High-octane activities for teenagers

High-octane activities for teenagers

Beat the boredom this half-term

With May half-term on the horizon, now’s the time to start planning some family activities to keep the kids entertained. Our Attractions team is on hand to find adventures in your area for children of all ages – here are their top picks for days out with teenagers.

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Climbing wallScale great heights

The popularity of climbing has skyrocketed in recent years, with walls across the UK providing group and private lessons throughout the year. At once physically exerting and mentally challenging, it’s the ideal activity for teenagers who love problem-solving and scrambling up to great heights.

It’s also a great way to help build confidence, trust and self-esteem and is hugely rewarding for people looking to overcome the fear of heights. Choose between learning the ropes on a high wall or trying bouldering – a ropeless form of climbing that’s all about technique and agility. Contact us to book a climbing session at a centre in your area.

Go-kartingPut the pedal to the metal

If your teenager is counting down the years until they can get behind the wheel, you can satiate their appetite for driving with an action-packed day at your local go-kart track. Hitting speeds of up to 45mph, most courses offer a range of experiences, including a Formula One-style race day with qualifying sessions followed by a 30+ lap grand prix.

Anyone living in the Midlands can test their inner Lewis Hamilton at the UK’s largest outdoor circuit near Grantham which offers plenty of overtaking opportunities and tight hairpins which require a considerable amount of skill to master. Londoners should book a grid position at Capital Karts – an indoor track which is perfect for the unpredictable British weather.

PaintballGo commando

No one likes the prospect of getting hit by a small pellet of paint flying at 300 feet per second, which makes paintballing a game of tactics, espionage and bravery. It’s one of the most exhilarating outdoor days out there is and teenagers from the age of 11 upwards can get involved at centres across the UK.

The day begins with an in-depth safety and training session before you’re kitted up with body armour, overalls, face mask and a high-powered paintball gun. The playing zones are normally deep in the centre of a woodland dotted with themed obstacles and defences and teams battle it out in games which include catch the flag, defend the base and cat and mouse. While it’s not for the faint-hearted, it’s guaranteed to be a memorable day out – contact us for more information and to make a booking near you.

Escape RoomsLock them up and throw away the key

Escape games first appeared in the early noughties, when gamers tried to recreate real-life versions of popular video games. Fast-forward 15 years and there are now hundreds of Crystal Maze-style escape centres opening in cities across the world as the phenomenon hits the mainstream.

The concept is simple – puzzlers are locked in a room and have nothing but their collective intelligence, common sense, team work and ingenuity to find the solutions to a series of puzzles that will lead to their freedom. There are more than 100 game centres across the UK and each one offers a different twist – there’s a mad scientist-themed Great Escape in Sheffield, a nuclear fallout scenario at Birmingham’s Clue HQ and an ancient Egyptian mystery at London Bridge’s Escape Rooms (pictured).

OxygenJump for joy

Trampolining is being taken to new extremes as huge complexes spring up across the UK. Nowhere does it better than Bounce Below in the centre of Snowdonia National Park, which consists of enormous netted rooms rigged up inside a disused coal mine about twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral. Linked by shutes and tunnels, adventurers can bounce, clamber and slide their way through the neon-lit complex.

Elsewhere, teenagers can join the free-running academy and tumble into huge foam pits and bounce over obstacles at Oxygen trampoline centres in London, Manchester, Southampton, Leeds, Derby and Wigan (pictured). Night owls should check out Flip Out which has 13 centres across the UK and runs night-time trampolining sessions with DJs, light shows, smoke machines and a whole lot of neon.

Go ApeSwing through the treetops

Famous for its obstacle courses at woodland locations throughout the UK – from Glentress Forest in Scotland to Moors Valley Country Park in Dorset – Go Ape successfully launched its first city location in London’s Battersea Park and now has four in the capital alone. For big kids, the obstacle crossings are twice the usual height and there’s also a Tree Top Junior course for little monkeys between 6-12 years old.

From traversing a web of ropes and bridges high in the canopy to careering through the treetops on a high-speed zip wire, this is a thrilling day out that’ll blow away the cobwebs and get the heart racing – contact us to find a Go Ape adventure centre near you.

Last updated on 11 May 2017


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