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Top 10 things to do outdoors in England this summer


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If this heatwave has got you feeling like ‘pushing the boat’ out and exploring the great outdoors, here is a list of 10 things to do this summer, that perfectly fit the bill!

1)   Longleat Hedge Maze

Longleat has the largest maze in the world with a path 2.72 km long, covering 1.5 acres of land. This is a truly special place to explore and, quite literally in which to ‘get lost’ in the great outdoors.

2)   Whitstable Oyster Festival


Every year, for two days, the quaint town of Whitstable celebrates the oyster’s native to their coastal waters. The festival roots date back to Norman times; traditionally, for fisherman to give thanks. Get yourself down to Whitstable this weekend, for a unique event, with history and heritage rooted in the humble beginnings of the fishing industry in a small town in Kent. 

3)   Hang Loose - Eden Project’s Zipwire


If you’re an adrenaline junkie and oysters and mazes don’t do it for you, then you could do worse than check out the country’s longest and fastest zipwire, located in the idyllic surroundings of The Eden Project in Cornwall. The Zipwire in situated off the side of a cliff, giving, literally, bird’s eye views over the Eden Project and its surrounding forests. 

4)   Shakespeare’s The Rose Theatre – Europe’s first ever pop up theatre


For those of you who enjoy theatre, the immortal bard and prefer being outdoors, Europe’s first pop-up theatre is a perfect way to spend a summer’s day beneath the sun, watching plays from a choice of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III. The theatre seeks to evoke how audiences at the time the plays were first performed would experience them, in a small, intimate, open-air theatre. But instead of being in the hustle and bustle of London, on the edge of the Thames, this pop-up theatre is situated in the heart of the English town of York. Performances are taking placing now until September 2nd; it would be sad to miss out on this opportunity while it’s here.

5)   Wilderness Gathering (16th to 19th August)


If you really want to leave all home comforts behind and become one with the Earth and the great outdoors, all you need is one ticket to Wilderness Gathering; a festival like no other. This festival, based in Bush Farm Bison Centre in Wiltshire, focusses on bushcraft and primitive live skills, in a family-friendly environment. Multiple workshops take place over the weekend as well as live music and children’s activities.

6)   Derwentwater – Lake District, Kayaking/canoeing


Derwentwater is one of the largest lakes in the Lake District National Park and arguably one of the most stunning: no wonder it’s one of the most popular for water sports, including, kayaking and canoeing. For those who want to get involved, the town of Keswick, where the lake is situated, features numerous hotels with stunning views providing plenty of lake tours and other activities. But the best way to really see this water, is to get in a kayak and explore yourself!

7)   Calling all party animals!


The ‘Liquid History Tour’ takes you on a walk around London’s best and most loved pubs and bars, following the likes of Shakespeare, Dickens, Marlowe and Milton, through tiny taverns and amazing alehouses. If you want to have a drink on a warm summers day, whilst exploring new and exciting places, this is for you. You never know, you may even find your new favourite pub.

8)   Alpacaly Ever After


If the Derwent lake enticed you but the thought of kayaks didn’t, we’ve got the perfect, unique experience that you won’t get anywhere else. On the Lingholm estate situated on the side of the Derwent Lake, you can take ‘Alpacaly Ever After’s’ alpacas on a walk around the gardens that Beatrix Potter once roamed, many summers ago: feed, walk and swim with the Alpaca’s, all in a stunning surrounding.

9)   The North Devon Surf School


Take a visit over the hot summer months to The West Country’s number one surf school, and cool off in the sea, let your hair down and ride some waves. The surf school situated in Westwood Ho, provides group and one-to-one lessons and caters for all experience levels: so even if you’ve never been surfing before, grab a board and give it a go. They even have heated shower rooms. 

10)  Icarus Falconry


Set in Holdenby House in Northampton, Icarus Falconry gives you a hands-on experience with an astonishing selection of birds of prey, which you won’t get at most falconry centres. Fly these magnificent creatures on your own or bring a few friends along. The options are endless and so is the fun.

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