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Dive in: The best water activities to liven up your next weekend break

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With spring starting to bloom and summer on its way, the waters around the UK are beginning to get a little less chilly. And that means that there should be nothing stopping you from taking to the waves on your next weekend getaway.

After all, what better way to get away from it all and rejuvenate yourself than by jumping in and enjoying the thrills of the water?

Whether you’re interested in taking the chance to get in some extra exercise or simply want to try out something new for fun, there are plenty of great options for water activities to do on holiday. In fact, there’s so much choice you might not know where to start.

With that in mind, here’s our roundup of some of the best water activities that can liven up your hot tub weekend breaks and leave you feeling well and truly refreshed.


This particular activity has really caught on in popularity in the last few years. These days you’ll see groups of paddleboarders serenely making their way across harbours and lakes around the country.

Stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP for short) is an excellent way to enjoy being out on the water in a more relaxing setting. But don’t be fooled, staying upright on the board and manoeuvring with a long paddle still offers an intense workout for all of your core muscles.

So, if you want to get some exercise and enjoy gorgeous scenery from a fresh perspective at the same time then give paddleboarding a try.


In terms of iconic water activities, surfing is pretty much the top of the podium. Especially if you ask any of the locals in Cornwall! Down on the sands in Newquay it’s essentially considered a national sport.

For anyone seeking a real thrill out on the waves, you can’t go wrong with picking up a surfboard. Riding along the crashing waves will really get the adrenaline pumping. Once you’ve successfully ridden your first wave to shore, you’re bound to keep going back for more.

Of course, if you’re new to surfboards be sure to take a lesson or two before you head out on your own. And always take care to surf on beaches with a proper lifeguard presence.


But perhaps you’re more the type to stay on dry land? There’s no need to worry, you can still enjoy a peaceful time at the water’s edge. Settle in for an enjoyable, almost mediative day of fishing and let the sounds of the lapping waters carry all your stress away.

Around the UK there are thousands of potential fishing spots for holidaymakers to enjoy. You can take to the ocean for a spot of saltwater fishing or even crabbing in Cornwall. Or, if you’re heading somewhere away from the coast, you can always find a well-stocked freshwater lagoon to cast a line in.

Beach Yoga

Maybe all you’re looking for in your weekend away is the soothing sound of the ocean waves? Well, in that case, consider giving some beach yoga a try.

Beaches up and down the country offer beach yoga classes, so you won’t have to worry about finding a teacher wherever you’re planning to holiday. It’s an entirely new level of revitalising, offering a unique meditative experience that you wouldn’t find in a studio.

So, roll out a mat on the soft, golden sand and let the natural rhythm of the waves guide you on a journey of mindful relaxation.

And, of course, there’s no better way to end a day spent out on the water than coming back to the relaxation of a hot tub!

It doesn’t matter if you prefer a relaxing experience gliding over the water or a thrilling time out conquering the waves, the UK’s waters have something for you. Now that you’ve got a better idea of what you might like to try, dive in and book your next waterside weekend away.

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