Activity breaks guide

 

Adventures, sports and adrenaline experiences. You can find them all in our guide to eco friendly activity breaks throughout the UK

East of England activity breaks

 

Center Parcs Elveden Forest 
Near Thetford, in the Suffolk brecklands
Leading holiday village with serious environmental designs

Elveden Forest opened in August 1989 with the same winning formula - exceptional leisure facilities set in a stunning forest environment - as Center Parcs’ three other UK holiday villages. There are 11 restaurants and bars and six shops mainly located in a covered Piazza which is linked to a Balinese themed Subtropical Swimming Paradise - with indoor and outdoor interconnecting rivers and pools, canyon ride, flumes, rapids, wave machine and lagoons - plus Sports Plaza.

 

West of England activity breaks  

 

Bedruthan Steps Hotel **** 
Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall, overlooking the ocean
Deluxe
Family friendly hotel that’s a pioneering environmental award winner

Bedruthan has an array of leisure facilities. With tennis courts, a gymnasium, snooker room, table football, table tennis and several swimming pools to keep you entertained. Try a surfing lesson with the resident instructor or play a round of golf at one of the nearby courses. Nearby there’s The Adventure Centre at Lusty Glaze which offers abseiling, rock climbing, a zip wire and coasteering for adrenalin junkies. Ten minutes away is the Extreme Acadamy at Watergate Bay for kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and mountain boarding

 

Center Parcs Longleat Forest 
Near Warminster, Wiltshire
Leading holiday village with serious environmental designs

The smallest of the four Center Parcs villages this is located in 400 acres of woodland in a corner of the Marquis of Bath’s Longleat estate. There are exceptional leisure facilities set in a stunning forest environment with 12 restaurants and bars and six shops. The Plaza is home to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. The Roman-themed Aqua Sana spa features Finnish and Tyrolean saunas, a Turkish Hammam, Greek herbal bath, Japanese salt bath and Zen garden and much more besides

 

East Midlands activity breaks 

 

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest 
Near Nottingham, in the heart of “Robin Hood” country
Leading holiday village with serious environmental designs

The first of the Center Parcs villages to open in the UK. The Subtropical Swimming Paradise also features a thrilling family raft ride, “Grand Cascade”. There is a Nature Centre where guests can learn about the flora and fauna, 11 themed restaurants and bars, six shops and more than 80 different indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities. Children and teenagers can be entertained at the Time Out Club.

 

North West England activity breaks

 

Center Parcs Whinfell Forest 
Near Penrith, Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District
Leading self catering holiday village with serious environmental designs

Among the most popular short break destinations in the country Center Parcs is renowned for its stupendous range of indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities. Its signature feature is the glass covered structure in the village centre housing the Sub Tropical swimming paradise with its indoor and outdoor interconnecting rivers and pools, canyon ride, flumes, rapids, wave machine, lagoons and spas. There is also a lake, the Balinese style Aqua Sana spa and live entertainment. The village has 7 shops, bars, and a choice of 12 restaurants for those who don’t fancy cooking.

 

Scotland activity breaks

 

Fairmont St Andrews ***** 
St. Andrews, Fife
Luxury
Outstanding resort hotel in an international group renowned for its “eco-innovations”

This occupies a spectacular 520 acre site with panoramic views of the River Tay estuary, the North Sea and the medieval skyline of St Andrews. There are excellent leisure facilities with two championship golf courses, a spa with 18-metre swimming pool and separate children’s splash pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym. There is also a health and beauty salon.

 

Wales activity breaks

 

Bluestone 
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales
Self catering holiday village committed to minimise its environmental impact

Bluestone is set in 500 acres of glorious countryside around a newly-built but traditionally-designed Celtic village with facilities perfectly suited for families and short breaks. A highlight is the Blue Lagoon, a water park featuring the UK’s biggest indoor boogie wave, flumes, bubble pools, a lazy river ride and interactive wet play areas. Guests can also enjoy The Well, a spa with saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs and 15 treatment rooms. Then there’s the Landsker Sports Club with its state-of-the-art Nautilus gym; Y Tafarn, the village pub, three restaurants, a wine bar and a range of shops.

 

The Celtic Manor Resort ***** 
Usk Valley, South Wales
Luxury
Golf resort with two hotels and a concern for green issues

The venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup and home of The Celtic Manor Wales Open. Facilities include the Roman Road championship course and two new 18-hole courses – the Ryder Cup Course and The Montgomerie. There is also a world-class Golf Academy, The Lodge - a superb golf clubhouse, 2 health clubs, 2 luxurious spas with sauna, jacuzzi, 2 gyms and indoor swimming pool. Tennis, shooting, mountain biking and walking trails are also available.

 

Northern Ireland activity breaks

 

Corralea Activity Centre 
Belcoo, County Fermanagh, on the shore of Lough McNean
Self catering, recognised for environmental practices

Correlea offers days out and residential outdoor activity breaks in a natural environment. The activities, with qualified instructors, include canoeing, windsurfing, water trampoline, caving, mountain biking and climbing. All customers are provided with wetsuits and buoyancy aids and there is a fishing boat and equipment hire service for, canoes, surfboards and bikes. There is a barbecue by the lake shore, a jetty, playground, nature trail, volleyball lawn and forest paths.