Have you considered surfing in Scarborough? Kite-surfing in Norfolk? Or white-water rafting in Nottinghamshire? It’s a well-kept secret the North East coast offers fantastic waves to compete with the better-known Atlantic surf in Devon and Cornwall.
Dip your toes into water sports under the guidance of experts at centres across the country. Inland water attractions including canoeing, sailing and white-water rafting make a water sports holiday to remember. Certified divers are spoilt for choice with many sites around the coast offering wrecks, scenic drift and abundant sea life.
Spot rare wildlife, go coasteering, and discover stories of drowned forests at South Devon's Global Geopark, a fascinating area with rich historical and geological heritage.
Location: Torquay, Devon
Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the same course used by top athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Location: Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
Kite-flyers and windsurfers of all ages and abilities should head to Camber Sands - a dramatic sandy beach on the south coast, and the perfect spot to catch the waves.
Location: Camber Sands, East Sussex
How would you like to get up close and personal with one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmarks?
Location: Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Become one with the water as you canoe through the rapid waters of the River Wye.
Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
The island where windsurfing was invented has got to be an ideal place for watersports, but Hayling has beautiful countryside as well.
Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire
Discover an adventure playground on water at Gosport.
Location: Gosport, Hampshire
Rutland Water, one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes, is set in over 4,200 acres of stunning countryside, offering you a great getaway experience.
Location: Rutland Water, Rutland
Canoe along the Derwentwater and discover something special about being close to the water.
Location: Keswick, Cumbria
Bournemouth has a vast array of water sports on offer throughout the year for both the novice and professional.
Location: Bournemouth, Dorset
From picnics to paddles, Nottinghamshire is ideal for a springtime family adventure break, with an abundance of things to do and places to explore.
Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Take advantage of a budget break in Nottingham with a camping weekend at the National Water Sports centre, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city.
Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves at one of Cornwall’s golden beaches, with well-trained instructors.
Location: Across Cornwall
The Cornish Sea is the unique marine graveyard, and also doubles up as a mecca for scuba divers.
Location: Falmouth, Cornwall
With its sheltered beaches and harbours, St Austell Bay is the ideal location for sea kayaking.
Location: St Austell, Cornwall
Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!
Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
Float past some of Warwick’s most beautiful scenery on a relaxing boat ride through St. Nicholas Park.
Location: Warwick, Warwickshire
Have some family water fun in South Devon this summer.
Location: Tuckenhay, Devon
Surely there’s nowhere other than Talton Lodge where you could combine canoeing, Tug O’ War and sausage-making courses?
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Set out on a water sports adventure in Bristol’s beautiful, historic Harbour - the perfect setting for learning to paddleboard, canoe or sail.
Try out a variety of family-friendly watersports on the broads. Discover rare animals from Asia on a tiger walk, all close to Great Yarmouth.
Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
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