It’s a wonderful time of year to be outside, so let’s not hibernate. Spending time in nature is good for us, and so is spending time with other people. Gather your favourite folk, grab your hats, wellies, and head to the forest for a wholesome day out. It might be just what you need to relax and rejuvenate during this very busy time of year.
Huge fans of the great outdoors, Forest Holidays, have shared their six favourite forest activities for the Sophie Allport blog:
1. Explore, wander or just unwind in the wilderness.
When did you last soak up the atmosphere in your local forest? Walking is such a simple pleasure. Whether you want to catch-up with friends, get your fresh-air-fix or walk off that mighty Sunday roast, our forests are full of wonder and space. Space to clear our minds and disconnect from the busyness of life and Christmas-countdown. There’s such a great variety of forest walks out there, for inspiration let Forest Holidays guide you. And remember there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
2. Forest Bathing – the medicine of the forest
Forests can heal and the ancient Japanese practise of shinrin-yoku invites us to spend time in nature to reduce stress, boost our immune systems, and promote a sense of wellbeing. Its popularity is on the rise and many people describe the experience as transformative. Intrigued? Perhaps you need further convincing or would like to experience it personally. Forest Holidays at Blackwood (located just an hour from London) offers a unique Forest Bathing Experience, which is open to all and lead by Forest Holidays resident forest rangers. An opportunity to pause - who’s in?
3. Family Quality Time – which we all crave
The forest and your family are a great combination for a fun day out. Nature presents 101 things for children to enjoy, the simple stuff that delivers great happiness. You might like to…
- Crunch leaves, climb a big tree or build a den – gather twigs and sticks and make your hideaway for the day. These simple pleasures will take you right back to your childhood.
- Create autumn art – nature will provide all the supplies. Spell out your name with leaves, make an autumn crown, or create your own nature exhibit.
- Go on a Bear Hunt. To celebrate 30 years of this classic children’s book, Forest Holidays have introduced new woodland trails at most of their locations, full of inspiration for a lovely family adventure.
Every Forest Holidays location has a resident Forest Ranger. An expert in the local wildlife who is ready and eager to share their woodland skills and the secrets of the forest with you. Forest ranger activities are open to Forest Holidays guests and non-guests with prices starting from as little as £10 per person.
4. Grab your camera and channel your inner photographer
That low sunlight in the forest is so special. Mix with all those amazing colours and you have the perfect backdrop for stunning, insta-worthy photography. Where’s your favourite spot?
5. Natural cycling
It’s a great feeling, jumping on a bike – it makes us feel happy. Our forests offer fun spaces to ride, with an abundance of approved cycle routes and choice for all abilities. From easy-going, family-friendly cycling trails to the more demanding, high-adrenaline mountain bike challenges. Many locations have bike hire on-site and grade trails to help us pick. As well as all the physical advantages, a couple of hours on a bike brings sheer enjoyment by keeping your mind and body happy.
6. Sleep in the Forest
Forest Holidays are privileged to be situated in beautiful corners of the UK’s forests, offering holidays and weekend breaks at 11 idyllic locations. With a great selection of cosy cabins for families, couples and groups, it’s the perfect place to stay and relax. You will feel the magic of the forest from the moment you arrive and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Do you have a favourite holiday destination? Let us know in the comments below.