Take a two-hour tour of the south coast like never before. Located in Poole Harbour, Jetski Safaris are great for all levels of experience. It’s a two-hour session – from getting kitted out in the right gear and being taken through an introductory safety session to a ride out onto the water to explore the coves and cliffs around Poole and Bournemouth.
TRAIN TO Poole
Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience
Don’t just dream that you could one day own a Mercedes, take one out for a serious spin. You can book a session putting a top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz through its paces at the company's test track at the historic Brooklands motor racing circuit in Weybridge, including a wet skid circle and an off-road course. You’ll have a professional instructor by your side, but we bet you won’t need any help having fun.
TRAIN TO Weybridge
A hack in the New Forest
For everyone from beginners to experienced riders, Burley Villa School of Riding has forest hacks to suit all levels of experience and ability. There are half-hour pony rides and full-day 'Western Adventures', with plenty of options in between. Start your visit with a country walk from the station.
TRAIN TO New Milton
Sorted Water Sports
Located on Boscombe beach in Bournemouth, in front of a special ‘surf reef’ in the sea, Sorted Water Sports offers lots of ways to get active outdoors. The centre has a surf school and facilities to get out on the water, alongside other sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing and beach activities like volleyball.
It’s an ideal place for watersports when you just have a few hours to spare – the centre has changing and shower rooms, year-round lifeguard cover and equipment hire.
TRAIN TO Bournemouth
High Sports in Alton
Whether you’re an experienced climber or you want to give it a go at a taster session, the facilities at High Sports in Alton include equipment rental and more than 50 routes to try on their dedicated climbing and bouldering walls. There are regular courses and workshops for adults and children, and the bouldering wall is re-set every week to keep the challenges fresh.
TRAIN TO Alton then bus
Go Ape at Itchen Valley
Itchen Valley Country Park is 440 acres of woodland and meadows just outside Southampton – at the heart of it you’ll find the Go Ape activity centre. Perfect for adults and older children who fancy trying a few Tarzan tricks, it’s a chance to climb up among the treetops for zipwiring, tackling high ropes and getting truly wild in the country.
TRAIN TO Southampton Airport Parkway
Weymouth is a great destination for watersports – many of the sailing events in the London 2012 Olympics were held out at sea here – but it’s also the perfect place for days when you simply want to be beside the seaside. Take a walk along to Portland Bill Lighthouse or just sit and have fun in the sun on the fabulous sandy beach.
TRAIN TO Weymouth
Save your energy for the action and take the train with the South West Trains Summer Ticket.* Forests, activity centres and even the sea are within easy reach of London – here are some great places to go where gear is included, so all you have to do is get yourselves there.
* The South West Trains Summer Ticket is permitted on off-peak services from Sat Jul 26 until Fri Aug 22. Travel is valid between any two South West Trains served stations. Exceptions apply to stations west of Salisbury (Tisbury to Exeter St Davids or Warminster to Bristol Temple Meads inclusive). The ticket price excludes cross-Solent travel to/from the Isle of Wight. See the South West Trains website for full terms and conditions.
House of Vans
Taking over what used to be the Old Vic Tunnels, the House of Vans has turned the space below Waterloo station into a hot new destination for skateboarders, and promises a variety of diversions that will also appeal to those with no particular ambition to execute a credible 360 flip. The underground venue is sister to House of Vans Brooklyn where tickets for the free, all-ages summer concerts go like hot baked goods. The London branch also boasts a live music stage, as well as two tunnels’ worth of purpose-built skate park and an art gallery that will open with ‘Scissors & Glue’, an exhibition documenting the brief history of zines (till September 20). There’s a café, bars and cinema space and a regular programme of talks and workshops is planned. Skate sessions are free and open to all ages (there are lessons with The Skateboad School on Saturday mornings) but to be sure of entry book in advance on the House of Vans website where you’ll also find updates on upcoming gigs.