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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!

It’s National Parks Week!

Go Ape Snappy Rainbow
The sun is out, the trees are green and summer is officially in the air! There’€™s no better time to get outside and get acquainted with good old Mother Nature,€“ a lady that we’€™re very good pals with!

After all, the Tribe here at Banana HQ spend a lot of our time hanging out in some of the most beautiful locations in the UK. And if you were looking for a good reason to come and check out some of the stunning natural surroundings we immerse ourselves in every day, you’€™ll be happy to hear that 24th-30th July is National Parks Week! If that’€™s not an excuse to celebrate the great outdoors, then we don’€™t know what is!

What is National Parks Week all about?

National Parks Week is the annual celebration of the 15 spectacular National Parks of the UK, with a variety of events taking place throughout the week. From the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons to the wild ponies of Exmoor, from the heather-strewn wilds of the Yorkshire Dales to the glittering waters of the Lake District, the National Parks of this country are filled with unique treasures, just the place to seize adventure and embrace the summer months!

So where are they?
  • Broads
  • Brecon Beacons
  • Cairngorms
  • Dartmoor
  • Exmoor
  • Lake District
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
  • New Forest
  • Northumberland
  • North York Moors
  • Peak District
  • Pembrokeshire Coast
  • South Downs
  • Yorkshire Dales
How to make the most of the parks.

There are endless ways for the imaginative explorer to make the most of these breath-taking landscapes. Whether you want to gather your friends for a camping trip, push yourself to the limit on an epic hike, enjoy leisurely bike rides with a certain special someone or take the kids out on a boat trip, the National Parks of Great Britain were made for outdoors activities! You’€™ll be spoiled for choice!

Of course, you could think outside the box a little and gain a whole new perspective on the National Parks by taking to the treetops and seizing the chance to try out one of our courses at Go Ape. Yes, we really have secured some of the choicest scenic spots in the UK with some of our courses situated right in the heart of the most beautiful National Parks!

You could tackle the ladders, tunnels and Tarzan swings on our adrenaline-pumping Dalby Forest course up on the North York Moors, or fly through the trees for over 400m on two of the UK’€™s longest zip wires at Go Ape Aberfoyle, in the Trossachs. You might even choose to unleash your inner ape at Go Ape Buxton, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Peak District.

What better way to celebrate National Parks Week than swinging through the forest with Go Ape? Just make sure you capture all your capers on camera and share with #goape as well as #nationalparksweek2017.

See you in the trees!

Rewards for your school children.

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE

As any teacher knows, rewarding your tribe for a job well done, whether that involves academic achievement, excellent behaviour or attempting something they initially found daunting is a helpful tactic to keep motivation sky high. A juicy dangling carrot at the end of an arduous task can provide just the boost a student might need in order to pull their best efforts out of the bag!

Getting to know your tribe

The key to choosing the right rewards to offer your class is to remember that each little monkey is an individual with their own unique personality. For the greatest chance of your reward system working, you want to have a variety of rewards to pull into play that suit the different personality types of your tribe. After all, variety is the spice of life!

Whilst it’s impossible to stick students into neat little categories, the acclaimed Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test can suggest whether a student is more of an extrovert or an introvert in the way they focus their attention and get their energy. This can help you choose the rewards they might respond best to.

Extroverts have more of a tendency to gain an energy boost from interaction with the world around them, focus on making connections with others, prefer to learn through actions, and can feel drained by spending too much time alone.

Introverts may prefer to boost their energy from within,“ from their own ideas, thoughts and feelings. They may feel drained by too much time spent around others, prefer to focus on fostering a few close friendships, and may like to learn through observations.

Tree Top Junior School Trips

Rewards which might match

In the moment€™ rewards such as public praise in the classroom or displaying the student’€™s name on a poster as €˜student of the week€™ might appeal to the more extroverted amongst your clan, those who are happy to step into the limelight and enjoy their chance to shine! They might also respond well to formal assemblies where they can receive certificates and enjoy the applause.

In comparison, the more introverted student might die a little inside at the idea of all those eyes watching them receive their award. Token rewards that represent value such as house points that contribute towards a greater prize, or individual points that could be traded in for rewards such as free time, might be a better idea.

Go Ape for schools

Of course, one of the most memorable rewards you can offer your students is the opportunity to try something new, and our adventurous school trip packages at Go Ape offer the chance to do just that! We offer both primary and senior school packages at affordable prices and our range of activities will appeal to a wide variety of students, from those happy to quietly swing their way through the treetops, soaking up the scenery of the great outdoors, to those who want all eyes on them as they let out their loudest Tarzan yell and leap from one of our high platforms!

To treat your students to a unique and rewarding day out as well as boost their skills in communication and self-confidence, speak to one of our hairy team today!

An adventurous gift for the daredevil in your life!

Go Ape Gift Vouchers this Christmas

Do you know someone who grabs life by the horns, lives every day to its very fullest and embraces any adventure or challenge that’s thrown their way?

If you do and their birthday’s coming up we’ve got the perfect present idea: give them the gift of adventure!A box of choccies last a couple of days (or a couple of hours if you’re anything like us), a pair of socks lasts a year and a book will be read in a week.

But the gift of adventure will create memories that’ll last a lifetime!Go Ape vouchersWe’re big believers in gifting memories, not things, which is why we offer Go Ape vouchers for four of our adventures!

Think the self-confessed daredevil in your life will enjoy monkeying around in the treetops? If so, you could treat them to a Tree Top Adventure, or a Tree Top Junior if they’re a mini Tarzan. The courses will have them climbing nets, crawling through tunnels, wobbling across bridges and whizzing through the air on zip wires!

Zip Trekking Adventure

 

 

Speaking of zip wires, if the birthday boy or girl lives near The Lakes (or wouldn’t mind travelling there), you could treat them to our one-of-a-kind Zip Trekking Adventure! No other obstacles just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip (seven in total, in fact).

We’ve basically made human flight possible with this sky-high adventure, which covers a whopping 3km!

For a more down-to-earth activity, there’s our Forest Segway Experience, which is a good alternative if the gift has already tested their Tarzan skills in the trees. On a Segway, they’ll get to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest in a totally unique way, as they roll over simple pathways as well as more testing trails.

Gift vouchers can be used at any of our 31 locations across the UK and are valid for a year. If you want, you can load the card with the amount of your choice, so that the recipient can pick their own activity.

Our vouchers can also be used to buy Go Ape gear. From branded tees, beanies and hoodies to handy lanyards and water bottles, our clothing and accessories are available to browse and buy from the on-site Go Ape cabin.

A Go Ape voucher is a gift the daredevil in your life will use and cherish. They won’t need to pull their pretend ‘I love it!’ face when they open the envelope, because they actually will!

You can expect to earn mega brownie points, and the added bonus? There’s no wrapping involved!

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