The UK is a beautiful country with a variety of outdoor activities that families can enjoy together. There are not only a range of wildly different natural environments to choose from but also a host of interest groups dedicated to the activities that take place within them, meaning that, no matter your interest or location, you’re sure to find something to suit each member of the family.

Hiking and Biking

Walking and biking are historically popular family activities throughout the country. It’s not surprising when you consider how many spots there are, including stunning country lanes and off-road trails, that accommodate various levels of fitness. For a little more fun, why not take part in one of the many moonlit runs organised by The National Trust. If cycling is an activity you enjoy as a family, you’ll be spoiled for choice with trails dotted throughout all corners of the country, which safely highlight the beauty of the British landscape, and its wildlife, at night.

Loving the Lights

Whether it’s natural light such as the stars that light the night sky, or festivals where lights are on display, partaking in such an event is a wonderful outdoor activity for families. There are many lights’ festivals around the UK, especially around Christmas. If you’re in Scotland, the annual Christmas at Botanics is a must-see. In Windsor Park, the Obelisk Pond is lit up, and of course, the annual Christmas festival at Kew Gardens in London is a mesmerising experience. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re sure to experience a sense of magic as you explore these events. All these festivals begin mid to late November until early January.


A family day at the beach is always a great idea, especially if you’re spending the day on one of the beautiful ones in Dorset, Norfolk, or even some areas in Scotland. Why not expand on that by learning some kind of watersport, such as water skiing, surfing, or paddleboarding. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is becoming popular across many different demographics. It’s not only fun, but it’s also excellent core exercise too; a lot more fun than planking, you can be sure! Regardless of your age or fitness level, you’re never too old to learn how to SUP. It will take some practice, so you’re guaranteed a few laughs while you build your confidence.

Foraging to Cook

Sharing a meal as a family is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Add a twist by foraging for fruits, vegetables, or even fungi and invent a new family dish using your fresh ingredients. There are many places in the UK where you can search for such hidden, organic produce. From hunting for mushrooms in Somerset, to three-cornered leeks at Nunhead Cemetery in London, to seaweed in Cornwall, the options are as abundant as the foods available.

This article may have only four simple suggestions, but we are certain that we have given you some food for thought for your next outdoor family activity, or even your annual family holiday. Whatever you decide to do, we hope that you will make many happy memories.