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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!

How does it feel to…embark on a TTJ?

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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…

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!

How does it feel to Segway through the forest?

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Have you swung through the trees with Go Ape before? Have you felt the high ropes in your hands, the wood beneath your feet and the wind in your face as you soared through the air via zip wire? Great,€“ now, onto your next, forest-themed adventure!

This week under the spotlight: our self-balancing, all-terrain Segways, which transport tribespeople into the heart of the forest to enjoy an hour’€™s worth of exploration. As soon as you’€™ve had a quick training session from one of the Go Ape tribe at Segway base (where you’€™ll master controlling the machines), you’€™ll be free to roam!

Maybe you’€™ve been on a Segway before. They’€™re becoming more and more popular in big cities with tour groups. A designated guide takes the helm and you all roll around soaking up the sights, while learning more about the area.

City Segway tours are good fun,€“ but believe us when we say, they are nothing compared to Segway-ing in the forest! You have absolute freedom. Forget congestion, pavements and pre-defined routes. You pick the path, you pick the pace, you sculpt your own adventure!

Expect simple paths and trickier trails, too. Expect to weave in and out of the tree trunks. Expect bumps, lumps and dips. Expect to see wildlife. Expect to breathe in fresh, crisp scents of the forest. Expect to laugh. Expect to make memories that’€™ll last forever!

We could go on (and on, and on) about how awesome our Forest Segway Experience is. But we realise that we’€™re obviously going to be a little biased and you may not end up trusting us fully. So, that’€™s why we’€™ve rounded up some fellow tribespeople to share their Segway experiences with us and you. We want you to hear about this unique adventure straight from the horse’€™s,€“ no wait, monkey’€™s mouth!

Every other week throughout the summer, we’€™ll be uploading a new video where we quiz a tribe on their Go Ape adventure. The Adventure Tales will chronicle the emotions, thoughts and experiences of a tribe when they #SeizeAdventure with Go Ape. They’€™ll tell us truly how they felt whilst embarking on a Go Ape adventure and will hopefully inspire you to book a visit to the trees!

So, without further ado, let’€™s hear what three, lovely chaps had to say about their recent Forest Segway Experience …

 

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