Activity holidays in spring

Activity holidays

Spring means it’s high time to throw off the winter woollies, strap on the walking boots and set out on an intrepid adventure in England’s great outdoors. Throw yourself into an entirely new class of outdoor activity husky trekking across Yorkshire’s rolling hills and dales (no snow necessary!). Make like Bradley Wiggins to England’s first indoor Olympic cycling track in Manchester or lose yourself amongst 2,000 hectares of greenery at Hamsterley Forest near Durham. For a slightly more laid-back pace, embark on a boating holiday to the Norfolk broads with scope to sail, cycle or swim to your heart’s content.

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Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

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Feel one with the road on Northumberland’s rugged cycle-scape

Feel one with the road on Northumberland’s rugged cycle-scape

Experience Northumberland’s history and geology on the 120-mile Sandstone Way mountain bike route between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham.

Location: Between Berwick and Hexham, Northumberland

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Get snapping on a landscape photography walk in the Holme Valley

Get snapping on a landscape photography walk in the Holme Valley

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer, Made in Holmfirth will take you on a journey across the inspiring rural Pennines.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Discover ‘another world of adventure’ in Yorkshire

Discover ‘another world of adventure’ in Yorkshire

Bid farewell to winter and say “hello!” to Another World Adventure Centre in Halifax, with activities that are perfect for the young and restless.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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Enjoy spectacular indoor and outdoor golf in Bristol

Enjoy spectacular indoor and outdoor golf in Bristol

Intrepid putters can experience some of the most naturally beautiful golf courses in the South West

Location: Bristol

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Get football fever at St James' Park

Get football fever at St James' Park

Experience Premier League football at St James' Park, home to Newcastle United, and go behind closed doors to the players’ changing rooms.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Sense the sounds, smells and colours of spring at Waveney River Centre in Norfolk, a serene countryside retreat with plenty of outdoor activities.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Set out on a water sports adventure in Bristol’s beautiful, historic Harbour - the perfect setting for learning to paddleboard, canoe or sail.

Location: Bristol

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Tire the kids out on a Treetop Nets adventure

Tire the kids out on a Treetop Nets adventure

Get the whole family out in the fresh air for a fun day out in an adventure park suspended up to 9m above the ground and made entirely out of nets.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Celebrate the coming of spring with a festival of flowers

Celebrate the coming of spring with a festival of flowers

This May witness examples from some of Cumbria’s best gardens in one of the most perfect landscapes nature can offer, at Holker Hall and Gardens.

Location: Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria

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Ride the Cycle Derby Spring Sportive and Derby Velodrome

Ride the Cycle Derby Spring Sportive and Derby Velodrome

Meander through country lanes on a 40, 80 or 160 km bike ride enjoying the countryside before racing around the velodrome at Derby Arena.

Location: Derby

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Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Enjoy a trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

MAMILs (‘middle-aged men in lycra’) and all other cyclists will enjoy exploring Brighton & Hove on an active holiday along the south east coast.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Strike out on an expedition into Oxfordshire

Strike out on an expedition into Oxfordshire

Discover Oxfordshire’s stunning countryside hassle-free and on foot with the aid of a qualified SPR Expeditions guide.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Explore Lancashire's great coastline

Explore Lancashire's great coastline

With its stunning sunsets, wonderful wildlife and infinite skies, Morecambe Bay is a photographer’s dream.

Location: Fleetwood, Lancashire

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Flyup the Cotswold Hills on a cycling holiday

Flyup the Cotswold Hills on a cycling holiday

Opening its doors to the public on Monday 14th March 2016; the 417 Project is set to be the biggest privately owned facility and a first for the UK.

Location: Near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Stay and sail along Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on a sailing course

Stay and sail along Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on a sailing course

Enjoy the gentle pace of Suffolk’s rivers and coast, then bed down in a boutique hotel at night, with Viking Mariners’ stay and sail packages.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

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Soak up romantic views of England's longest lake

Soak up romantic views of England's longest lake

With scenery that has inspired poets and artists for generations, Lake Windermere is one of England’s most renowned romantic settings.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Cycle in the wheel tracks of a Knight

Cycle in the wheel tracks of a Knight

Follow in the wheel tracks of gold medalist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins on this Grand Cycle trail of Pendle.

Location: Pendle, Lancashire

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Gear up for a ride on the Lakes & Dales Loop

Gear up for a ride on the Lakes & Dales Loop

For a family adventure on two wheels, the Lakes & Dales Loop is perfect for exploring scenic landscapes across Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Cumbria

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