If the monster Nessie show up, you’ll get a front row seat!
LONDON: Britain is a brilliant destination for sport lovers of all kinds – participants and spectators alike. But if watching sport is more your thing than actually taking part, or you‘re after some fun competition and activity but don’t fancy working up a sweat, then why not give one of these ‘unsporty’ sports a go. We promise maximum fun for minimum effort – and no Lycra necessary!
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Zorbing in Scotland. If you want to enjoy the waters of famous Loch Ness without the effort of kayaking, give water zorbing a go. This involves getting into a huge transparent ball and literally walking on water! Zorbing is usually on flat ground or a slope. If the loch’s legendary monster Nessie decides to make an appearance, you’ll get a front row seat!
Punting in Cambridge. Punting, which means ‘to push’, is a British way to enjoy the River Cam, which runs through the heart of the university city of Cambridge. Enjoy fantastic views while meandering along the river in a traditional Cambridge punt. Take a picnic to enjoy on the river. Cambridge is around an hour from London via train.
Monkeying, Perthshire, Scotland. Britain’s first tree-top adventure ropes course was opened in 2002 by Go Ape in Thetford Forest in Suffolk, eastern England. The company now has 30 breathtaking woodland sites throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Each course is unique, and is made up of rope ladders, bridges, and challenging treetop obstacles including Tarzan swings and zip wires. Located within Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in Perthshire, Scotland, the Aberfoyle course is a big draw for Go Ape devotees – it boasts two of Britain’s longest zip-lines.
Bounce Below, north Wales. Set within a former slate mine, Bounce Below in north Wales is the only underground playground of its kind. Thrill seekers aged seven and up can enter this network of enormous caverns hidden underground, filled with vast trampolines, steep slides, and bouncy cargo nets. One of the best sports for fun. Blaenau Ffestiniog is around two hours by road from the city of Liverpool.
Game of Thrones archery, Northern Island. Discover the Winterfell Archery ‘Movie Set’ Experience and stand where Jon Snow, Rob Stark and Bran shot medieval arrows at Old Castle Ward, just 40 minutes from Belfast. You’ll be kitted out in Stark family costumes and head to an exact replica of the Winterfell Archery Range, recreated in the castle’s courtyard in the very same spot that filming for Game of Thrones took place. If you’re lucky, the instructors might share some gossip about what went on behind the scenes during filming.
Golf with dinosaurs, south-east England. If thinking about walking around an entire golf course makes you feel tired, head for one of Britain’s many mini golf courses! These themed, landscaped mini courses have obstacles such as tunnels, ramps, and moving windmills, with most holes requiring putting only within ten yards from tee to cup. Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf has 18 holes of mini golf in a prehistoric-themed landscape. Golfers will putt through cascading waterfalls, caves and tropical plants – all overlooked by nine roaring mechanical dinosaurs! A fun experience for all the family, the course can be reached in Surrey just 45 minutes from central London using public transport.