Riding the waves

Have you considered surfing in Scarborough? Kite-surfing in Norfolk? Or white-water rafting in Nottinghamshire? It’s a well-kept secret the North East coast offers fantastic waves to compete with the better-known Atlantic surf in Devon and Cornwall. Dip your toes into water sports under the guidance of experts at centres across the country. Inland water attractions including canoeing, sailing and white-water rafting make a water sports holiday to remember. Certified divers are spoilt for choice with many sites around the coast offering wrecks, scenic drift and abundant sea life.

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Catch some rays and waves at Woolacombe Beach

Catch some rays and waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

Watersports
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Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Experience Purbeck’s surf and turf by learning to sail or horse ride through the waves.

Location: Studland, Dorset

Watersports
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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Picturesque places
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Hit the white water at the National Water Sports Centre

Hit the white water at the National Water Sports Centre

Just 10 minutes from Nottingham's city centre you'll find the National Water Sports Centre, an ideal place to get your heart pumping on water or land!

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Watersports
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Adrenaline-filled activities on the Dorset coast

Adrenaline-filled activities on the Dorset coast

Try your hand at kite surfing with power kites and full instruction at the Isle of Portland’s Paracademy.

Location: Portland, Dorset

Watersports
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Sail like an Olympian

Sail like an Olympian

On the waters in Weymouth & Portland you can discover what it takes to be an Olympic sailor.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

Watersports
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Experience the thrill of Power Boat racing on the Humber

Experience the thrill of Power Boat racing on the Humber

Get your pulse racing with a weekend of High Octane drama and excitement at the Super Stock Championship.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Watersports
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Learn to windsurf in Hayle

Learn to windsurf in Hayle

Offering great windsurfing conditions, visitors can enjoy lessons from qualified instructors, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cornish coast.

Location: Hayle, Cornwall

Watersports
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Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Want to get off terra firma onto the high seas? Join Portsmouth Watersports Centre for one of their exhilarating water-based courses and activities.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Watersports
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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

Price: From £30

Watersports
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Wet and wild in the Forest

Wet and wild in the Forest

There’s no shortage of wet and wild watersports in the New Forest, from adrenalin-rush RIB rides to gentle paddles and luxury sunset sails.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

Watersports
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Learn to sea kayak in St Austell Bay

Learn to sea kayak in St Austell Bay

Renowned for its kayaking opportunities with its sheltered beaches and harbours, St Austell Bay is the ideal location for family fun on the water.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

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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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Kayak The Bay and discover Cumbria’s Coast

Kayak The Bay and discover Cumbria’s Coast

Sea kayaking on the Cumbrian Coast enables you to experience breathtaking panoramic views and see otters, seals, porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and more.

Location: Milnthorpe, Cumbria

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Swim like an Olympian at the London Aquatics Centre

Swim like an Olympian at the London Aquatics Centre

Swim in the same pool as the medal winners from the London 2012 Games, in the London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Location: London

Price: From £3.50 per person

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Jump on board and ride the waves with Joss Bay Surf School

Jump on board and ride the waves with Joss Bay Surf School

Head to Kent’s top surf spot to ride the waves.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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Have a retro holiday at Butlins

Have a retro holiday at Butlins

At Butlins in Skegness you can have a good ol’ fashioned seaside holiday with a Blue Flag sandy beach on your doorstep.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

August events
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Head to Bournemouth for fun watersports

Head to Bournemouth for fun watersports

Bournemouth has a vast array of watersports on offer throughout the year for both the novice and professional.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Watersports
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Kayak down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Kayak down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Amble or dash past some of Warwick’s most beautiful scenery.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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