Top 50 outdoor family activities to do this summer

By Gemma Francis
Friday, 2nd July 2021, 8:31 am

Swimming in the sea, picnics and bike rides are among the top activities’ families want to experience this summer.

Outdoor pursuits are among the 50 things families plan to make the most of after more than a year of restrictions.

Other top activities to do this summer included watching the sun rise (30 per cent), a trip to a theme park (28 per cent) and a quintessential trip to the British seaside (24 per cent).

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    It also emerged that six in 10 families want to spend more quality time together outdoors this summer, after enjoying nature became more important than after the start of the pandemic.

    The research was commissioned by sun cream brand Soltan, which has partnered with TV presenter and nature enthusiast, Helen Skelton, to inspire families to have adventures as parents plan activities for the kids this summer.

    Helen Skelton said: “Getting outside and enjoying nature is great for physical and mental wellbeing,

    "I have always been someone who has made the most of the great outdoors and enjoy an adventure.

    “The research shows that families want to make the most of getting outside but are sometimes lacking some inspiration for how to turn a day out into a really fun adventure.

    “I think over the last 18 months we have exhausted our ideas bank, so I have teamed up with Soltan to come up with some top tips to help parents this summer – from fossil hunting and obstacle courses to cloud spotting and treasure hunts.”

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    The study also found nearly a quarter intend to build sandcastles on the beach while bird watching, building a den and going on a treasure hunt were other adventures families hope to experience this summer.

    And glamping and a UK safari were the top activities families have never done but would consider for the first time this year.

    It also emerged 67 per cent of parents have struggled to come up with ideas to keep their child amused since the pandemic began.

    The findings come after it was revealed that searches for sun cream on boots.com increased by more than 7,120 per cent year-on-year.

    Clare O’ Connor Boots Soltan suncare expert, said: “It is lovely to see people enjoying being outside and making new memories with their families.

    "While out adventuring, it is important not to forget to keep yourselves and your little ones protected as you are just as vulnerable to burning in the UK as you are abroad.

    "Our message to everyone this summer is to apply a sunscreen with full SPF 5 Star UVA and UVB protection like Soltan, when enjoying everything that the great outdoors has to offer.”

    You can see Helen Skelton chat through her top tips here.

    Top 50 outdoor family activities to do this summer according to parents

    1.            Have a picnic

    2.            Watch the sun rise and set

    3.            Go to theme parks

    4.            Bike rides

    5.            Swim in the sea

    6.            Go to nature reserves

    7.            Sightsee in a city

    8.            Jump in the waves

    9.            Fruit picking

    10.          Build sandcastles

    11.          Star gaze on a clear night

    12.          Go to an adventure playground

    13.          Fairgrounds

    14.          Play in a paddling pool

    15.          Go searching for creatures in rock pools

    16.          Dig huge holes on the beach

    17.          Hiking

    18.          Camping

    19.          Bury your legs in the sand

    20.          Bird watching

    21.          Play tennis

    22.          Water balloon fights

    23.          Slide down a water slide

    24.          Play swing ball

    25.          Caravanning

    26.          Mountain biking

    27.          A UK Safari

    28.          Play on a bouncy castle

    29.          Glamping

    30.          Build a den

    31.          Jump into a river

    32.          Climbing

    33.          Fishing

    34.          Go on a treasure hunt

    35.          Hunt for bugs

    36.          Play on a rope swing

    37.          Cloud spotting

    39.          Snorkel in the sea

    39.          Fossil hunting

    40.          Bodyboarding

    41.          Kayaking

    42.          Play a big game of rounders

    43.          Trail runs

    44.          Pedalos

    45.          Build nests for wildlife

    46.          Make an obstacle course

    47.          Ride on electric scooters

    48.          Roller blading

    49.        Surfing

    50.       Learn a new sport