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Outdoor Activities

Calling all adventurers! England’s great outdoors is there for the taking. From coastal hikes to family-friendly play areas and zoos, there are hundreds of outdoor activities to build a short break around. Fancy something a bit different? From llama trekking to learning to surf, there are family activity holidays and unique outdoor experiences aplenty to challenge minds and bodies. Find the best outdoor activities for kids across the UK - filter by region below to find the best options near you.

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Have a medieval sleepover at Warwick Castle

Have a medieval sleepover at Warwick Castle

For a family holiday with a difference, grab your sleeping bag and head to Warwick Castle to spend the night within the castle's historic grounds.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
Go glamping at Lookout Lodge inside ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Go glamping at Lookout Lodge inside ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Enjoy the ultimate overnight experience and camp next door to the animals of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire

 
Go on an exotic adventure at Woburn Safari Park

Go on an exotic adventure at Woburn Safari Park

Explore the habitats of lions, zebras, giraffes and much more at this family-friendly, conservation-focused safari park.

Location: Woburn, Bedfordshire

 
Build sandcastles at Bamburgh Beach

Build sandcastles at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

 
Immerse yourself in the magic of The Alnwick Garden

Immerse yourself in the magic of The Alnwick Garden

Let the little ones run free around the 12 acres of gardens at the multi award-winning Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
Book a magical family break at Center Parcs

Book a magical family break at Center Parcs

With hundreds of acres of forest to explore and a constantly expanding list of activities, Center Parcs offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Location: Rufford, Nottinghamshire

 
Be beside the seaside in Gorleston-on-Sea

Be beside the seaside in Gorleston-on-Sea

Take the buckets and spades gorgeous Gorleston Beach before exploring the ancient Roman ruins and the Angles Way.

Location: Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk

 
Take a walk on the wild side in East Lincolnshire

Take a walk on the wild side in East Lincolnshire

Explore salty and sandy beaches as you seek out wildlife on the beautiful Lincolnshire coast.

Location: Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

 
Take an inspiring trip through Shanklin Chine

Take an inspiring trip through Shanklin Chine

This leafy gorge on the Isle of Wight is lined with rare plants, wildlife and waterfalls, making for a magical walk day or night.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

 
Spot dolphins on Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula

Spot dolphins on Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula

The most southerly point of the UK offers spectacular sea views, making it one of the best places to spot Cornwall’s playful dolphins.

Location: The Lizard, Cornwall

 
Take a family escape to the golden sands of Weymouth

Take a family escape to the golden sands of Weymouth

Dig your toes in the sand, paddle in the waves and make memories with the kids at this spectacular seaside town.

Location: Weymouth, Dorset

 
Take the kids to meet the Lucky Dog of Todmorden

Take the kids to meet the Lucky Dog of Todmorden

Centre Vale Park is home to 'The Lucky Dog' of Todmorden, made famous by Derren Brown in his 2011 show, The Experiments.

Location: Todmorden, West Yorkshire

 
Where to go fruit picking in England

Where to go fruit picking in England

Check out fruit picking locations in England where the whole family can get hands-on with harvesting their own fruit and vegetables.

 
Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park, in the heart of Blackpool, is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 
Step back in time on the Severn Valley Railway

Step back in time on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy a combination of rolling countryside views and hints of a bygone era on a superb day of steam-hauled splendour.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

 
Get lost in the twists and turns of Wistow Maze

Get lost in the twists and turns of Wistow Maze

Over the summer, pay a visit to the famous Wistow Maze, a versatile puzzle in the English countryside that changes shape each year.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

 
Go glamping at Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Go glamping at Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Kick back in style at the biggest family theme park in Devon and enjoy unlimited access to exciting rides, indoor play areas and a variety of live shows.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Go bananas for Trentham Monkey Forest

Go bananas for Trentham Monkey Forest

Pay a visit to the only place in Britain where you can walk among 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of forest.

Location: Trentham , Staffordshire

 
Go wild camping in the Northumberland Countryside

Go wild camping in the Northumberland Countryside

Be close to nature as you enjoy an overnight camping experience with the experts at Badger and the Bear Outdoor Adventure Camp.

Location: Amble, Northumberland

 
16 days out in England

16 days out in England

Pack up a picnic, hop in the car and swap the city for some of these beautiful English sights - all an hour or less from a major city.

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