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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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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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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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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Discover The Lakes by Canoe

Discover The Lakes by Canoe

Canoe along the Derwentwater and discover something special about being close to the water.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Dive HMS Scylla Wreck

Dive HMS Scylla Wreck

Colourful and curious marine life.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Explore the Cornish sea

Explore the Cornish sea

The Cornish Sea is the unique marine graveyard, and also doubles up as a mecca for scuba divers.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

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Be inspired by Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District

Be inspired 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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Boat rides down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Boat rides down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Float past some of Warwick’s most beautiful scenery on a relaxing boat ride through St. Nicholas Park.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Learn to sea kayak in St Austell Bay

Learn to sea kayak in St Austell Bay

Renowned for its kayaking opportunities with its sheltered beaches and harbours, St Austell Bay is the ideal location for family fun on the water.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

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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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Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

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

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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

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Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Want to get off terra firma onto the high seas? Join Portsmouth Watersports Centre for one of their exhilarating water-based courses and activities.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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Get active on a Brighton water sports holiday

Get active on a Brighton water sports holiday

Enjoy an activity holiday in Brighton with a stay at Brighton Marina, where you’ll find all the action is right on your doorstep.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Discover a seaside sporting paradise

Discover a seaside sporting paradise

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

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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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Leap into the surf at some of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches

Leap into the surf at some of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches

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

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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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Try a canoeing adventure along the River Wye

Try a canoeing adventure along the River Wye

Become one with the water as you canoe through the rapid waters of the River Wye.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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