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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!

The Adventure Fund In action: Enduro World Series

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Our Instructors are an adventurous bunch which is why we offer an adventure fund for our staff that are looking to live life more adventurously. This year, one of our instructors at Go Ape Bedgebury, Becky Jordan, decided to take on the Enduro World Series. 
Here’s what she had to say …

“Following previous funding from the Adventure Fund last year for my Mountain Bike Racing I decided to go all out this year and enter a qualifying round for the Enduro World Series that was being held at Dyfi Forest in Wales on the 20th-21st May.

The Adventure Fund gave me the funds that I needed in order to enter the race and to register with the EWS for the points that I would need to be eligible for the 2018 Enduro World series next year which was the most amazing opportunity.

It is safe to say that it is the hardest event I have ever done in my life. The race route was 52km long with 1800m worth of climbing. Including 5 stages of fast and technical downhill that tested my skills on a bike to the absolute max! With several crashes during practice day on Saturday I was very close to giving up on it all.

I knew how disappointed in myself I would be if I did that. So I got up on the Sunday morning for race day and was at the top of the hill for 09:30am, ready for the race start at 10:00am.

Exactly 5 hours and 7minutes later with 5 clean stage runs under my belt I crossed the finish line in second place in the Senior Women’s category. I cannot tell you how happy and shocked I was all at the same time! Not only did this mean that I had come second place in the Enduro Welsh Open, but I had also qualified for the points that I needed to have the opportunity to enter the Enduro World Series in 2018!

This opportunity would not have been possible without the support of the Adventure Fund to get me to this event and I am extremely grateful to you!  Who knows what the next few months will hold but I am well on my way to living the dream!”

Well done Becky an amazing achievement! 

Adventurous fundraising activities for 2016

Go Ape Three Peaks Yacht Race

It’s been just over 2 weeks since our bold and brave Go Ape team conquered the gruelling Three Peaks Yacht Race (3PYR). They endured a whopping 389 miles of sailing, 72 miles of running and 18 miles of cycling, which they completed in four days and 16 hours. Bravo!

Through the trials and tribulations (particularly the extreme weather conditions and boat engine trouble), the team still managed to bag a top ten spot. And when we asked Jerome if he’d do it again, he replied without hesitation, “Without a shadow of a doubt.

Go Ape Three Peaks Yacht Race Team

All members signed-up for the race because they wanted to challenge themselves and test their true potential, and it required months of preparation and dedication. But there was also another reason why they were embarking on this monumental adventure: to raise money for a great cause.

So far, over £6,000 has been raised for the Outward Bound Trust; a charity that helps young people from all walks of life by running adventurous and challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip them with valuable skills for education, work and life. Our target is £10,000 – and you can help us to reach it by donating via our Virgin Money Giving page!

Anyway, enough about us. How about you? Have you always fancied taking part in an adventurous sporting challenge, but never taken the next step? Well, let us help! There are tonnes of events across the UK that you can get involved in and raise some money for your charity of choice. Here are just some of them:

The 12 Labours of Hercules: 16th-17th July

Hercules was a mythical Greek Hero; and you can expect to feel pretty heroic after completing this mammoth challenge. The event takes place in the mystical surroundings of the Long Mynd, a heath and moorland plateau which forms part of the Shropshire Hills. Entrants have to complete as many of the 12 Labours as possible – but whereas Hercules had 12 years in which to do so, you’ve got just 24 hours. This wins our vote for the most imaginative event!

The South Coast Challenge: 27th-28th August

Walk, jog, run – it’s your choice. The South Coast Challenge route encompasses some truly stunning scenery, from the chalk headlands of Beachy Head in East Sussex, to the Seven Sister Country Park river valley and legendary Devils Dyke. You can opt to go the whole hog and cover 100km, but there are also half and ¼ options available.

Eton Swim: 3rd September

You’ll need to ditch the Speedos in favour of a full-bodied wetsuit for this one – an open water swim in Berkshire’s Dorney Lake, which was used for the 2012 Olympics. This one’s suitable for all ages and abilities, with distances ranging from 740km to 10km. Don’t worry about bringing your own swim cap along, as all participants are given one before they dive in!

Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge: 16th-18th September

Keen cyclist? Then check out this challenge: an epic 140 mile ride starting from the Cumbrian cost and cruising all the way to the North Sea. Of course, when we say ‘cruising,’ we mean pedalling frantically to try and bag a top spot. The route crosses the northern edge Lake District, climbs the northern Pennines and follows the fringes of Hadrian’s Wall. Prepare for serious calf ache as you climb the hills in the Eden Valley – and enjoy the descents!

Tough Mudder: Multiple dates

We like the ethos behind this one – ‘It’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasises teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.’

Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test your physical and mental strength. It’s like an extreme version of a Tree Top Adventure, with a good dollop of the brown stuff (mud, that is…).

Have you already signed-up for an event this year? If so, which one?

THEY DID IT!

Go Ape Three Peaks

It’s official, our Go Ape team has conquered the Three Peaks Yacht Race!

After setting sail last Saturday (11th June) the team has been battling their way against their fellow competitors, the elements and shall we say, a few technical troubles…all to cross the finish line at 6:30am this morning.

The monumental journey encompassed 389 miles of sailing, 72 miles of running and 18 miles of cycling and took our tremendous tribe approx. four days and 16 hours to complete.

We’re amazingly proud of Jerome Mayhew, Paul Love-Williams and Tris Mayhew for successfully sailing 62 sea miles from Barmouth to Caernarfon, 100 sea miles from Caernarfon to Whitehaven and a further staggering 227 sea miles from Whitehaven to Fort William – as well a few stops in between.

Not stopping at a broken impeller drive the crew also had to get creative once again after the yacht exhaust melted before coming into Whitehaven.

The kindness of strangers at the port meant the crew could continue after ‘borrowing’ some flexible piping. By cutting off the melted in/out section of piping and ingeniously gaffer-taping new sections together, coupled with a bit of lubrication from some washing up liquid the team was ready to set of again in search of adventure (and the next team to beat).

Coming out of Whitehaven the team made great progress hurling along against the current for four hours straight. On four occasions the rudder lost its grip keeping the crew on their toes. Yet, against the unseasonably brisk June winds, the yacht averaged around 14 knots, a solid speed for a 30ft boat!

Let’s not forget the other heroes from one of the UK’s toughest endurance races, the devoted runners, Ed Smith and Mick Rimmer.

We have been in awe of their perseverance as they’ve charged up the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland. The stalwart runners not only had to experience hours upon hours of rumbling around in the cabin whilst at sea (an encounter I’m told that is much like spinning around in a washing machine!), they also had to adapt to ever-changing timescales, which meant running through the night…

Arriving at the final peak, Ben Nevis, at around midnight Ed and Mick ran through the early hours to cross the finish line at 6:30am, much to the joy of the team and everyone at Go Ape. Combining the distance of Mt. Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis their running efforts equated to running three marathons in as many days across some of the trickiest terrain the UK has to offer.

Now we patiently wait for the Three Peaks Yacht Race to officially announce the positions for the finalists. A superb achievement by a team that truly eats, sleeps and breathes the Go Ape way of life.

Go Ape Cross the Finish Line

After speaking with a, quite rightfully, elated Jerome Mayhew, here’s a few words from the Skipper himself:

It was an intense, amazing experience – we just had to keep going! Our competitors were world-class and whilst we’re a fairly novice team in comparison we couldn’t be more delighted with the result. Some moments were incredibly challenging but when things go wrong you just have to turn I can’t into I can, and that’s what we did.

On asking whether Jerome would do it all again:

Without a shadow of a doubt.

Of course the team were racing for more than just the challenge, they were racing to help raise money for the Outward Bound Trust.

Your support will help change the life of a young person from a disadvantaged background. For every £200 raised, another young person is able to experience the challenge of an Outward Bound course. To find out more about the trust, visit https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/.

Please donate to support the tribe as they embark on one of toughest adventure races, just head to our Virgin Money Giving page.

We’ll be keeping the blog updated with first-hand tales from the race, including how they coped with 37.9 knot gales! Perhaps we’ll give them the weekend to recover first…

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