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Get Ahead For The Summer Bank Holiday

Wintry Weekends at Go Ape

At last, there’s another bank holiday coming up for us all to look forward to!

 

This weekend will be an extra-long one, with many of us being treated to a paid-for day off work on Monday, 28th August. It’s about time – we haven’t had a bank hol since the end of May, after all!

 

…Oh, and there won’t be another bank holiday until (dare we say it?) Christmas! So, that’s why it’s mega important you make the most of it. And to do that, you need to plan, plan, plan! Here’s how we think you should go about it (forgive the festive feel, we just couldn’t resist):

 

We’re making a list…

 

You’d be surprised at how much adventure you can cram into a three-day weekend! So to make the most of it, grab a pen and scribble down a list of things you’d like to do. Don’t worry if you get carried away and the list turns out to be super-long – if you don’t get round to doing everything, you can turn to that piece of paper the next time you’re pondering what to do!

 

Fancy camping out under the stars one night? Itching to get into the sea to surf, swim or wakeboard? Do you dare to do something…daredevil? How about running rampage in the canopy with your tribe at Go Ape!? Prioritise your must-dos by putting them at the top of the list.

 

We’re checking it twice…

 

So, you’ve written a long list of things you want to see, do and experience. Now, top it up with a few, unusual activities. These might not immediately spring to mind, so rely on the good ol’ internet for some inspiration. Or, here are some ideas:

 

  • Book a one-day wild foraging course
  • Laugh ‘til you’re blue in the face at a comedy night
  • Hang out with some alpacas at The Lakes Distillery near Keswick, Cumbria
  • Marvel at the Mods at the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally
  • Learn to catch a carp from an experienced fisherman
  • Have a lesson in chocolate making (you get to take home whatever you make = bonus!)

 

As well as researching some unique ideas, ask your tribe if they have any suggestions for activities. If you quite like the sound of them, put them at the top of your list, as we all know the best adventures are shared adventures!

 

We’re gonna find out what adventures are nice…

 

You’ve done the hard work…now, to have some fun! Don’t wait about – if things need booking, book them pronto to avoid disappointment (particularly considering it’s a bank holiday weekend). If Go Ape is on your list (which we sincerely hope so), then you can choose to swing with us by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure, roll with us aboard our Forest Segways, zip endlessly on our Zip Trekking Adventure, or (brand new for 2017) hang out in our mighty Nets Kingdom!

 

You’ve got plenty of tree-mendous options – perhaps gather your tribe together and agree on one (or two!) activities you all like the sound of most. We hope to see you in the forest very, very soon!

How does it feel to…embark on a TTJ?

Share Adventure with Go Ape

School’s officially out for summer (hurrah!) and we’re now a good few weeks into those lovely, long holidays.

 

But every year, the same thing happens: parents plan heaps of activities for their kids for the first half of the hols, but after that they start to struggle a little for ideas. You’ve been camping, taken many a trip to park, hosted multiple sleepovers and built numerous dens (inside and outside). So, now what? What fun thing can you plan for your little ones to avoid hearing the one phrase all parents dread most: “I’m boorrreeed!”?

 

…We’ve got the answer: book a Tree Top Junior adventure at Go Ape! Your little ones will be in their element as they take to the canopy, ready and raring to tackle a course full of fantastically-fun obstacles. They’ll crawl through bridges, clamber up nets, wobble across bridges, swing on ropes and whoosh through the air via zip wire!

 

A Tree Top Junior is the ultimate school holiday activity and you’ll be the best parents EVER when you tell your kids what you’ve arranged for them! Or, why not make it a surprise, leaving it until you arrive at the forest before the big reveal!?

 

If you’re feeling up to it, you’re able to join in the fun and head up into the canopy with your mini Tarzans! The course is set-up for smaller folk, but you’ll still have a great time. Don’t fancy that? Well, you can simply watch from the forest floor with camera in hand!

 

We could go on about how awesome our Tree Top Juniors are for little monkeys, but we realise that we’ll sound a little big-headed. So instead, we made a video diary of a family who recently came to hang with us, so that you can hear it straight from the monkey’s mouth!

 

Every other week during the summer we’ll be sharing a video where we put some questions to our lovely, loyal Go Ape-rs! The Adventure Tales chronicles the experiences, thoughts and experiences of a tribe after they embarked on a Go Ape adventure!

 

So, without further ado, listen to what this Dad and his two little monkeys had to say about their Tree Top Junior adventure…

10 summer date ideas

Love Trees
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!

Seize adventure with your tribe!

Seize Adventure

Sometimes, it’€™s so easy to get wrapped up in the humdrum of daily life that we forget to stop and appreciate the world around us, as well as the people in it. So, turn away from your screens (okay, well not this one), gather up your tribe and lend us your ear, because life is only worth living when done so adventurously.

Find your tribe

They say that fortune favours the bold, the brave and those bonkers enough to spend their day swinging through the canopy, but what are riches when you have no one to share them with? A sunset isn’€™t half as beautiful when it’€™s just viewed by you alone and even the tallest mountain can feel small with no one beside you.

We humans are social creatures and when we’€re away from our fellows for too long, it can leave us feeling a little lonely. We all want to belong, so Carpe that Diem and stand up from your desk, shake out your body, grab your partner’€™s hand and whatever little monkeys you have and take to the trees! We promise, the combination of fresh air, adrenaline and good company will soon set your heart a-fluttering.

However, if the little monkeys among you are feeling a tad reluctant when it comes to taking flight, remind them that famous world explorers like Marco Polo, Edmund Hillary and Gertrude Bell didn’€™t achieve their wonderful feats alone. Even Neil Armstrong had a whole tribe of helpers over the telecom and in the space shuttle when they went to the moon. It just shows that there can be no jump too high, no zip-line too terrifying or task too hard when you have your tribe by your side.

Go outside

Here at Go Ape, we know that when a tribe gets together, wonderful things can happen. So whether you’ve just turned eight or are a great octogenarian, everyone can benefit from feeling the wind blow through their hair as they whizz down a zip-line! Or, go as slow as you want; take a Segway tour and discover the forest’€™s understory, or amble along the holloways and feel the mud squelch under your toes.

Happiness is the most precious and unique currency on earth, because the more you give, the more you get. So gather up your tribe and invite them outside. Get their hearts pumping and fill their lungs with laughter. For us, being with our tribe feels like warm pudding in our bellies, or like tucking into a delicious slice of banana bread after a long week at Banana HQ. So whatever adventure you choose to embark on, what matters most are the ones you share it with!

Take a deep breath, give your tribe a cuddle and remember always seize adventure!

 

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