Teenagers have a stereotype of being apathetic and disengaged, constantly immersed in technology, but this is not always the case – some teenagers love adventure and adrenalin-pumping activities, while others prefer being in nature surrounded by wildlife.
Even if your teenager does spend a significant amount of time glued to technology, there are plenty of activity weekends and retreats around the UK that will help you to reconnect, even for a short period of time, before they go back to the comfort of Wi-Fi. With an abundance of activities available across various resorts, there is bound to be something your teenager would love to try.
Weekend breaks with adventurous teenagers
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Take your teenager on a weekend of adventure with Forest Holidays. Activities available at the Forest of Dean site include canoeing and paddle-boarding, assault course, adventure challenge, night-time adventure, and easily accessible from the site is the nearby Go Ape aerial adventure circuit. Guests at Forest Holidays also get a discount on their Go Ape ticket at the time of writing.
Weekend breaks with active teenagers
Potbelly in Westward Ho!
Potbelly, Westward Ho! is in the only UK location to feature an exclamation mark in its name. This quirky lodge with an equally intriguing name is situated one mile from the town and its vast beach, a popular spot for surfers and paddle boarding. A weekend away to learn a new skill, purely for the fun of it, is an excellent way to engage your teenager outside of their day-to-day routine.
Potbelly is a uniquely shaped, two bedroom cedar lodge located onsite at a popular North Devon gastropub, but make sure to book in early for dinner as the pub can get very busy. Alternatively, the lodge includes a modern kitchen and outdoor BBQ, as well as a hot tub to soak in after a long day of riding the waves.
Weekend breaks with nature-loving teenagers
Forest Holidays offer a wealth of nature-based activities including forest ranger adventures, forest-bathing nature therapies, pony trekking and birds of prey experiences.
Alternatively, Twinway Farm – The Stable in Bath, Somerset, offers farm activities by arrangement with the owner. Surrounded by peaceful countryside walks, this property is also excellently situated for day trips to historical Bath and the vibrant city of Bristol.
Weekend breaks to inspire teenagers
Seton Sands in Scotland
Seton Sands, Scotland is situated on the outskirts of the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh. Less than half an hour’s drive to the city, and less than an hour on the bus, this seaside holiday park is the perfect bolt-hole to explore this culturally diverse city.
Visit Edinburgh Castle, built on an extinct volcano, or climb Arthur’s Seat for the best view of this bustling city. Visit in August for the opportunity to attend the iconic Fringe festival, with comedy, drama, musical acts, street entertainers, a book festival, and more.
With galleries and museums in close proximity, as well as Harry Potter themed walking tours on every corner and memorabilia in every shop, this city is awash with magic and inspiration for young minds.
Weekend breaks to unwind with your teenagers
Croft Farm Water Park in Tewkesbury
If you or your teenager are in dire need of a retreat to relax and unwind – or if you want to reward your teenager for good grades, hard work, or generally good behaviour – a spa weekend at a resort is an excellent way to incorporate spa treatments into a meaningful weekend away together.
Croft Farm Water Park is a Hoseasons resort on the outskirts of historic Tewkesbury, with a wealth of amenities to make your weekend with your teenager fun and rejuvenating. Enjoy a selection of watersports and activities followed by pampering spa treatments, and wind down at the end of the day in your private hot tub.