Go Ape !

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Last weekend I sent my eldest son (13) and the husband off for a Boys afternoon at Go Ape in Cannock Chase ! The day was grey , damp and cold and I wondered ¬†just how well they would fare ( Being fully aware that Bill is more a Square eyed gamer kind of teen !!! GULP !!) ! We waved them off and settled down in front of the fire with Harry Potter and a bag of popcorn ūüôā (Hee hee …)

They arrived at Cannock Go Ape! ¬†and were inducted by a trainer about the use of equipment , were fitted with safety harnesses and were able to get used to the ropes, ladders and zipslides on a training apparatus which was comfortably low ! And then they were off …

Hee hee !!

Hee hee !!

At Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, you’ll see some of the most beautiful views during your day out in our forest. We’ve used our traditional Tree Top Adventure recipe: One lush forest, breathtaking scenery, a smattering of tree-top high wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires.

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Billy the teen … whilst quite adventurous in so many ways , found some of the trails a little bit too high for his liking and stayed on the ground if he felt it would be a bit much for him ! Which is totally fine as he attempted and loved the ones he felt able and brave enough to !!! He absolutely loved the zipslides … finding them exhilirating and giving him an enormous sense of freedom !!!! The husband said that when Billy was on the zipslide he came alive !!! That immense joy just oozed from his glowing , laughing face !!!! That’s got to be worth an afternoon out if nothing else !!!!

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Chris , an established climber , found the day absolutely brilliant .. loving the high wires, zipslides  and the overall  experience !!

Billy really really wanted to have a go on the Segways that are at Go Ape … but we reckon we’ll save that for another day !!!

Overall , the boys had a fantastic (though cold) afternoon out !! Definitely a good day out for the intrepid adventurer .. full of adrenalin rushes and pushing yourself beyond your limits …. What limits ???? !!!!

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This is a perfect Christmas gift for an adventure lover! With voucher denominations from just £5 up to £60, the lucky gorilla can use the gift voucher for up to a year after purchase. Visit goape.co.uk  to check out all the locations and adventures at this fantastic fun family day out !!!!

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Billy & Chris were very kindly given vouchers to review Go Ape ! Many thanks ! x

The Anagranimals ….

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” Far , far away, beyond the mountains and across the sea , on the banks of a mighty lake and shrouded in trees , lies a mysterious land called Pogo Bogo …. ” and it’s here we meet the group of friends who are to become The Anagranimals …..

The story introduces us to the characters of George the Giraffe , Pedro the Pig , Heidi the Hippo , Rocky the Rhino, Ebeneezer the Elephant and Lancelot the lion ¬†and we follow them through this adventure of them making a wish at the Wishing Tree ¬†and become a mishmash of each other and other Pogo Bogo animals ¬†… so Rocky the Rhino ¬†becomes ¬†a Rhino- Parra -Rog !!! And as for the others .. they all become other weird and wonderful animal creations … and so the Anagranimals are born ….

The story engaged the twins fully .. they loved the concept of the animals all getting mixed up and were excited to work out just exactly what animals had mixed into the others … ! The story is cleverly written to target the 5-8 year age market and fits perfectly into that demographic ! the boys enjoyed reading along with me , each taking it in turn to read a page each ¬†thus being able to be more involved in the story !!

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A thoroughly enjoyable book ¬†filled with intrigue , excitement , fun and laughter … Perfect for a bedtime read ! I would recommend this story and am looking forward to the next book in the series … however .. if you didn’t want to wait for the next book .. there is the option to go online and see what adventures the intrepid group of friends delve into next ….

Life on Pogo Bogo will never be the same again ……….

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You can find out more at http://www.anagranimals.com

The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree by Leith Moghli ( Illustrations by Ian King)  was sent to me to review .