Top family fun in the great British countryside


yacht at Fleetwood © Nickie O'Hara 2012
As soon as the weather shows the first signs of improving, our thoughts immediately turn to long weekends spent rambling around in the countryside.  From adrenalin-fuelled sports to lazy walks amongst nature, nothing feels more precious than those warm weekends spent relaxing as a family in the Great Outdoors.  There really is so much to see and do, so here are some great ideas to make your family weekends ones to remember, even after the sun has disappeared for another season.


Visit a working farm

Families used to keeping their weekend breaks UK centric, know just how much children love the taste of authentic rural living. And with so many working farms now open to the public it’s the perfect time to let them experience the thrill of a working farm.  The early months of spring are lambing season. Many farms open their nurseries to allow children to watch the lambs being born. You can even bottle feed them too. It’s an eye opening experience that’s not to be missed.  Later on in the year farms are busy bringing in the harvest, giving children a real insight into how the food they eat everyday arrives at their table.

Go pony trekking

Saddle up and head out into the woods for a leisurely hack through some of the UKs finest beauty spots.  If your children haven’t tried it then make sure that this is the year they finally do. There are riding schools across the UK, all of which provide a gentle introduction to novice riding.  Pony trekking family holidays are amongst the most memorable of all. And it isn’t just fun that your children will have; spending time with horses really boosts their overall confidence levels too. 

Learn bush craft

If you have slightly older children then a day spent learning bush craft is bound to be something you can keep coming back to over and over again.  It’s a chance to develop some great skills, and by the time you finish you’ll all be having long family discussions about the different species of plants and fauna to be found on the forest floor.  You’ll soon know all about their beneficial (and not so beneficial properties) too, and one or two of you might even master the art of fire making too.

Take a bird watching nature trail

With around 574 different species if bird in the UK it will take your family quite a while to spot them all. But this shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and experiencing the many pleasures to be had from seeing birds in their natural habitat.  As the days get longer bird spotting opportunities improve across the UK, with the crows and blackbirds of winter making way for merrier sounding species such as Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. Definitely not to be missed.

Quad biking

If animals and nature are a little too sedate for your family, then you could all have a go at this high octane four wheel motor sport.  There are quad biking centres all around the UK and many of them cater for junior quad bikers from as young as six, so there’s a chance for the whole family to get involved.  It’s noisy, messy and a lot of fun, and after just a few practice laps with an instructor you’ll be handling the dips and bumps of a standard track with ease. It’s definitely one to leave the whole family feeling happy and tired by the end of the day. 


If any of the above has got you yearning to get the whole family outdoors and active, a family holiday at CenterParcs could be just the ticket, with activities for all palates you can be as active as you like.


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