Outdoor activities for all seasons

Enjoy these outdoor activities all year round, whatever the weather. Here’s your guide to a perfect getaway.
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There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Or so the saying goes. We all know that the weather can be a bit variable in Great Britain, but there are still ways to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.

Check out these outdoor activities for all seasons, along with our recommendations of great hotels to stay. 

Outdoor activities perfect for spring

Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll

Fancy something a little quirky? Give the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll a go.

Held every year on Spring Bank Holiday, you can watch people from all over the world race their way down a 650 foot, 45-degree hill in Gloucester to catch a wheel of local cheese.

Book a room with us at Gloucester Robinswood Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western when you come to check out this event.

Chelsea in Bloom

Head to London to experience the wonder that is Chelsea in Bloom.

Running at the same time as the Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea in Bloom sees the streets of London’s famous district decked out in stunning floral displays. The event is completely free, and you can even vote on your favourite display. Perfect for flora fans who don’t fancy a muddy walk.

Stay with us at Best Western Buckingham Palace Rd, right on the outskirts of Chelsea.

Top tip: Don’t be tricked by a sunny spring forecast, always pack your brolly, just in case. 

Spend summer in the great outdoors

Go Ape

Got a head for heights? Get active outdoors at Go Ape this summer. You can channel your inner Tarzan as you swing through the treetops and tackle the awesome ziplines.

Best Western Forest and Vale Hotel is just a 10-minute drive from Go Ape in Dalby Forest, so why not book a stay with us?

Embrace park life

There’s not a lot better than a lazy summer’s day in the park. And St Nicholas’ Park in Warwick is one of our favourites.

Not only are the flowers out in force during the summer months, but there’s a whole host of activities to do as well. Minigolf, rowboats, and an outdoor pool – all perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Check into The Jephson Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, it’s only a short walk away from the park.

Don’t forget: Water and sun cream are essentials in the summer, so make sure you have plenty of both when you’re outside in the sun!

Autumn outdoor adventures

Admire the changing colours on a woodland walk

Walking amongst a kaleidoscope of colour is one of the best ways to spend a brisk autumn day.

With the trees in the middle of shedding their leaves, Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire is a mix of bright autumn colours, the perfect place for some pro-looking photos. Take on one of the many trails or just take a seat and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the forest.

Best Western The Compass Inn is just a 15-minute drive along the A433, so come and stay with us this autumn.

See the stars

Head down to Cornwall for a stunning starry sky.

Bodmin Moor is an International Dark Sky Park as well as being an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. You won’t even need a telescope and, if you’re lucky, you might even see the Milky Way.

Best Western Fowey Valley Hotel is just a half hour drive from Bodmin Moor, so why not book a room with us?

Just in case: Bring an extra layer of clothing! The day can start off mild and get chilly – you can’t go wrong with an extra jumper.

Wintery fun in the great outdoors

Get out onto the water

Yes, really. It’s a surprising fact that sea temperatures in the winter months aren’t actually that much colder than spring/summer and can even be warmer. This means it’s the perfect time to try kayaking or paddleboarding – with a sturdy wetsuit on and a dry robe waiting on the sand of course!

Plymouth’s waters are perfect for kayaking, and you can enjoy a warming stay at New Continental Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western afterwards.

Meet baby seals

Check out the seals at Donna Nook nature reserve in Lincolnshire.

Every year, between November and December, a colony of grey Atlantic seals arrive at Donna Nook to deliver their pups. You’ll be able to see them roaming the sands, they come right up to the barrier.

Best Western Plus Kenwick Park Hotel is just a 25-minute drive from Donna Nook, the perfect place to stay for some seal-spotting.

Pack some treats: Combat the frigid winter winds with a thermos of hot chocolate or some mulled cider, they’re great for keeping the chill out!


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