Summer of sports

Children cycling at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire.

Walking isn’t the only way for your family to experience the amazing places we look after. From cycling to canoeing, paddleboarding to prambling, everyone can get outside and get active during this year’s summer holidays.

Fun family activity days

As well as helping your family stay healthy, you’ll also be helping us look after these amazing places for everyone to enjoy. With a whole host of exciting events to get involved with, come along to one of our Game On days at Attingham Park, Osterley Park, or Wimpole to experience a real mix of fun outdoor activities.

On your bike

If your family wants to discover some of the nation’s favourite places on two wheels, why not join some of our free fun rides? Created with British Cycling, Sky Rides are designed for beginners and intermediate cyclists alike.

Trained Sky Ride Leaders will guide you around their favourite trails, giving you pointers to improve your cycle skills as you go. From Northumberland to Devon, you can take your choice of over 60 properties. And best of all, they’re absolutely free.

We also have regular family-friendly cycle gatherings at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Fountains Abbey and Royal Studley Gardens, Clumber Park, Speke Hall, Gibside, Wimpole, Saltram, and the Yorkshire Coast.

Making waves

If you’re heading to the sea this summer, your family can try out some new watersports at many of the coastal places we look after.

Studland Beach’s regular event ‘Hawaii Fish O’ is the perfect introduction to paddleboarding, with the added bonus of fish and chips straight after your lesson. Osterley Park in Middlesex also offers introductory paddleboarding lessons (although you’ll have to get your own chips!).

If you’d rather paddle while sitting down, you can discover the coast by kayak with regular events at Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, the Yorkshire Coast, Studland Beach, and Salcombe in South Devon.
Alternatively, for an aquatic adventure in an iconic location, why not make a splash at one of the regular Windermere Breakfast Swims at Ambleside or Fell Foot?

Put your best foot forward

Families that run together have fun together. At least that’s the idea behind parkrun , our free weekly runs that come in two distances: 5km for adults and 2km for juniors. You can take your choice from 23 locations around the country.

If you’d rather walk before you can run, you can take part in one of the regular orienteering sessions for families at Lyme Park, Dunster Castle, and Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors.
Alternatively, for new mums and their babies, Osterley Park, Gibside, Clumber, Attingham and Wimpole all organise regular prambling events. What better way to introduce your newborn to the world of adventure sports?

Try your hand at archery

Finally, if your family wants to try something a little different, why not take an introductory archery lesson? Speke Hall, Belton House and Claremont Landscape Gardens will all give you the pointers you need to become a crack shot.

To find out what sporting events are happening near you this summer, please contact your local property directly.