Outdoor activity breaks
Challenge yourselves to an array of exciting adventure and outdoor activities in the Beautiful South.
Try your hand at sailing or kite surfing, feel on top of the world and go rock climbing, or take a relaxing trip on a narrowboat. After all, it’s never too late to try new things together!
on the River Thames
For those who love the outdoors a boat trip on the Thames with French Brothers offers so much. For the keen photographer there are magnificent views and wildlife – for walkers you can combine a walk of the Thames path with a river trip.
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The beautiful Isle of Wight is a fantastic destination for a romantic walk. Boasting a varied landscape from pretty rivers and creeks to dramatic coastline and rolling countryside, over half the Island is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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Learn to sail
Portsmouth in Hampshire has some of the best sailing conditions in the world out on the Solent. Portsmouth Outdoor Centre is a RYA acredited training centre, and offers sailing taster sessions and courses for all ages and abilities, as well as windsurfing and powerboating. Synergy Sailing in Portsmouth also offers sailing trips and experiences for a memorable day or weekend trip.
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Tall ships experience
A brilliant way to have a go at sailing, the Day Sails and Taster Voyages are perfect for beginners. Get involved with setting the sails, take the helm and even climb high up into the rigging for a spectacular view! Or if you're not feeling that adventurous, simply help pull a few ropes and enjoy being on the water. All voyages depart from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and must be booked in advance.
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Fly in a hot air balloon
Why not get a bird's eye view of Oxford and enjoy the magnificent views as you drift above the city and countryside? Oxford Balloon Company takes off from various sites around Oxford.
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The perfect, relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful waterways around Oxford! Ideal for a romantic break with a difference. Tutition about your boat and how to handle it is given on arrival.
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Canoeing and kayaking
Paddlesports are great for all ages and abilities and can be as gentle or exhilarating as you like. Whether you want to try canoeing and kayaking for the first time or you are looking to improve your skills, Portsmouth Outdoor Centre in Hampshire has a range of courses to suit everyone, accredited by the BCU.
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Situated on the banks of the River Medway in Kent, the Arethusa Venture Centre specialises in adventurous outdoor learning activities. It has four different climbing walls including towers, slabs, overhangs and archways, to suit all abilities. An exhilarating way to challenge yourselves and reach new heights!
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Taking a Wight Safari around the Isle of Wight, enables leisure walkers to explore the Island unspoiled landscape of high downs, ancient woodland, interest-filled beaches and river estuaries using its extensive footpath network. Wightlink’s Wight Safaris guide showcases eight adventure walks, each with a theme and a purpose.
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Ski and Snowboard
Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre in Kent has established a reputation for high quality professional instruction. The centre is open throughout the year for recreational skiing and snowboarding, with lessons available for every standard. It also offers a 750m toboggan ride and sno-tubing.
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Kitesurfing is one of the world's fastest growing sports for a reason - it's so much fun! Kitesurfkings teach kitesurfing all year round on Shoreham beach, just 5 miles from Brighton in East Sussex.
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Get harnessed inside an orb and go tumbling down the hill together in the longest orb run in the uk! Orb 360 is based just outside Brighton, with stunning views over the South Downs.
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The Hawk Conservancy Trust
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is located in the beautiful countryside of the Test Valley, a favourite location for walkers, anglers and bird watchers. The Trust is a registered conservation charity that is home to a collection of over 150 birds of prey, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive Stellers’ Sea Eagles. Many wild bird species, such as buzzards, red kites, kestrels, and even peregrine falcons, have been known to join the Trust’s own birds during their free flying displays, which take place during the day’s itinerary.
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More short break ideas
This website is brought to you by Tourism South East. This selection of activity breaks have been selected to appeal to couples and those wishing to spend quality time together. Visit our Visit South East England website for more ideas for short breaks, days out and things to do. Alternatively, visit our Fun Family Days Out website for ideas for families.