With school soon to finish for the Easter holidays, and the weather on the turn for the best as we enter Spring, we pick out the most exciting and active outdoor day trips across Britain that are sure to provide family entertainment.
Seacliff Stables in North Berwick, Scotland
Enjoy the stunning scenery in some of Scotland’s most scenic and countryside on horseback. Home-bred and professionally trained horses allow riders of all ages and abilities to participate. Ride along the beach, and enjoy magnificent views of the coastal scenery and landscape with historical landmarks and lighthouses, from an entirely new and unique perspective. Prices vary from £25-35 per person depending on age, visit their website for more information.
Bigbury-on-Sea is an incredible family beach, with soft sand, gentle waves, shallow bathing, hidden coves and a plethora of rock pools to dig about in. Opposite the beach, Burgh Island is accessible at low tide, but if the tide is high, it is perhaps more exciting to take the 1930’s sea tractor that drives with ease through the water. Following the paths, you can climb to the top of the island for stunning views as far as the eye can see. But, if this excitement isn’t enough, book the family into the Discovery Surf School to hire surfboards, kayaks, bodyboards or have an exhilarating private lesson. The beach and sea tractor are both free of charge, and Discovery Surf School prices start at £10, please visit their website for more information.
Broadland Cycle Hire in Wroxham, Norfolk
Coming with two decades of experience helping families enjoy the Broads National Park or, as it is often coined, Britain’s Magical Waterland, this activity will provide you with an energetic and picturesque day out. Hire a variety of bikes and accessories from their principal bike centre, from hybrid and mountain style bikes or tandems to children’s cycles, baby seats, and tagalongs so the whole family can ride in comfort. Or, visit their self-service station to hire or book in advance bikes Barclays-style. Having compiled a comprehensive list of routes from child-friendly distances to 20 miles, you will be sure to find one that suits your group. Prices vary according to type of cycle hired and length of hire, which can be from a day to a week. Please visit their website for more information.
Crags Adventures in Windermere, The Lake District
Suitable for those aged over 7 years old, Crags Adventures are a small, family-run outdoor activity company. Their wide range of wild outdoor activities include ghyll scrambling, gorge walking, canyoning, abseiling, guided rock climbing and scrambling. And, to maximise your experience and to ensure that you get the best guidance and tuition from their well-reviewed instructors, Crags keeps the group small so you can enjoy the experience just as a family. Prices vary depending on duration of participation and activity, visit their website for more information.
Thames Rockets, London
With perhaps the most exhilarating sightseeing speedboats on the river Thames, you certainly wont be dozing off. Speed through London at 30 knots and take in the sights and landmarks of the city, from the Houses of Parliament to Canary Wharf, from a viewpoint you are most likely unfamiliar with. Prices start at £29.50 for children and £39.50 for adults, visit their website for more information.
BrakeAway Bicycle Tours, London
Alternatively, for a more up-close-and-personal view of the city and its intricacies and history, view both the gems of London away from the well-trodden tourist track. Offering a faster alternative to walking, and a more scenic route than going Underground, choose between the traditional tour or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take the more artistic, alternative trail around the East End of London. £22 for adults and £18 for concessions, visit their website for more information.
TJ Board Hire in Chichester, Sussex
Try something new and book up paddle boarding to experience a wholly different means of transportation. With just you and a paddle on an inflatable board, the whole family can relish this novel sporting activity by gliding down the Chichester canal guided by one of their experienced instructors. A family price package is available for £80, all you need to bring is a towel, visit the TJ Board Hire website for more information.
If you are looking for additional ideas for you and your family, have a read of our choices of top family days out, or if you want more of an adventure outside British shores, check out our picks of the most luxurious family holidays.