10 Outdoorsy Activities For Your Staycation

From inland surfing and white-water rafting, to open air theatres and a taste of home-grown wine. There’s something for everyone this summer when you stay with The QHotels Collection.

Blend relaxation with adventure when you try out some of our favourite outdoors activities. With 21 hotels based up and down Great Britain, from Glasgow to Yorkshire, Bristol and Kent, and almost everywhere in between, there’s a spot for you whatever activity you choose to enjoy.

Where will your next adventure take you?



1. Sample English wines at Balfour Winery, Kent

A family-owned Tudor estate in the heart of Kent, Hush Heath Estate is also home to Balfour Wines, an award-winning winery boasting 400 acres of vineyards and apple orchards. Take an expert-led tour of the grounds and treat yourself to a bespoke tasting experience, just 40 minutes from Ashford International Hotel & Spa.


2. Take to the paddle with Adventure 360, Hampshire

Find your balance as you paddleboard along the River Hamble and soak up the tranquillity of the Hampshire countryside. A fun filled activity for all the family, opt for a classic paddle or take things to another level with SUP Yoga. All 35 minutes from your base at Norton Park Hotel & Spa.


3. Make a splash at The Wave, Bristol

Grab your surfboard and brace yourself for the UK’s best inland surfing experience. With waves between 50cm and 2m high, The Wave is a great day out for beginners and experts alike, with group lessons starting from £50 (£40 for a child). Discover The Wave just 25 minutes from Holland House Hotel.


4. Catch a live show at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

A mere 25 minutes from The Park Royal Hotel & Spa, you’ll discover one of Chester’s best-kept secrets. An immersive theatrical experience, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre runs throughout the summer with superb adaptations of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works, along with a selection of children’s shows (past performances included The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland).


5. Cycle the Chilterns, Oxfordshire

Hire a bike and explore the rolling Chilterns. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns cycleway is a 170 mile circular route with trails through the glorious natural landscapes of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Once you’re all cycled out, head back to The Oxford Belfry Hotel & Spa for some well-earned relaxation. 


6. Practice your bunny hops at Leeds Urban Bike Trails, Leeds

Test your gears on Leeds’s extensive mountain bike and BMX trails. A fantastic place to hone your biking skills, the park caters for everyone from beginners to experts, with bike servicing, repairs and coaching also available on site. All this just a 15-minute drive from The Queens Hotel.


7. Hike the historic Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is the perfect base for a weekend plotting the history of Hadrian’s Wall. A 50-minute drive takes you to a nice starting point close to Harrows Scar Milecastle. Keep following the trail to end up at the more-intact Thirlwall Castle, before concluding your hike at the Roman Army Museum to really brush up your knowledge.  

For more ideas of outdoor adventures near Slaley Hall Hotel, check out our outdoor activities partner All Out Adventures. Kids quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, Segway Safari, archery and much more are all available.


8. Go white water tubing with Endless Adventure, Newcastle

Take on some of the most exciting rapids in the UK when you tube your way down an epic white-water river. Not for the fainthearted, finish off this thrill-seeker experience with a waterfall jump – this truly is the definition of extreme. Drive yourself or opt for a hotel pick up when you stay at Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort.


9. Step aboard the majestic Waverly, Glasgow

Join celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee of Waverley’s maiden voyage. Having first left the docks back in June 1947, today Waverly is the last seafaring paddle steamer in the world, offering passenger excursions on the Clyde, The Western Isles, the Thames and along the South Coast. Experience the Scottish route when you stay at Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort, 25 minutes from the port.


10. Discover hidden treasures in Stratford-upon-Avon

See a different side to Shakespeare’s hometown on a self-guided treasure hunt. The trail will guide you on a two-mile stroll through Stratford, taking in must-see sights as well as some more unusual attractions. As you hunt for your next clue you’ll look at the town in totally different way. Download your map from Treasure Trails and why not start your adventure of discovery from Stratford Manor, just three miles from the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.