Best Adventurous Outdoor Activities For Kids (2023)

Best Adventurous Outdoor Activities For Kids (2024)

Outdoor adventure activities are an excellent way for children to learn new skills, overcome challenges, and develop confidence. This guide provides an overview of some popular activities suitable for kids in the UK, providing details on safety, age appropriateness, course types, costs, and learning duration. Search all of our kids activities here.

Here are our top 6 adventure activities your kids will love:


An increasingly popular water sport, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) offers a balanced blend of fun and fitness. SUP requires balance and core strength but is relatively easy to pick up. Guided sessions or discovery lessons with certified instructors ensure safety. These courses typically cost £30-£50, and kids can gain a reasonable level of proficiency after just a couple of sessions.

Ideal for kids as young as six or seven.

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For a more adrenaline-fueled water sport, surfing is an exciting choice. Beginner’s lessons, usually priced around £30-£40, cover the fundamentals of paddling, standing up, and catching small waves. Kids can feel the thrill of their first wave within a few lessons, fostering a lifelong love for the ocean.

Kids from the age of five can begin learning in gentle waves using soft-top surfboards under professional supervision.

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If your child has a taste for adventure, coasteering offers a unique blend of swimming, rock climbing, and cliff jumping. Coasteering exposes kids to the raw beauty of the UK’s rugged coastlines. A guided tour ensures safety and typically costs around £40-£60. Coasteering can be exhilarating, but it’s also conducted at a pace that suits the abilities of the group.

Recommended for children aged eight and above.

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Kayaking is an excellent introduction to watersports, offering tranquil trips along scenic waterways or thrilling whitewater rides. A beginner’s lesson or guided tour usually costs between £20-£40, covering basic paddling techniques and safety procedures. A few hours of instruction are typically enough to get kids comfortable on calm waters.

Children as young as four can start kayaking in tandem with an adult and eight and above for single kayaking.

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Scuba Diving

For an immersive underwater experience, scuba diving is the perfect adventure. Kids can start learning in a safe, controlled environment like a swimming pool through a ‘Bubblemaker’ course, which costs around £40. It offers a gentle introduction to the wonders of the underwater world and the basics of scuba gear and safety.

PADI Bubblemakers is for kids aged eight and above.

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Mountain Biking

Mountain biking combines physical exercise with an appreciation for nature. Mountain biking can vary from leisurely rides on flat trails to more challenging off-road tracks. Beginner lessons, which teach basic skills like changing gears, safe braking, and navigating obstacles, are priced around £30-£50. After a day or two of instruction, kids can confidently handle beginner-friendly trails.

Suitable for kids aged seven and up.

Participation in outdoor adventure sports offers valuable experiences for children. Besides being an exciting break from routine, these activities enhance physical fitness, promote problem-solving skills, and foster a deep connection with nature. Remember, safety is paramount – ensure that all activities are carried out under professional supervision. Embrace these adventures and let’s raise a generation of confident, nature-loving explorers!

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Co-founder and Chief Adventurer

I am Max, the co-founder and CEO of adventuro. We are on a mission to help you get into the sports you have always wanted to try, or develop in the sports you love, exploring new skills and locations. We do this by partnering with the best instructors, guides, and activity centres to get a great spread from beginner all the way to instructor training.

For too long, it has been way to confusing to find your next steps, or even to know where to start when getting into adventure sports. I am an experienced and/or qualified paraglider, skydiver, scuba diver, freediver, power boat driver, snowboarder, kitesurfer, kayaker, mountain biker, surfer, dirt biker, wakeboarder, and sailor.

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