We all know how much we love the great outdoors in the UK, so when UK Activity Breaks contacted us with their top ten we felt compelled to share with you lovely lot. What are you favourite outdoor things to do? Do you have any suggestions we could add to this list? I’m sure there are some amazing places you visit with your families so let us know. I’ll hand you over anyway to Helena who has written up the list.
As children are adopting an indoor lifestyle due to the enhancement in video game technology and the internet we hope to help parents encourage their children to partake in outdoor activities from a young age. There are so many day activities on your door step and adventure holidays available for kids and for all the family. Here are our top 10 ideas to help you get your kids out and about.
Summer day camps are more local then you may realise and residential camps are available all over the UK. This is a great way to keep your kids entertained during the school holidays, trying out lots of different activities and having fun outdoors with other kids. Mill on the Brue is the perfect example of children’s activity days where camps are often a mix of Watersports and outdoor pursuits such as climbing and archery. Belchamps in Essex is a great choice for affordable day camps, at just £13 a day and trying 6 activities. Alternatively you can focus on individual activities, such as Kids Horse Riding Clubs, offered by Cornish Riding Holidays.
Get back to nature with bushcraft, lighting fires, building shelters and back country cooking. Badger Bushcraft provide a great bushcraft family learning day course where you can all experience and enjoy a day in the wild. Serious Outdoor Skills run under 13’s and over 13’s bushcraft day courses during the holidays also. Bushcraft courses can be an exciting overnight adventure as well with courses running up to a week.
A great way to get kids outdoors and enjoying a new activity is through weekly club sessions. Find your local climbing wall or lake, such as the Queen Mary Sailing Club, which offers weekly club sessions for dingy sailing and windsurfing. Introducing your kids to new outdoor sports where they can meet great friends also.
For an unforgettable birthday experience for your kids that will keep them busy and entertained all day, activity parties are just what you need. Archery parties, zorbing, high Ropes, climbing walls. Not only can you find centres all over the country, why not bring the party to you. Alternative Adventure & Outdoor Activities is just one of the many mobile activity providers, bringing the climbing wall and archery to you.
Get out and about with your kids for a family cycle or walk. Why not take a weekend break or holiday enjoying the countryside on foot or on a bike. Signpost Cycles offer great cycling tours and family cycling holidays in Dorset. Explore the mountains and Lakes in the Lake District with Valkyrie Pursuits with their fun orienteering, guided hill walking and expeditions.
Whether you’re looking for something fun to do at the weekend with the kids or entertainment for a family holiday, photography workshops are a great option that all the family will love, photography holidays are all available all over the UK, where bespoke photography workshops can fit around your holiday. Don’t forget our very own Jordanna has already written her tips for getting great family photographs which you can read here.
7 – Kids learning to Surf
Are you heading to the coast this summer? Surfing lessons is great entertainment for all kids, it’s fun, challenging, adventurous and tiring. They come away with a huge smile on their face and you can enjoy some time to yourself, or get involved with the surfing yourself. Surfing is also a good wet weather option – you don’t notice the rain when you’re in the water and it certainly doesn’t take the fun out of it.
Sailing trips for kids and family sailing is available all over the coast of England. Day trips, sailing weekends and holidays will teach your kids how to sail and are also a great way to explore the coast line, discover private bays and visit coastal ports. Did you ever think to take your family holiday on a yacht with a skipper and enjoy an adventure at sea hopping from port to port? Kirsten Hunter Sailing provide bespoke family days and breaks that will give you family memories to cherish a lifetime.
Did you know there are unique and family run holiday parks dotted all over the country offering fantastic family holidays with indoor and outdoor activities to entertain all kids and adults. TLH in Torquay is a perfect example of an all-inclusive beach holiday resort with entertainment and activities for all ages.
Try something different at weekends and during the school holidays with Lower Shaw Farm. From cooking courses, crafts such as willow baskets, weaving and textiles and carving pumpkins, to wild swims, long walks and camp fires at night. Activity weekends and family activity weeks are as action packed or as relaxing as you want them to be.
Phew now if that hasn’t given you a few ideas to have a go at I’m not sure what would! Enjoy the summer, get out and explore, have an adventure and make memories.
Remember, adventure is out there!