Half-day team building done right!

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A study carried out by tech giant Microsoft back in 2015 revealed an alarming fact: the average human’s attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish!

Yep, you read that right! Apparently, the average attention span of a human has dropped to a record low of eight seconds, while a goldfish is thought to have an attention span of nine seconds. And what’s to blame for this? The mobile revolution, says Microsoft.

 

Time to be brief

As a tribe leader, there are lessons to learn from this. Mainly, that it can be more effective to keep things short and sweet in the office. Meetings, presentations and training sessions should be quick and to the point, to make sure your tribe doesn’t drift into their own little worlds and start day-dreaming of what’s for dinner.

The same can be said for team building. Keep activities short and sweet and your tribe are likely to pay full attention and get value from the session. Besides, the moment your tribe start thinking that the day is dragging, is the moment that team building activities start to lose impact.

 

Half-day hangouts at Go Ape

For a short, sweet and tree-mendously fun team building trip, it’s got to be Go Ape! Take your pick out of hanging with us for a few hours in the morning, or during the afternoon. But be warned; swing with us in the AM, and your tribe may not be able to concentrate when back in the office after unleashing their inner Tarzans!

With half a day free, you could all head skyward to take on an assortment of obstacles on one of our infamous Tree Top Adventure courses, which tend to take around three hours to complete. Up in the canopy, you’ll combat everything from tunnels and tight ropes, to bridges and nets, to stirrups and zip wires! Oh, and let’s not forget the mighty Tarzan swing, where you’ll each take it in turns to leap from a platform and into a giant net – not forgetting to holler whilst pulling mid-air poses, of course!

 

Explore the forest

Or, you might want to clamber aboard a bunch of all-terrain Segways, as they transport you (with your help) through the forest for an hour’s worth of exploration. Our Segways offer a unique way to explore the woodland with your tribe – once you’ve all mastered the art of balance, you’re free to roam!

 

Refuel with brain food

If you’re visiting us for half a day, you’ll probably want to treat your tribe to some tasty treats. In the morning, we can put on welcome drinks (teas, coffees and fresh juices) with some fruit and freshly-baked pastries (yum); or, how about a simple-yet-scrumptious bacon and fruit brunch?

If you’d rather fuel-up before arriving at the forest, why not hang out with us for lunch after your adventure? Choose from a picnic, or our more hearty forest BBQ, which comes highly recommended.

 

Book your Team Day Out

Now, we’re pretty confident that your tribe won’t get bored at Go Ape. Our activities put the fun back into team building, whether you’re rolling around or swinging from tree to tree! Because of this, most companies choose to hang out with us for the whole day; but if you’ve only got half a day to spare, that’s still plenty of time to let loose in the treetops!

Want to chat to someone about booking your adventure? Just request a quote from our hairy tribe, and you will receive a call back.

 

Team building for all fitness levels

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Morning stretches are the best – who’s with us? It’s that feel-good-feeling you get when you stretch your arms as far as they can possibly go, and you can’t help but let out an elongated “ooooh” or “ahhhh”!

 

Exercise together

Morning stretches feel so good because we’ve just spent an entire eight hours lying sedentary in our beds. Our bodies are all stiff and stretching offers relief and makes us feel mobile again! In the same way, if your tribe are tied (not literally) to their desks all day, they’re likely to feel stiff as well as lethargic, which is why it’s important for them to move about regularly.

 

As tribe leader, it’s your duty to encourage a healthy lifestyle among your tribe. Keep the fruit bowl topped up in the staff room, organise a pre- or post-work exercise class, or treat them to a ping pong table like we have here in Banana HQ! A healthy tribe is a happier, more engaged and more productive tribe – which is great news for you as well as them!

 

Get fit in the trees

Here’s an idea: why not treat your tribe to a day out of the office by booking a mid-week adventure at Go Ape? Booking a Tree Top Adventure is a great way to promote healthy living among your tribe. You don’t need to be mega fit to unleash your inner Tarzans, either; if your tribe can clamber up a ladder, then they can conquer one of our courses!

 

It’s true – some obstacles will test your tribe’s physical (and mental) abilities. For example, the Chantermerle’s Bridge, where navigating the swaying logs requires the balance of a tightrope walker. Then there are the Stirrups, where the challenge is to slot your feet into moving hoops without doing the splits. And let’s not forget the Tarzan net where you’ll each need to haul yourself along a giant cargo net, step by step.

 

Sure, some of the obstacles you’ll face will be challenging, but overcoming them as a team is all part of the fun. Tackling them together and giving one another moral support, will help to reaffirm relationships among your tribe and boost team spirit – which is what team building is all about, right?

 

Ready to team build?

A Tree Top Adventure is suitable for anyone who’s reasonably fit and healthy. And if any of your tribe feel concerned about some of the more challenging obstacles, they can always opt for the easier route when they’re in the canopy. They’ll probably find that their confidence grows with each obstacle they cross – they’ll begin as novices and end as pros, as they whizz through the air on the final zip wire with huge grins across their faces!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Request a quote for your Go Ape tribe adventure today!

10 years of adventure: Win a Team Day Out

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A selection of our sites are celebrating their 10th birthdays, and you’re invited!

We’re giving away a Team Day Out for 10 people at our 4 very special birthday locations; Alice Holt Forest, Bedgebury Pinetum, Buxton Country Park and Aberfoyle, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

All you have to do to enter is nominate your workplace below, and tell us why you need a Team Day Out.

Celebrate 10 years of adventure at Alice Holt, Bedgebury, Buxton and Aberfoyle

Terms and conditions.

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition period ends 21st July 2017.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. Team Day Out for 10 people. Includes Tree Top Adventure and use of the forest shelter and Jungle Games for 10 people. Prize to be redeemed before the 30th November 2017. Subject to availability.

9. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternative.

10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

12. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

13. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

14. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

15. The promoter will notify the winner how and when the prize can be collected.

16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as consent for your entry data to be used for promotional use by Go Ape. Please be aware that should you receive further communications from Go Ape, you will be given the option to unsubscribe or opt out.

The perfect team building budget proposal

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Team building does what it says on the tin; it builds things – relationships, skills, even confidence. It’s not the activity itself that is important per se, but the experience and the effect it will have on the team (team building is a wondrous miracle cure when it comes to transforming even the grumpiest colleagues into the best of buds).

 

Here’s an outline of what you need to propose to get approval from the powers that be for your team day out…

 

Cost

If you’re putting a budget proposal together then we’d recommend you set aside at least £50 per head for each of your lovely workers. When it comes to cost, team building can quickly add up, so it’s important to find an activity that’s worth the dosh. And remember, it’s not so much the cost that’s important, but the value to your business. Even if you do pick something a little pricier, think of it as an investment.

 

Here at Go Ape, we’re the least corporate, corporate team building activity that you could think of. With 31 locations across the UK, no matter where your office is, chances are, there’s a Go Ape not too far away. Whether you fancy tackling our Tree Top Adventure or scooting along on a Forest Segway, prices start from around £35 – perfect even if you’ve got a modest budget.

 

 

Activity

When it comes to team building, the activity is key. New experiences help people bond, so something like Go Ape fits the bill perfectly. Go Ape ticks all the important boxes: find an unusual, exciting task so you can create memories together; spend time in the great outdoors; get all warm and fuzzy achieving things together. If you’re looking for a meaty activity (or should we say, leafy?) that gets your staff working together, then Go Ape is a tree-mendous (sorry!) choice,

 

Outcome

The aim of any team-building exercise worth its bark is to help strengthen relationships. Usually held in an informal setting, team building exercises are one of those somewhat dorky but still wholesome activities that help glue people together. Improving trust, cooperation and strengthening the communication channels in a team are all hugely important. Although you might not be able to take tangible results from team building, you’ll notice the difference when it comes to strengthened relationships – and it’s this that you need to get across to those who do the number crunching and sign off the budgets.

 

If you’re looking for a team building activity that gets you outside and works up a sweat, then Go Ape is the forest-filled answer you’ve been searching for.

 

What are you waiting for? Are you ready to get your team into the trees? Request a quote today.

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