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10 summer date ideas

Love Trees
Summer, with its balmy days and light evenings, is the perfect season to embrace the great outdoors and do something super special with your other half. And plus, you can guarantee that embarking on an outdoor activity together will linger longer in the memory than a trip to the cinema or a meal for two at your local restaurant!

So, whether you’re wooing a new love, impressing a partner of ten years, or maybe even celebrating an anniversary, here are our top 10 summer date ideas:

 

  1. Take a trip to a local farm and pick a punnet for two of strawberries. You could use them to make a scrumptious dessert, pack them for a picnic, or simply enjoy them in the comfort of your back garden.
  2. A swim in the British sea is super chilly, yes. But, a swim in the British sea at dusk or dawn is also very romantic! If you’re braving the waters in the evening, reward yourself with some fish and chips to enjoy on the beach afterwards.
  3. Forget a picnic in a park…tuck into lunch together on a paddleboat, instead! Take in turns to row to avoid unnecessary arguments and don’t forget to just stop – oars still – and appreciate your surroundings.
  4. On a clear, mild, dry evening, escape the city and go stargazing. See if you can spot any of the constellations and look out for shooting stars. If you want to make the evening extra special, pack candles, a blanket, some food and drink.
  5. Pick a breezy day to fly a kite together. Watch it soar and swoop in the sky – and hope it doesn’t nosedive or snap!
  6. Lose your inhibitions in the comfort of the canopy at your local Go Ape. Romance is sure to blossom in the trees as the two of you tackle sky-high obstacles on a Tree Top Adventure – see if you can woo your other half with your loudest, boldest Tarzan holler!
  7. Dust off your saddles, pump up those tyres and enjoy a leisurely bike ride together. Head out into the countryside or pick a coastal route, stopping off at a picturesque spot to enjoy your packed lunch.
  8. Do something devilishly daredevil as a duo – go scuba diving, sign-up for a couple’s bungee, or leap from a plane on a skydive!
  9. OK, we know we just bad-mouthed trips to the flicks, but outdoor cinemas are different! There’s something mega magical about watching a film under a star-speckled sky. Just don’t forget to pack something warm.
  10. Spend some quality time together, sans distractions, on a camping trip. Reminisce over your time together and talk about future adventures as you cook food over a campfire (cheesy guitar music and singing optional).

 

If you’ve been (or are planning to go) on an awesome summer date, and we haven’t mentioned it above, let us know what it is. The tribe here at Banana HQ are always keen to hear your inspiring ideas!

Go Ape’€™s top tricks for beating the heat this summer!

Seize Adventure
Oh, summer. We spend all of autumn, winter and spring dreaming of your sun-filled days, and when you eventually arrive, we complain about the heat! Many of us spend our Saturdays and Sundays seeking out the shadiest spots, as we incessantly fan our faces with any object that’€™s up to the job. Pass us that magazine!

To all you heat-haters, fear not; the Go Ape tribe are here to help! We’€™re lucky that our courses are kept nice and cool by the canopy of the trees; but if you’€™re out and about in the sunshine and want to beat the heat, here are 20 ingenious tips for doing just that:

1. When wanting to wear socks, submerge them in a bowl of ice-cold water before putting them on.
2. Thread a shoestring through three ice cubes and hang around the neck.
3. Make friends with a hummingbird in the hope that it will become your loyal face-fanner.
4. Wet and freeze a bunch of flannels to plonk on your face at any given opportunity.
5. Stick your bananas in the freezer and enjoy super-chilled (it tastes like ice-cream).
6. Alternatively, just buy ice-cream.
7. Take your lunch into work in a cool bag, rather than a lunch box.
8. Let the sprinkler water you at the same time as your garden by lying underneath it.
9. Fill up a bundle of water balloons and ask someone to throw them at you whenever you feel hot.
10. Be the epitome of fashion by donning an umbrella hat whilst out and about.
11. Ditch hot coffees for the iced alternative.
12. Hose yourself down when returning home from a day spent in the sunshine.
13. Develop a device to fix a portable fan onto your computer screen and be the envy of your office.
14. Eat cucumber in the hope that it will keep you cool as a cucumber.
15. Sub soup for gazpacho.
16. Fill up a paddling pool using only cold water and use as a plunge pool.
17. Shut your eyes and think of snow, studies have shown that the body reacts to this and lowers your temp (we’re not joking).
18. Harness any opportunity you can to chill in the treetops at Go Ape. Whizzing through the air will keep you ultra-cool.
19. Freeze your pillowcase and sheets remove just before sleeping.
20. Heat rises€“ so instead of walking, commando crawl whenever possible.

If you have any hot tips for keeping super cool this summer, don’€™t forget to share them with us!

How does it feel to Segway through the forest?

Seize Adventure
Have you swung through the trees with Go Ape before? Have you felt the high ropes in your hands, the wood beneath your feet and the wind in your face as you soared through the air via zip wire? Great,€“ now, onto your next, forest-themed adventure!

This week under the spotlight: our self-balancing, all-terrain Segways, which transport tribespeople into the heart of the forest to enjoy an hour’€™s worth of exploration. As soon as you’€™ve had a quick training session from one of the Go Ape tribe at Segway base (where you’€™ll master controlling the machines), you’€™ll be free to roam!

Maybe you’€™ve been on a Segway before. They’€™re becoming more and more popular in big cities with tour groups. A designated guide takes the helm and you all roll around soaking up the sights, while learning more about the area.

City Segway tours are good fun,€“ but believe us when we say, they are nothing compared to Segway-ing in the forest! You have absolute freedom. Forget congestion, pavements and pre-defined routes. You pick the path, you pick the pace, you sculpt your own adventure!

Expect simple paths and trickier trails, too. Expect to weave in and out of the tree trunks. Expect bumps, lumps and dips. Expect to see wildlife. Expect to breathe in fresh, crisp scents of the forest. Expect to laugh. Expect to make memories that’€™ll last forever!

We could go on (and on, and on) about how awesome our Forest Segway Experience is. But we realise that we’€™re obviously going to be a little biased and you may not end up trusting us fully. So, that’€™s why we’€™ve rounded up some fellow tribespeople to share their Segway experiences with us and you. We want you to hear about this unique adventure straight from the horse’€™s,€“ no wait, monkey’€™s mouth!

Every other week throughout the summer, we’€™ll be uploading a new video where we quiz a tribe on their Go Ape adventure. The Adventure Tales will chronicle the emotions, thoughts and experiences of a tribe when they #SeizeAdventure with Go Ape. They’€™ll tell us truly how they felt whilst embarking on a Go Ape adventure and will hopefully inspire you to book a visit to the trees!

So, without further ado, let’€™s hear what three, lovely chaps had to say about their recent Forest Segway Experience …

 

View the other tales here!

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!
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