Monday, June 27, 2011

10 Unusual things to do in the UK

Bored of bungee? Tired of tramping? Here’s our selection of weird and whacky exploits to have even the most jaded of adrenaline junkies chomping at the bit…

1] Airkix Indoor Skydiving Milton Keynes may not be traditionally synonymous with extreme adventure activities, but the Airkix wind tunnel at the Xscape Leisure Centre bucks the trend. Skydive, somersault and feel the adrenaline rush of freefall; you’ll receive a DVD of your gravity-defying hijinx to show your friends when you return to Earth.

2] Aerial Extreme High Ropes Adventure Courses Challenge yourself in the great outdoors as you tackle this extreme high ropes adventure course. Zip wires, death-defying midair leaps, suspended climbing MegaWalls, SkyWalks and more await you to truly test your mettle. Choose from one of six centres around the UK.

3] Ice Climbing In London The Vertical Chill Ice wall in the polar landscape of London’s Ellis Brigham store in Covent Garden is a challenge any climber will relish. So, after you’ve had your retail therapy shopping for you can pop along to the Ice Wall where their qualified guides are on hand for inexperienced climbers and children, and seasoned climbers can turn up with their own gear. Sessions last for an hour, including 10 minutes kitting-up time.

4] Urban Freeflow The Urban Freeflow team promises that this adventure will ‘unleash your inner monkey’ through their compelling mix of Freerun/Parkour tuition. Offering all levels of teaching, the philosophy is to ‘start slow and stay low’… To build a lasting foundation of fitness and urban skills. Read more about the art of Le Parkour!

5] Tricks In The Sticks A day of off-road biking will introduce you to a hitherto unknown level of thrills, spills and two-wheeled mayhem in the Kent countryside. Wheelies, burnouts, cross-country stunts and off-road know-how is all on the agenda, in a group of no more than five riders under a qualified ACU coach. There’s a BBQ lunch, and refreshments are thrown in too.

6] Birmingham Rat Race For those who love surprises, the Birmingham Rat Race is a series of challenges that are only revealed to you and your team mates hours before you tackle them. The urban race courses require brainpower, skill, strength and courage, and involve running, climbing, mountain biking, abseiling and navigation to reach the finishing line. Read more about the top 10 adventure races on the UK

7] Coasteering and Sea Kayaking Preseli Venture in the Pembrokeshire National Park is your setting for a range of outdoor activities that are sure to get your pulse racing. Attempt the fast-rising sport of coasteering and a range of extreme watersports. Adventure weekends are available with accommodation at the centre’s eco lodge.

8] Rally Driving At Silverstone The heart of British Motor Sport may be synonymous with Formula One, but check the other activities they have on offer – including adrenaline-pumping ally rally Driving Experiences at the purpose-built Silverstone Rally School. Choose your car and get ready to rev those engines to the hilt.

9] Rollerskiing In London Developed as a training method for cross-country skiers when there’s no snow on the ground, roller skiing is a fantastic workout and loads of fun into the bargain. Instructors will show you how to maximise your technique and offer a range of training options. Originally created as a summer training alternative, rollerskiing originated in Italy and has now developed into a competitive sport in its own right.

10] Bungydome, Edinburgh Who wouldn’t fancy a bungy trampoline experience in a geodesic dome? That’s exactly what’s on offer at Edinburgh’s Bungydome, where you will fly, you will bounce, you will laugh, you will cry… And you will no doubt return for more of this truly unique sports experience!

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