Outdoor Activities

A family enjoying a picnic outside Castle Howard in Yorkshire.

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.

A family enjoying a picnic outside Castle Howard in Yorkshire.

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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Let loose at WildRootz

Let loose at WildRootz

Let the kids get up close and personal with nature, in all its muddy glory, at WildRootz, in Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens.

Location: Fakenham, Norfolk

 
Trip-trap along the Red Squirrel Trail

Trip-trap along the Red Squirrel Trail

This family-friendly cycle and walking path encompasses an exciting trail of artwork, sculpture and trolls under bridges.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

 
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

 
Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

 
See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

Around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds make the Farne Islands their home each summer. Hop on a boat to see and hear them up close!

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

 
Savour your scoops at The Ice Cream Farm

Savour your scoops at The Ice Cream Farm

Keep the kids happy with more than 40 delicious flavours of ice cream, an outdoor play area, farm, quad bikes, mini golf and more...

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Feel calmer whilst walking a llama

Feel calmer whilst walking a llama

Go walkies South American-style with National Forest Llama Treks, an unusual “let’s-do-something-different” trekking experience.

Location: Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire

 
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.

 
Go wild for the wildlife of the Cotswolds

Go wild for the wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

 
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

 
Take the family pet along on a dog friendly break in Dorset

Take the family pet along on a dog friendly break in Dorset

Thanks to Dorset’s dog friendly places, there’s no need to leave your favourite canine companion at home on a family holiday.

Location: Dorset

 
Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.

Location: Hoveton, Norfolk

 
Get closer to the animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Get closer to the animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Venture to Hertfordshire for an exciting day out with the family at this award-winning zoo; see a range of exotic animals and enjoy a whole host of experiences and attractions.

Location: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

If you’re looking to try something different with the kids, then try Llama Trekking through the beautiful West Pennine Moors.

Location: Bolton, Lancashire

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