experiences

Aquariums

Discover what lies at the depths of the ocean...Your Aquarium visit will take you on a journey around the different zones of the world’s Ocean, from the local waters, all the way to the tropical seas of the Great Barrier Reef and everywhere in between! 

Archery

Ready to take aim?

Arts and Crafts

Art and crafting are wonderful pastimes and something the whole family can be involved in, whatever age and whatever skill! Both children and adults can enjoy the wide range of things this relaxing (mostly!) hobby offers, from finger painting and clay modelling to sewing, woodcarving or basket making.

Baking

Whether you're a complete novice in the kitchen or consider yourself a baking champion, there is something for everyone!

Beaches

Enjoy a day on the beach with all the family! The UK boasts some incredible coastlines, from the well-loved Cornwall coast to the secret sandy spots in Scotland. There is something for everyone! Perfect for long walks, sandcastle making or laying back for some well deserved relaxation.

Bodyboarding

Bodyboarding is one of the most popular water sports nowadays. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should add it to your list of 

Calligraphy

Writing is not just a way of presenting thoughts and ideas; your own handwriting can also become an important design tool. Just how, though, do you conjure up expressive, creative results simply by putting pen to paper? If you find yourself asking that very question, you’ve come to the right place! 

Candle Making

Candles are the second most gifted item each year!

Canoeing and Kayaking

Kayaking and canoeing is a great way to get close to nature and experience lochs, lakes, rivers and canals in the UK. An easy way to start experiencing boat sports and go on an adventure. Kayaking and Canoeing are slightly different! When Kayaking you will be seated with your legs extended and you will use a double ended paddle. When you canoe, you can be seated or kneeling and often use a single paddle.

Castles and Palaces

Feel like royalty and visit one of the UK’s beautiful palaces, castles or stately homes. We are lucky to be surrounded by amazing history and architecture here in the UK, and through several organisations we are able to visit and experience these amazing homes. Learn about the history of the buildings and residents, view the art and walk amongst the gardens. Many of these places also offer plenty of activities and guides for the children too! So why not visit one on your next trip?

Caves and Mines

Explore the best caves, mines and caverns the UK has to offer! From the calm and the easy-going to the hard-core cave diving and abseiling, there is something for everyone.

Childrens Farms and Petting Zoos

Enjoy your Escape to the countryside at an Activity Farm.

Cinemas and theatres

Trying to find shelter on a rainy day or enjoy a fun evening filled with laughter and popcorn? Visit one of the 775 cinemas in the UK to catch up on the latest blockbuster film releases!

Climbing

Climbing is a great way to test your strength, balance and agility. As both an indoor and outdoor sport it can be done whatever the weather! You can try out bouldering, climbing and traversing lower walls (around 3 meters) without the assistance of rope. Bouldering basics can be mastered in a few hours and climbing centers will have graded routes allowing you to start out on the easier paths and work your way up. Rock climbing or high ropes is climbing vertically with the assistance of ropes and using safety harnesses, the walls are around 15 meters tall. You will need a good nerve for heights for this activity! Again, beginner sessions are available as are graded routes.

Crazy Golf Courses

Crazy golf is a great way to spend an afternoon with freinds and family. There are loads of different types of courses, from simple to complex with different kinds of features. It's a great way to get started with golfing, and requires no previous experience to get going.

Cycling

A leisure cycle is a great way to get the whole family out and exercising! It allows you to travel further whilst still getting to experience the local area. Why not take your family along the Camel Trail in Cornwall? Or Maybe go and hunt a Gruffolo in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, the possibilities are endless!

Dancing

Ever wanted to learn the Jive, Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba or Cha Cha but never had the confidence? Or maybe you'd rather try Street, Ballet or Tap? Then why not take a chance of a lifetime and book yourself a lesson on your holiday!

Deep Sea / Offshore Fishing

Fantastic Scottish salmon, traditional English cod and chips, Welsh mussels and oysters...

Dog Walking

Taking your furry friend on holiday with you?

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Dolphin and Whale Watching is a truly magical experience for anyone

Dry Ski Slopes

Want to train and practice before hitting the slopes this year? Or are you a newbie who wants to learn the basics of skiing or snowboarding to save time practising at the resort?

Embroidery and needle point

Embroidery and needle point has come a long way since Jane Austin’s heroines would sit and sew in the drawing room...

Escape Games and Rooms

Packed with excitement, you and your teammates will leap into new worlds to complete ground-breaking missions. Work together as a team to find clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges before the time runs out!

Experiences

When you are on holiday, taking a weekend break or even just a night away, the chances are you might want to do something while you're there or explore what's on in the area. It could be booking a river trip, a visit to a museum or wildlife park, or it could be something a little more wild like white water rafting, axe throwing or a high wires course. Whatever you fancy, jazz up your trip with something a bit different and have a look a the wide variety of experiences available near the accommodation.

Fishing

Ideal for expert, casual or budding fisherman alike, there is something for everyone and a great deal of choice. From expert fly fishing in Scotland, general coarse fishing, specialist carp fishing lodges and lakes on the Cotswold Water Park and Devon and Cornwall to excellent pike & river fishing holidays on the Norfolk Broads.

Fjords

A glacially over deepened valley, usually narrow and steep-sided, extended below sea level and naturally filled with seawater.

Floristry

Do you have a genuine love of flowers? A keen eye for design, colour matching and style? Or just want to try your hand at learning the basics of flower arranging?

Foraging

One of the most enjoyable things about foraging is the way it compels a greater awareness of one's surroundings – the need to slow down, pause and look.

Freerunning and Parkour

The term ‘Parkour’ was first introduced by David Belle in 1998. Parkour derives from the French word Parcours meaning ‘route’ or ‘course’.

Frisbee and Disc Sports

A simple game but one that kids and adults can both enjoy. Frisbee is an easy way to bring some relaxed fun to summer afternoons, and can be played with as few or as many people as you like.

Geocaching

If you and your family or friends are looking at spending time together, consider geocaching. A worldwide game that involves everything from clues to camping, geocaching is a great way to 

Go Karting

Thinking of delving into the world of karting? We're sure you're raring to go! Well don't think twice and book yourself and friends or all the family on an ultimate go karting experience!

High Ropes Courses

Discover the trees like never before. Scramble, climb and jump through high rope assault courses, don't forget to bring your courage! A great outdoor activity for families and adults alike, and dotted throughout the UK. Why not try the adventure for a day out on your next staycation?

Horse Riding

Ever imagined galloping along a beach?

Hot Air Ballooning

See in 360 degrees for miles on end...

Ice Skating

Whether you skate as a sport or just for fun, it's a great way to get your body moving when it's cold outside or to cool down during the summer months. It's also a wonderful activity to enjoy with your family or friends!

Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Whatever your child's age there is always something to enjoy.

Indoor Ski Slopes

Why not try an indoor ski slope. These can be used year-round and are great fun for the whole family. There are different types of indoor slopes, from moving carpets to complete indoor slopes with lifts and real snow.

Indoor skydiving

Prepare to be completely blown away as you experience the adrenaline rush of an indoor skydiving experience!

Juggling and Circus Skills

Wanting to learn a new skill? Improve your coordination? Refine your own party trick?

Kitesurfing & Kiteboarding

Kitesurfing is an exhilirating and fun sport. To start it is strongly recommended to take lessons. Normally you would start out by doing a 3 day course to learn the basics including safety, kite control and board control. Half of the course would take place on land to get used to the kite and learn about the wind window, and the second half is about getting started on the water!

Knitting

Knitting (derived from the word ‘knot’) is the process of using two or more needles to create a fabric made of a series of interconnected loops. 

Lakes around the UK

Discover some of the UK's most beautiful lakes...

Lidos

These days you need to really hunt for a Lido. They are out there but you need to know where to look. And when you find one they really are worth it. From Devon to Aberdeen to Yorkshire you can find magnificent outdoor swimming pools across the UK, and they combine exercise, mental wellbeing and the wonders of fresh air. Don't believe me? Give it a try. The feeling of outdoor swimming really does wonders for the soul. Plus some of them have really amazing views too.

Lighthouses

Have you ever made your way up to the top of a lighthouse? If your answer is no, then you're seriously missing out!

Martial Arts

Ancient Chinese martial arts and Shuai jiao (Chinese 

Monuments and Memorials‎

In the UK there are literally hundreds of incredible monuments and memorials to visit, including castles, palaces, ancient stones and historical columns, statues and pillars. For ardent history lovers, the problem will be deciding which ones to visit first.

Mountain Biking

Escape the city and try hitting the hills on two wheels! Mountain biking is a fun and exhilarating way to experience some of Britain's best mountains, woodlands and tracks. There are all sorts of mountain biking to enjoy, from downhill to cross-country there is sure to be something for you.

Museums and Art Galleries

The UK has a huge array of museums and art galleries for you to enjoy. From the big hitters in London, such as the Natural History Museum, V&A, Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery, to exciting living museums where your family can step back in time (such as the Black Country Museum in the West Midlands or the Highland Folk Museum in the Cairngorms). These Museums let your kids get hands-on with history, attending School and learning about farming, crafts, and much more.

National Parks

Mountains, Lakes, Forests and, Hills. Beautiful National Parks up and down the UK have so much to offer!

Paintballing and Laser Tag

Get ready for the ultimate game of elimination and exhilaration with an action-packed day of paintballing. Don your combat suit and get ready to dodge the enemy in a selection of paintball scenarios. This high-adrenaline combat sport requires strategy, leadership and teamwork, so you’ll need to be cunning, resourceful and daring to take out the opposition. Think you’ve got what it takes?

Painting workshops

Learn to paint or refine your skills...

Parks and Playgrounds

Weather is too nice to stay indoors? Want to stretch your legs? Children need to run wild?

Play at a Pitch and Putt

Fancy having a go on a real golf course but not quite ready for the big leagues? Don't fear! Pitch and putt is here! Usually, 9 holes and Par 3 (this means you can aim to do each hole in just 3 shots) Pitch and Putt is a great way to get started with golf.

Pottery

Pottery is an ancient craft and great fun! Sometimes a little messy, anyone can have a go at either hand building a pot, or getting to grips with a throwing wheel. You can create something beautiful and uniquely yours in no time at all. Families can enjoy together and kids as young as 2 can play with clay, or have a go at painting a pre-made pot. It’s the perfect wet weather or winter activity.

Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Spend the day creating your very own handcrafted pot, vase, or bowl. Or if you have less time on your hands why not try painting a premade version?

Printmaking

Printmaking sounds more mystical than it is. In fact I had to google it before I realised that actually, it is something I've (sort of ) done with my kids a few times before, in novice format. A class or course would be much more fun here, with someone who has all the right printing bits and pieces and you can leer at other peoples work. Most importantly, the mess is in someone else's place.

Pumpkin Picking

Hurrah, it's Autumn! That stunning time of year when the skies are blue, the air is crisp and the trees are turning that beautiful golden orange before-they all-drop-off colour. Christmas is coming, Bake Off is on the telly and before we all hunker down for the long nights ahead, we have a month or two of wonderful outdoorsy stuff to get out of our system. And most importantly, it is Pumpkin Season. Woo Hoo! Who doesn't love those creepily carved orange globes popping up in every window ledge from now until Halloween.

Quidditch Games

Originating from one of the UK's best selling books, Quidditch is a mixed gender contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag. A quidditch team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times. While the game can appear chaotic to the casual observer, once familiar with the basic rules, quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and even more exciting to play!

Rafting and White Water Rafting

Keen for a wet and wild challenge? Good - you've come to the right place! Challenge nature and your friends to an adrenaline filled day with a fantastic white water rafting experience!

Railway and Transport

The UK is the home of the amazing steam train! This integral part of our lives and history means we are lucky to still have many running steam railways and transport museums and attractions.

Remote Control Cars and Boats

Model controlled cars, boats and planes, what fun!

Remote Control Drones

A drone is a multi-copter aircraft without any human pilot. These drones can be controlled by a remote control device.

Running

We all know that running is good for us. In fact it's great for us. It makes you feel good, live longer, keeps you fitter, healthier and happier. You can also eat more ice cream on holiday because you burn off the calories. How can it get any better?

Safari Parks

Lions, Tigers and Bears....

Sailing

Why not consider learning to sail on your next staycation? Take to the sea and harness the wind to discover the joy of sailing.

Santas Grottos

Santas Grottos are the perfect Christmas experience. A fantastic festive day out for the whole family.

Scuba diving

Learning how to scuba dive is a ticket to a lifetime of underwater adventure...

Segway Trips

Whether you fancy exploring the countryside or the city centre streets, it’s time to head out on a Segway Tour to soak up some gorgeous sights. Don’t worry if you’ve never even seen a Segway before, let alone ridden one. This quirky outdoor activity is suitable for all abilities!

Skateboarding

Skateboarding, as we know it, was born sometime in the late 1940s to early 1950s, when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. This was called "sidewalk surfing" – a new wave of surfing on the sidewalk as the sport of surfing became highly popular.

Ski Areas and Resorts

Believe it or not, you can Ski outdoors in the UK! The ski season in Scotland is from January to early April. All the resorts offer nursery slopes so everyone can get started, kids can start skiing from 3 or 4 years old. Visit these beautiful mountains and stay in plentiful local accommodation. If you can't get to the mountains, why not try one of the UK's indoor snow centres. Open all year round they have ski and snowboarding classes for all ages and are a great way to get your mountain hit even in the summer.

Slacklining

I'm sorry, there is no other way to say this, Slacklining is cool. The problem is, it's both awesomely fun and maddeningly hard.

Snorkelling

Exploring the open ocean is something some people only dream of...

Snowsports

Snow sports are notoriously known to be competitive, skilful and full of fun. Additionally, it's beneficial for your mental and physical health, proving to be the perfect opportunity to build new friendships and long-lasting memories.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Looking for an easy access waterboard sport? Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) might be for you! Easy to pick up in just half an hour, glide across lakes, rivers and seas on your paddle board. Kids can start from as young as 5 and lots of our partners have child and teen sized paddleboards.

Stately Homes and Gardens

The number of heritage buildings still standing proudly across the UK is quite remarkable. Most of the UK's stately homes have hosted kings and queens, prime ministers, actors and poets – all manner of illustrious guests.

Street art

In urban environments across the UK we have talented street artist who aim to publicly create and increase relationships between businesses and constituents, alongside promoting a safer community. Banksy is a well known artist.

Surfing

Think you can only surf in exotic locations? Think again!

Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Want to enjoy a leisurely swim or a splash with the family?

Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Take you family and friends bowling for an afternoon or evening! Whatever your level or age, ten pin bowling is for the whole family and is the perfect location on a rainy day!

Theme and Amusement Parks‎

Feel the rush of a roller coaster or take a gentler ride on a carousel, there is something for everyone! A great family day out with kids of all ages (including big kids!)

Theme Parks and Funfairs

Aside from roving funfairs which can pop up in towns and cities for a week before travelling on and are a great bonus if you find one, the UK has many, many fantastic Theme Parks that are open all year round and provide a great day out for everyone in the family. Even the faint-hearted members who don't want to scream themselves hoarse on Oblivion or the like can take a gentle boat trip or something serene around quite often attractive grounds.

Tours and River Cruises

If you decide to take a holiday in the UK to an area you don't know (or maybe you do but want to know more), an excellent way of seeing around and actually getting to see the "best bits" is by taking a tour with a local guide or someone in the know.

Trampoline Parks

Get jumping at one of these trampoline parks! Great exercise, great fun, and a great indoor activity for those rainy days! Burn some energy by leaping and bouncing about these parks, learning new tricks, and having a fun-filled day!

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is like snowboarding on water. You are attached to a wakeboard sideways with both feet. You can wakeboard behind a boat and jump over the 'wake' the boat produces, or you can wakeboard at a cable wakeboard park.

Water Parks

Splash around whatever the weather at these great indoor and outdoor waterparks in the UK!

Waterfalls‎

There are some absolutely stunning waterfalls to visit in the UK. From the jaw dropping Mealt Falls in the Isle of Sky to the eerie beauty of the underground cascades in the Dan-y-Ogof caves in Wales, there is something about a crashing torrent of water that leaves even the least outdoorsy of us in complete awe.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a surface water sport that is a combination of surfing and sailing. It is also referred to as "sailboarding" and "boardsailing", and emerged in the early 1970s from the surf culture of California.

World Heritage Sites‎

The United Kingdom is home to so many beautiful historic sites and buildings - explore these amazing World Heritage Sites - from Stonehenge to Durham Castle - there are some extraordinary places to discover.

Yoga

Stretch, relax and find your centre. Try out the ancient art of yoga

Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Safari Parks

There are a huge number of zoos, wildlife and safari parks all over the UK and most are well worth a visit and provide a really exciting and unique day out. The broad difference between them is that Zoos tend to keep animals with their own species in smaller enclosures for a real up-close encounter, whereas a visit to a Safari Park usually involves driving around much larger enclosures to see groups of animals - maybe rhino, giraffe and gazelle all in one setting. Some are self-drive (for a monkey snapping off your wing mirror type affair) or in others you are guided round in a truck, spotting lions and elephants from afar - similar to an African safari, just without the plus-size sunset, hot weather and flamboyant tribespeople (although lets not get too picky about this; most UK safari parks are just a couple of hours from home and do not involve remortgaging the house to go).

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