Forget sitting on the sidelines and watching the kids have all the fun. Holidays are for maxing out on adventure, trying something new and spending time together as a family. It’s what memories are made of.
Plan some family time together on your next trip to the South West by checking out some of Devon and Cornwall’s most unusual and exciting family activities below.
Super SUP and Coasteering, Newquay
Whether you’re a high adrenaline kind of family or are action-packed newbies, the ocean mad team at Newquay Activity Centre will find the tempo that’s right for you and get you togged up and raring to go in the water. From family surf lessons to rock pool safaris, they’ve got a pick of activities especially designed to suit a range of ages - but it’s their brand new Family Super SUP and Coasteer that caught our eye.
Combining two awesome activities into one it sees families working together to ride a Super SUP (think a giant stand-up paddle board holding up to eight people) along the gorgeous north Cornish coast before taking part in some fun family games (King of the SUP, Sumo SUP and SUP racing). Then it’s onto coasteering to traverse the cliffs! Navigate your way through natural rapids and, if you’re feeling brave, leap from towering rock formations into the sea below.
More than the guaranteed giggles and gaffs, physical exercise and family bonding, you and your children will leave having learnt how to kneel and stand up paddle, perfect paddle strokes, navigate the coastline, and identify local marine life.
It’s an absolute must if you’re holidaying at one of our North Cornwall holiday parks.
Video courtesy of Newquay Activity Centre
Kayaking on the River Torridge, Appledore
Kayaking on the River Torridge is another winner in the family action corner. Round up the clan and with an expert from Skern Lodge as your guide, enjoy a private half or full day session kayaking downstream from Bideford to Appledore. You’ll be kitted out in all the gear and as well as being taught kayaking techniques there will be games aplenty with likes of rafting, stand up challenges and paddle races against the tide.
Go with a sense of adventure and be prepared to get wet - the instructors and, more than likely, your kids will make sure of it!
Find Skern Lodge on the North Devon Coast, just 40 minutes from Ruda Holiday Park.
Image courtesy of Skern Lodge
Sculpture workshop, Wadebridge
Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into modelling a head from clay in a two-hour session led by a talented tutor. They’ll tease out your inner Picasso and help you to create a holiday memento loaded with laughs, personality and treasured family moments. Ramp up the giggle factor by getting everyone to sculpt a family member – Dad’s sure to come out a little higgledy piggledy while the youngest members of the family will love seeing themselves cast in artistic form.
Image courtesy of The Sculpture Workshop
Sea Safari, Ilfracombe
Hold on and get ready for an adventure, Ilfracombe Sea Safari is seriously high speed, high adrenaline and high on the list of must dos. Jump on the RIB for an ultimate wet and wild ride; 25 minutes of guaranteed thrills, spills and white water moves.
It’s suitable for children over 6 while families with younger, or less high octane members, can pick from a whole raft of less extreme boat trips. Choose from sea safaris that cruise along the north Devon coastline spotting seals, dolphins, porpoises, sunfish and coastal scenery or a sunset safari and even an impressive four-hour wildlife tour of Lundy Island, 20 miles off shore. It includes a close encounter with Lundy’s 200 Atlantic Grey seals and plenty of photo opportunities. Whatever trip you pick, it will be a family talking point for years to come and is only 20 minutes from Ruda Holiday Park.
Video sourced from Ilfracombe Sea Safari
Chocolate workshop, St Ives
Hands up if you like chocolate. Yes, us too and we just know you’ll be in chocolate heaven at Coco Kitchen in St Ives. This is where everyone from little tots to Granny and Grandpa can indulge their sweet tooth and become a chocolatier by enrolling on a recently launched chocolate workshop.
Dive in as a family and get moulding, designing and decorating a selection of sweet treats using white, milk or dark chocolate, then sprinkle on the toppings of your choice. Delicious!
Image courtesy of Coco Kitchen
Wet and wild activities, Parkdean Resorts
As well at fantastic local attractions, if you’re staying at one of our holiday parks in Devon or Cornwall, you’ll find a whole host of fantastic swimming pool activities right on your doorstep. Kids will love our Kayax sessions, learning the basics of kayaking in a fun 30 minute session – while the whole family can make a splash trying to walk in our Aqua Roller, a giant inflatable floating tube!
As well as action packed activities, you’ll also find swimming sessions for all ages and abilities, Aqua Baby and Turtle Tots are perfect for helping little ones build confidence in the water.
UniFacilities and activities vary by park, find out more by visiting our park facilities pages or checking out the pool timetable when you arrive.
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