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Five (more) ideas for your Christmas do!

Christmas Party
Feeling full-on festive yet? Christmas is so close we can almost taste the turkey! Oh, and the sprouts – yuk!

By now, you and your office tribe will probably be wrapping things up in the office. And when we say ‘wrap,’ we don’t literally mean covering your desk and stationery in festive paper and adorning it with red ribbons. We mean it figuratively, making sure all your work for this year is done and dusted, and everything’s in place for your return in January.


Anywho…have you been a last-minute Larry with sorting a party for your tribe? While there may not be any spaces left on the typical winter wonderland extravaganza, you can always plan an alternative bash instead! No one likes ordinary anyway, and your tribe might appreciate doing something a little different this year!

Whether you book a last-minute slot or save the event for next year (which is sure to help banish the January blues), here are five ideas with a twist…

Cruise the loos

Live in or near the capital? If so, why not embark on one of its toilet tours? You may be raising your eyebrows, but this experience is anything but bog standard, as you all walk around the city learning about the history and potty politics of its public lavatories!

Have your funny bones tickled

Chuckle en masse with your workmates at a comedy club, but be prepared to be the butt of a few jokes (especially if you sit at the front). For a more personal – and in our opinion, memorable – experience, opt for a smaller venue with cabaret seating.

Warm up your vocal chords

This one’s definitely a love-or-hate-it experience, but it sure is fun! Hire out a karaoke booth for the night for one, almighty singalong! After a few, festive beverages, even the coyest colleagues may be willing to step out of their comfort zone to sing a rendition of Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe!

Get your cook on

If, like us here at Banana HQ, the way to your tribe’s hearts is through their stomachs, why not treat them to a cookery class? Forget the turkey for a tick and rustle up Mexican, Indian or Thai fare. Perfect your culinary skills and get to eat some great grub – what’s not to love?

Swing through the trees

Save cash on buying party frocks and swing through the trees as tinsel-covered Tarzans instead! Combatting the canopy with your tribe is a great way to blow off some end-of-year steam – and the forest is perfect for exchanging your secret Santa gifts!

This year, do something different! Merry Christmas!

Try a different Christmas party this year

Christmas is in full swing, which means there are mince pies to be munched, prezzies to be given and memories to be made! ‘Tis the happiest season of them all, so what better way to celebrate than by hosting a fantastic, end-of-year blowout to say “thank you” to your tribe for all of their hard work?!

Well, we regret to inform that in spite of all of the tinsel and cheer, the annual office party leaves many of us feeling like the Grinch on Christmas morning. In fact, a survey conducted by LateRooms found that 75% of us dread it.

Whether it’s getting trapped talking to the office bore, being snoozed on by a drunken co-worker or having to watch the boss do their best David Brent impression, the average worker said they spent at least 2.5 hours of the event “bored senseless.” Now, that just won’t do!

So, forget the cocktail sausages, the one-free-drink bar tab and the ham and cheese sandwiches chopped into triangles. This year, why not show your appreciation for your tribe’s efforts by throwing them a super special and unique Christmas bash?

Take them on a day out

Forget the party altogether and opt for a day out instead! Put your minds to the test in an escape room, or take them go-karting. Rid the office of the year’s stresses by treating them to paintballing (bosses be warned) or a festive boat cruise.

Host a charity day

Why not help your tribe reconnect with the real meaning of Christmas by hosting a charity day instead? Take them to a soup kitchen where they can volunteer their time, hold a charity fundraiser with fun, sponsored challenges, or create a ‘gift tree’ where staff can pin items, vouchers and pledges to give to those in need.

Ugly jumper party

Embrace all that is kitsch by framing your party’s theme around holiday stereotypes. Hold a competition to find out who has the most ghastly and garish Christmas jumper. Then, deck the office in the tackiest and gaudiest decorations you can find. Complete the evening with eggnog and secret Santa!

Ditch the office and go to an event

No one wants to hang around in the office after hours, so why not see what events your city has to offer? Lots of restaurants, function rooms and event companies host Christmas shindigs. Plus, sharing a venue with other businesses means that the atmosphere will be lighter, brighter, and your tribe will be more willing to boogie!

Have a classy Christmas

Pick a theme like winter wonderland and transform your office into Lapland. Or, hold a masquerade ball and encourage your tribe to don their finest clothes – black tie optional! Now, depending on your budget, you may not be able to afford an ice sculpture, but you could include fun extras like photo booths and props.

Take to the trees at Go Ape!

For a truly tree-mendous day that will stay with your tribe for all the right reasons, come see us at Go Ape! A daring day spent at Go Ape is a great bonding exercise. As your tribe swings through the canopy, they will face their fears while making unforgettable memories. They can relax, unwind and feel invigorated by nature.

Top the day off by enjoying a delicious banquet of BBQ treats, ideal for every palate and dietary requirement. Bid adieu to cheese and pineapple sticks; after all, the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach!

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Meet Steve: the 67 year old adventurer

Meet Steve

Struggling to plan a team day out that suits all ages? How about a trip to Go Ape for your next team building day? “It’s only for the young and energetic” we hear you say. Well hear us out… there’s a new kid on the block, who’s proving you’re never too old for adventure.

If you’ve been to Go Ape Crawley in Tilgate Park recently, you may have been in the presence of Go Ape history. Our oldest (and wisest) instructor ever has returned for his second season – 67 year old Steve Allen! Steve is waving the flag for all adventurous sexagenarians (that’s a person who’s between 60 and 69 in case you’re wondering).


Where it all began

We were lucky enough to have Steve join our Tribe in 2016, but we’d like to think that a life in the trees was always calling for him. Steve started out in stage management – not very Go Ape we hear you say, but hear us out… his main duty was scenery building which included an awful lot of forests. We’d like to think he’s always had a penchant for trees.


From painting trees to swinging through them

Our Steve took to the outdoors like a fish to water (or a monkey to the trees). An outdoorsy man at heart, Steve always had the itch to be ‘in the wild’. It wasn’t long before Steve left the stage management business and jumped into the world of walking holidays – a job that took him all over the world, working alongside people from all walks of life (get it?). Steve has led the way on too many excursions to mention – he’s worked with the Duke of Edinburgh programme and has even walked from the UK to Cuba.


What made him swing our way?

A simple email from an outdoor jobs company set Steve on his track to the trees. He loved that fact that Go Ape didn’t ask for his age on the job application (we know you can’t put an age limit on an adventurous spirit)

The rest, as they say, is history. We’re happier than a chimp in woodchip to have someone like Steve monkeying around with us. We only hope that Steve can encourage other grown-ups (or Silverbacks) to get outside and experience Go Ape for themselves.

We’ll leave you with these words of inspiration from the man himself:

“Keep going. Keep living life adventurously, and most importantly, keep enjoying yourself!”

If you’re interested in experiencing a team day out to Go Ape, Crawley (and maybe catching a glimpse of the celebrity, Steve), you can request a quote here.

Fear of heights and how to beat it

3 men overcoming fear of heights in the trees

What word starts with ‘H,’ ends with ‘S,’ and describes something a lot of people are frightened of? Horses? Houmous? Hipsters? Huskies? Hairy spiders? Wait, that’s two words, so it technically doesn’t count… You might know someone with an irrational fear of mushed chickpeas, but we’re actually thinking of a more common fear. So common, in fact, that it features third on the ultimate list of top 100 fears and phobias.


Fear of heights?

We are, of course, talking about acrophobia – aka the fear of heights! As you can probably imagine, a lot of acrophobics cross Go Ape’s tree-lined paths. We’d actually go as far as to say that we’ve become experts at helping people to overcome their fear of heights!


People arrive at our forests with the aim of combatting their fear; and by completing one of our sky-high obstacles nestled in the treetops, that’s exactly what they achieve! Fear holds people back – it gets in the way of life. A fear of heights stops people from living their lives adventurously, and we can’t have that!


Help your tribe tackle their fear!

Chances are that many of your tribe feel a little uneasy with heights. Ask for a show of hands – you’ll be surprised. Some of your tribe might have a mild fear, while others may be so afraid that they can’t even travel in a lift without their knees trembling. And that’s a true sign that their fear is hampering their day-to-day life.


So, why should you help them overcome their fear? Well, first of all, it shows that you’re invested in their well-being. You want them to conquer their phobia once and for all, so they can get out there and start living life more adventurously!


Get them on a Tree Top Adventure

Once they’ve plucked up the courage to head skyward, they’ll feel a mega sense of achievement upon descending that final zip wire – expect to see huge grins across their faces! Your tribe will feel more confident in themselves and their abilities, which can have a positive impact on their work when they’re back in the office.


It won’t be easy for those who fear heights. But what we aim to do is help them overcome their phobia in a fun way, so that they associate heights with an enjoyable experience. We’re there to support your team every step, jump and swing of the way – it’ll be a challenge, but that makes success taste all the more sweet!


Fear or no fear, a trip to Go Ape is the perfect chance for you to bond with your tribe in the treetops. It’s a chance for them to leave the confines of the office behind, unleash their inner Tarzans, and embark on a team building trip that’ll linger in their memories for years to come!


Ready to Go Ape as your team day out? Book your mid-week adventure today! Request a quote from one of our hairy tribe here.

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