Adventure breaks for families

Caroline Cassidy

There's nothing better than a break the whole family can enjoy and if you're looking for something different and exciting for your next holiday together, why not try a little adventure?

Family adventure breaks
Family adventure breaks

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A host of companies in the UK and abroad now offer family-friendly adventure breaks that will get your little ones active and having fun - you never know, you might just learn a thing or two along the way.

If messing about in boats is your idea of fun a spot of kayaking could be just the thing. Many courses take children as young as six years old but there is plenty for the adults to learn too - proper paddling, turning round, the all-important stopping will give all ages a taste of the sport. And brave adults who take well to the water just might get the chance to try their hand at the rapids.

Bushcraft and survival
For any budding Ray Mears out there, a survival course is the perfect place to start. Keep your wits about you to create your own shelter from everything nature has to offer and cook in the great outdoors. Kids usually need to be eight years or older but their faces are guaranteed to light up when they finally manage to create fire from that tiny spark.

Wildlife discovery
A must for animal lovers and Attenborough wannabes, a wildlife discovery break brings the whole family closer to nature. Bugs and birds, rushing rivers and tranquil lakes, take a guided tour through the amazing variety of wildlife Britain has to offer.

Fancy something further afield? How about a cycling holiday abroad? It's a great way to see the countryside and many companies cater for families, with bikes of all sizes. And after a day's cycling along quiet country roads, you can relax by the pool before dinner at the hotel. France, Italy, Spain... take your pick.

Action-packed adventure
If you're not sure what you and the children will enjoy the most, a multi-activity break is the best option. For example, the Clyne Farm Activity Centre near Swansea welcomes families and offers horseriding, archery and abseiling, not to mention the world's muddiest assault course - a surefire winner where kids are concerned! But don't worry grown-ups... the centre overlooks the gorgeous Gower Peninsula so if you can't face the mud, there's always the beach.

There's a whole world of adventure out there so why not try something new... you might just surprise yourself.