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The signs of spring…finally!

About Go Ape

Winter, it’s been a pleasure.

No really, we don’t mean it sarcastically. There’s a lot to love about the chilliest season of the year – the festivities, the frost and the snow, wrapping-up warm and heading out for a crisp winter’s walk, snuggling by the fire when you return. And you don’t need to get up at some ridiculous hour to be able to appreciate a stunning sunrise, either!

Yep, winter certainly is a magical season. But it’s nearing its end and that can only mean one thing: springtime! Spring hasn’t sprung just yet but the Go Ape tribe has been noticing signs of it in forests across the UK – slight changes in sounds, smells and colours.

Some of our favourite springtime signs are…

Birds singing

Spring is in the air, and don’t the birds know it! Our fine, feathered friends have begun singing to us from dusk ‘til dawn – they’re the soundtrack to our forests. Migrating birds will be returning to the UK from milder climates soon too; chiffchaffs from mid-March, swallows from mid-April and swifts from early May.

Daffodils and bluebells

Spring transforms the green (and sometimes muddy-brown) countryside to a vibrant sea of colour post-winter. Daffodils – the archetypical British flower – make their return, while violet-blue bluebells begin to bloom again. The UK is most beautiful in the springtime, there’s no doubt about it.

Blossom

As well springtime adding splashes of yellows, blues and purples to the countryside, ornamental cherries in bloom give gardens and orchards a rosy-pink hue. When the petals fall and blanket the ground, it looks like something from a fairytale book.

Bees

Bees, like us, can’t get enough of springtime in bloom. Honey bees and bumble bees find the nectar truly irresistible, spending their days buzzing around gardens and meadows pollinating every plant in sight. A bee’s buzz is a true sign that spring is just around the corner.

Spring lambs

It’s a busy time of year for farms across the country, as they prepare to welcome sprightly spring lambs into the world. Soon enough, the fluffy newborns will be dotting the countryside – see if you can spot any on your next walk.

Wild garlic

Vamps will be steering clear of the UK’s woods and forests over the next few months, as wild garlic begins to grow in abundance. Let your nose guide you to the plant; you can pick the leaves to use in cooking as a milder alternative to garlic bulbs.

Seeing any signs of spring yet? If you book a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, you’re bound to notice a few – the birds singing as you climb up the high ropes, a garlicky smell as you cross our obstacles, a view of blooming flowers and blossoming trees from way up high. We’re now officially back open for monkey business, so come celebrate the start of spring with us!

Get ahead for half term!

Wintry Weekends at Go Ape

The half term holidays are looming, which means that kids up and down the country will be counting the days until they can throw off their school bags and enjoy a week of fun and freedom. But it also means that parents will be getting that familiar feeling of worry about how they a€™re going to entertain their tribe for all that time!

Well, fear not; we’€™re bringing you a guide to getting ahead for half term, so that you can plan activities right through the week and hopefully prevent those moans of ‘I’€™m booooored’ although we can’€™t promise that! As the saying goes (we think): perfect planning prevents poor performance. So, here are some activities you can start planning now!

Get back to nature

Kids are never happier than when they’€™re in the great outdoors, feeling the wind in their hair and getting mud in their fingernails! From pond-dipping to sowing vegetables (now is the perfect time to plant French beans, onions and sugar peas), it’s easy, fun and affordable to get your little ones back to nature. To help you get organised, The Wildlife Trust has a great database of outdoor events and activities throughout the country in 2016 – why not take a look and see what’s going on near you this February?

Get lost

Well, kind of! Orienteering is a great way for your kids to learn new skills, from map-reading to patience and teamwork. Plan a route according to your children’s ages – little ones might only be able to go a mile, whereas older kids will be up for a much longer adventure – and preferably, one that takes them through fields and woodland, passing streams, rivers and other interesting landmarks. Make sure everyone has a good pair of walking boots and give each child their own backpack containing snacks, water, a compass, a waterproof jacket and their own copy of the map (so no fighting over who gets to hold it!). You could also pack a disposable camera each for taking wildlife snaps along the way.

Get in the supplies

Unfortunately, we can never be guaranteed good weather in this country -€“ especially not in February! While we’re big fans of getting outside whatever the weather (a bit of howling wind really can add to the fun of being up in the trees!) sometimes it’s just too extreme and you have to admit defeat and stay indoors to conserve your energy for your next day of adventure. Get some supplies in well ahead of time so that you’re ready when an inevitable rainy day at home strikes; this could include scrap materials for making dens, art and craft supplies, DVDs, books, and of course, hot chocolate.

Get booking your Go Ape adventure!

After a day resting at home, you and your little ones may find yourselves going stir crazy. We may be biased, but we think there’€™s no better way to use up all that energy than with an exciting day navigating the treetops and zooming down zip wires at Go Ape! It’s super easy to book in advance on our website, or by calling 0845 643 9215, so there’ll be no more last minute panic when your little monkeys start bouncing off the walls! We get really busy during school holidays so don’€™t delay -€“ see you in the trees!

Air Space Wolverhampton has launched!

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Psst. Have you heard the news? We’ve just launched a brand new Air Space in Wolverhampton!

It’€™s not just any old trampoline park, oh no. Air Space Wolverhampton is the biggest trampoline park in the whole of the Midlands; it’s a mega, spring-loaded urban playground, complete with over 100 interconnected trampolines for you to jump, hop, skip, flip and bellyflop on!

How you choose to spend your time at Air Space is completely up to you.

Jump solo or en masse with your friends and family. We’€™ve just altered our age restriction policy so now kids as young as five years old can join in with the fun.

DodgesmallIn the main arena, our super springy trampolines are guaranteed to take you to dizzy new heights, whether you’re looking to perfect your backflips, work on your twists or master your seat drops. Our trampolines cover the floor and the walls – you could spend your time simply freestyle jumping from one to the next.

If you’re hoping to catch some serious air time, then you’€™ve got to have a go on the Power Jumping tramp, loaded with super-charged springs that’€™ll send you flying skyward. Maximum distance means more time in the air – why not challenge yourself and see how many flips you can do in one jump?

For a super-soft landing head over to the Air Bag.

It’€™s essentially a giant, foam-filled pillow ready to take the full impact at whatever gets thrown at it (i.e., you!). It’s a great place to work on your bouncing skills, or to simply experiment with what crazy shapes you and your mates can pull whilst defying gravity!

If you’re planning an outing to Air Space with your chums, why not form a couple of teams Footsmalland play a game of basketball or dodgeball, but with added bounce?! Believe us when we say that these sports are way more fun when played on a spring-loaded court. Plus, all the extra air gives you a helping hand when it comes to shooting hoops.

So who’s seen Ninja Warrior? Well, we have our very own Ninja Run at Air Space Wolverhampton- rope climbing, swinging, running and bouncing! The fastest time is 30 secs. Become your own Ninja Warrior today and challenge out best time today. 

Then there’s the Parkour Area – learn how to get from one place to another without letting anything stop you. Our parkour area is designed so there is total freedom of movement- whether it’s running, jumping, vaulting or climbing.

And wait, there’s more! If you fancy trying out an exercise class with a difference, then you could sign-up for our high intensity, low impact Freestyle Fitness classes. Fancy bouncing to music? Every Friday night the trampoline park will be transformed into Club Space, when a resident DJ will take to the decks to spin 3 hours of chart-topping tunes.

The new addition to the Air Space family is located close to the Bentley Bridge retail park, off the A4124 on Well Lane. It’€™s within a 15 minute drive of Wolverhampton and only half an hour drive away from Birmingham.

We’€™re open every day with extended hours during the half term. Prices vary dependent on age, time and activity.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep fit, have fun and join in with the jumping revolution! See you soon!

Only 10 Days to Go!

Climb the treetops

We’re less than two weeks away from opening our forest doors for the start of a brand new Go Ape season…and we can barely contain our excitement!

We can’t wait to catch some hang time with you all, to welcome loyal Go Ape-rs back into the forest and to give tree-top newbies a real taste of the high life.

Did you know that there are 29 Go Ape locations in the UK?

This means that, no matter where you are, you’ll never be far from a Tree Top Adventure. Indeed, you’ll find one of our courses as far up north as Aberdeenshire and as far down south as Devon (and of course, in plenty of other places in-between).

And you don’t need to be out in the sticks to stumble across one of our courses, either. In fact, we’ve just opened a brand new Go Ape in Battersea in the heart of London. Now you can swing through the trees without even leaving the city!

The Feeling of AdventureGo Ape is a perfect all-weather activity.

It’s never a bad day for monkeying around in the trees, so long as you’re wearing sensible clothing that’ll protect you from the elements (i.e., trousers and jackets). And there’s no need to worry about a little rain, either, as the tops of the trees provide a perfect protective canopy.

Although we’re known primarily for our Tree Top Adventure, that’s not all we’ve got to offer. If heights aren’t your thing, you’ve got the option of hopping aboard one of our all-terrain Segways and cruising the forest floor, bookings available from March. Or, if heights are your thing and zip wires are one of your favourite obstacles, why not head to Grizedale forest to check out our Zip Trekking Adventure? Seven zip wires, one after the other – it’s just zip, after zip, after zip…

If you’re looking to treat your kids, we’ve got Tree Top Junior courses in 13 of our Go Ape locations, as well as mountain biking and garden games in select locations.

All Go Ape courses are set within the beautiful surroundings of the forest. If you’re not too worn out after visiting us, you can continue your outdoor adventure with a walk, run or bike through the trees!

The Go Ape tribe has been mega busy these past few weeks making final preparations. We’ve stocked-up on the woodchip, spring-cleaned our courses and serviced our Segways. And of course, we’ve been all been practicing our Tarzan hollers so that none of our visitors show us up when they arrive!

So, what are you waiting for? Our courses might not be open for another 10 days, but it’s never too early to book your adventure! See you soon!

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