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Plain Sailing Family Adventures

15 Plain Sailing Family Adventures
Written by Louise Winter

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Seas the day and enjoy a family water themed adventure which with Father’s Day coming up, is perfect for the Dads out there! If you’d like to travel by water, relax on the water, explore the local scenery and wildlife you’re in luck because we’ve got it all covered! Here are a range of very different adventures, and don’t forget to sail on over to our website to find even more!

Harry May Boat and Fishing Trips; Lyme Regis, Dorset

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Take the family on a traditional mackerel fishing trip setting off from The Cobb Lyme Regis where you will spend a leisurely hour searching for mackerel trying to catch as many as you can. At the end, Harry will even fillet the fish for you, and you can take them to the local fish shop where they will be grilled and served with chips for just £3.50 each! Find out more.

Seaprobe Atlantis – Glass Bottom Boat Trips; Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

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The area around the Kyle Akin is recognised as being of International Conservation Importance. Hop on board one of these glass bottom boats to see why! There’s a wealth of marine wildlife including seals, dolphins, puffins and sharks that you might see. Find out more.

Matthew of Bristol; Bristol

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The Matthew of Bristol is a replica of the English ship that discovered North America in 1497 and is now moored in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. There are a number of exciting trips that you can take on board the ship including luxurious afternoon tea trips and exploratory trips down the Avon Gorge. Find out more.

The Open Boat; Cardiff, Wales

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This adorable little steam boat look-alike operates boat trips around Cardiff Bay. You can sit back and relax as you watch the busy harbour and its surroundings sail by. Find out more.

London Waterbus Company; Camden Lock Place, London

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Take the family on a fun cruise on a traditional canal narrow boat along the historic Regent’s Canal. The kids will love sitting by the window and watching Regent’s Park go by. The boats travel through the Maida Hill Tunnel which is a canal tunnel, stops off at Camden Lock so you can shop or try out the variety of food, plus you can even take the special water bus to London Zoo and enter through the canal gate. You can conveniently hop on from Little Venice or Camden Lock. Find out more.

Pirate Ship; Bridlington, Humberside


If you fancy setting out on the seven seas, then check out this pirate themed boat tour! Originally built as a fishing boat, this vessel now offers fun trips out for the whole family. Your little buccaneers will enjoy the salty adventure of a boat trip, whilst you admire the scenery around Flamborough Head or perhaps a trip up to the magnificent 300 feet Bempton Cliffs seabird sanctuary. Find out more.

Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre; Sandhurst, Berkshire


Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre offer some great multi activity days where the family can try mastering windsurfing or stand up paddle boarding, as well as canoeing, dinghy sailing and kayaking! Their superb facilities provide a fun, safe and educational experience for everyone who visits. Find out more.

Tenby Fishing; Tenby, Wales

If six people or more book, one can go half price with a ‘Days Out Card’


For something fun and fishy to do that’s just a bit different then we’ve got something perfect for you. Why not take the family on a mackerel fishing trip! All the trips are family orientated and are perfect for complete beginners. The skipper will take you to the best spots to fish then help you cast your lines. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes and a camera for all those action shots! Find out more.

Lancaster Canal Boats; Lancaster, Lancashire


For a very different adventure, take the family on a beautiful canal boat trip. You’ll cruise along stunning waterways to the aqueduct- which carries the canal 664 feet across the River Lune at a height of 61 feet which is roughly 53 feet above the normal water level in the river – wow! You can also enjoy cruises to other locations so be sure to check out their website to make the most of your day out. Find out more.

MiniPort Ships; Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

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These adorable mini boats can be hired out for a voyage. Navigate your way around the waters in a miniature ferry, police boat or even a lifeboat. Be careful though as there’s some hidden obstacles including a submarine and a giant fish! Find out more.

New Quay Boat Trips; New Quay, Wales


A real treat for children and adults alike, head out on a boat trip in search for some truly fascinating wildlife including Atlantic grey seals, dolphins, porpoise and numerous sea birds. As the boat trip takes in a ‘special area of conservation’ the coastline is unspoilt and extremely beautiful! Find out more.

Southern Comfort- Mississippi Paddle Boat; Norwich, Norfolk


For a really unique boat trip, take a scenic cruise on a double-deck paddle boat which has been purpose built for the Broads and can carry up to 100 people. There are 1 1/2hr and 2hr long trips available, and both options allow you to enjoy the scenery. Find out more.

Sea Fishing Poole; The Quay, Poole, Dorset


Grab your sea legs and enjoy a beautiful scenic fishing boat trip from Poole Quay. The trips last for 3 hours, or you can choose the longer 7 hour trip and with both option you get to admire the stunning coastline. Whilst the catch of the day is mainly mackerel and bream, the younger passengers (and young at heart) can enjoy crabbing too! Find out more.

Boating in Hyde Park; Hyde Park, London


Ideal for a warm day in the city, why not visit Hyde Park and take the kids out on the water! Yes that’s right, you can hire one of the pedal boats which operate on the Serpentine, and they can hold up to six people! If you prefer something slightly less strenuous there is also the Solarshuttle, an electric boat which glides across the lake! Find out more.

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre; Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Buy one adult ticket and get one adult, child or concession entry ticket free with a ‘Days Out Card’.

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It may not actually be a boat trip, however this museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of the fishing industry and is suitable for all ages. Kids can dress up as fishermen and discover what life was like in the 1950’s experiencing the sights, smells and sounds in the interactive displays. Hop on board the Ross Tiger Trawler ship to listen to stories from days at sea, join the fishermen in the Freeman’s Arms, and enjoy tasty fish and chips! Find out more

I hope you enjoy these water themed adventures which are all a little bit different and perfect for this time of year! Don’t forget to share your pictures on my Facebook page. 🙂



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