Why it’s good to get outdoors - tickets to the South West Outdoor Festival now available

A family walking in woodland

Out of the whole UK population, only 5.7% are regularly active outdoors.

This may be for a number of reasons - a growing urban population, an increase in nervousness of outdoor space, a growth in online activities and the perception that ‘sport’ is a turn-off.

However, recent research * has found that over 42% people who do not currently participate in outdoor activities would like to do so; and 31% of those who do participate, want to do it more frequently.

Here are nine key reasons why:

  1. Spending quality time with the family.

  2. Being part of and exploring the natural world.

  3. Challenging the body, focusing on personal achievement and reaching a goal.

  4. Achieving a sense of physical and mental wellbeing, an ideal way to relax and de-stress from the pressures of modern life.

  5. Training and improving skills, competing and winning.

  6. Having a great time with friends and treating the countryside as a giant adventure playground.

  7. Using the outdoors as a learning experience – the ‘outdoor classroom’.

  8. Taking part in ‘cool’ or alternative recreational activities as a way of getting away from traditional sports.

  9. Finding that adrenaline rush through extreme sports thrill-seeking and risk taking.


So, for the first time, we're providing an opportunity to learn what outdoor recreation is available the region.

The South West Outdoor Festival (23-25 September) brings together highly qualified outdoor education instructors and guides as well as major adventure sport providers to provide a multitude of outdoor experiences for all ages and levels of ability, many of them free.

However, places are limited, so booking on to activities is essential.

For tickets and further details visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/swof.


*  ‘Getting Active Outdoors: A study of Demography, motivation, participation and provision in outdoor sport and recreation in England by Sport England and the Outdoors Industries Association (OIA)’, 2015