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10 summer date ideas

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Summer, with its balmy days and light evenings, is the perfect season to embrace the great outdoors and do something super special with your other half. And plus, you can guarantee that embarking on an outdoor activity together will linger longer in the memory than a trip to the cinema or a meal for two at your local restaurant!

So, whether you’re wooing a new love, impressing a partner of ten years, or maybe even celebrating an anniversary, here are our top 10 summer date ideas:

 

  1. Take a trip to a local farm and pick a punnet for two of strawberries. You could use them to make a scrumptious dessert, pack them for a picnic, or simply enjoy them in the comfort of your back garden.
  2. A swim in the British sea is super chilly, yes. But, a swim in the British sea at dusk or dawn is also very romantic! If you’re braving the waters in the evening, reward yourself with some fish and chips to enjoy on the beach afterwards.
  3. Forget a picnic in a park…tuck into lunch together on a paddleboat, instead! Take in turns to row to avoid unnecessary arguments and don’t forget to just stop – oars still – and appreciate your surroundings.
  4. On a clear, mild, dry evening, escape the city and go stargazing. See if you can spot any of the constellations and look out for shooting stars. If you want to make the evening extra special, pack candles, a blanket, some food and drink.
  5. Pick a breezy day to fly a kite together. Watch it soar and swoop in the sky – and hope it doesn’t nosedive or snap!
  6. Lose your inhibitions in the comfort of the canopy at your local Go Ape. Romance is sure to blossom in the trees as the two of you tackle sky-high obstacles on a Tree Top Adventure – see if you can woo your other half with your loudest, boldest Tarzan holler!
  7. Dust off your saddles, pump up those tyres and enjoy a leisurely bike ride together. Head out into the countryside or pick a coastal route, stopping off at a picturesque spot to enjoy your packed lunch.
  8. Do something devilishly daredevil as a duo – go scuba diving, sign-up for a couple’s bungee, or leap from a plane on a skydive!
  9. OK, we know we just bad-mouthed trips to the flicks, but outdoor cinemas are different! There’s something mega magical about watching a film under a star-speckled sky. Just don’t forget to pack something warm.
  10. Spend some quality time together, sans distractions, on a camping trip. Reminisce over your time together and talk about future adventures as you cook food over a campfire (cheesy guitar music and singing optional).

 

If you’ve been (or are planning to go) on an awesome summer date, and we haven’t mentioned it above, let us know what it is. The tribe here at Banana HQ are always keen to hear your inspiring ideas!

Summer Time In The Forest

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Don’€™t get us wrong, we’€™re utterly enamoured by the sights, sounds and smells of the forest all year round. Regardless of the weather, season, or time of day, the wonderfully wild woodland always manages to captivate us. Hence why forests are the home to most of Go Ape’€™s Tree Top Adventure courses!

With each season comes new reasons to fall in love with the forest. So, staying topical, here’€™s why you should visit one this summer.

To see and smell the rainbow

Of flowers, that is. Forests aren’€™t just green! The flowers and plants which cover its floor transform it into a multicoloured canvas of pinks, purples, reds, whites, yellow and blues. Says the Woodland Trust, late spring flowering plants like bugle, wild strawberry, herb Robert, pignut, foxglove and lesser stitchwort (most of which sound like something from a J.K. Rowling novel) are joined by the likes of dog rose, enchanter’€™s nightshade and honeysuckle. See them, smell them, lie amongst them!

To seek shelter

Shady spots are in abundance in the forest, particularly during summer when the canopy is extra thick and bushy. This makes the ideal conditions for a morning trek, or maybe even an afternoon of tearing up the trials on a mountain bike. Oh, and let’€™s not forget, the canopy also keeps you nice and shaded while you’€™re busy swinging from tree to tree as you tackle a Tree Top Adventure course with your tribe!

To peer at (and into) a pond or two

Ponds are the ultimate place to spot wildlife, especially during summer. Look out for frogs, newts and tadpoles; pond skaters which skim along the water; and snails and diving beetles, which take regular trips to the surface to catch their breath. Out of the water, you may see dragonflies and damselflies dance in their air; or birds soaring to the water to take their daily bath. One of our favourite spots has to be Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean (where you’€™ll also find one of our leafy hideouts!).

To indulge in a mighty feast

Picnics in the park? Overrated! Pack a feast into a wicker hamper and head to the forest, instead! We’€™d highly recommend the New Forest; a beautiful national park encompassing woodlands as well as heathlands and coastlines. The best picnic spots are all along Ornamental Drive; try Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary to enjoy your sarnies next to a herd of fallow deer; or Lepe Country Park where you can watch the ships sail to Southampton as you chow down on your crisps.

To explore it in a brand new way

You’€™ve walked through forests. You’€™ve ran through forests. You’€™ve ridden through forests. So, it’€™s time to explore the forest in a brand new way: by swinging, zipping or rolling through it! Go Ape can be found in some of the Britain’€™s best-loved forests and parks; in 31 locations in fact, meaning there’€™s bound to be a site near you.

If you fancy unleashing your inner Tarzan in the canopy, book one of our Tree Top Adventures for you and your tribe. You’€™ll tackle everything from swings and bridges to tunnels and high ropes, whizzing to the ground after each section via zip wire. Alternatively, you could board a bunch of all-terrain Segways for an hour’€™s worth of exploration; or head to Grizedale forest for a one-of-a-kind Zip Trekking Adventure (just zip, after zip, after zip).

Or (yes, there’€™s more!) come and check out our very latest, forest-themed adventure at Black Park: Nets Kingdom! It’€™s a mighty, netted playground set up high in the trees where you can run amok with your tribe!

What do teachers do in the summer holidays?!

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE
If you’€™re a teacher or a student, it’€™s safe to say you’€™re in agreement that the summer months with weeks of blissful freedom on the horizon, are the happiest time of the year!

That’€™s not to say you don’€™t deserve it. Although teachers might finish school at 3.30pm, most put in much longer hours than the average office worker, what with all the planning and paperwork they need to do. Plus, students who have faced the dreaded exam period will be in desperate need of escaping their revision and soaking up some much needed vitamin D in the great outdoors! Here at Banana HQ, we take our hats off to you!

But whilst students are most likely to be sleeping until noon, hanging out in the park or generally luxuriating in the fact that school’€™s out for summer, what exactly are you teachers doing? It’€™s a mystery that baffles students, parents and society as a whole each and every year!

Well, contrary to popular belief, teachers don’€™t just cease to exist as the school year finishes, nor do they hibernate in the stock cupboard until Autumn is upon us. We know that most teachers want to make the most of their well-earned time off. Here are a few ways they can do it and #SeizeAdventure at the same time:

Discover the world.

With five to six weeks off, there’€™s no better time than to push all thoughts of routine to the back of your mind, book a holiday and discover the world! With Europe right on our doorstep, there are golden sands, cerulean waters and majestic mountains just a short hop, skip and jump away. Plus, some long haul destinations like Indonesia or Thailand might cost a bit more than you’€™d like for the plane ticket but are cheap as chips once you’€™re out there! Can you hear it? That’€™s the sound of adventure calling!

Get inspired.

Sometimes it’€™s all too easy to get bogged down in ensuring all the right topics are covered to get your students through their exams and you forget that your subject can actually be fun! Now you’€™ve got some free time, read more books, go to more plays, visit an exhibition or two,€“ whatever floats your boat! Rediscover your own passions and by the time September rolls around you’€™ll be feeling ready to inspire your tribe again!

Try something new.

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a must in the summer months,€“ there’€™s no better time to enjoy the exhilaration of trying something new. Take a banana leaf out of our book and come try one of our high ropes courses at Go Ape, or explore our beautiful forest locations on board your very own Segway. We guarantee that you’€™ll know what true freedom tastes like as you shoot down our zip-wires or leap from our high platforms! We’€™ll get that adrenaline pumping, that’€™s for sure.

But seizing adventure at Go Ape doesn’€™t have to stop once the summer is over! We offer inspiring school trip packages that start from £12 per child,€“ with supervising adults going absolutely free! With a fun-filled hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy, you can turn those back-to-school frowns upside-down.

Contact us today for more details about what we can offer!

Come hang out in Nets Kingdom!

Nets Kingdom Blog

Tribespeople,€ we’€™ve some exciting news to share with you! We have launched another, awesome Go Ape adventure. And just like our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior courses, and our Zip Trekking Adventure, it’€™s set high up in the canopy!

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, monkeys and Tarzans, we introduce to you to our tree-mendous Nets Kingdom!

What is it?

It’€™s exactly what it says on the tin: a kingdom of nets! It’€™s a mammoth network of trampolines, giant ball nets, walkways and slides, set 30 feet up in the trees. To be a little more specific, Nets Kingdom boasts:

 

– 4 mammoth bounce nets (one filled with giant balls and one for little monkeys only)
– 7 canopy tree houses and 1 destination tree house
– 2 net slides transporting you back to the ground
– 3 entrance ramps and one huge 9 metre high net climbing tower
– 8 tree-to-tree net bridges
– 80 metre long treehouse adventure route

 

This super-fun, 2000 square metre adventure is suited to monkeys big and small, old and young! We encourage everyone to have a go, but if your mini Tarzans are feeling independent (or think it’€™s uncool to hang with their parents), then you can always watch from the comfort of the forest floor.

And you can expect to pull some of the same moves as you would on one of our treetop obstacle courses. But instead of crawling through tunnels, you’€™ll be crawling through nets. And instead of wobbling across bridges, you’€™ll be wobbling across nets. And rather than whooshing through the air via zip wire, you’€™ll be whizzing down a (you guessed it) net slide!

If you’€™re a pro at clambering up, down and across nets on a TTA or TTJ course, then you must have a go at monkeying around in Nets Kingdom! This netted playground is encased in a hammock-like setting, so it’€™s safe as treehouses.

Nets Kingdom is exclusive to Go Ape Black Park course in Buckinghamshire.

So why not come down to our new adventure?
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