Mini adventures in the UK: Get your last minute summer thrills

With summer coming to an end, it’s time to squeeze in some last minute adventures before the weather turns.

Adventure doesn’t always have to mean exploring uncharted territories in remote, far-off lands. Satisfy the explorer in you, and get your thrills closer to home, with Cotels’ pick of the best mini-adventures in the UK!

Make a splash!

Want to get your heart really racing? Why not grab a bunch of your most daring friends and family and head down to Lee Valley White Water Centre for some thrills (and definite spills) doing white water rafting! Only a 40-minute train ride away from London, the water centre features an adrenaline-filled Olympic rapid course, as well as opportunities to do activities such as canoeing, tubing, and much more!

Cave dweller for the day

Head to North Wales for a whole new meaning to trampolining. Zip World’s Bounce Below is an enormous underground adventure filled with a maze of trampolines and spiralled slides for children and adults alike to bounce through the disused mine.

Bouncing not your thing? The Bounce Below caves are located right in the middle of Snowdonia’s stunning mountain trails, open for you to climb and explore at your leisure.

Take your thrill-seeking to new heights

Don’t have time to climb the likes of Snowdon or Ben Nevis? Edinburgh is a city known for its beauty, so why not capture panoramic views of the city from Arthur’s Seat – an ancient volcano that sits 251 metres above sea level.

Arthur’s Seat, situated in the Holyrood Park, was described as Robert Louis Stevenson as ‘a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design’, and only takes around an hour to climb! Why not take a picnic basket and blanket up at sundown for a sunset meal with a view?

Seal of approval

You don’t have to take a long haul trip to get up close and personal to exotic wildlife on remote islands. Head to Lundy Island – known as the UK’s Galapagos – a small island off the coast of Devon, which is home to an abundance of wildlife including puffins, Lundy ponies, Sika deer and sea-grey seals. You can even swim with the seals at Lundy, who are renowned for getting up close and personal and nuzzling human visitors!

See where the wind takes you

Bored of the usual sunbathing and swimming at the beach? Combining go-karting and kite-flying, kite-buggying is the new exhilarating way to spend a day at the beach. Using a power kite, the wind and a three-wheeled cart, speeds in excess of 50mph can be achieved! The Kite Surf Centre offer kite buggy lessons in Camber Sands, East Sussex and Greatstone, Kent, as both beaches are renowned for consistent gust-less winds and miles of open sand; perfect for kite buggy lessons.

Don’t forget to check out our luxury serviced apartments if you’re travelling to the Milton Keynes, Luton or Northampton areas – whatever your plans are for your mini adventure, we can help tailor a package to suit your requirements.

So what are you waiting for? Be brave and start planning your mini adventure today…