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5 adventure activities in the North of England

by Freya Merritt

Do you enjoy new and exciting activities or know someone with a thirst for adventure? We have some fantastic experiences on offer for you to try when the lockdown eases! All based in the scenic North of England with its incredible landscapes, untouched beaches and friendly faces, making it the perfect place to explore.

We’ve listed 5 amazing adventure activities for you to try, from sightseeing in a hot air balloon to yoga on the beach. So get inspired and dream about a new adventure to try when restrictions allow, or why not treat a loved one to an experience voucher this Christmas?

Green Seas Yoga Beach

Yoga

Yoga is an awesome workout and mindfulness practice, great to pick up while in lockdown. It’s the perfect way to release excess tensions in times such as these. With many yoga practise styles to explore, it can be as high or as low impact as you like. For a spiritual relaxed experience you can try Yin yoga and for a more intense workout you can give a Vinyasa flow class a go. Whether you’re looking for a calming mindfulness exercise or to tone and strengthen your body - yoga is an ideal activity for you. 

Where to go: Green Seas Yoga in Teeside Middlesbrough offers yoga by the sea as well as online classes, perfect while working from home. You will be guided by an experienced yoga instructor who has been teaching for over 20 years.

Green Seas Yoga - Beach Yoga

Walking

Exploring on foot is possibly the perfect way to get to know a new place. Take in gorgeous surroundings and connect with nature while going for refreshing walks in the great outdoors. With multiple benefits for your mental and physical well being, it’s a gentle exercise which everyone can do. Joining a guided walk gives you the chance to experience new areas, learn about it's history and meet like-minded individuals. Moreover, you can rest easy with the knowledge that you won’t be getting lost! Currently, we can still meet in groups of two while being outdoors, so be sure to make the most of those walking opportunities during lockdown.

Where to go: Walks around Britain offers guided walks around the Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire, which is featured in episode seven of season one in TV series ‘Walks around Britain’. You will be guided by the presenter, Andrew White, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have, a perfect treat for post lockdown or purchase a voucher for a lovely Christmas gift.

Walks Around Britain Lady Bower Reservoir

Surfing

There’s not much that compares to the pure thrill and euphoria of catching a wave. Surfing is an epic activity practised all over the globe with a huge world wide community. Surfing can be enjoyed year-round with autumn and winter traditionally offering the best swells. Using a thicker wetsuit during the colder seasons will shield you from the cold meaning you can surf for longer. Are you ready to take on the waves? Join a lesson when lockdown ends to start reaping the benefits of surfing. Why not give the gift of surfing this Christmas with an experience voucher available from one of the amazing outlets on our marketplace? 

Where to go: Saltburn Surf School in Saltburn-by-the-Sea east of Middlesborough, is based on a stunning and uncrowded beach. They offer junior surf academies perfect for school vacations and group surf lessons ideal for beginners to novice surfers when the restrictions ease.

Saltburn Surf School Lesson

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddleboarding is a wonderful explorational experience that has a quickly growing fan base. SUP provides multiple therapeutic and mindfulness benefits, while also being a low impact activity and fun for the whole family. Getting the chance to experience gorgeous surroundings and breathtaking scenery while paddling along rivers and bays makes SUP an irresistible and addictive adventure. With countless places to explore throughout the UK, you will not run out of new SUP destinations anytime soon. Get the family a SUP voucher to look forward to when the lockdown eases, or buy someone you care about a SUP experience for Christmas. 

Where to go: SUP Active Yorkshire provides expert instructors focused on providing a fun and exciting learning experience. They are based on the beautiful Ellerton Lake and arrange bespoke sessions on The River Ouse, Ripon Canal and Semerwater. This is an incredible adventure to look forward to once the lockdown ends.

SUP Active Yorkshire

Hot air balloon

Up, up and away! Balloon rides are perfect for celebrating a special occasion or as an experience gift for someone you love. Surprise someone with a voucher for the ultimate present this Christmas! Take in the unforgettable 360 views whilst soaring high in the sky over beautiful landscapes. Be sure to bring a camera to capture this incredible moment forever. Where better to go on a hot air balloon ride than in the absolutely stunning Lake District or the gorgeous Ribble Valley? This is a once in a lifetime experience to look forward to.

Where to go: Pendle and Cumbria Balloons is a well established company that operates in the Lake District and Ribble Valley. Graeme, who runs the company, has many years of experience flying hot air balloons so you’ll be in great hands! Flights are open from Summer 2021.

Pendle and Cumbria Balloons

These are a few of the many escapades that you can enjoy in the North of England. With vouchers available for all our activities, give the gift of adventure this year and you will be rewarded with lifelong memories and something to look forward to when the restrictions ease. For more experiences check out our marketplace for the full range of activities we offer. 

Not based in the North? Check out our blogs on adventure activities in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall for some inspiration closer to home.

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