Outdoor adventurers

Calling all adventurers! England’s great outdoors is there for the taking. So grab the kids and get outside on one of our family adventure holidays. Two wheels whizz along traffic-free disused railway lines, easy on little legs. Good fresh air is available in lungfuls while drinking in the views on coastal hikes. There’s nothing like messing about in boats along sleepy canals or tidal creeks rich in wildlife. Fancy something a bit different? From llama trekking to learning to surf, there are family activity holidays aplenty to challenge minds and bodies, young and not-so young. Not to mention some cool parent points in it for you.

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Experience the wonders of the deep at the Dive Centre

Experience the wonders of the deep at the Dive Centre

Pay a visit to one of England's finest five sites offering all dives for complete beginners to experts.

Location: Chepstow, Gloucestershire

Extreme Sports
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Kayak the River Dart

Kayak the River Dart

Family water fun in South Devon.

Location: Tuckenhay, Devon

Lakes and waterways
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Take a bike trip with Byways Breaks

Take a bike trip with Byways Breaks

Bespoke cycling holidays in the gentle Shropshire countryside, alongside canals, the meres and mosses and rivers of north Shropshire.

Location: Ellesmere, Shropshire

Cycling
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Learn to surf in the surfing capital of the UK

Learn to surf in the surfing capital of the UK

Newquay is enriched with 11 spectacular golden beaches all within easy reach and with their own unique qualities.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Watersports
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Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Get merry with your gang with an experience Robin Hood himself would have approved of, right in the heart of Nottingham’s famous Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Forests and woodlands
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See an island from the air

See an island from the air

Enjoy the view that most visitors to the Isle of Wight miss every year by seeing it from the skies on a paragliding trip.

Location: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Extreme Sports
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Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride in Hyde Park, once Henry VII's favourite hunting spot (when he wasn't ordering "Off with her head!").

Location: Hyde Park, Greater London

Countryside pursuits
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Take a trip to Sewerby Hall

Take a trip to Sewerby Hall

Celebrate the 300-year anniversary and take in the interiors of this Grade I listed Stately Home.

Location: Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore Delamere Forest

Explore Delamere Forest

With its huge ancient trees and unspoilt wetland, Delamere Forest has a little bit of Canada about it. Sure the wildlife may not be quite so exotic, but you’ll get the same satisfying sense of escape – if you know where to go.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

Forests and woodlands
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Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the same course used by top athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Location: Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire

Watersports
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Follow the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail

Follow the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail

Discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds by following the 79 mile walk from Hessle to the magnificent Humber Bridge to the seaside resort of Filey.

Location: Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire

Walking and hiking
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Cycle through a World Heritage Site

Cycle through a World Heritage Site

Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities enjoy traffic-free rides and gradients of less than 2% on this 2.5-hour cycle route from Telford to Ironbridge.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Cycling
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Walking in the New Forest

Walking in the New Forest

Twist and turn through vibrant gorse, imposing woodland and bubbling streams as you stroll through the Forest’s 143 miles of trails.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Walking and hiking
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Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Enjoy a family fun day uncovering a prehistoric past on a fossil hunting walk on Charmouth Beach and take home your very own Jurassic fossil.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

Attractions
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Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

New experiences, new skills, new friends, and a break from everyday living all come free to National Forest Conservation volunteers.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Experience gentle bike rides and outstanding natural beauty

Experience gentle bike rides and outstanding natural beauty

Explore the Howardian Hills on two wheels and three rides, with enticing back-roads and country lanes that show you a hidden side of North Yorkshire.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

Cycling
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Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

The majestic red deer is our largest land mammal: a beautiful creature, from hoof to antler, whose iconic silhouette has captivated us for centuries.

Location: Minsmere, Suffolk

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Enjoy a cycle ride with sensational views at Sutton Bank

Enjoy a cycle ride with sensational views at Sutton Bank

With Yorkshire at your feet, head out on two wheels from Sutton Bank Bikes, a cycling centre located on the dramatic Sutton Bank escarpment.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Cycling
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Build up your calf muscles at the National Cycling Centre

Build up your calf muscles at the National Cycling Centre

Race a world champion in the Velodrome or brush up on your BMX skills at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Cycling
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Go on a coasteering adventure in Devon

Go on a coasteering adventure in Devon

If you’re in search of an adrenalin rush there is no better way to explore Geopark coast than through this thrill seekers adventure.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Extreme Sports

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