When it comes to broadening your horizons, the great outdoors is the ultimate playground on your doorstep. But it’s not always about hiking across vast mountain ranges, there is another way. Here are 10 easy outdoor activities for a summer’s day.
One of the most timeless and simple outdoor activities has always been to head to the park and fly a kite. You can pick up a cool kite for a fiver, and you’re assured of a great wi-fi-free day out in the park having proper, old school fun.
The UK is full of tiny, hidden – or secret – gardens. They’re not in the guidebooks; they’re off the beaten track and you’ll need someone in the know to point you in the right direction. Alternatively, why not read the Daily Telegraph’s guide to the best secret gardens? Most go largely unnoticed, but they’re well worth it for an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of a busy city.
For a crash-course in culture, go and see a show at an open-air theatre. Grab your family, friends or significant other, pack a picnic and a blanket, chill a bottle of Pimm’s or bubbles, and settle in for a great show.
If you’re looking for a little slice of rural England in the middle of the city, try a city farm. They give people of all ages the experience of a real working farm, and you can even help to feed the animals. There’s lots of activities including planting fruit and vegetables and learning about the environment, as well as experiencing the slower pace of farm life.
We all know what a robin, a crow and a sparrow look like but what about a chaffinch, a garden warbler or a dunnock? Spotting birds is one of the easiest outdoor activities you can do. Simply start in your back garden and go from there. You don’t need any prior experience and you may even end up spotting a rough-legged buzzard or a Kentish plover, two of Britain’s rarest birds!
When was the last time you were a proper tourist? We’re not taking about Paris or Rome; we mean your own town. The UK is full of some of the most amazing tourist sights, from the Tower of London or Stonehenge to Edinburgh Castlef and beyond there’s always something exciting to do right on your doorstep. You just need to step outside and explore.
Are you ready to play Angry Birds for real? You need water balloons, markers, chalk and a patio and you’re ready! Fill the balloons with water, draw Angry Bird faces on them with the markers, and then draw the green pigs on the patio with the chalk. Draw a throwing line and let the fun commence. For a fun outdoor activity, it’s hard to beat.
Let’s be honest, you’re not going to win The Masters, but this is one form of golf where you can excel. It is one of the best outdoor activities for groups of friends or the whole family and there are hundreds of crazy golf courses in the UK to choose from. You may even get a hole-in-one.
Instead of going to a supermarket, find your local Pick Your Own farm and get it straight from the source. June, July and August are best for fruits like strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, and it usually costs just a few pounds. The sun’s out, you’re interacting with nature, and it’s far fresher than opening a cellophane-sealed packet.
Between April and September, you can go to a different music festival covering every conceivable genre of music every weekend. Of course you know the big ones – Glastonbury, Reading and the V Festival – but if you check out the Festival Calendar you can search festivals from classical to country, hip hop to hard rock, and disco to dance.