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What would your UK outdoor #DreamAdventure be?

Dream Adventure

Here at Banana HQ, we’ve been having a conflab, and if we could enter our #DreamAdventure competition (which we can’t – boo) this is what we’d ask for…

Adventurous marketing exec Jaz would climb Mount Snowdon with her boyfriend. PR gal Poppy would take on a wingwalk (rather her than us!), and our social media man’s dreaming of kitesurfing in Pembrokeshire – go Dan.

Scotland proved to be a popular destination. Boss Anna would paraglide over the Highlands, while copywriter Sarah wishes she could search for whales off the coast of Mull. Work experience guy Josh would also head north of the border, to cycle the outdoor velodrome in Edinburgh (we didn’t even know that was a thing).

All good choices. But unfortunately, as we can’t enter, a total an utter waste. You can enter, though – you lucky thing, you. What would your UK, outdoor #DreamAdventure be?

Head to our website and tell us! There are only six more chances to win!

We’ve got our fingers crossed for you,
The Go Ape Tribe

Are you ready for National Gorilla Suit Day?


Tomorrow is National Gorilla Suit Day, the day when men, women and children of all ages don their gorilla suits and stroll through their towns, visiting the neighbours and showing off their hirsute finery.

At Go Ape, we’ve been well known to ditch the cotton clothing for something a little more hairy in our time, so here’s a quick look back at our favourite Gorilla moments from last years Big Banana Relay.

Gorillas can’t drive. Who knew?!



But can change a tyre!



Luckily, when all else fails, there’s always paddling.


For those that don’t know, National Gorilla Suit Day bizarrely began after cartoonist Don Martin published a gorilla themed collection called Don Martin Bounces Back in 1963. A once fictitious concept, fans soon started celebrating National Gorilla Suit Day on 31st January, and we’re so glad they did!

Taken from the original paperback book, check out this clip of well-loved character Fester Bestertester, as he suffers a series of arrgh-aah-aah-mazing assaults from real (and not so real) gorillas.


The Big Banana Relay Comes To An End.

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With 2014 nearly wrapped up, our incredible charity partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust is drawing to a close.

What started as an idea for a few of the Go Ape Bedgebury team to walk, cycle and hitch the length and breadth of Britain, evolved into a company-wide challenge for the Teenage Cancer Trust this summer.

The Relay kicked off on Saturday 14th June at Leeds Castle and has travelled across the width and Breadth of Britain- with some detours across the globe on the way. The banana has travelled in an array of imaginative forms of transport from helicopters to kayaks, wheelbarrows to tanks, go-karts to hot air balloons, fire engines to Boris bikes- we’ve even broken the space hopper world record and sent the banana into space!

It’s been a crazy 3 months and hats off to all the sites for many impressive and original stunts raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s certainly proof that Go Ape staff take ‘Living Life Adventurously’ very seriously! Not only do we want to thank those who took part in all of our charity adventures, but to everyone who supported us in our fundraising efforts so here’s a BIG THANK YOU from all the hairy Gorillas at Go Ape.

Coming Full Circle!


The Trent Park gorillas had been looking forward to getting their mouths hands on that Big Banana all summer so, after a quick breakfast the Ripe Bananas (Boss man Pete, Gorillas Aileen and Aaron, Instructor sized banana Jack, plus George, Kelly and David) jumped on a tube train for the ‘beginning of the end’ of the entire relay. Hot but fun, especially seeing the reaction of their fellow passengers who had quite obviously never seen gorillas and bananas reading The Times!

Calling in at King’s Cross St Pancras there was time for a quick visit to Hogwarts before jumping on the No. 30 bus to Madame Tussaud’s and a short walk to Baker Street. Sherlock wasn’t in so they said ‘hello’ to the bobby on the door instead.

Having left their leafy umbrellas back in the woods it was a troop of soggy gorillas that made its way to Marble Arch. What fun they had chasing pigeons and racing Boris Bikes through Hyde Park until they met the rest of the team and had to hand over the banana. But it was the Un-ripe Bananas (Banana Bob, Gorillas Rhys and Kayleigh, photo TomTom, plus Chris, Darren, Amy and Dave) who had to contend with the worst of the weather. With a spring in their step and spirits undampened they toured the sights of London, much to the amusement of the crowds at Buckingham Palace. A friendly policeman pointed them in the right direction for Nelson’s Column and from there it was a bus and tube to St Paul’s and the Wobbly Bridge before a train to the outer reaches of the capital and beyond. Welcomed back to Leeds Castle by a mass gathering of gorillas, bananas and human instructors never previously seen in one place, the completion of the Big Banana Relay was celebrated in style with balloons, bubbly and a barbecue.

Full Circle

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