Top 10 Family Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities for families are plentiful on the Isle of Wight. Here’s our summer guide to the top 10 activities with kids, so you’ll never be stuck for fun things to do.

1. Horse Riding

The Island must be explored on horseback because it has literally hundreds of miles of bridleways and paths. There are a number of excellent riding schools offering sessions for adults and kids where you can mount up for the day.  Try Hill Farm Riding Stables in Freshwater, a family-run riding school with a range of horses and ponies from welsh section A’s to the magnificent thoroughbreds.

2. Fossil & Dinosaur Hunting

Imagine coming face to face with Baryonyx and Neovenator – albeit in tiny particles in fossil form. The Island is known worldwide for its dinosaur finds as more have been discovered here than anywhere else in Europe. So go on a fossil tour and tap into one of the richest sources of fossils and bones. Dinosaur Farm Expeditions run lots of guided walks along the coast near Brighstone.

 3. Tree Climbing

For ages 8 upwards you can’t beat tree climbing to get the adrenalin pumping. Good Leaf are the Island’s specialists offering a unique opportunity to enjoy fantastic tree climbing in beautiful surroundings. Under full instruction and supervision you’ll be climbing like a monkey up through the branches and seeing the countryside from a new perspective.

 4. Sailing

Messing about in boats has always been fun, and the Isle of Wight Boating and Sailing Schools (UK) provide the perfect opportunity to do it safely and under supervision for the novice and beginner. Learn to sail packages and sailing-based activity holidays are available year round for all the family, plus summer sailing camps at the UKSA (UK Sailing Academy).

 5. Kayaking & Canoe Safaris

Glide along with the family on a canoe safari down the Western Yar. No previous experience is necessary to take part in exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area under the guidance of expert instructors and wildlife experts. Or try an adventure sea kayaking course and explore the cliffs and caves of the Island that are only accessibly by Kayak with Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking professionals.

 6. Archery

Archery might be an exciting and challenging Olympic sport but now the whole family can try it out with Adventure Activities Isle of Wight. Based at Tapnell, expert archery coaches are on hand to help you shoot with precision with top of the range Archery equipment. Different sizes cater for both the smaller and larger Archer, plus there are also right and left handed bows, so there’s no excuse.

 7. Mountain Biking

With miles of stunning cycle routes through nature reserves, over the downs and along wooded cycle, mountain biking on the Island is an absolute must.  Take your bikes along to the Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre at Cheverton and explore tehir trails which run through 298 hectares of farmland, chalk downs, coniferous and broadleaf woodland. They are just 10 minutes south of Newport making them no more than 30 minutes away from any Island location. 

8. Surfing & Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

With the best waves for surfing or gliding through the water on a Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) which is the fastest growing water activity, you can be sure of having fun learning how to surf as a family. SUP lessons ages start at 12 years old at Tackt-Isle Adventures where they offer 2 hour Splash sessions in and around Bembridge Harbour for beginners, or once you've got the hang of it, try the SUP Explorer session to adventure up the coastline. For surf lesson iSurf offer a mobile service across the Island ensuring you get to where ever the waves are.

9. Mountain Boarding

Fancy trying rushing down a hillside on a board? Maybe getting to the stage where you can take on a few jumps? Mountain Boarding is great fun and exciting to learn, with all the family. Adventure Activities Isle of Wight have two great locations and experts are on hand to help you and your children master the art. Trained staff can incorporate children of all ages and there are a few giggles along the way.

10. Coasteering

Coasteering is a unique adventure sport where you experience the exhilaration of sea level traversing, rock climbing, cliff jumping and swimming into sea caves. It’s a coastal exploration along the wild and beautiful Isle of Wight coastline.

Jumping over rock archways, swimming through wave filled gaps, climbing up cliffs and ducking under water into invisible caves are just a few of the experiences to be had. Adventure Activities Isle of Wight are the only provider of Coasteering on the Isle of Wight and their adventures are run by qualified outdoor professionals who have a vast experience of the coastal environment. 

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11 June 2018

By Sarah Sims in Articles