First there was the staycation – and now a fast-growing trend is the “playcation”. In 2012, almost four in 10 British families say they are planning a holiday that includes some kind of sport or activity.
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This encouraging statistic is brought to us by a Gocompare.com study, which also revealed that one of the main reasons for taking a more active holiday is to “spend time with family”.
Many parents believe that children aren’t particularly thrilled with a lie-by-the-pool style vacation (nor are the parents, we expect), and instead they want to try holidays with their children that include hiking, cycling, canoeing and other adrenaline sports such as gorge walking, coasteering and land yachting.
One Scottish adventure instructor, Mike McLaggan, has seen a rise in the number of families taking part in adventure activities as the main focus of their holiday.
Mike, of Angus-based Highway 2 Adventure, says: “We have many more enquiries for activities for both children and adults while holidaying in Scotland.
“Parents want to spend time with their kids having fun and an activity, such as mountain biking, gorge walking, kayaking, or coasteering is something that suits the whole family.
“It's great that so many families are planning adventure holidays as a way of getting together and trying something different.”
Two styles of family activity holidays
While some parents choose accommodation to suit their budget and desires and then sign up to a number of outdoors activities with one of many outdoor adventure activity providers during their holiday, others find that it is more convenient to book an accommodation-and-activity break as one package.
Isles more fun:
The Scottish island of Arran is a fantastic place to head for family adventures. Stay at any one of the many hotels, B&Bs, self-catering lodges or campsites and take advantage Arran Adventure for a wide range of activities such as gorge walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and archery. The Isle of Raasay, off the Isle of Skye, also boasts an outdoor centre, called, you guessed it, Raasay Outdoor Centre. There is accommodation on-site and a wide range of activities, including sailing, cycling, walking, kayaking and mountain biking. Or stay at one of the other hotels on the island.
There are lots of activities to discover in the grounds of three UK outdoor centres, one at Culmington Manor, Shropshire, another at Abernant Lake Hotel, Wales, and a third in Scotland at Lockerbie Manor, Dumfries and Galloway. The choice for adventurous families differs from one centre to the next but you're assured a holiday of fun and adventure. See Manor Adventure
Wet and wilder:
Acorn Family Holidays have a huge campsite at Tan Troed, south Wales. It's located one mile from Llangorse Lake, and offers lots of watersports fun such as such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing and raft building. Land activities on-site include a high ropes course, climbing and abseil towers, archery ranges and two challenge courses.