Monthly Archives: October 2017

Halloween activities at Go Ape

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To celebrate the spooky season this half-term, we’re offering a weekend of ghoulish games and tree-top shrieks for your little (flying) monkeys.

From Friday 27th until Sunday 29th October, 10 of our Tree Top Junior locations will be offering a Halloween twist on their classic adventure alongside lots of free ground-based activities.

Participants will have access to all the free festivities happening on the forest floor. From face-painters to spooky riddles, to spider web crafts and fancy-dress competitions, there’s plenty for the family to do. What’s more, if you can solve all the riddles hidden around the forest on the day, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a year’s worth of Go Ape adventure.

That’s not all. If you’re visiting Go Ape at High Lodge, Thetford Forest, then there’s even more to enjoy. On Thursday 26th October and Tuesday 31st October you can choose from a range of extra activities hosted by the Forestry Commission, including Halloween games, spooky storytelling and more.

Sound spooktacular? To find out more about our Halloween activities, or to find out your nearest Tree Top Junior location, click here and come and play with us for a spell. We promise we don’t bite… Often.

5 Ways To Show Your Grandparents You Care

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Grandparents. Aren’t they the best?

Grandparents and their grandkids have an unbreakable bond. They’re like second parents who are there for us, no matter what. They spoil us rotten, cook us great dinners and when parents say ‘no,’ we can count on them to say ‘yes.’

The 1st of October was National Grandparents Day, when nans, grannies, grandmas and grampys (or whatever names you have for yours) received extra-special treatment from their grandsons and granddaughters. Didn’t realise what day it was? Never mind – grandparents are great at forgiving, and it’s never too late to make it up to them!

Grandparents don’t expect anything in return for their endless love and affection, but we think they deserve it! So, here are five ways to show your grandparents just how much you care:

1. Spend the day with them

The best gift you can possibly give your grandparents? Your time. Find out what they’re up to this weekend and if they have a day free, take them out. Stroll around the park, visit the garden centre, or go to a museum so they can reminisce with you. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you’ve planned – they’ll just love being in your company and spending time with you.

2. Cook them a meal

It’s your time to don an apron and wow them with your finest culinary skills! If said skills aren’t that great and your meal ends up somewhat disappointing, your grandparents will still tell you that it’s the best thing they’ve ever tasted. Go to their house and take over the kitchen – it’ll save them driving home later.

3. Find out more about them

Things were so different when our grandparents were younger, so sit down over a cuppa (and cake) and let them enlighten and inspire you with their stories of yesteryear. You’ll discover so much about them that you didn’t know before – and we bet some of their stories will be book-worthy. Dig out old photo albums and flick through them together, as they might help to jog their memory!

4. Lend a helping hand

Grandparents will be the first to admit that they aren’t as sprightly as they used to be, so they’re bound to appreciate you lending a hand for the afternoon. Whether you help them with their weekly shop, clear out a room with them, or take some rubbish to the tip, it’ll be a few more tasks they can tick off their to-do lists!

5. Bond in the treetops

Quality time? How about quali-tree time!? If your grandparents are reasonably fit and healthy, how about taking them into the canopy to embark on a Tree Top Adventure? Let them unleash their Tarzans and feel young again as they make their way from from platform to platform, taking on whatever obstacles are thrown their way! We simply love welcoming silverbacks to the forest and if there’s one thing they’ve taught us, it’s that age is just a number!

View all the activities we have on offer here …

Adventurous influencers to follow on social media!

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We all know adventure is out there, but it can be hard to appreciate it when we’re wrapped up in our nine-to-five routines or slumped over our desks. Sometimes what we really need is a good ol’ kick of inspiration; something that makes us sit up, shout out and really breathe in our existence.

Back in the day, this could mean poring over the latest edition of National Geographic, but in this internet age we need look no further than our screens to see what the world has to offer!

Be it the snowy peaks of Tibet, the solemn volcanic coasts of Iceland or kitted-out campervans exploring the American Midwest, the internet holds a bounty of inspirational outings and adventures – all a few clicks away.

So the next time you feel that rut creeping up, have a browse of these incredible guys and gals and remember that the exciting, the incredible, the desirable and unforgettable are all closer than you think. However, as a disclaimer, we can’t take responsibility for the wanderlust you’re about to be filled with….

Jimmy Chin

OK, well this guy’s work is actually in the National Geographic – but for good reason! Jimmy Chin is an all-round adventurer. He’s a mountaineer, skier, director and athlete, and you’ll find him scaling desolate peaks to find the perfect shot and sleeping in tents pegged to cliff faces… definitely not one for the faint hearted!

Forrest Winants Smith

Here at Go Ape, anyone with ‘Forrest’ as a first name is good in our books, but this lover of nature and world-wanderer is a talented photographer in his own right. For people who have a soft spot for the green mountains and hidden wooden cabins of the Pacific North West, I’d look away now –because his Instagram will prove particularly testing…

Renan Ozturk

Click this way for adventurous scenes partnered with terrifically engaging writing! Renan is a film maker, climber and photographer for National Geographic, and her exploits are as entertaining and they are informative. Although we must warn you – some of her videos are more than just a little vertigo-inducing!

Lennart Pagel

You can find Lennart Pagel nestled in the mountains of Germany with a camera in hand and a heart full of adventure. Expect stunning scenes tinged with a gloomy, but romantic hue.

Theo Gosslin

Theo Gosslin’s photography can only be described as dreamlike. His are the kind of images that leave a real yearning in your heart and a belly full of fire. Youthful, authentic and unmistakably bohemian, if you can get through five of his photos without smiling, aching or wanting to quit your job – we salute you.

You needn’t run all the way to Alaska for adventure (although if you do, can we come too?!), because it can also be found within Britain’s brilliant shores. Whether you escape off to Scotland’s highlands or set your heart racing by swinging through the trees at Go Ape, what’s important is that you live life adventurously!

But until you’re on your way to your next big venture, remember that life is determined not by how you look, but how you see.

So today we’ll leave you with a call to get up, go outside and live by the words of the late, great explorer and spiritualist Alexandra David-Neel: “to the one who knows how to look and feel, every moment of this free and wandering life is an enchantment.”
Why not follow us on instagram here for our adventours inspiration?

Jonny of Bedgebury mountain bikes Les Arcs!

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As part of Go Apes adventure fund we assisted Johnny of Bedgebury Go Ape in mountain biking Les Arcs, he has wrote a few words and gathered lots of photos of his trip for us:

“On 8th July 2017 Go Ape kindly paid for my flights to go Mountain Biking in the Les Arc in the French Alps.

We stayed in fully catered mountain bike/ski chalet for one week and had the most incredible time.

The views alone, every day, were outstanding. With only a few big crashes we managed to cover the whole resort as well as going across the valley to the sister resort of La Plagne for a day.

Averaging around 70km downhill riding a day we clearly exhausted and there was nothing better than returning to the chalet (via the pub) to a three course meal and chalet wine!”