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5 Ways To Show Your Grandparents You Care

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Grandparents. Aren’t they the best?

Grandparents and their grandkids have an unbreakable bond. They’re like second parents who are there for us, no matter what. They spoil us rotten, cook us great dinners and when parents say ‘no,’ we can count on them to say ‘yes.’

The 1st of October was National Grandparents Day, when nans, grannies, grandmas and grampys (or whatever names you have for yours) received extra-special treatment from their grandsons and granddaughters. Didn’t realise what day it was? Never mind – grandparents are great at forgiving, and it’s never too late to make it up to them!

Grandparents don’t expect anything in return for their endless love and affection, but we think they deserve it! So, here are five ways to show your grandparents just how much you care:

1. Spend the day with them

The best gift you can possibly give your grandparents? Your time. Find out what they’re up to this weekend and if they have a day free, take them out. Stroll around the park, visit the garden centre, or go to a museum so they can reminisce with you. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you’ve planned – they’ll just love being in your company and spending time with you.

2. Cook them a meal

It’s your time to don an apron and wow them with your finest culinary skills! If said skills aren’t that great and your meal ends up somewhat disappointing, your grandparents will still tell you that it’s the best thing they’ve ever tasted. Go to their house and take over the kitchen – it’ll save them driving home later.

3. Find out more about them

Things were so different when our grandparents were younger, so sit down over a cuppa (and cake) and let them enlighten and inspire you with their stories of yesteryear. You’ll discover so much about them that you didn’t know before – and we bet some of their stories will be book-worthy. Dig out old photo albums and flick through them together, as they might help to jog their memory!

4. Lend a helping hand

Grandparents will be the first to admit that they aren’t as sprightly as they used to be, so they’re bound to appreciate you lending a hand for the afternoon. Whether you help them with their weekly shop, clear out a room with them, or take some rubbish to the tip, it’ll be a few more tasks they can tick off their to-do lists!

5. Bond in the treetops

Quality time? How about quali-tree time!? If your grandparents are reasonably fit and healthy, how about taking them into the canopy to embark on a Tree Top Adventure? Let them unleash their Tarzans and feel young again as they make their way from from platform to platform, taking on whatever obstacles are thrown their way! We simply love welcoming silverbacks to the forest and if there’s one thing they’ve taught us, it’s that age is just a number!

View all the activities we have on offer here …

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!

5 Reasons Adventure Is Good For Your Health As You Get Older

Tarzan Swing

If you thought adventure was just something for the young ones to get excited about, think again!

 

The silverbacks of the tribe have just as much – if not more – of a reason to embrace adventure and push themselves out of their comfort zones now and again!

 

Yes, it might feel like you’ve ‘been there, done that,’ but take it from us – there’s always something new to try or somewhere new to go. It’s a big ol’ world out there and you’re never too old to go out and discover it!

Here are five reasons why an adventure (like the sort you can find at Go Ape) is good for your health as you get older:

 

  1. You’ll get that blood pumping

It’s all too easy for physical activity to drop to the bottom of the to-do list; after all, that comfy sofa and latest boxset is oh-so appealing! But the effects of a sedentary lifestyle can really catch up with you. We don’t want to be downers but weight gain, heart disease, insomnia, aches and pains – these are all symptoms which can take hold if you don’t get that blood pumping. And there’s no better way to get your daily dose of exercise than by swinging through the trees or taking a stroll around a beautiful forest…

 

  1. You’ll be less stressed

Trying something new and taking adventure by the horns provides a massive mental boost. Suddenly, instead of stressing excessively about silly little things like who’s nicked your recycling bin, you’ve got amazing new experiences, challenges and achievements to fill your mind and energise you! It’s all about your perspective – and life looks rosy from the treetops!

 

  1. You’ll be happier

Adventure stimulates your mind and gets your body moving, so you can expect a boost in mood to follow as the endorphins let loose. Adventure might be nerve-wracking in the run up to the event, but the boost you’ll feel after tackling the challenge head-on will give you a buzz lasting for days!

 

LiveScience reported research that revealed people who enjoy life tend to maintain better physical function than those who don’t in daily activities as they age. Plus, the unhappiest people in the study were 80% more likely to develop impairments in daily functions. We know which tribe we’d rather belong to!

 

  1. You’ll sleep like a baby

You don’t get this far in this funny old journey called life without learning a thing or two along the way. So we imagine you’re pretty well-versed in the fact that fresh air and exercise helps you sleep better. An adventure in the great outdoors will have you sleeping soundly come nightfall – mark our words!

 

  1. You’ll boost your self-esteem

Whilst physical health is important, mental health shouldn’t be overlooked. Self-confidence and self-esteem can melt away if you don’t prove to yourself that you’re capable of trying new things every now and again. At Go Ape, we have a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities – the only limits are those you impose on yourself. And we’re there every step of the way to help you overcome those fears and get that boost you deserve!

 

We welcome all tribal elders to try our courses on for size! Give us a call today…we’re waiting!

Tree Top Alexandra Palace Opens Soon!

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Calling all Londoners, adventurists, tribespeople…we have some tree-mendous news to share with you: our brand-spanking new Tree Top Adventure course in Alexandra Palace is opening very soon! Are you excited? We certainly are!

As you may or may not know, earlier this year we launched a Tree Top Junior course in the stunning grounds of Ally Pally, which boasts some of the best panoramic views of the capital. It’s fair to say that our Tree Top Junior course has proved extremely popular with little monkeys, who have taken to the trees with their mini tribes to take on an awesome assortment of sky-high obstacles.

But, it didn’t take long for us to realise that the Tree Top Junior course was missing something – that ‘something’ being a Tree Top Adventure course! We noticed that there were a few jealous expressions on parents’ faces as they watched their kids trailblazing above them. And, well, we couldn’t just sit back and let mini Tarzans and Janes have all the fun, could we!?

Expect balloons, banners, party hats, gorilla costumes and slice upon slice (upon slice) of banana cake – we’re going to be celebrating the launch of Tree Top Adventure Ally Pally…Go Ape style!

Swing happy

Imagine swinging on stirrups, wobbling across bridges, crawling through bridges, clambering up nets and leaping off platforms with the capital’s glorious skyline as your backdrop? You’ll feel like you’re fully immersed in nature, only, the city will be a mere stone’s throw away! This makes Tree Top Adventure Ally Pally the perfect place to stop-off if you live in, or are exploring, the capital. Plus, Alexandra Palace itself is an awesome place to while away an afternoon (or spend an entire day).

Tree Top Adventure Ally Pally will be joining a line-up of other London courses, including Go Ape Battersea Park, Cockfosters and Chessington. So, if you simply can’t contain your inner Tarzan any longer, you can always get a taste for what the Ally Pally course will be like by heading to one of these one first! All our courses are unique – mastering one does not mean mastering them all!

Our busy, course-building tribe are now putting the finishing touches to this awesome course and we can’t wait for you to swing with us soon.

Opening 7th of October it is now open to pre-book!
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