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The best UK water activities to enjoy this summer!

Written by Annabel Middleton

Here are the best water activities we can suggest,
visit this summer and prepare to be impressed.
From deep thrills to water park fun,
Head on down as there’s something for everyone.

Shark dive at The Bear Grylls Adventure

The NEC in Birmingham
Book online from £132 and save up to 20% online

Walk the underwater route as you take part in the shark dive! Take the plunge for a chance to come face to face with Blacktip reef sharks and tropical fish! This 120-minute dive adventure is not one to miss, plus, each dive generates a donation to The Shark Trust! You will also have free access to the Royal Marines-inspired Assault Course with your ticket! Suitable for ages 10 and upwards. Find out more here!

Mega stand-up paddle boards (Mega SUPS)

Shropshire, Ironbridge
From £110 per Mega SUP for 5 people with a mega dry bag

Paddle under the World’s first Iron Bridge on a mega SUP! Your trip will start upriver in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, giving you the opportunity to stop for a picnic lunch as you float along on your board! It takes approximately 3-3 and a half hours to paddle the route where you can try and spot egrets, swans, kingfishers and even deer on the old power station site! Suitable for children aged 10 and upwards. Find out more here!

Alton Towers Waterpark

Stoke-on Trent, Staffordshire
From £16.50 per person

Have some splashtastic giggles with your little ones at the Alton Towers Waterpark! This activity can be experienced whatever the weather as it is both indoors and outdoors, as well as being open all year round! Drift along the lazy rivers, and get drenched by the crazy cannons before braving the jaw-dropping speed of the incredible Master Blaster water coaster! In the summertime, you can also enjoy your time in the Bubbly Wubbly pool as well as experience the Flash Floods flume ride! Find out more here!

Way2Go Adventures- Gorge walking/scrambling

Wye Valley
£50 per person

If you love waterfalls and being in water, then this is the activity for you! No matter the weather you will be getting wet so go and witness some amazing gorges, rivers, and waterfalls! This is an incredibly rewarding activity for all the family where you will get to see a side of the Brecon Beacons that you won’t be able to see any other way! Find out more here!

Kayaking on the River Wye, Way2Go Adventures

Brecon Beacons, River Wye
From £35-£50 per person (Half Day)
From £75 to £90 per person (Full Day)

Explore the stunning landscape and wildlife of the Brecon Beacons by kayak! Whether you fancy a casual paddle down the river or a challenge on the rapids, they can cater for all different skill levels! Choose between a half-day or full-day trip to take in this area of outstanding natural beauty! Find out more here!

Cardiff International White Water

Cardiff, South Wales
£30 per person

Have the experience of a lifetime as you go white water rafting this summer! Spend some quality time together as a family as you work together as a team and share the adventure. Try something different to the traditional family activities of board games and camping! Suitable for 6 years plus! Find out more here!

Curve water sports

St Osyth, Essex
£20 for an hour including a wetsuit

Try the Curve Aqua Park which is bigger and better this year! As the newest attraction in Essex, it makes the perfect family day out on the water! Situated on the beautiful Lake in St Osyth this obstacle course offers slides, trampolines, balance beams and more! Suitable for 6 plus and over 1.1m tall. Find out more here!

Moose Canoe & SUP hire

Marlow, Buckinghamshire
1 day= £65, half day= £50

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced paddler this activity is perfect for all the family! Paddle to the Hurley lock to enjoy a picnic on the grass. If you feel up to exploring, there’s also the option to leave the boats and walk to Hurley village to get an ice cream or have a pub lunch! Head to the Marlow base on the river Thames for a fantastic day out! Find out more here!

Harbour Park

Littlehampton, West Sussex
1 day go unlimited wristband from £17.00 to £21.00

Head to Littlehampton to enjoy an array of rides! From the Ocean Coaster to the Water Chute get ready to be splashed and sprayed with water! There’s also the award-winning east beach next to Harbour Park which is host to an amazing sandy beach and promenade. Why not build a sandcastle as a family, go crabbing, or even kite-flying? Find out more here!

Splashdown waterpark

Poole, Dorset
All tickets must be booked online in advance only, no sales on the door. From £15.50 for 2 hours and £18.00 for three hours

Home to 13 thrilling indoor and outdoor flume rides and three under 5’s splash zones, there’s something for everyone at splashdown! Explore the different ways to slide, tumble on the tyres and twist through the tubes! Your little ones will love this day out and there is even a Buccaneer Beach and Sun Terraces for you to relax on whilst you wait for the kids! Find out more here!

UK Mermaid Academy

Bournemouth
Prices vary based on access to different pools in different seasons and the number of people in your group.

Have your little ones ever wanted to be a mermaid? Then why not head down to the UK Mermaid Academy for the chance to be turned into a real-life mermaid? Start by warming up and getting used to your tail, before learning how to swim as a mermaid! You will learn some choreography, swim for treasures, and communicate under the water! You will even be able to get some group pictures with your tail! Call their shell phone to book now! Suitable for age 6 plus. Find out more here!

New Forest Water Park

Fordingbridge, Hampshire
£20 per person, age 6+, must be able to swim 50m

The New Forest Water Park offers the perfect summer activities for all the family! Home to The South’s first Cable Wakeboard System and the UK’s first Wibit Inflatable Sports Aqua Park, there is so much fun to be had! The floating inflatable sports park has trampolines, monkey bars, slides, hurdles, an overhang climbing wall, swings, as well as many more obstacles! Find out more here!

Bathe like a Roman in Bath

Bath
2-hour spa session and use of towel, robe & flip-flops Monday-Friday= £38, Saturday-Sunday= £43

Relax in the open-air rooftop pool by day and night, with views over the city of Bath and surrounding hills! You will experience naturally warm, mineral-rich waters like never before! There’s also a state-of-the-art Wellness Suite for you to enjoy. Find out more here!

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

Lagan Valley, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
From £12

Race down the water slides and swim under waterfalls on this amazing day out! Plus, there’s also an Aqualand interactive play area for children aged 8 years and under. Here they can explore their own slides, a seesaw, water shooting bicycles and lots more! Find out more here!

Mini-Polo- Swim Ireland

Leinster, Connacht and Ulster, Ireland
See website for price details

Have your little ones ever wanted to give water polo a go? Well, here’s their chance! Mini polo is a simplified version of the full games and perfect for young swimmers aged 6-13 years. Learn tips for movement, shooting and passing, as well as more complex skills and techniques as you practice more! Find out more here!

The Lagoon Activity Centre

Rosscarbery, West Cork
See website for price details

Visit one of Ireland’s largest floating water parks! Slide, bounce, jump and splash over heart-pumping obstacles and slides! There’s not only a giant hamster wheel but also a 9-meter tall ‘iceberg’! Find out more here!

Thames Rockets

Canary Wharf, London
Get an exclusive 25% off tickets with Picniq

Experience a trip along the Thames like no other! Let the fresh air flow through your hair and see sights such as London Bridge, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard! Snap those once-in-a-lifetime pictures and save those memories! Book here now with Picniq !

Wimbledon Park Watersports and Outdoor Centre- Paddleboarding

Wimbledon
Prices vary based on session

Experience paddleboarding in the stunning Wimbledon Park this summer! Learn the basics of paddleboarding and try not to fall off! Why not also take a picnic to enjoy after your session in the park and warm up with all the family? The minimum age for this activity is 8 years old! Find out more here!

Wakeup Docklands

Royal Victoria Beach, London
Single wakeboard experience on ether cable £35 + equipment hire

Experience the beach vibes at Wakeup Docklands with some wakeboarding! As London’s only cable wakeboard park within the central transport network, it makes this a super cool activity! Choose between the blue cable which is best for beginners or the gold cable for intermediate to advanced levels! Head there now for an amazing experience and if you have time why not also try out paddleboarding? Find out more here!

Tees Barrage International White Water Centre

Tees Barrage, Stockton-On-Tees
From £55 per person

Have a fun, fast and unforgettable experience white water rafting at Tees Barrage! No prior experience is needed so if you’re 14+ then this is the activity for you! Encounter sudden drops, crashing waves and sharp turns! Try to reach the finishing line without getting soaked! If you feel up to it you might even get the chance to run on the extreme course! Can you tackle the biggest artificial drop in the UK?! Find out more here!

Browns Rowing Boats

Durham
Adults= £8, Children= £5

Hire a traditional hand-built rowing boat and leisurely row along the River Wear in the heart of Durham City! Take in the views and enjoy the surroundings of Durham! This is a great relaxing day out for the family and even dogs are welcome! Find out more here!

Seal Spotting at St Mary’s

Whitely Bay, Tyne and Wear
£59 per person

Explore the northeast corner of the earth by kayak! St Mary’s is a local nature reserve and home to an iconic lighthouse! It makes for a unique habitat for lots of coastal birds as well as the amazing Grey Seals! There are also many shipwrecks, islets, reefs and cliffs that you will see on your journey. You will have a very welcoming guide to show you the spots and explain everything around! So why not head down to see the seals and this iconic lighthouse from a different perspective? Find out more here!

It’s a knockout

Edinburgh
From £45 per person

Experience Britain’s bounciest team challenge in Scotland’s royal capital! With king-size inflatables, slippery moments, wet sponge throwing, and costumes that’ll make you belly laugh it’s not a one to miss! Get covered in foam and take part in this family activity that your kids will be talking about for the next week or month! Find out more here!

Ancrum outdoor centre

Dundee, Scotland
From £40 for the day

Have you ever tried gorge walking? There’s a first for everything! Go on an adventure through a section of mountain stream where you’ll encounter waterfalls, pools, chutes, rocky steps, holes, slides, and often jumps and floating in rapids! If you’re a non-swimmer no need to worry because most of the gorges are knee-deep, and in knee-deep water, your buoyancy aid will keep you afloat. All you need to bring along is a towel, swimwear and a sense of adventure! Find out more here!

Take a trip on The Mousa Boat

Sandwick-Mousa, Shetland Islands
Adult= £18, Children (5-16 years)= £8

Explore the enchanting island of Mousa and its magnificent Iron Age Broch! There is also some amazing wildlife to see such as colonies of seals and birds! The journey begins at the historic Sandsayre pier where the old boat shed has been developed into a fascinating interpretive centre that provides an insight into the life and times of the local area. You will not be disappointed by this island boat trip! Find out more here!

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