Amazing places to go for an active staycation
We have such a strong urge to show our kids the wonders of the world, but we often forget how incredible our own country is. From the clear blue seas in Cornwall to the jaw dropping scenery in the Highlands, our country is full of amazing things to see and do. Our kids have been cooped up inside for far too long so it’s time to get out and get active. Some of these activities may have COVID restrictions so please double check before booking or turning up.
There are few places in the UK that you can find everything to do but the South-West of England is one of these places. Find some dinosaurs, jump off the cliffs into the sea, go on some amazing walks, try your hand at some watersports, go for a cycle or just fuel up with some ice cream before your next adventure. Here are a few of our favourites.
- Dinosaur hunting along the Jurassic coast is a great day out. Take a little hammer with you and start cracking open some rocks – who knows what you’ll find.
- If you have older, adrenaline fuelled kids then get yourselves booked on a coasteering adventure where you’ll jump from the cliffs into the sea, find hidden caves and spot some wildlife along the way.
- There are plenty of watersports that the whole family can enjoy – hire a boat or kayak and take your little ones with you or grab a jet ski and head on out with your older ones.
- There are loads of bike routes/trails for all ages and abilities so make sure you bring your bikes with you. If you don’t have your own bikes then don’t worry as there are loads of bike hire specialists catering to all ages.
North Wales is rife with activities for the whole family. Head out into the hills for some incredible walks or along to the beach for some ice cream and playing in the sand. Bu if you want to try something a bit different (and adrenaline fuelled) take a look at our list below:
- Zip World Fforest has activities for kids of all ages. Your tinniest adventures (3+) can join you on the 710m long Fforest coaster but don’t worry about the speed as you can control that yourself. For older kids, they can swing around in the trees, go on ziplines and take a ride on a swing over a 100ft drop!
- The Betws y Coed Spy Mission Treasure Trail is a 2 hour self-guided spy trail where you and your kids find clues and solve mysteries. All you have to do is download the route PDF, pack plenty of snacks and keep your eyes peeled for all the clues.
- Fancy getting a bit mucky and wet? Great, let’s Go Below into the caves of North Wales. This 5 hour experience for kids 10+ will let you zip line, climb up and abseil down ledges, boat across water at higher speed and much more.
- For more underground (and above ground) fun head over to Zip World Slate Caverns where you’ll find fun for all the family. Kids aged 7+ can take on the challenge of the largest zip line in Europe or they can head to the underground playground of Bounce Below.
No matter where you end up in Scotland there are loads of things to do for an active break with your children, but the highlands is our #1 choice. From cycling to abseiling to watersports, you won’t be far from something exhilarating to do.
- If you’re after some watersports for the whole family then head over to Loch Insh Outdoor Centre. Loch Insh caters for all watersports from sailing and kayaking to fishing and raftbuilding. If you don’t fancy getting wet then there’s loads of activities to do on dry land too. Try some archery or skiing, snowboarding or tubing down their dry slope.
- The Highland Wildlife Park is a great place to burn off some energy. Here you’ll find snow leopards, polar bears, tigers, wolves and if you’re lucky (like we were) some red squirrels.
- Fun for all ages, even your very littlest ones, the Landmark Forest Adventure Park is a great day out. The Wee Monkey Trail is perfect for those aged between 2 and 5, whilst your older kids will love the world’s first Bamboozeleum where they’ll find magical illusions and puzzle to test their wits.
- One for kids over 12 but definitely not to be missed is the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre. This fully immersive experience allows you to get up close and personal to dogs. You’ll get the chance to meet the dogs, visit the mushing barn and join the stewards on a real training session.
Did you know that the Midlands has a cable car, a monkey forest, and one the UK’s best theme parks? These are just some of the exciting things that you can do if you’re off to the Midlands in the summer.
- Rambo has nothing on this place. The ECombat Experience at the Holme Pierrepont Country Park gives your kids the chance to experience thrilling missions live on the battlefield (safely of course). And if you think that’s the only thing you can do there, think again…with loads of watersports to choose from, an army inspired assault course and mini golf activities you may have to come back the next day.
- Drayton Manor is one of the UK’s best theme parks and a great day out for all the family. Along with many, many rides, it also has a 15 acre zoo, museum, Thomas Land for the littlest ones and crazy golf.
- Fancy spending the day with 140 free roaming monkeys? I’ll take that as a yes. Head on over to Monkey Forest where your kids will be able to experience how monkeys interact in their natural habitat. This 60 acre habitat will ensure that you’ll tire out your kids so you can enjoy some quiet time to yourself in the evening.
- Although the Heights of Abraham may sound like an epic film, I can assure it’s not. A trip up to the top on the cable car brings your family to most amazing day out. Not only do you get to go on a cable car but the amazing views, exploring the caverns at the top and two amazing adventure playgrounds will ensure there’s enough fun for everyone.
There are few places with such an incredible history as Northern Ireland, from the home of the Titanic to the Giants Causeway. However, if you fancy something a bit more active then you'll definitely find loads of action packed activities for you family to get stuck into. Here’s a few of our favourites.
- How do you fancy finding some Gruffalos? The Gruffalo trail will allow your little ones to search for Gruffalo characters in the woods. Every child who visits receives a book with stories from Julia Donaldson and a very special Gruffalo certificate when they find all the Gruffalos.
- There’s so much wildlife off the coast of Northern Ireland so we’d recommend you head out onto the water to spot as much as you can. If you head out to Rathlin Island you’ll be sure to find seals and puffins, as well as an upside down lighthouse.
- There are loads of pick of your own farms in Northern Ireland so if you fancy a day out sampling (and buying) the local produce of this amazing country then check out this list of places where you can pick your own.
- Mazes, bouncy castles and an epic playground can be found in the grounds of Carnfunnock Country Park. The family fun zone also contains a miniature railway, bungee run, and remote controlled boats and trucks. Picnic sites and toilets make this a great action packed day out for the family.