With four in five Britons opting for staycations, and holidays around the UK soaring, the Express dubbed 2017 a “UK holiday BOOM.” If you’re planning your family’s next getaway, consider an activity break to the UK’s most remote and adventure-fuelled destinations. We’ve compiled a short travel guide to some of the UK’s best jam-packed, boredom busting, family-fun adventures that prove to you that there truly is no place like home.
Explore the UK’s National Parks
Known as ‘Britain’s breathing spaces,’ the UK boasts a total of 15 National Parks. Varied terrain, wildlife and ecosystems not only keep all the family entertained, but provide the perfect luxury escape. Brecon Beacons National Park, nestled in the beautiful landscapes that make up South Wales, ticks all of these boxes. Spend your mornings and afternoons scaling mountains, tackling walking routes, cycling rugged trails and bridleways. Explore the valleys and peaks of the Beacons Way 100-mile trek, before retiring to the cosy Angel Hotel, Abergavenny.
The Lake District National Park, the largest national park in England, spans 885 square miles of Cumbrian wilderness and is a hub of adventure the entire family can enjoy. Tackle the 102-mile circular Alfred Wainwright Memorial Walk, which promises majestic panoramic views of every lake, mountain and valley belonging to this majestic wilderness.
For unrivalled views of these natural wonders, why not charter a helicopter? The best way to truly appreciate the beauty of the UK National Parks is to join the birds for an aerial view. And after a busy day exploring the great outdoors, head back to the luxurious The Samling, Windermere for a Michelin-starred meal on Lake Windermere.
Skiing is one of the most exhilarating sports in the world. It offers different levels depending on your experience and is one of the only sports in which a parent and child can participate together without the stress of competition.
The UK isn’t the first place that springs to mind when it comes to skiing. But thanks to the Snozone in Milton Keynes, you don’t have to step foot on a plane to discover the action. Snozone is one of the best indoor ski centres in Europe, and it offers an authentic alternative skiing experience. You can enjoy everything from tubing, sledging and family fun sessions, so everyone, including the little ones, can enjoy this exciting experience. They also run holiday camps, so the kids can meet new friends and learn key skills in a safe environment.
Zip wire across the Welsh Mountains
For families looking for a pulse-racing and adrenaline-fuelled activity, head to Northern Wales and discover the UK’s best zip lining experience at Zip World. Penrhyn Quarry is home to Europe’s longest zip line and boasts incredible views over the Welsh coastline and slate quarry. For families with smaller tots, they too can join in the fun with Zip Safari and Tree Hoppers activities, both part of the Zip World family.
Walk the South West Coast Path
If you’re planning a trip to the South West, no holiday would be complete without walking a small part of the South West Coast Path. This captivating route covers 630 miles from the seaside town of Minehead in Somerset to the bustling harbour in Poole. Wherever you start or finish your walk, you’ll discover a range of beautiful landscapes and landmarks along the way. Popular spots include Cornwall’s World Mining Heritage Site, Durdle Door in Dorset and the Minack Theatre in Penzance.
Sea kayaking in Cornwall
For a completely different view of Cornwall’s spectacular coastline, take the family sea kayaking on your next break. This unique and fantastic experience is a suitable family adventure where you can choose from a range of locations. On a sea kayaking experience you can explore secluded coves, dramatic cliff faces and hidden caves, all while gliding along the aqua-blue Cornish waters.
Family surf adventures on the Welsh coast
There are plenty of locations along the Welsh coastline that provide ideal conditions for families to enjoy watersports and surfing. Surfing is perfect for children and adults, and you can learn the basics with approved surf schools. You needn’t worry about packing any surf gear, as most of these coastal surfing hubs allow visitors to hire everything they need. This energetic activity will definitely tire out the entire family, so relaxing afterwards on a sandy beach afterwards is a perfect way to end the day. Discover Wales’ top surf beaches here.
Multi activity breaks
There are a range of locations across the UK that offer fun-packed staycations. These include Cornwall, Devon and the Isle of Skye. On these breaks you can take part in a canon of activities suited to individual interests and abilities. With a greater emphasis on experiencing a holiday to its fullest, activity breaks mean getting the most out of your family holiday. These are just a few of the many choices for an adventurous family break in the UK; if you have any recommendations for great places visit, let us know below.
For more boredom busting activities and breaks that all the family can enjoy without needing to pack a passport, check out this UK holiday guide. If the Lake District’s rugged landscape and luxurious retreats is perfect for your family holiday, charter a private jet with Air Charter Service to Manchester Airport, the closest airport to Cumbria. Or, if the Welsh surf and turf is more your family’s thing, charter a plane to Cardiff Airport.
What UK family adventures do you recommend?
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