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Nets Kingdom Through The Eyes Of Scarlett, Aged 7

Scarlett Nets Kingdom

The launch of our new adventure Nets Kingdom saw Scarlett, aged 7, join us to try out our latest venture

Below is an account of her adventure in her own words and by the sounds of it she had a great time …

“When I first saw it

I felt scared and not confident as I am scared of high places and I am only seven years old. The very first net was just a bit tricky and bouncy I was so scared at first but then I tried a big bouncy slope entrance which led to a big bouncy bit and then some nets to go to a treehouse. I had a bit more grip and strength on it. My mum went on for one and a half hours then I joined her. She got off and I stayed on because I was brave and I wanted to explore.

Fun stuff

It felt epic awesome and good after getting going. I liked the tree houses the best! The walk way nets were very slanted at the end. The wind was blowing very strong. Also, the treehouse had nothing in it and its very beautiful, it needs stuff to put in it like rugs or carpets, a mini table a lamp or a stash of toys to make it cosy if its windy. When I went in the big bit there was no people on it so I got it to myself. I went down the slide very fast I got filmed going down the slide. I thought the nets were epic and I also think that children of all different ages could go on. You need this information for if you go on, you can be 1 and up, you can go on even if you’re elderly.

 

 

How long I stayed on for

I stayed on for four hours. My brother Jack stayed on longer because I was scared at the beginning. My Mum was on with my brother. I guess that you’re wondering who I stayed with. I stayed with a lady called…Linda she got me a Fanta and a rocky road with marshmallows on top. I had a great time! I would like to stay on for hours!”

Well there you have it, Scarlett approves and so do we …
If you fancy having a bounce around our expansive network of tree top trampolines you can you can find out more here!

10 ways to occupy your little monkeys this summer!

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So, September is here, after weeks of summer holidays with your little monkeys, you may feel like you’ve exhausted every option and have explored every green space that your town has to offer. Maybe you’ve hit a summer slump, or the chorus of children shouting, “I’m bored!!” has simply got too much… Well, never fear, for Go Ape is here!

There’s still time to make memories and moments that will tide you over until the next holiday. After all, come mid-September you’ll be missing the tiny terrors, so it’s best that we make the most of the time we have.

That’s why we’ve come up with a list of family-friendly and super fun days out and activities for you and your tribe to enjoy. Not to mention, we’ve included a few rainy day suggestions for when this good ‘ol British weather does what it does best!

1. Picnic in the park – Make the most of the fleeting, lovely sunny weather by packing up a picnic and heading to your favourite green space… just watch out for those pesky ants!
2. Escape to the coast – What’s a summer holiday without a trip to the seaside? Whether you opt for the traditional bucket, spade and sandcastle day, or want to live a little adventurously and go body boarding or surfing instead, just remember to bring your wetsuit!
3. Camp out under the stars – Unlock their inner astronomer by setting up camp in your back garden and teach them all about the constellations.
4. Go foraging – Foraging can be a great way to explore the parks and woods you may already know quite well. You can find guides online that show you how to identify everything from wild garlic to blackberries. You might just get a delicious meal at the end!
5. Get baking – Whether it’s cookies, cakes or a delicious apple crumble, doing a little baking will keep your little monkeys occupied for hours (and well fed afterwards!). Who knows, maybe they’ll make it for you as a treat once flu season rolls around!
6. Build a fort – Who says rainy days are no fun? Recruit all of your little monkeys and find every teddy bear, blanket, cushion and squishy thing in your house to make your very own blanket fort! Once it’s constructed, fill it up with fairy lights, books and games, and watch the hours slip away…
7. Complete a nature scavenger hunt – You can make your own, or head down to Exmoor where you can letterbox! Letterboxing is like a big scavenger hunt where you find boxes others have left, before leaving your own memento inside. A countrywide version of this is Geocaching; why not see if you have some close by downloading the app?
8. Slip and slide in the back garden – What better way to while away a sunny afternoon? All you’ll need is a hose, some thick plastic sheets, lawn space (preferably on a hill) and lots and lots and lots of soap!
9. Get artsy and crafty – Enlist your little ones to make a birdhouse (or a bat house!)? Capitalise on their creativity by teaching them how to make origami or how to create their own finger puppets (and put on a show afterwards!).

10. Tree Top Junior – Of course, one sure way to leave them smiling is to take them for a swing through the trees on one of our Tree Top Junior course! Up in the canopy, they can be as loud as they like (Tarzan hollering is encouraged) and they’ll be so wrapped up in the excitement and new challenges and experiences, that those dreaded words – “I’m bored!” – will never even cross their minds!

Our #DreamAdventure competition is now CLOSED!

Dream Adventure

We’ve welcomed thousands of you into the forest this summer. The whole Tribe really came together to pull out all of the stops, but there’s one woman in particular who needs a shout out.

Throughout July and August, the lovely Megan has been tirelessly making our nine lucky winners’ dream adventures come true. Fuelled by many, many cups of tea, she’s organised everything from white water rafting trips to SCUBA tutorials. Bravo, Megan.

Thanks as well to the thousands of you who entered. We’ve been blown away by the sheer number of entries, and are so happy that the spirit of adventure seems to be alive and well amongst our Tribe. Keep chasing those dreams, people. Adventure’s out there for the taking.

In the meantime, here’s the lowdown on our nine lucky winners.

Winner no.1: Sarah Boocock, Preston

WON: Kayaking in Cornwall
STATUS: Adventure complete

“As the sea was a bit choppy on the day of our adventure we went to an old quarry, which was beautiful with high rock sides and trees. The water was 15 metres deep in the middle, crystal clear and perfectly still.

At the end we piled all the kayaks and paddleboards up to form a pirate ship to paddle back together as a group, then had a fight pushing each other off the ship into the water to leave the last man standing. Thanks Go Ape – we really enjoyed our adventure and hope to buy our own paddleboards so we can use them on local canals and lakes. North Cornwall Tors provided a really enjoyable, good fun adventure and are highly recommended.”

Winner no. 2: Louise Casson, Blackpool
WON: Hot air ballooning across the Ribble Valley
STATUS: Adventure complete

“When our alarm went off at 5am, we looked out of our hotel over the picturesque and tranquil Ribble Valley. The ground was damp from rain and it was cloudy and dull, but by the time we reached the meeting point, it was sunny and calm. Just after 6am we met Graeme and his wife from Pendle and Cumbria Balloons. We were taken to the take-off site where the adventure began.

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We started by helping to unload and inflate the balloon. It was fascinating to see how this was done. The balloon is first inflated with cold air from two huge fans, meaning it lays on the ground. This is when we realised how huge it was. You could walk around inside like you were in a giant inflatable cave.

After this, the balloon’s burners are used and the balloon stands itself upright and it’s time to fly.

The burners were hot. Very hot! But they kept us warm! When taking off, we ascended quite quickly but incredibly peacefully. The views were phenomenal as we rose to almost 3000ft above the countryside. From here, it really was spectacular. After drifting above Clitheroe and Penske Hill, we descended to around 100ft and drifted along with the wind. From this height, we could see every little detail below. We watched rabbits running through fields, birds circling below us and several early morning riders waving at us as we drifted over their gardens.

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The weather remained sunny and calm and it really was a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. After landing we celebrated the flight with a glass of champagne! At 10:30am!

It was great fun and we’d both do it again and recommend it to others. Thanks Go Ape!”

Winner no.3: Christina Brown, Worcestershire
WON: Wing-walking
STATUS: Adventure complete

Unfortunately, availability was tricky for Christina’s wing-walk. Instead, she opted for a series of smaller (but no less daring!) adventures in Scotland…

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“When my son had his birthday at Go Ape in June, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be jumping off 45 metres off a bridge, white water rafting the River Tay and Tummel and canyoning the Falls of Bruar and Kirin eight weeks later.  Thanks to Go Ape my dream adventure was made real.”

Winner no.4: Justin Hopes, Brighton
WON: Scuba diving experience
STATUS: Adventure pending

 

Winner no.5: Maggie Prior, Hampshire
WON: Horse riding at Studland Bay, Dorset
STATUS: Adventure pending

 

Winner no.6: Nick Hagen, Nottinghamshire
WON: Mountain biking in North Wales
STATUS: Adventure pending

 

Winner no.7: Gill Jennison, Hull
WON: Whale watching off the coast of Whitby
STATUS: Adventure pending

 

Winner no.8: Toni Jackson, York
WON: White water rafting in Wales
STATUS: Adventure pending

 

Winner no.9: Sian Smail, Dorset
WON: A flight in a stunt plane for her partner, Mike
STATUS: Adventure pending

 

We hope you had a lovely summer, everyone. We’ll be back with more competitions and offers soon, so keep an eye on our website, or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know. We like to treat our Tribe from time to time.

Adventure stories competition winners revealed!

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Little monkeys€, we asked you to inspire us and others with stories of your adventures and you certainly didn’t disappoint!

The Tribe here at Banana HQ smiled, laughed and sometimes even shed a tear or two whilst reading tales of your awesome adventures! We had the best time reading every single story and felt well and truly inspired which made picking our faves even harder.

But we knew we had to narrow them down. And so, after much deliberation, we have finally chosen our winners!

In the 8-12 years category, 10-year-old Max Onslow of Southampton won a party in the treetops for his touching, non-fictional account of his parents’€™ experience with the Thailand tsunami. The end reads: €˜When we are older we are going to visit Thailand to see the island with the giant wave and see how nature and people have mended the island and have made it a happy place again.

Rosie Levene, also 10, got our vote for best fiction, winning a party for penning a story about three orangutans called Ting, Tang and baby Tong, and their escape to ‘The Wild’€™. The award for best use of language went to another Rosie,€“ Rosie James of Chelmsford for her depiction of a mysterious place known as The Cave.

A heap of adventure books are making their way to Rosie as well as to 10-year-old Thomas Horner for his story, which won best character. Or we should say, characters, with the story including lots of fun animals and creatures, like Ringo the Beetle, Oliver the Owl and Barry the Belchwarbler!

Winners in the 4-7 category include 6-year-old Ellen Grace from Hereford, who won a school trip by writing about an exciting adventure she embarked on in the forest, where she hunted for the Gruffalo!

Tobias Richardson, 7, from Bracknell won a trip for his school tribe for his story about a puzzling crash that took place outside of a bat cave; and fellow 7-year-old Max Count won books for best character, which was none other than King Kong himself!

Wow. What can we say? We’€™re well and truly amazed by your efforts, little monkeys! Your exciting stories are not only brilliant, but they will help us€“ Go Ape to succeed at our mission, which is to encourage others to live life adventurously!

You can read all the winning entries here!

Writing Competition

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