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Top 10 Adventure Sports for Kids in London

27 November 2022

There are many adventure sports enthusiasts in London with interests ranging from skiing to sailing to rock climbing and there are some truly excellent facilities that cater to all of these and more. We have picked out ten of our favourites and have included information on them for you below. 

Skieasy, London

Skieasy London is a great place for adventure seekers to enjoy some of the best skiing facilities in the area. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels can enjoy themselves here and especially with the rotating track, which is effectively a snow treadmill. 

This means that there is no limit on how far you can ski or board and no lengthy wait for a ski lift. It is an easy way to improve technique and control. 

The BMX Track, London

Offering an introduction to the high-octane sport of BMX riding, this facility offers lessons to people of all ages and abilities. It can be a great way to help children to learn how to better balance on their bikes as well as to take part in some of the more adventurous activities on offer. There is a highly experienced team supervising all the time and equipment hire is available so it is possible to try before deciding whether to make a regular commitment. 

Go Ape Treetop Adventure, Battersea Park

Not for those who are scared of heights, the Go Ape Treetop Adventure is, as you may expect, a thrill seeker’s dream with zip wires and fishermen’s nets allowing for some amazing views over London. The Treetop Challenge course is twice the height of most Go Ape locations and is not for the faint of heart. There are a variety of different courses and challenges to suit different age groups and this is one not to be missed. They will talk about it for weeks.

Paddleboarding London, Camden

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is such a fun activity on a warm day and Regent’s Park is just one of the locations offered on Paddleboarding London’s tours. A fun and safe adventure sport for all of the family, SUP is only increasing in popularity and this is a great way to try the sport in the company of professionals. 

Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

Offering a wide variety of water sports and instruction, this sailing and watersports centre at the heart of London’s Docklands area is one of the premier venues for adventure sporting activities for kids in the capital. Windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and dinghy sailing are just a few of the activities on offer and there is something to interest everyone. 

The Castle Climbing Centre

This is one of the top rated climbing centres in London and has excellent beginner courses for children who would like to get into this thrilling adventure sport. There are a multitude of different courses and the minimum age for the popular kids taster sessions is nine years old. This reflects the seriousness and maturity needed to learn to climb proficiently.  

Active 360 Paddleboarding

This Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) provider has locations throughout London and offers induction and instruction for adults and children alike to allow them to enjoy London’s waterways from this unique vantage point. Children are welcome and encouraged and private family sessions are catered for, making this an excellent and safe experience.  

The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

OK we cheated a little on this one as it is actually just outside London but it is simply too good a facility to leave off the list. The Snow Centre is a real snow indoor skiing and snowboarding centre and has an enormous 160ft main slope as well as classes for children and adults of all ages. An amazing adventure for all of the family awaits. 

Wimbledon Park Watersports and Outdoor Centre

Featuring many of the most popular water sports including SUP, canoeing, kayaking and sailing, Wimbledon Park Watersports and Outdoor Centre is an excellent facility for trying new adventure sports. They run children’s school holiday courses which can be a great way to test your child’s interest in the various activities and to see whether there are any they want to pursue as hobbies. 

Oyster Diving School, London

This PADI 5* Award-winning diving school is active in locations all across the South-East of England including London. Children’s lessons are available for booking and they use some of the best venues in London and the surrounding areas. Your family’s underwater adventure starts here. 

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