As a parent, you’re constantly racking your brain for active, fun day trips that the whole family can enjoy. Now that the summer holidays are making bored children restless, it’s time to get your thinking cap on for new activities to try. But don’t worry; we’ve got your back. Here are some suggestions to consider this year:
If your kids watch more TV than is good for them, they will have heard of the brutal TV show ‘Total Wipeout.’ The Ultimate Adventure Centre in north Devon has done its best to create a course that equals this obstacle arena. You will certainly get wet and bashed around, but most of all, you’ll have a lot of fun.
A form of climbing that doesn’t require a harness, scrambling is tailored to all ages. Keswick Adventure Centre will get you traversing waterfalls, obstacles, and taking leaps into plunge pools. If we haven’t convinced you to give it ago, Trip Advisor has awarded it with a certificate of excellence, and how can so many reviews be wrong?
Those who can’t snowboard, mountainboard. Think of it as pretty much the same thing, except with four wheels. You can find mountainboarding centres dotted around the country (they’re more popular than you might think). And it’s certainly a cheaper alternative to hiring a pair of skis.
If you can bribe your kids to do it, walking will always be a fantastic way to spend the day. Britain is known for its beautiful walks, whether you are at the coast or on National Trust property. Why not try scaling a mountain? Snowden is a family-friendly challenge. Alternatively, go to the Lake District for the weekend. You have so many inexpensive choices on your hands.
To save the disappointment of heading to the coast with your surf board and finding no waves, flowboarding is a safe alternative that’s ideal for beginners who would like to master the art of surfing. Another great thing about this is that it’s indoors, so it’s perfect for a rainy day.
Unconventional maybe, but that’s exactly what you want for a summer holiday activity. There are loads of prey centres that let you get up close and personal with owls, but Eagle Heights Wildlife Park in Kent has a ‘raptors of the world’ day, designed for family fun days out. Instead of your usual birds, you’ll get to upgrade to vultures and eagles.
Mountain biking may give you a sore bum just thinking about it, but at the Shropshire Hills Mountain Bike Centre in Marshbrook, you can let loose on fifteen trails, safe in the knowledge that there’s a pub, café, and campsite nearby. If you need to spend the night (and you can’t face tenting it after a day spent wheeling through mud), there are six wooden pods to choose from (they sleep up to five). Don’t have a bike? Relax; you can hire one.