Adventure Days Out for the Family
Get out and get active with your kids!
Active endeavours that the whole family can get involved in make for a great day out. Doing something more adventurous also helps keep your kids healthy and it’s a fantastic way to burn off some of their excess energy! There are loads of adventure days out to try, so let’s have a look at activities you can try out.
Tree Top Adventure Courses
Increasingly popular across the UK, tree top adventure courses offer a thrilling day out for your family. Explore high ropes, swings, zip wires and even suspended trampoline nets high up in the canopy of trees. Tree top courses are usually suitable for children over 1m tall, but do check before you book. There are a number of companies offering tree top adventures round the UK, including:
- Go Ape – Go Ape are the biggest tree top adventure company, with 33 locations across the UK. As well as tree top courses, they also offer forest Segway adventures and specialist zip wire and net kingdom courses.
- Wild Wood – Wild Wood in Guildford, Surrey offers exciting tree top courses suitable for kids as young as 6, along with a zip wire zone with exciting drops.
- Treetop Trek –Located in Windermere, Ripon and Manchester, with courses suitable for children of 5 and upwards, Treetop Trek offers 35 treetop challenges and fast zip wires!
- Jungle Parc –With locations in Liverpool, Northampton and Swindon, Jungle Parc has 40 different treetop activities including zip wires, cargo nets, tarzan swings and flying trapezes.
- Zip World –Located in North Wales, Zip World has a whole host of different zip wires to try out along with high ropes, tree top nets and a forest coaster!
The UK has a host of stunning lakes, rivers and coastlines to get active on but you’ll also find specially built facilities to try out sports such as white water rafting and tubing. The great thing about watersports is that you’ll be able to find something to suit most age groups. Let’s have a look at some of the things you can try out:
- Lee Valley White Water Centre – Located in Essex, Lee Valley has loads of exciting activities to try out. The white water rafting course was used in the Olympics, so you can be guaranteed fantastic rapids. You can try your hand at hydrospeeding (surfing down the rapids), kayaking, tubing or even open water swimming on the lake.
- National White Water Centre –Try out white water rafting on the River Tryweryn in North Wales, with a range of rapids suitable for kids aged 10 and up. Kids aged 12 and up can also try their hand at canyoning – climbing and swimming through a deep gorge.
- Lagoon Watersports –Take a trip to Hove on the South Coast, where kids aged 6 and above can try their hand at sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing or kayaking. There are also family taster days available if you’re not sure which watersport is for you.
- Liverpool Watersports Centre –Get out on the Liverpool docks and try your hand at a range of water-based activities. There are kayaks and canoes, swan pedalos, powerboats, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding as well as open water swimming and an aqua park.
- Harlyn Surf School –Set on the beautiful North Cornwall coast, Harlyn Surf School teaches kids as young as 5 to surf and understand the sea. They also offer paddleboarding lessons.
Cycling is a great family activity and, best of all; it can be done entirely for free (once you own a bike that is!). However, there are also some great cycling centres round the country where the family can try out different types of cycling. Let’s look at some of the options:
- The National Cycling Centre – Located in Manchester, this is the premier place in the country for all cycling activities. The Velodrome was Britain’s first Olympic cycling track and offers plenty of beginner sessions. There’s also a fantastic BMX track and a network of Mountain Bike trails.
- Redbridge Cycling Centre –If you live in London then you might think that chances for safe family cycling are few and far between. But just outside London in Ilford is the Redbridge Cycling Centre, with purpose built roads, BMX and off-road tracks. There are also a huge range of bikes available for hire and cycle coaching is available.
- Forest of Dean Mountain Biking Trails – This is a great place for all the family to try out mountain biking, with a range of trails to suit riders of all skills and fitness levels. There’s also a skills area to practice on before you go out and about.
- Forestry Commission –The Forestry Commission has a number of dedicated bike trails located all over the country and they’re a great way to try out mountain biking for free.
Outdoor Activity Centres
Outdoor Activity Centres give you and the kids the chance to try out lots of different sporting activities under one roof and are a fantastic way to get everybody active. Different centres offer varying activities, so have a look around and see what suits your family. Here are a few centres to spark your interest:
- Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre – Located in South Yorkshire, the centre is based on the site of an old quarry where you can try your hand at activities such as archery, climbing, high and low ropes and even raft building. There are also a number of water-based activities including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing.
- Hilltop Outdoor Centre – Hilltop offers jam-packed adventure days with a tree top obstacle course, a giant swing, climbing wall with eight stages of difficulty and a 16 metre tower to leap off onto a giant inflatable pad! Situated in Norfolk, the centre has different activities every day.
- Another World Adventure Centre – Another World in West Yorkshire has activities to suit kids as young as 4. Try your hand at skiing, archery, paintballing, air rifling or roll around the purpose built slopes in bumper balls.
- The Jungle – Set in the woodlands of the Sperrin Mountains in County Derry, the Jungle offers paintballing, clay pigeon shooting, zorbing and laser tag. There’s also a Gruffalo trail and a Mad Hatter’s tea party, with plenty to keep the whole family busy.
Indoor Activity Centres
For days when the weather is being typically ‘British’ and rainy, an indoor activity centre is a perfect option. Kids can run around and try out lots of different things while you all stay warm and dry. Here are some locations to check out:
- Xscape Yorkshire – Open 364 days a year, Xscape has a huge indoor real snow ski slope, where you can try your hand at skiing, snowboarding and sledging. There are also trampoline parks, 4D golf, adventure mini golf, laser tag and a kids soft play centre. You can also do a spot of shopping and enjoy a range of food options.
- Planet Leisure – Planet Leisure in Teeside is a perfect venue for the kids to run off some steam in! There’s a state of the art trampoline park with a separate toddler bounce area, a large roller skating rink, laser quest and ten-pin bowling.
- Doncaster Dome – There are a huge range of sports and activities to try out at the Dome. There’s a fantastic pool complex with flumes, a split-level ice skating ring, a two-tiered adventure play area and a number of courts available for different racket sports.
- Llangorse Multi Activity Centre – Wales’ activity centre offers something a little different with indoor natural rock climbing and caving system. There are artificial rock climbing walls, low-level bouldering areas, rope bridges, cargo nets, a zip line and abseiling. And, if the weather is kind to you why not try your hand at horse riding, outdoor aerial zip lines or the challenge course.
- Salt Hill Activities Centre – Based in Slough, Salt Hill has plenty to keep the kids entertained all day. There’s a trampoline park, indoor caving centre, high ropes course, ten-pin bowling, a games area and an adventure soft play area for the little ones.
Activities to do for free
There are plenty of active things you can do with the family for free that can be just as much fun. Let’s have a look at some ideas to get you started!
- Local parks and playgrounds
- Walking in the countryside
- Climbing trees in the woods
- Swimming in the sea
- Bike rides
- Roller skating
Obviously these are just a few ideas but hopefully they’ll spark the imagination.