Someone get the cake and candles…because it’s our birthday!
This Thursday (26th), Go Ape turns 13 years’ young and we plan to celebrate with lots of monkeying around in the trees. Who’s with us?!
Way back in 2001, Tris and Becs were holidaying in France when they spotted a family swinging through the trees, and they were all grinning from ear to ear. This got the couple thinking (and talking and planning), and a year later the first Go Ape was born.
Within a year of opening our first Tree Top Adventure course in Thetford Forest, a whopping 15,500 people had come to hang with us in the trees. It confirmed that we were right: people really did want a taste of the ‘high life’!
In the following years, more and more Go Ape courses opened up. Our Aberfoyle course in Scotland, which opened in 2007, featured the longest zip line anywhere in the UK. By 2008, we had 17 courses and in June of that year, we welcomed our millionth customer through our forest doors. A record achievement by anyone’s standards!
We won our very first award back in 2002, when we were crowned ‘Rural Attraction of the Year’ by the NFU. Since then, we’ve scooped numerous awards for our courses, including ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year,’ ‘Best Tourism Experience,’ and ‘Commended Attraction.’ And, last year, our Rivington course was runner-up in Netmums’ Outdoor Play Awards.
Over the past five years, we’ve (quite literally) branched out, launching our Tree Top Junior courses for little Tarzans wanting to Go Ape. Ten of our locations now also offer our Forest Segway experience, meaning that people can explore their beautiful surroundings from up in the tree tops as well as from the ground.
We can’t help but feel a little reflective as we approach our teenage years. Like any business we have had some downs as well as ups (and we’re not just talking about the zip wires), but we’ve kept on going. Go Ape is the success it is today thanks to our dedicated, loyal and hardworking tribe, plus our lovely customers that return, time and time again, to hang with us. It means we can keep doing what we do best: inspiring people to get out there and live life adventurously. Here’s to many more happy birthdays!
With the season in full swing, now’s a great time to book yourself a tree top adventure! Why not come and celebrate our birthday with us this spring?
(p.s. – banana cake is our favourite)