35 adventurous days out for May half term, from forest bathing to a canoe safari


Canyoning, Cumbria

Learn ropework techniques and technical skills, before taking on a vertical descent down Cautley Spout – England’s highest cascading waterfall (nearly 200m high). There will also be abseils, jumps, drops and slides along the way. Prices vary, howstean.co.uk/outdoor-activities/canyoning

Wakeboarding, Yorkshire

Give wakeboarding a go at North Yorkshire Water Park. Riding on a short, wide board while being towed by a cable and motorized pulley system, visitors can learn the skill with trained instructors, while more experienced boarders can practice jumps and tricks on a variety of stunt apparatus. There’s also wild swimming, sailing, pedalos and fishing on site. £ 20 per session, northyorkshirewaterpark.co.uk

Go Karting, Tyne and Wear

With a fast 1,200m circuit and a fleet of 390cc karts, Karting North East in Sunderland is the place for any adrenaline junkies. There’s also a junior karting track, as well as the largest paintball arena in the UK. Prices vary, kartingnortheast.com

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Wild Swimming, Lake District

Wild swimming is of course entirely free, but if you’re a beginner and would like an introduction then the bespoke wild swimming and waterfalls course at Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa is for you. Learn about safety and health benefits, then spend the day enjoying Bassenthwaite Lake, the hidden gin pool and a natural infinity pool with a professional coach. There’s also a warm spa. From £ 90. armathwaite-hall.com/activities/wild-swimming

Wildlife safari, Merseyside

Home to more than 500 animals, Knowsley Safari features a 550-acre drive-through safari – with its five-mile route making it Britain’s longest safari drive. Look out for lions, wildebeest, rhinos, tigers and zebra. Adults £ 18.50, children £ 15, knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk


Try a class with Maitri Yoga on the beach at Lyme Regis (Photo: Nick Ivins / Gone Wild)

Snorkel SUP safari, Cornwall

Explore above and below the water’s surface on a snorkel stand-up paddleboarding safari in Newquay. Paddle through secret coastal bays and under-the-radar dive sites, where you can look out for fish, seals, crabs, starfish and lobsters. £ 85, newquayactivitycentre.co.uk

Kitesurfing, Dorset

Due to becoming an Olympic sport for 2024, kitesurfing is certainly having a moment. Learn the energetic watersport in Weymouth with qualified instructors and water sessions based from an RIB boat, where you’ll be taught how to take flight, maneuver and recover. £ 59, otc-watersports.com/kitesurfing

Canoe safari, Devon

Winding River Canoe offers day paddles and wild camping expeditions in Devon and the Wye Valley, including canoe picnics and wine tasting, evening canoeing with storytelling around a campfire, and three-day adventures. Prices vary, windingrivercanoe.co.uk

Beach yoga, Lyme Regis

Swap the studio for the beach with a yoga class on the Jurassic Coast. Feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the stunning backdrop of Golden Cap and the historic Cobb as you flow through an uplifting vinyasa yoga session. Thurs 6.45am and 8am, Sat 7am, £ 12, maitriyogawithpip.com

Stand-up paddleboarding, Berskhire

Paddle through an amazing natural open space at Caversham Lakes in Reading. There’s also a beach and an on-site cafe for a well-deserved hot chocolate afterwards. From £ 20, cavershamlakes.co.uk/stand-up-paddle-boarding


Enjoy live action gaming at Rumble Live in Norfolk (Andy Balmford)

Archery, Suffolk

Head to Woodbridge to try your hand at archery this half-term with a trained instructor, as well as plenty of “free shoot” time, games and a healthy dose of competition. Adults £ 24, juniors £ 19, 30 May, ecadventures.co.uk

Zip-lining, Norfolk

Get your harness on and begin your trail of discovery through the treetops at Holkham Hall, finishing with a descent down two zip lines to get your feet back on the ground. You’ll be in safe hands with a fully trained team who will fit your harnesses, give you a thorough introduction to the equipment and guide you over a short induction course. £ 21, holkham.co.uk/visiting/ropes-course

Marsh walks, Norfolk

A family park based on children’s books by Tom Blofeld, beWILDerwood is perfect for younger adventurers and features a range of activities, from exploring tree houses to going on marsh walks, boat rides, arts and crafts and listening to storytelling sessions. Visitors over 105cm £ 21.50, 92-105cm £ 19.50, norfolk.bewilderwood.co.uk.

Live action gaming, Cambridgeshire

Popular battle royale video games such as Fortnite and Call of Duty are brought to life in this team-based activity. Located outdoors in eight acres of woodland, scavenge your environment to find utility boxes to take down the other team. £ 15, rumblelive.co.uk.


Take a leisurely paddle with a canoe trip along the River Wye

Adventure caving, Somerset

An exhilarating way to explore Cheddar, the expedition begins in Gough’s Cave where you’ll switch on your head torch as you descend into the underground depths. With expert cavers on hand the entire way, there will be climbs, drops and crawls, before you emerge back into the light. Adults £ 29.95, children £ 22.45, cheddargorge.co.uk/rocksport/adventure-caving

Go karting, Wiltshire

Push the pedal to the metal at Castle Comb Circuit’s 350m long track, with fast challenging corners and 200cc karts which average speeds of up to 30mph. There’s also trophies awarded for the top 3 finalists. From £ 49, drivetechltd.co.uk

Canoeing, Gloucester

Based in beautiful Symonds Yat West, enjoy a leisurely self-guided canoe up the River Wye and Wye Valley. There’s also the option for multi-day hire, as well as kayak and paddleboard trips. Prices vary, wyecanoes.com


Rural skills, Monmouthshire

Located in Penallt, in rural Wales, broadcaster Kate Humble’s farm offers a range of country skills and animal husbandry courses including bee-keeping, wild food foraging and climate change gardening. After a day working in the open air, bed down for a night at the farm. Courses from £ 100, extra accommodation, humblebynature.com

Gorge walking, Snowdonia

Get kitted out with helmets and wet suits before traversing a beautiful Snowdonia gorge by scrambling, climbing, swimming and paddling your way through the incredible forest canopy. From £ 45, adventureparcsnowdonia.com/gorge-walking

Mountain biking, Snowdonia

Adventure Parks Snowdonia’s epic location gives way to some incredible scenery, landscapes and trails that are great to explore on two wheels. Whether you’re looking for a gentle ride in the fresh air through woodlands and castles or a full day of world-class mountain trails, Snowdonia has it all. From £ 22, adventureparcsnowdonia.com/outdoor-adventures/mountain-biking

Stand-up paddleboarding, Cardiff

Try taster sessions, ladies-only workshops and social SUP at Cardiff International White Water. If you fancy something a bit more adrenaline-pumping, they also have white water rafting, tubing and inflatable kayaking. Prices vary, ciww.com


Wild Swimming is a great way to get back to nature and has many health benefits (Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa)

Wild Swimming, Outer Hebrides

Join two experienced guides in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic to learn how to swim safely in open waters. Perfect for first-timers, and for the more experienced sea swimmer, enjoy a swim between small islands across channels or around the rugged coastlines. Prices vary, immersehebrides.com/wild-swimming

Forest Bathing, Highlands

Deep in Cairngorms National Park, a guide will take you on an experience of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, which literally translates as “take the atmosphere of the forest”. An ideal way to switch off and immerse yourself in nature, there are also plenty of health and well-being benefits, with sessions at sunrise, sunset and full moon. From £ 18, highlandquietlife.co.uk

Coastal Foraging, Highlands

Learn how to source and prepare wild food on the shores of Moidart with expert guidance. Forage for a range of edible shellfish, seaweed, coastal and woodland plants, gaining practical know-how about where to find different species, then light a fire and cook your wild lunch on the beach. £ 90, wildwoodbushcraft.com/coastal-foraging-day-course

Mountaineering, Various

The mountains of Scotland are a delight to explore during summer when long hours of daylight allow for epic adventures. With plenty of guided mountaineering days out to tackle multiple Munros, as well as a range of low-level walks exploring glens, forests, rivers and lochs, hikers will be in heaven. Prices vary, jamesorpwoodmountaineering.co.uk


Coasteering in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland

Coasteering, Country Antrim

Explore the Ballintoy coastline in this thrilling adventure, which combines rock climbing, scrambling and jumping techniques and swimming. An instructor will be with you every step of the way, so you can get stuck in safely. From £ 30, coasteeringni.co.uk

Clay pigeon shooting, County Tyrone

Led by a qualified instructor, try your hand at clay pigeon shooting at Todds Leap in Ballygawley with a target range before blasting the clay critters out of the sky. There’s also zip-lining, glamping, off-road driving and archery. Prices vary, toddsleap.com

Mountain biking, County Down

With tailored coaching sessions for both advanced and beginner bikers, as well as a range of mountain trails filled with jumps and descents, mountain biking with Cloughmore Extreme is a fun way to see the Rostrevor Mountains. Prices vary, cloughmorextreme.com


Zipline through the trees at Go Ape

Aqua Park

The ever-popular Aqua Park Rutland Water is back again this year. With 40 inflatables set up on various reservoirs, thrill-seekers can jump, monkey bar, slide and bounce their way across the agility course before taking a dip in the water. Available at four locations; Rutland in the East Midlands, Cardiff Bay, Grafham in Cambridgeshire and Lakeside in West Thurrock, Essex. aquaparkgroup.co.uk

Go Ape

With tree-top rope courses, zip lines, swings and jumps and multiple locations across the UK – from inner city adventures to national parks and forests – Go Ape is a great day out for all the family. goape.co.uk

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