7 things to do outside when spring finally hits


Touch grass with this fresh crop of stuff to do

Yep, we’re in a cold snap but it won’t last forever. Spring is around the corner, we promise, so start planning now what you’ll do when the weather warms up with volleyball, coasteering, sea kayaking and more up for grabs.

Volleyball, Staffordshire

Volleyball with a herd of deer: not a sentence we thought we’d write, yet here we are. Play beach volleyball on courts overlooking a rather stunning deer park in Leek. All abilities welcome: time for a mates’ tournament?

Coasteering, Cornwall

The best way to explore the rugged Cornish coastline around Newquay is by scrambling over the rocks and jumping from the cliffs—aka coasteering—to discover some of the coastline’s prettiest spots. This experience gives you all the thrills of coasteering but in a safe way, with a professional instructor-guide, on a tour that’s limited to just 16 people per group.

E-Bike road trip, Dorset

Enid Blyton’s Famous Five could never. Embrace the fresh air and explore the great outdoors of Dorset with this guided e-bike excursion. The tour stops at the Sandbanks, Studland Beach and Nature Reserve, Old Harrys Rock, and Corfe Castle, with a delicious pub lunch included along the way. Ginger beer all round.

Stand-Up-Paddle Tour on the River Gannel, Cornwall

Admire the beautiful countryside of Cornwall from a fresh perspective during a private stand-up paddling tour. This part of the country is rich in wildlife from various types of plover to greenshanks, little egret and godwits flitting through the sandbanks and salt marshes nearby. The undivided attention of your guide means they’ll keep a beady eye on your paddling technique as well.

Segways in Fermanagh Lakelands, Northern Ireland

The Lakelands of Fermanagh are laced with a network of paths and tracks but why walk them when you can Segway? Look out for local wildlife, and pass by castles and stately homes that you might otherwise have overlooked on this half-day, small-group Segway excursion.

Sea Kayaking, Cornwall

Smugglers' caves, dramatic cliffs, magical coves, and crystal-clear waters, maybe even with the odd seal: this sea kayak adventure is the perfect way to discover Cornwall. Numbers on this activity are capped at eight, so there's personalised attention from your qualified kayaking instructor, while beginners will learn the kayaking fundamentals at an activity centre first.

Pony trekking, Nottinghamshire

Creswell Crags is a hidden wonder of the world, or at least the Midlands, featuring early humans, woolly mammoths, and Ice Age rock art still visible in the caves. This 45-minute pony trek takes in the prehistoric beauty of the woodland, meadow, and reflective lake and limestone gorge as you and your noble stead meander along trails through farmland and forests.