Monthly Archives: November 2014

Going Bananas on Black Friday


For 24 hours only, millions of you are hitting the high-street and ‘going bananas’ in a pre-Christmas buying frenzy. Why not avoid the American craze and get online to buy some of our Go Ape gift vouchers?

They come with a warning! Open with caution: This voucher wallet contains the gift of adventure! It’s a pressie that unlocks new worlds – 28 of them actually, dotted around the UK for your hairy primates to explore and unleash their inner ape.

Friends, family, or even you, get another present ticked off the list. Here’s what people are saying: “Had this trip brought for me as a Christmas present. Such a fun time! Was nervous to begin with but ended up having an amazing experience. Would 100% recommend it to friends and am looking to book another!” Sophia, Margam Park, 16 November 2014.

What’s more, if you purchase one this year you’ll be automatically entered into our grand prize draw. One lucky member of of the tribe will WIN a weeks ski holiday for four thanks to our lovely friends at Mark Warner.

Family Gift Ideas For The Adventurous


With only one month to go until Christmas Day, time is quickly running out to organise gifts for your nearest and dearest. Choosing the right gift can be even tricker when buying gifts the whole family will love. But, if you’re looking for gift ideas for families with a sense of adventure, here’s five awesome ways to make their Christmas special:

1. Create adventures that last a lifetime

A GoPro camera is an excellent gift for the whole family, whether they’re a tech-obsessed teen or technophobic grown up. The impressive line of cameras are perfect for capturing and sharing the experiences that bring joy to life. Small but tough, GoPro cameras are not just drop-proof but also water-proof, making them adventure-ready no matter what lies ahead.

2. Unleash their inner tarzan

Days out at Go Ape are about living life more adventurously, making our gift vouchers an awesome gift for the whole family. The classic and original Go Ape Tree Top Adventure is available at 28 stunning sites across the UK, with 10 of these locations also featuring our epic Forest Segways. Each site features award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire to finish. Or for Junior Tarzans (6-12 years old) there’s our spectacular Tree Top Junior Adventure!

3. Inspire adventure

For over 125 years National Geographic has been uncovering adventures and discoveries that have changed the world. The iconic magazine has continued to stun people of all ages with its breathtaking photography, thought-provoking new-stories and inspiring travel stories. Now available in both print and digitally, an annual subscription page could be just the thing for your family of adventurers.

4. Go on a great expedition

When exploring the forest from the tree tops just won’t do, there’s always the Battlebox Great British Adventure Kits. The ‘Bear Grylls Great Expedition Kit’ comes with everything they’ll need for an outdoors adventure, including walkie talkies, a 7-in-1 survival tool, camo binoculars and more, all packed in a tough canvas backpack.

5. Make it personal

Whether it’s a canvas print, photo book, calendar or phone case, keep the adventure alive with personalised gifts using photos from their 2014 escapades! Get inspired and add a personal touch to their Christmas, but be quick and make sure you order with plenty of time.

Meet Our Tribe: Site Manager, Jonny Cox

Highest Go Ape Obstacles

Jonny Cox is the (relatively) new site manager at Go Ape Bedgebury Forest, but he’s no stranger to the company, having worked at Go Ape Alice Holt since the age of 20. Here, we talk to Jonny about what it’s like to be a role model, and why he has developed a new-found love for conifers…

What made you join the Go Ape family?

I’ve always been an “outdoorsy” sort of person; a 9-5 office job just isn’t for me! At the age of 18, I worked for an outdoor activity company specialising in kayaking, white-water rafting, rock climbing etc. A couple of years later I saw the advert for an instructor position at Go Ape Alice Holt, and I jumped at the chance. In terms of outdoor pursuit companies, I knew they were at the top of their league. The couple of years I was there worked perfectly, as I would do a season at Go Ape, then a ski season (where I was Resort Manager for 14 luxury chalets) and then back to Go Ape, and so on.

Did you experience Go Ape for yourself before taking the job?

Believe it or not, I didn’t! I had climbed a lot of rocks, but never trees! It seemed like a natural role to take on though, as a lot of the company values are similar to ones I had already worked with, in terms of focusing on the customer journey and customer development. After I came back from one of my ski seasons, I helped open up the Crawley site; setting up the course from scratch gave me a real insight into how it operates.

What do you like about working for Go Ape?

I love that the job allows me to work with a variety of people – not just one specific age group. From young children to pensioners, and everything in between, we cater for all generations. I meet so many different characters on a daily basis, and no two days are ever the same.

A lot of Go Ape employees say this, but as a site manager I love how the company trusts your judgement and gives you independence, but they also support you at the same time. They’re always in the wings should you need to turn to them.

While it’s quite a lot of pressure, it’s a good feeling to be a role model. It’s great to see your staff develop over the time that they’re here, especially students or those who have just come out of college. They absorb so much and I enjoy teaching them the ropes (literally and metaphorically!). I was in their shoes once, not so long ago.

What makes your Go Ape site unique?

I love the beauty of Bedgebury Forest, and the vastness of it. There’s 2,000 square acres of forest, as well as the National Pinetum, which spreads over 320 acres. It also has the most complete collection of conifers, and they’re such amazing trees – especially when you see so many over one site. There’s also a 23-kilometre trail which has been built specifically for cycling. So the forest really does offer the whole package. But, of course, I think Go Ape is the best part of it!

We mashed it!


BIG thanks to everyone that has followed the journey of our big banana.

Our inflatable yellow friend has travelled over 1,823 miles and taken in the sights in Paris, made its way to space, driven a helicopter and broken world records over the last few months.

Last night we handed over a cheque for £60,000 to Teenage Cancer Trust. It captured the very essence of the Go Ape spirit.

Check out a mash up of the Big Banana Relay here

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