Monthly Archives: June 2014

Win with Picnic Cinema


Those that like a little tree time are sure to enjoy the outdoor cinema and camping adventure that our friends, Picnic Cinema, are bringing to forests this summer.

Picnic Cinema does outdoor cinema like no other, where forests, castles and courtyards are transformed into unique cinema locations.

Audiences can be scared witless by The Blair Witch Project, don full zombie attire with 28 Days Later, worship ‘The Dude’ in The Big Lebowski, sing about the bright side with Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, see Robin Hood Men in Tights in, where else but Sherwood Forest, fight it out with The Hunger Games and have an alien encounter with Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Hamsterley, Dalby, Sherwood Pines, High Lodge Thetford, Wyre, West Woods, Gisburn, and Cannock Chase Forest provide sometimes eerie, sometimes cheery and always atmospheric backdrops to an eclectic mix of horror, sci-fi and classic films.

Picnic Cinema is part performance, part fancy dress party plus the chance to camp out overnight in hidden forest locations, creating a boutique festival atmosphere. Now in its third year, the programme has grown exponentially since its inception in the north of England, and has won high acclaim from its audiences.

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Fri 11th Jul MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN (15) Hamsterley Forest, County Durham

Sat 12th Jul CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (PG) Hamsterley Forest, C. Durham

Wed 23rd Jul THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (15) Dalby Forest, nr Pickering, N. Yorks

Fri 25th Jul THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (15) Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Notts.

Sat 26th Jul ROBIN HOOD MEN IN TIGHTS (PG) Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Notts.

Thurs 31st Jul WITHNAIL & I (15) Thetford Forest (High Lodge), Suffolk

Fri 1st Aug 28 DAYS LATER (18) Thetford Forest (High Lodge), Suffolk

Sat 2nd Aug CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (PG) Thetford Forest, Suffolk

Wed 6th Aug THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (15) Wyre Forest, Worcs. (non-camping event)

Fri 8th Aug THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (15) West Woods Forest,Wiltshire

Sat 9th Aug THE HUNGER GAMES (12A) West Woods Forest, Nr Marlborough, Wiltshire

Wed 13th Aug 28 DAYS LATER (18) Gisburn Forest, Lancs

Fri 15th Aug MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN (15) Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Sat 16th Aug THE HUNGER GAMES (12A) Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Fri 22nd Aug  28 DAYS LATER (18) Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire

Sat 23rd Aug THE BIG LEBOWSKI (15) Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire

Sun 24th Aug CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (PG) Cannock Chase Forest, Staffs

Allez Banane! Une journee dans la vie…

Big Banana Relay Crawly

It’s been a crazy few days for a young banana! As if a bumpy tandem ride from Bedgebury wasn’t enough to mash me I was then squashed and washed in a kayak on the lake at Tilgate Park, much to the surprise of the ducks.

I’m not entirely sure why I was picked up by a police van, being the Innocent Smoothie that I am, and was very relieved on being transferred to a Heart Radio car and then an ice cream van en route to Gatwick.

For the second time in a week I was airborne, this time bound for Paris and, after being squeezed on a train and balanced on a trike, monocycle and puck puck my two gorillas took me to the Eiffel Tower for the most amazing banana-eye view of the city!  C’est magnifique!

But we weren’t to stay long as Eurostar was waiting to whisk us (not as messy as it sounds!) back to London. My antics provided amusement at the Underground station and fortunately raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust in the process which is, after all, the purpose of my existence. Now with the Black Park gorillas I’m wondering what the next stage of my adventure will hold? Quelle surprise!

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The Wait is Over. Tree Top Junior at Wyre Forest!


Be one of the first to explore our latest Mini Tarzan Adventure. 

We’re excited to announce that Wyre Forest is now playing host to one of our Tree Top Junior adventures. Join Matt and his hairy tribe this season for a fun filled hour of tree-to-tree crossings, finishing with a Zip Finale!

It’s one for the whole family to enjoy – aimed at 6-12 year olds. However, as long as you’re over 1 metre tall you can explore the Worcestershire canopy. Please note under 6’s will need an adult with them!

Where: Go Ape Wyre Forest

Opens: 21st June 2014.

Cost: £17

Rugby Not As Hard On The Body As You May Think


The typical image of rugby is of bruising encounters which leave the players needing a long soak in an ice bath afterwards.

However, a new study has shown that rugby, and other physical activity, boosts the diversity of gut microbes, known as microbiota.

According to researchers at University College York, reduced variation in microbiota is linked to obesity, while greater diversity is associated with a favourable metabolic profile.

They analysed samples from 40 rugby players and 46 men who were not athletes, but were of the same age and had the same physical size as the athletes. The comparison group was divided into two sub-groups – the first had body mass index of 25 or less, while the second had a BMI of 28 or more.

All participants were asked how much and how often they had eaten the 187 foods included in a questionnaire in the four weeks prior the study. They were also asked about their general activity levels.

The study revealed that athletes and rugby players had a better metabolic profile compared to men with higher body mass index in the comparison group.

Athletes had a wide range of good gut bacteria. More specifically, rugby players had higher proportions of Akkermansiaceae bacteria, which is known to be linked to lower rates of obesity and related metabolic disorders.

The research also revealed that the diet of rugby players consisted of more of all food groups, with protein accounting for 22% of their energy intake. The athletes ate more meat and meat products, fruit and vegetables and fewer snacks than the comparison group.

The researchers concluded that physical activity is an essential factor in the correlation between good gut bacteria, so if you want to help your tummy to feel fine, then why not join us in the treetops this weekend?

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