People in the East Midlands will spend less time than the average watching TV and shopping over the Easter bank holidays, according to a survey by GoApe, the people behind the nationwide treetop challenge.

People in the UK typically have a whopping 50 hours of spare time over Easter to do something fun, exciting or different – as the activities they usually do when they're not at work, such as shopping, cooking, sleeping and watching TV, only take up 60 hours of the 110-hour four-day holiday.

The GoApe figures says East Midlands folk will spend around seven hours watching TV (more than an hour less than the average) and just over two hours shopping (30 minutes les than the average).

And apparently 63 per cent of East Midlanders also think Easter should be an opportunity to spend time with their kids, friends or family, as half of them struggle to do something fun with them more than once a month during the rest of the year.

With short, cold days and so much else going on at Christmas, Easter is a great time of year to spring into action, break with routine and do something more adventurous. So what can we do to shake things up, have fun and make this Easter one to remember?

Tristram Mayhew, Chief Gorilla at Go Ape says, ' Not everyone has time to go camping, trekking or beachcombing this Easter, but most of us can manage a bite-size adventure which allows us to be home in time for tea.'

Here are five adventures to consider this Easter weekend

* Go Ape – with 31 sites nationwide including sites in Sherwood Forest and Cannock Chase, negotiate different obstacles among the tree tops, leap into mid-air when you are 15m (48ft) above the ground and zoom down a zip wire. It often involves encouraging one another to overcome the challenges and ends up with a real sense of achievement as well as some great memories. ( )

* Water Sports – from canoeing and kayaking to power boating and water skiing head to the national water sports centre for adrenaline pumping action this Easter weekend ( )

* Horse Riding – set within 35 acres of land and offering a wide range of lessons, hacking trekking for beginner and advanced riders and a mini country course. There is something for all the family at Coloured Cob Equestrian Centre ( )

* Rock Climbing – whether you are a novice looking to try climbing for the first time or an experienced lead climber, the Nottingham Climbing Centre can provide enjoyment for all skill levels ( )

* Archery – whether you're a Maid Marian or Little John, The Archery Nottingham course will help you learn how to shoot arrows in the spiritual home of archery ( )

About Go Ape

In 2001, ex-tank Commander Tristram Mayhew and his wife Rebecca, discovered how much fun it was swinging through the trees during a holiday in France. They quit their jobs and the following year, with a giant leap of faith, created the first Go Ape adventure – and they've never looked back.

It is still a family run affair, Tristram's brother, Jerome, is the managing director.

Go Ape, whose quirky aim is to be the best adventure company on the planet where you can be home in time for tea, is driven by creating adventures and encouraging everyone to live life adventurously.

All adventurers are expertly fitted with climbing harnesses by trained instructors and are attached to the safety line when off the ground.

Go Ape claims to be the UK's No. 1 Forest Adventure with 61 activities across the country including:

Tree Top Adventure – for adults and children of 10 and above who are at least 1.4m (4ft 7in) tall

Tree Top Junior – for children who are at least 1m (3ft 3½ in) tall

Forest Segway – for adults and children of 10 and above weighing at least seven stone

Zip Trekking Adventure – for adults and children of 13 and above who are at least 1.4m (4ft 7in) tall and weigh a minimum of seven stone

The company has grown organically to 31 locations across Britain and 17 in America, creating 1,000 jobs.

In 2016, more than 963,050 people came to live life a little more adventurously at Go Ape – an 11.5 per cent increase year on year.

Go Ape won Rural Business of the Year at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards – the UK's most established and respected recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success

Go Ape plans to open new adventures during 2017 – including a new site at Alexandra Palace – bringing the Go Ape experience to millions more. Watch this space!

In December, 2016 for every weather-hardy family that braced the wintry weather and enjoyed Tree Top Junior Go Ape donated £2 from each booking to Trees for Cities, raising over £9,000. That's more than 1,500 trees