Activity holidays are making a bit of a comeback at the minute and my Facebook feed is full of holiday snaps with people wearing safety gear or up to their eyes in mud. Gone are the days of lounging on the beach and here to stay are six am starts and sea fishing to catch your own tea! So what is out there and what might be most suitable for you?
British Family Activity Holidays
Harking back to the heyday of the British holiday camp, there’s nothing camper or more retro than taking a break at a Butlins or Pontins. Not only have they got a great entertainment schedule in place, the whole resort is based around being active with your friends and family. From family activity sessions to sports coaching, calligraphy to fishing there is something for everyone so take Nan as well as the grandkids!
For the Grown Ups
Slightly more grown up are self catering holidays that provide specific sports facilities such as water skiing and fly fishing. Finding these resorts is easy, simply enter the activity you wish to pursue into an internet search engine along with “UK break” and you will see that there are range of options from institutions such as Centre Parcs through to farmers with outbuildings and paintballing facilities! Remember though if you are going to take the self catering option then you will need to stock up on your gear, whether that is fishing rods, life jackets or paintballing guns!
For the Real Grown Ups
Don’t assume that just because you’re retired that you can’t enjoy an activity holiday! There are lots of specialist centres being set up around the country to cater for the over sixties with a range of activities to suit including, walking/hiking, bingo, cycling, art and craft workshops and dance sessions. To find out more about these tailored breaks read reviews and information provided by bloggers and experts that are just like you on the Age UK website. Perhaps when you have been yourself you could even add your own opinions onto their forums?
A Slower Pace
For those of you who are still wanting the relaxation element of your holiday, then all is not lost. Perhaps consider an activity holiday that is based around a slower paced activity such as Pilates or Yoga. Most retreats provide home cooked, wholesome food alongside regular classes and meditation sessions. Often the retreats themselves are re-styled old manor houses set in beautiful grounds so you can wander around and really relax when you are not taking part in sessions. There are so many benefits to these retreats but don’t take my word for it, listen to an expert speak about the transformative effect a retreat can have on you.
UK or Europe
These activity centres and self catering sites with additional facilities are currently springing up all over the UK. But our European cousins have been well ahead of the game and there is a plethora of destinations to chose from across the continent. Again, centres are easy to find with a simple internet search and most can be booked online too so no worries about making long distance calls! Whatever your destination and whatever the weather, enjoy your activities and don’t forget to update your Facebook feed!