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Family Multi-activity Holiday Guide


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Family Multi-activity Holidays

A family multi-activity means just that – a holiday with multiple activities available for the whole family to try. This gives you the chance to try or improve on many different activities in a short space of time. The activity programme, tuition and all the equipment that you need are arranged or provided by the holiday company.

Types of Multi-activity Holiday

There are a range of multi-activity holidays on offer. On some holidays, the focus is on the whole family taking part in the activity together and the programme can be tailored to meet your own requirements. Some companies offer separate activity programmes for adults and children, with the children taking part through a Children’s Club. Others are fully flexible allowing each family member to pick and choose their own activities – that way you can do some activities together and some individually if you wish.

Accommodation Options

The accommodation available ranges from tented camps, youth hostels and activity centres to guesthouses and hotels.

Age Ranges

It is possible to take children of any age on most of the holidays, but there are usually minimum age restrictions for the different activities.

For those less obvious activities, here is an explanation of what is involved:
> Abseiling – Descending steep and near vertical rock faces using a rope and specialist climbing equipment to control your descent.
> Canyoning/Gorge Walking – This activity is not for the faint hearted. Canyoning is jumping, sliding, swimming and abseiling your way down a river gorge. Participants get fully kitted out in wetsuits, helmets and lifejackets before they set off.
> Caving/Potholing – Walking and climbing in caves and potholes. Participants wear helmets, headtorches and protective oversuits.
> Coasteering – This is the saltwater version of canyoning. Participants follow the point where the sea meets the cliffs – traversing rock ledges, jumping off cliffs and swimming around headlands.
> Coastal Traversing - Participants make their way along the base of the sea cliffs jumping over rock pools, traversing cliff ledges and visiting bays not accessible by other means. This is usually a dry sport (unless you fall in) and you can wear normal clothes and a helmet.
> High Ropes – Participants negotiate a treetop adventure course involving zip lines, cable bridges and giant ladders.
> Hydrospeeding – Participants use a short surfboard to float and paddle down a fast flowing river. Helmets, wetsuits and flippers are worn.
> Rock Climbing – Climbing steep and near vertical rock faces using specialist climbing equipment and attached to ropes to break your fall if needed.
> Scrambling – Climbing low level rock climbs using specialist climbing ropes where required.
> Tubing – Floating lazily down a river in a large inflatable tube or ring.
> White water rafting – This involves paddling down river in a large inflatable boat taking up to 8 participants. You bump and glide your way downstream and work hard to navigate the rapids. You will be kitted out in wetsuits, helmets and lifejackets.

Try to have a go at one activity that you have never tried before, even if it means conquering your fears.

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