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#MayTheGamesBegin it’s a wrap Tribe!

May Games

Sometimes the routine of everyday life needs a bit of a shake-up and, here at Go Ape, we feel there’s no better way to do this than to set yourself a little challenge or two and have a good long laugh while doing it.

After all, if we didn’t step out of our comfort zone now and again, we’d hardly be swinging through the treetops with the wind in our hair – we’€™d probably just be hanging there, wishing someone would give us a push! That’€™s why this May we decided to sound the jungle drums and test our loyal and fun-loving tribe with a series of challenges, designed to weed out any treetop talents they might be hiding or secret simian skills they might possess.

Our #MayTheGamesBegin competition saw us set our instructors a brand new challenge each week as well as offer our extended tribe the opportunity to outshine them by sharing a video of their skills on our social channels. As we suspected, you cheeky monkeys tackled each week’€™s challenge with smiles on your faces and we have to say, we’€™ve never been more impressed!

Here’s some of the impressive entries from the Tribe!

Who would have thought our instructors’ tree-hugging capabilities could so closely compete with the magnificent koala? Or that our tribe could so delicately peel bananas with their dextrous feet? We should have known there would be some impressive yoga poses, held in the treetops with ease and, of course, one could hardly call themselves a member of the Go Ape tribe without at least attempting to roll a banana down their face and into their mouths!

Our whole ethos at Go Ape is centred around challenging yourself, embracing new activities and leading an adventurous lifestyle. Whether you’€™re hitting the high ropes for the first time or setting yourself the goal of letting out the loudest Tarzan cry as you tackle the zip line, there’€™s nothing more exhilarating than seeing what you are capable of at our Go Ape courses.

With 61 ways to Go Ape across the UK and 31 locations at which to do so, you’€™re bound to find something that will put you to the test! Who knows, you might even uncover a secret talent you never knew you had!

Thanks to everyone who stepped up to the plate and gave our challenges their best shot – you made us laugh, you made us cry (with laughter) and you€’ve shown us that the Go Ape tribe is one talented bunch!

Don’€™t forget to keep on challenging yourself – see you at your next visit, book it here!

Flexible pricing – Go Ape for less

Reach New Heights At Go Ape

At the moment, the prices of our adventures are fixed, but soon, you’ll be able to book adventure at a range of different prices.

Currently we charge a fixed price for all of our adventures, but soon the prices will be flexible. The price you pay will depend on a number of factors generally speaking, though, the earlier you book, the better value your Go Ape adventure will be!

The system is currently being rolled out at Go Ape Delamere Forest, Wendover Woods, Moors Valley and Wyre.

Swing by Delamere Forest and you could enjoy a Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior or Forest Segway at a discounted rate by booking early. While you’ll only find a Tree Top Adventure at Wendover Woods, it’s the only course in the UK to exclusively offer an ‘extreme’ route you’ll have to navigate across a Scrambling Net and Climbing Wall before coming face-to-face with some of our trickiest obstacles. Go on…challenge yourself!

Why have we introduced flexible pricing? Well, we think it’s a good incentive to inspire people to live life adventurously! Get your Go Ape date in the diary as early as poss and not only will you save cash, but you’ll give yourself something to look forward to! We call that a win-win.

We’ll tell you this now there’s no point in waiting to book your adventure, because prices will never go down. Whether you swing through the trees, zip through the air or roll around the forest floor with your tribe, your Go Ape adventure will always be cheaper the earlier you book it up.

Perhaps you want to get ahead and organise some fun days out for the kids during the summer hols. Or maybe it’s your partner or mate’s birthday in a few months’ time and you want to plan something extra-special. Maybe just maybe it’s your big day soon and quite frankly, you’re fed up with a bog-standard night out in town!

What to do with the money you save? You could always put it towards your next Go Ape adventure, or treat yourself to some branded gear available from our on-site cabin! Or maybe, you and your tribe could enjoy a hearty, post-adventure lunch at a nearby pub or cafe (trust us, swinging through the trees works up an appetite!).

The early bird catches the worm, and the early Tarzan swings for less! Book your Go Ape adventure today and save, save, save!

Can I Go Ape?

Half term activities for kids

You’ve been thinking about unleashing your inner Tarzan in the treetops for a while now, but you haven’t booked because you’re not sure if you’ll physically be able to swing with us.

Well, maybe we can clear the air…”Can I Go Ape?” is actually one of the most common questions the tribe get asked; and while our Tree Top Adventure courses are challenging (both mentally and physically), you should be able to conquer one so long as you’re reasonably fit and healthy.

What we say is this: if you can climb a ladder, you can swing through the trees at Go Ape! You don’t need to hit the gym five days a week, or follow a diet of an Olympian to monkey around in the trees with us. It’s our mission to make adventure accessible to the masses, which is why we’ve created courses to accommodate as many people as possible.

You’ll burn hundreds of calories completing a Tree Top Adventure (without realising it), and there are certain obstacles that are more challenging than others. Your adventure will last around three hours, and in that time you’ll crawl, climb, wobble, swing and zip your way to the finish line which is, a squidgy mound of woodchip!

Log Crossing at Go Ape

Concerned about the trickier obstacles? Don’t be! When you’re up in the canopy, you carve your own path there are a number of points where you get to choose whether to take on the easier or harder obstacle. You might start off with the more simple obstacles, then move on to the trickier ones (Stirrups, we’re looking at you) as your confidence grows!

If you think that you might need additional support, just give us a call on 0333 433 0902 to discuss your requirements. Extra equipment or support may be needed for your adventure, or we might have to tweak our training to ensure you get the most from your Go Ape experience. Sometimes the risk of injury is too great despite taking additional measures, which means that some people are unfortunately unable to swing with us.

If you have a pre-existing medical conditions then we recommend you visit the course first to check it out. The Go Ape tribe aren’t medically qualified, so you’re responsible for conducting your own risk assessment.We don’t recommend pregnant women sign-up to a Tree Top Adventure; but again, the choice is yours.

If you are pregnant, we suggest seeking advice from your doctor first, and you’ll need to sign a disclaimer stating that you’ve made us aware and have decided to take part despite Go Ape’s advice.

If you don’t think you’re up for spending time in the treetops, that doesn’t mean you can’t come and hang with us!

You could always hop aboard our Forest Segways for an hour’s worth of exploration! Segway-ing around the forest floor is not as physically demanding as swinging from tree to tree just put your feet up while the wheels do all the work!

Striking the balance: The workings of a Segway

Group Segway

At first glance, Segways might not seem all that extraordinary, with some people describing them as mere ‘glorified scooters.’ But in actual fact, Segways are ingenious pieces of kit and a lot of science goes into developing them.

Packed away in the base, hidden from view, are clever computers, sophisticated sensors and smart motors which keep the Segway upright when it’s switched on. As for the controls and navigation, well, that’s down to you…the rider!

Successfully operating a Segway involves mastering the art of balance tightrope walkers do it, ballerinas do it; and if you’ve ever embarked on a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, you’ve had to do it! As the saying goes, it’s simple once you know how!

Lean forward (not too much, now) and the clever gyroscopic sensors within the Segway pick up changes in pitch angle and, as a result, move the wheels forward to maintain balance. The same goes if you need to reverse; i.e., if you overshot a forest trail at Go Ape and find yourself a little too close to a tree (*gulp*)!

Of course, as well as going backwards and forwards, you’ll want to navigate left and right which is done by moving the handlebar in the desired direction. When travelling forward, leaning forward will pick up the pace and if you start going a bit too fast for your liking, just lean back! Segway with Go Ape!

Now you know all about the tech behind Segways, do you fancy having a go on one? If the answer’s ‘yes,’ then why not pay a visit to Go Ape for a totally unique, forest-themed Segway adventure?

Go Ape Segway Experience

When it comes to cruising around on a self-balancing Segway, there really is no better setting than in the heart of a beautiful forest. Immersed in a sea of green, you’ll weave your way in and out of the trees with your tribe, listening to the birds chirping, breathing in that fresh forest air while watching numerous species of wildlife go about their merry way.

A Forest Segway experience is a fun-for-all activity. If you aren’t a fan of heights, or have swung with us so many times you’ve lost count, it provides a good alternative to a Tree Top Adventure (though, we also recommend facing up to your fears by heading into the canopy).

Or, you might choose to treat yourself and your tribe to the ultimate Go Ape day out by combining both adventures go on, you deserve it!Worried you won’t be able to balance? Worry no more! Before we let you roam free in the forest, a skilled member of the Go Ape tribe will teach you the tricks and make sure you’ve nailed the controls.

A Segway experience costs just £35 for 60 minutes, and is the perfect chance to put your feet up and explore the wonders of the forest in a fun and totally unique way!

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