Outdoor adventurers

Outdoor activities

Calling all adventurers! England’s great outdoors is there for the taking. So grab the kids and get outside on one of our family adventure holidays. Two wheels whizz along traffic-free disused railway lines, easy on little legs. Good fresh air is available in lungfuls while drinking in the views on coastal hikes. There’s nothing like messing about in boats along sleepy canals or tidal creeks rich in wildlife. Fancy something a bit different? From llama trekking to learning to surf, there are family activity holidays aplenty to challenge minds and bodies, young and not-so young. Not to mention some cool parent points in it for you.

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Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Get merry with your gang with an experience Robin Hood himself would have approved of, right in the heart of Nottingham’s famous Sherwood Forest.

Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Cannock Chase is the UK’s smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can ride, hike, climb or just wander at your own pace.

Rugeley , Staffordshire

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Go wild at Trentham Monkey Forest

Go wild at Trentham Monkey Forest

This is the only place in Britain where you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of forest.

Trentham , Staffordshire

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Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Float away on a scenic cruise along the Basingstoke Canal. With 29 locks, the canal is a boaters’ paradise and a great family experience.

Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Go on safari in the New Forest

Go on safari in the New Forest

Explore the Forest in a unique and exciting way. Hop on and off at villages, attractions and forest walks, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view…

New Forest, Hampshire

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Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Hidden in a beautiful limestone gorge you'll find some of Britain's only known Ice Age art.

Creswell, Nottinghamshire

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Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Get your heart racing with some high-octane fun in the Dorset countryside.

Dorchester, Dorset

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See an Island from the air

See an Island from the air

Enjoy the view that most visitors to the Isle of Wight miss every year by seeing it from the skies on a paragliding trip.

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

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Take to the slopes in Dorset

Take to the slopes in Dorset

The Snowtrax alpine activity centre will transport you to the mountains for the day.

Christchurch, Dorset

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Cycling across Hayling Island

Cycling across Hayling Island

An easy, flat 4.5-mile off-road bike trip for older families using the Hayling Billy Coastal Path.

Hayling Island, Hampshire

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Swim with panache at the Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Swim with panache at the Jubilee Pool, Penzance

With views from St Michael’s Mount to the picturesque fishing village of Newlyn, the Jubilee Pool is one of the best places to swim in the open air.

Penzance, Cornwall

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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.

Hayle, Cornwall

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Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

England’s woodland has always teemed with activity, and you’ll find more than enough at CONKERS.

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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Cycle The Camel Trail to Bodmin Gaol

Cycle The Camel Trail to Bodmin Gaol

The Camel Trail provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line.

Padstow to Bodmin, Cornwall

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Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

There’s something special about being close to a bird of prey; those round watchful eyes on high alert, fixing you with a dominating stare.

Rosliston, Derbyshire

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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.

Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire

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Feel the sea breeze in Portsmouth Harbour

Feel the sea breeze in Portsmouth Harbour

Find your sea legs and obtain an unrivalled view of Portsmouth’s naval heritage with a bracing harbour tour.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Monkeying around in the New Forest

Monkeying around in the New Forest

Bond with your tribe at the Go Ape course in Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood for a thrilling forest adventure.

New Forest, Hampshire

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Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Do you have what it takes to battle your bike up the most challenging hills on the Isle of Wight?

Freshwater, Isle of Wight

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Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Explore the landscape of Cranborne Chase which inspired the father of modern archaeology, William Fox Pitt.

Cranborne, Dorset

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