Watersports

Water sports holidays in England

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.

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Spring into action on a family adventure break near Nottingham

Spring into action on a family adventure break near Nottingham

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

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Cheer on the UK’s first America's Cup World Series races

Cheer on the UK’s first America's Cup World Series races

Watch Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team compete with some of the world’s top sailors in a series of exhilarating races across the Solent.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Sail like an Olympian in Weymouth and Portland

Sail like an Olympian in Weymouth and Portland

Take to the waters in Weymouth and Portland and discover what it takes to be an Olympic sailor.

Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset

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Experience the waves of The Severn Bore

Experience the waves of The Severn Bore

Experience a natural phenomenon known as The Severn Bore, a tidal surge that sweeps up the River Severn and attracts both spectators and surfers.

Location: Minsterworth, Forest of Dean

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Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

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

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Take the Scilly Sea Swim Challenge

Take the Scilly Sea Swim Challenge

Watch the spectacle as 150 swimmers swim and walk between Scilly's main islands in just one day.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

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

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Catch some rays (and your dinner)

Catch some rays (and your dinner)

Explore the coastline in Brighton from the sea and learn the ancient art of kayaking.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Sailing and watersports at Gosport

Sailing and watersports at Gosport

Discover an adventure playground on water at Gosport.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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Take the family to Roker beach for a variety of watersports

Take the family to Roker beach for a variety of watersports

Enjoy a family day out at the Marine Activities Centre, where you can take part in various water sports including, kayaking, surfing and sailing.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Take an action adventure with a North Devon break

Take an action adventure with a North Devon break

North Devon is renowned for surfing, but it also offers jetskiing, kite-surfing, speed ribbing, and sea safaris on the hunt for dolphins and seals.

Location: Devon

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Be inspried by Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District

Be inspried by Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District

Whether or not you’ve read Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons, any holiday splashing around on lakes will bring out the adventurous child in you.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

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Kitesurf with the professionals along Devon’s Jurassic Coast

Kitesurf with the professionals along Devon’s Jurassic Coast

Take a lesson with a championship kitesurfer in the coastal town of Exmouth, known as one of the best kitesurfing locations in England.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

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Fly along the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire

Fly along the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire

Climb the Zip tower at the end of Bournemouth Pier and above the sea and zip-surf over the waves to the shore. Race friends and family to the beach!

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Soak up Bristol’s vibrant harbourside in summer

Soak up Bristol’s vibrant harbourside in summer

Bristol Harbour comes alive in the summer so spend your city break eating local food by the water or taking in the atmosphere whilst paddleboarding.

Location: Bristol

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Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

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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Explore the English Riviera Global Geopark

Explore the English Riviera Global Geopark

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

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Learn to sail, windsurf or canoe on the Isle of Wight

Learn to sail, windsurf or canoe on the Isle of Wight

Your kids can take to the high seas and windsurf, canoe and sail their way around the 65 miles of the island’s spectacular coastline.

Location: Isle of Wight

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Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

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

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Dive HMS Scylla Wreck

Dive HMS Scylla Wreck

Colourful and curious marine life.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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