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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 …

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!

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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!

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 Summer Adventure Backpack

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Woah! We’re going on an adventure…

 

Adventures come in all shapes and sizes. They can be scary, fun, thrilling or life-changing (or all of this rolled into one!). They could last a mere few hours, take place over a long weekend, or go on and on for months. They can be embarked on solo, with a partner or a mahoosive tribe. You get the picture, we’re sure!

 

Anywho…regardless of what kind of summer adventure you’re embarking on next, there are some absolute essentials that certainly warrant a place in that backpack of yours.

Here’s a list of 13 items we simply couldn’t adventure without…

 

  1. Portable fan. When the cold tap is nowhere in sight, you can always rely on a battery-powered fan to rid your eyebrows of sweat beads.
  2. Torch. If you take a wrong turn in the dead of night, this noble accessory will guide you back to base.
  3. Batteries. Because a portable fan or torch without batteries are pretty darned useless!
  4. A picture-taking device. Snap away so you can relive memories of your adventure (but don’t forget: look with your EYES first!).
  5. Your diary (and pen). Taking pics is one thing; jotting down how you felt during your adventure is another. Flick back and read your entries in a few years’ time and it’ll all come flooding back!
  6. Multitool. All hail, the multitool! Most adventurists simply cannot do without this does-almost-everything device.
  7. Suncream. Safety first, tribespeople. It’s summer and you don’t want to end your adventure with a beetroot complexion.
  8. ‘Proofs. What a fool you’d be to assume that there won’t be any rain during your summer adventure. This is England, after all! Pack some ‘proofs for your expedition – they’re worth the additional weight.
  9. Phone (and portable charger). Stuck in the woods without a phone – is that not the opening scene of many a horror flick? Pack your phone, plus a charger (and hope it has signal if you ever come to need it).
  10. Water. When that portable fan simply doesn’t do the trick, and for essential hydration during your adventure, make sure you pack water – and plenty of it! Be kind to our planet by opting for a reusable bottle.
  11. Snacks. What is an adventure without snacks? A hungry one, is what! You don’t want to be distracted during your adventuring by a painful, grumbling stomach, so make sure you load your bag with tasty treats.
  12. Something warm. You can’t count on our summers to be dry and you can’t count on them to be warm, either. Pack something warm and snuggly if your adventure is likely to last into the evening.
  13. A travel-size game. If you think your adventure will involve some sitting around, twiddling thumbs, pack some cards or a mini Scrabble and the time will whizz by.

Have we missed anything super essential off the list? If so, let us know what it is, and we’ll pack it next time…!

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