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Active experiences

A family hiking near Rydal.

When it comes to days out, there really is something for everyone in England. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie looking for an adventurous new sport to try, or a culture vulture on the lookout for new experiences, you're sure to find some great ideas for days out right here.

Adventure lovers can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities right across the country, from watersports to high ropes adventures, so it's easy to have a go at something new. For a more relaxed day out, you could also try a boat trip, cycle ride or cultural trail to take in the beauty and culture of England in a truly unique way.

However you choose to spend your days out, we've collected all the hints and tips you need below to help you make every moment memorable. 

Three people on a hiking holiday.

Walking and hiking

England’s landscape has been walked across the ages. With rolling hills and lush green forests, unique follies and quarries to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a view. Pack a picnic and a camera, and walk some of the most beautiful areas in the world.

A lady cycling in the countryside.


Tour some of England’s top city destinations on your bike, including bike-friendly cities and cycle routes throughout the countryside and along the coastline. For something more blood-pumping, there are dirt-biking routes in forests that are hundreds of years old.

Eden Project in Cornwall.

Rainy day ideas

We know sometimes England can get a little rainy. But that means all across the country there are exciting and unique attractions all housed under a nice dry roof - from climbing walls to museums.

Two people kayaking


With a gorgeous coastline providing a host of activities, there’s always an exciting new reason to take to the water. Sailing, kayaking, surfing, and diving are just a few of the options available to any water baby.

Horse riding on Pelistry beach

Countryside pursuits

Escape to the countryside for a chance to enjoy some quintessentially English pastimes, from horse-riding holidays in picturesque surroundings to taking part in a spot of clay pigeon shooting, archery and fly-fishing.

A footpath signpost on the Pentire Peninsula in Cornwall.

Tours and trails

From exploring scenic routes along picturesque coastlines to stepping off the beaten track to discover hidden gems in the city, it’s amazing what treasures you can discover on a guided tour.

Thorpeness Golf Course, Suffolk


Put on your best golf trousers, dust off your clubs and visit to one of England’s greenest and tranquil golf courses, where you can putt those balls within stunning surroundings from luxury hotel grounds to golf and country clubs.

Via Ferrata, Honister Pass

Extreme sports

Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie and set your pulse racing with an extreme pursuit, from fell-running in the English countryside to windsurfing along the coast, or even enjoying stunning views of England’s islands on a paragliding trip.

People punting on the River Cam.


Take in quaint villages, heritage sites and nature reserves teaming with rare wildlife on a boat trip through tranquil lakes and canals; sit back and relax on a scenic cruise or set sail across the sea to one of England’s islands on a boating holiday.

A family on a tour of Exeter's Underground Passages

Going underground

Discover the rich heritage that lies beneath your feet, from walking through disused coal mines 140 meters underground to exploring miles upon miles of caves marvelling at stunning stalagmites and stalactites.

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