As autumn approaches and the dark nights draw closer it’s harder to find the motivation to keep active. Luckily our region is full of fun, new and interesting ways to get active. Here’s some highlights from across our network.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a hack around the stunning Richmond Park. There’s various stables that cater to all abilities, learn to ride or get yourself back in the saddle. We recommend Stag Lodge Stables. The stables are steeped in rich history and have been a riding establishment since the 17th
century. With more than 70 well-trained horses and ponies suitable for all ages and all levels of riding, and a great team of experienced, qualified Riding Instructors you will have a fabulous riding experience.
Mobile personal training that's perfect for weight loss, toning and strength as well as general fitness. Fitness trainers Muddy Plimsolls have put together a map of the outdoor gym locations, along with some tips on how to get the most out of the various locations using a great variety of outdoor fitness equipment spread across London’s trim trails.
If you are an adrenaline junkie then the high ropes courses in Haldon Forest Park are the answer for an unforgettable day out. Featuring hilltop-to-hilltop zip wires as well as daring obstacles, harness up for Tree Top Adventure to get your adrenaline pumping.
If you're looking to entertain your mini-Tarzans, don't miss our brand new Tree Top Junior. The fun will be in full flow as you explore the wonders of the forest canopy like never before. Nestled in 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Exeter, gather your adventurous friends and family, head to the forest and take on our awesome aerial challenges. You'll be rewarded with incredible views of the Dartmoor National Park and come away with some serious bragging rights.
The Alpine Snowsports Centre in Southampton is a great venue for new and experienced snowsports fans. It’s got an ideal artificial surface for Skiing, Snowboarding and a bit of fun with Donutting (or ringo’s and tubing as some people call them) it’s a guaranteed fun day out no matter what the weather. There’s a really experienced and passionate instructor team that can help you get started if you’ve never been on the slopes before, or push your practice skills on a little bit further if you’re looking for a helping hand to improve. Whatever you’re ski or snowboard experience level, they’ll help you get involved.
Why not follow in the footsteps of Robin Hood, Katniss or Legolas and pick up a bow and arrow?
Old Basing Archers in Basingstoke is the ideal place to start. This friendly club was established in 1967 with its range at the recreation ground in Old Basing. Hampshire. Its membership spans all abilities from novice to county level and all ages from juniors to veterans and all disciplines: barebow, compound, longbow and recurve.
There are beginner courses held throughout the year. The course runs over two Saturday/Sunday mornings. Places are limited to 12 to keep the numbers of coaches to
archers down to a minimum and to increase the shooting time. All archery equipment is included and the lessons will be around the use of recurve bows, these styles of bows are the ones used in the Olympics. All you need to do is dress for the weather and wear closed toe footwear. Juniors between the age of 11 and 16 are required to have a parent or guardian present at all times. Old Basing Archers is a family-oriented archery club and has special membership rates for juniors and family groups.
From trying the sport for the first time to multi-pitch climbing Bournemouth Climbing is the place for you.
A fun introduction to the sport of indoor climbing. You will climb under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Working in threes you will belay (hold the ropes) for each other, whilst getting the chance to climb on 8m high beginners walls. You may even get the chance to try some of the harder overhanging 10m walls if you are good enough. This will give you the chance to try climbing to see if it’s the sport for you.
Learn to climb
Become a climber. These courses will teach you all of the safety skills needed to climb without supervision on our open public sessions or at other public climbing walls. Looking at climbing equipment, knots, belaying (holding the rope) for each other, safety checks and climbing technique. Instruction will be given by a qualified instructor and all specialist climbing equipment will be provided. On completion of this course you will get membership for the climbing wall included free of charge.
Learn to lead
Develop you climbing further by learning to lead climb. Aimed at the top rope climber who wants to push themselves a little further under the supervision of a qualified instructor. This course will cover clipping the rope, lead belaying, rope management, equipment and climbing technique enabling you to complete your first lead climbs safely. Ropes, Quick draws and other climbing equipment will be provided.