go Ape, we’re all about the trees. They’re the foundations of our business (literally – our Tree Top Adventure couldn’t happen without them and our Forest Segway Experience would be pretty forest-less without some trees in the mix).

Anyway, last week was National Tree Week (hurray!), and we want to encourage you to show the trees you know and love how much you appreciate them – that’s right, give your favourite tree a hug!

This year, National Tree Week was between 26th November and 4th December. Launched way back when (in 1975), National Tree Week is the largest tree celebration all year and kicks off the start of winter tree planting season.

But why not extend National Tree Week?

If you’ve ever wanted to plant a tree, or you just want to help out, then this is the time. Until 18th December, when you treat your little monkeys to a Tree Top Junior experience we’ll donate £2 from every booking to our friends at Trees for Cities!

Winter is a wonderful time to explore the tree tops with your kids no matter how frosty it is outside. Grab those coats, wrap up with a scarf and pack your gloves for an adventure that will keep you warm as you navigate the obstacles and crossings. As a treat, why not celebrate afterwards with a warming hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows!)

Who are Trees for Cities?

Tree Top Junior in WinterSince 1993, Trees for Cities have encouraged over 70,000 people to plant over 600,000 urban trees in parks, streets, schools and housing estates across the UK, all with the aim of creating greener cities worldwide.

Autumn is a rough time for trees. They dress up their leaves in their prettiest outfits and then they just fall to the ground and get trodden on by oblivious passers-by.

And don’t even get me started on winter – those poor naked trees standing out in the cold. So it’s important that you do everything you can to help the lil (or big) fellas out.

Trees are friends

Trees aren’t just part of the backdrop; they are living, breathing creatures. Trees are part of our wonderful ecosystem. Breathe in, breathe out. We need their Oxygen and they need our CO2. The trees are doing it, too (OK, OK, so trees don’t breathe in the traditional sense).

“One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So while you might think that tree over there isn’t doing much at all, just busy being a tree, you’d be wrong. Beneath its cool, laid back exterior, trees are working pretty darn hard. They even remove nasty fluff and stuff hanging in the air – from dust to carbon monoxide, they intercept these baddies and then (our friend) the rain washes them away. Wahoo! Go team!

So be a friend and enjoy an adventure like no other to help out your local treescape, book a Tree Top junior experience.

What to do when it’s windy!

Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure

The UK has certainly had its fair share of windy weather this winter.

Some days the breeze is so gentle it barely tickles the back of your neck, while other days the blizzardy gales have us holding on to our hats and scarfs as soon as we step out the house!

When it comes to wind, though, we’re big fans (pun intended). Wind is responsible for some pretty awesome stuff – for instance, just this week passers-by caught footage of wind making a waterfall fall backwards on the island of Mull in Scotland!

Sure, the wind might give us some whacky hairdos, and it can be quite annoying chasing the recycling bin as it cartwheels down the road. But there are also plenty of pros: the wind dries our laundry, keeps us cool, supplies us with pollution-free energy and enables us to enjoy sports such as windsurfing!

So, the next time you peer out the window and notice the trees vigorously swaying back and forth, instead of closing the curtains and hibernating why not wrap-up warm, head outdoors and embrace the wind?! Here are some fun ideas of things you can do with your family:

Cloud gaze

If it’s windy, chances are the sky will be dotted with white, fluffy clouds shape-shifting across the sky. Lie down and look up – can you or your kids spot any shapes?!

Fly a kite

“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…” Kites were made for windy days (literally), so head to a local park with your little ones where you can start perfecting those flying skills! Instead of buying a kite, why not try making one of your own? It’s simple (not to mention more fun) – take a look at this wikiHow guide.

Make a windmill

Twirly-whirly windmills make a great addition to any back garden and they can be appreciated from inside the house, too! Your kids are bound to love making their own – check out this video for some inspiration.

Make wind chimes

Continuing the DIY theme, if you’ve got any spare jar lids, metal cans and/or beads lying about, why not use them to make a pretty wind chime? In fact, you can make a wind chime from almost anything, so long as it makes a noise when the wind blows! Your little ones might enjoy scavenging for materials – take a look at these awesome designs.

Go sailing

Not fortunate enough to own your own sailing boat? Fear not – you and your littles ones can build some model-sized boats instead! Experiment with different designs (such as these), bearing in mind that some of them might not float when you place them in the pond. (You might want to check if the boats sink or float in the bathtub first!).

Try a windsport!

Feeling adventurous? If the answer’s ‘yes,’ why not treat your kids to a day out trying a windsport? There are plenty of wind-powered activities to choose from, whether it’s windsurfing, kite buggying, or more extreme sports Zip Trekking Adventurelike hang-gliding and paragliding (age restrictions may apply).

When it’s not windy…

For that ultimate wind-in-your-face feeling, head to Go Ape in Grizedale where you’ll find out Zip Trekking Adventure. With a total 7 zip lines traversing the beautiful forest, you’ll be in the air for around two hours! To be able to fly, you must be over 13 years old, at least 1.4m tall and weigh 7 stone or more.

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