It’s time to step away from those trading screens and blow some cobwebs away with one of our Top 10 Outdoor Activities. Whether you fancy jumping from a cliff, riding down a river in an inflatable armchair or rolling around in a giant inflatable hamster ball, there’s something here for you…
1. River Bugging
What it is: River bugging is the latest outdoor watersport craze from New Zealand. It involves riding an inflatable “bug” (which look like a hi-tech inflatable armchair) down river, bobbing and weaving white water cascade, eddies and rapids.
Great for: Daredevils! It’d be perfect for stag dos, weekends away and family days out if you want a water sport that’s a bit different.
Do it at: Splash in Dunkeld, Scotland.
It’ll cost you: £60pp for a half day (discounts for children aged 12-15 or combining other activities).
2. Land Yachting
What it is: A bit like sailing and a bit like driving, land yachting involves speeding across land in what looks like a go-kart with a giant sail attached. It’s usually done on the beach, making it ideal for a day out in the summer if you’re not the sunbathing type.
Great for: Couples and mates as you can do it in pairs. You can also buy ‘Experience Day Vouchers’ for gifts if you don’t fancy it yourself but know someone who would.
Do it at: Fishy’s Land Yachts in Kent.
It’ll cost you: There’s a number of different packages, but best value is £66 for two people for two hours.
What it is: Another weird and wonderful outdoor activity we can thank the Kiwis for, zorbing is rolling around in a giant orb, usually downhill at speeds building up to 35kph. It’s thought to be inspired by hamster balls. You can also choose “harness zorbing” which has been compared to bungee jumping in a ball.
Great for: Something different.
Do it at: Zorbing.com has 7 different UK destinations.
It’ll cost you: £54.95 for a Zorbing E-voucher which can be used at any UK venue for 2 people.
4. Quad Biking
Great for: Stag and hen parties, corporate events, family days out.
Do it at: Quad Challenge in South Wales has some of the best natural quad biking terrain in the UK.
It’ll cost you: £38pp per hour (or £36 if you pay in advance).
5. Nordic Walking
What it is: A total body version of walking using specially designed walking poles that look similar to ski poles. The addition of poles forces you to use more muscles and consume more energy than in regular walking. The concept was originally developed as a way for skiers to train out of season.
Great for: Keeping fit! This outdoor activity uses almost every muscle in your body and is thought to help with weight loss, toning and endurance. Perfect if holiday body panic is starting to descend…
Do it at: You can’t beat the Lake District for walking and they have a dedicated Lake District Nordic Walking tuition group where you can learn the technique.
It’ll cost you: £50 for a morning’s walking, including hot drinks and pole hire.
6. Gorge Walking
What it is: Gorge walking is a wet walk that follows a river down a gorge. You’ll have to scramble over rocks, jump into plunge pools and slide down waterfalls. It’s a bit like a day at a water park, but much more picturesque!
Great for: A fun day out in groups of 8 or more. It’s a great team building exercise for corporate events.
Do it at: Adventure Wales offers gorge walks in a beautiful waterfall region in South Wales.
It’ll cost you: £35pp for a full day, based on a minimum of 10 people. You can also opt for packages including a packed lunch or other activities.
What it is: Not one for any claustrophobes among you, caving involves going deep underground into caves and mines where you’ll see rock formations including stalagmites and stalactites (no, we don’t know the difference between them, either).
Great for: There’s no bonding activity quite like leading each other through a dark and narrow cave, whether it’s with your trading colleagues, family, or friends.
Do it at: Twin Peaks Outdoor Activities in Derbyshire.
It’ll cost you: £26pp for a half day, based on a minimum of 10 people.
Great for: Anyone who was in skateboarding as a child. You’ll look like a pro in no time. Honest.
Do it at: Barefoot Surf School in North Devon.
It’ll cost you: £30pp for a two hour session including board and safety equipment.
What it is: Be Bear Grylls for the day with a bushcraft course that will teach you how to survive in the wilderness. You’ll learn how to build a shelter, collect water, light a fire, set a trap a navigate your way through the woods.
Great for: Team building and learning something new. You can also book Youth versions to keep the kids occupied in the holidays.
Do it at: Woodland Ways have courses in Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.
It’ll cost you: £85pp for an adult day course including lunch (you’ll have to cook it yourself, though…)
What it is: Like gorge walking but (much) more extreme. Coasteering involves making your way along a coastline by rock climbing, swimming, cliff jumping, and any other means necessary. Not for the faint hearted!
Great for: Adrenaline junkies and strong swimmers!
Do it at: Kernow Coasteering around Penzance and St. Ives.
It’ll cost you: £40pp.