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5 Best Kids' Summer Adventures

22 March 2024

Do your kids love adventure and crave excitement? Check out this list of the top activities to try this summer.

Quadbiking Adventures

Do you want to show your kids that real life can be as exciting as gaming online? Take them for the ride of their young lives with an adventure-filled day of quad biking that will have them firing on all cylinders!

There are venues across the UK that offer experience days for kids as young as six years old. These days include safety equipment, full instruction from a qualified expert, and a fun ride out in the surrounding area.

If you think this may be a good activity for you and your family, search online for your nearest quadbiking adventure.

Climbing Adventures

Turn your back for a moment, and your toddler or young child is up a tree, over the stair gate, and at the top of the highest climbing frame!

Climbing comes naturally to many children who climb and scramble over just about anything, so take the opportunity to tap into these abilities with a day of adventure while honing sporting skills that will inspire confidence, develop strength, and encourage fitness. 

Climbing opportunities are available for all-weather days at indoor and outdoor venues supported by expert instructors.

Visit purpose-built indoor and outdoor venues and scale fun, novelty towers, and climbing walls for various ability levels, supervised by expert instructors.

Are you already a family of confident and competent climbers? There are lots of outdoor climbing experiences for the whole family to enjoy together. Options include bouldering, mountaineering skills, multi-pitch climbing, and more.

Mountainbiking Adventures

Mountain biking is one of the more accessible family adventures for all ages and abilities. As long as you can ride a bike and have ready access to one, either owned, borrowed or hired, then get on it and go! It’s as simple as that.

Mountain biking with the kids takes many forms.

Cycle for free along the miles of the National Cycle Network across the UK - check out our article about the best family-friendly cycle routes in England.

If you prefer something a little more challenging, you can try your skills out on some of the best mountain bike routes in the UK.

Don’t mind paying? Head to one of the bike parks for purpose-built jumps, ramps and downhill challenges catering for all abilities, from absolute beginner to complete adrenaline junkie!

If you’re really passionate about mountain biking, you can even book a course to improve your jumping, drop-offs, and/or downhill skills!

Tree Surfing Adventures

If your kids thirst for adventure and have a head for heights, take them for a day out at one of the treetop challenges in parks around the country.

Activities cater for all age groups, with very young children usually requiring direct supervision by a parent or guardian.

Climb, balance, zip and swing on obstacles crossing from treetop to treetop, and admire the views and wildlife from high among the trees.

Safety is a top priority at these venues, so you will be given prior instruction in using climbing harnesses and clips, and expert guides will be on hand.

There are age limits and restrictions on group numbers, so it’s worth checking at your chosen venue before booking!

Wild Camping Adventures

Desperate to get the kids away from their mobile phones and game consoles?

Fed up with the daily grind of modern life?

Tired of hearing how bored the kids are?

Why not take the family on a wild camping adventure and leave it all behind?

Wild camping is a ‘back-to-basics’ experience pitching your tent (legally) wherever you want to without the modern facilities a typical campsite provides.

No showers? Check.

No toilets? Check.

No electric hook-up? Check.

No kitchen/cooking facilities? Check.

Wild camping is legal in Scotland and parts of Dartmoor in the UK, but there are plenty of opportunities throughout the rest of Europe. There are also camp sites which offer a similar experience.

With a bit of advance planning, preparation, and the appropriate kit, you and your family can escape real life for a while and rediscover those family bonds.


Adventure isn’t for everyone, but if you’re after a bit of excitement and quality family time, then there’s plenty available in the UK for those who do.

Photo by Darcy Lawrey

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