Alternative sports to keep your kids active, healthy and outdoors

A recent study has revealed that three-quarters of our children in the UK spend less time being active outside than prison inmates. This is due to a growing level of fear amongst parents, a dwindling amount of green space and ever-growing lure of digital technology inside.

Active kids?

The survey, conducted by Persil as part of the brand’s Dirt is Good campaign, found that – out of the parents of 5-12 year olds who were asked – 74% of children spent less than 60 minutes playing outside each day. One in nine had not been to a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment in the past year.

We’re here to change that and to encourage our youth to get outside, get active and enjoy the natural world. So here are four alternative sports and activities to encourage a healthy fun-filled life. Nervous of a new sport? You can even try some of these out in a safe environment with qualified instructors with us here at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks!


Alright, so this isn’t something you can carry on in the city once you get home, but learning to surf on the north Devon coast could be the start of a lifetime addiction for far-flung surf holidays. We think it’s also a great all-body workout, as well as giving your children the opportunity to make new friends and learn about the power of the sea at the same time!

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Family surfing action in Woolacombe Bay


Climbing is one of the most rewarding, as well as physically challenging outdoor sports out there. When learning, it will teach your children about problem solving and teamwork in a controlled environment at the climbing wall. Once they get a bit more confident, it’s out onto the rocks – from cliffs on the British coast to mountains in Italy. Learning to climb will make an adventurer out of your kids! We’ve got climbing walls at three of our Devon Holiday Parks here at Woolacombe. So you can let them loose in full knowledge that they’ll be safe.

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Climbing wall at Woolacombe Bay


We don’t mean to brag, but the coast paths in our part of the country are some of the best world’s best – so why not take your children out on the trail, teach them about the flora and fauna you spot along the way? Show them secret spots you can only reach by foot. Then slowly but surely it’ll instill a love of slow movement, exploration and travel into them.

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Hiking on National Trust paths around our Parks


Wherever there is water there is the opportunity for kayaking. Whether on the sea, a lake or even the River Thames, there are ample spots for getting on the water. There are plenty of places to have a go at kayaking here in Devon. You can even try your hand at it at our pool at Twitchen House. You’ll be warm, safe and supervised by a professional before hitting the open water!

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Pool kayaking at Twitchen House
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