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The best 2017 adventure holidays for families in UK and across Europe

Mirror logo Mirror 18/05/2017 Molly Holt

Credits: Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images It's prime holiday booking season and it seems everyone is planning their annual all-inclusive beach holidays to various Spanish islands.

But if laying about on a sun lounger with every other Brit abroad is your idea of holiday hell, why not give one of these adventure trips a try?

We've hunted down the very best adrenalin-filled holidays for the entire family, which promise action-packed activities to satisfy your wanderlust.

Choose from scuba diving amongst World War One warships on the Scottish coast, re-enacting the Famous Five in a Welsh National Park or heading off down the river on a coracle.

If you are a fan of sun, sea and sand, check out our cheap family summer holiday recommendations.

Whether you want to stick to the homeland or venture into Europe, your big adventure starts here...

1. Experience family-fun at a UK holiday park

Credits: Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images With an array of different activity options to choose from at Hoseasons you can pick from a plethora of exciting activities such as snorkelling, fencing, horse-riding, crossbow and high rope courses.

With 18 different locations across the UK to pick from, each site includes an on-site spa, yoga classes and beauty therapy treatments for when you need some downtime.

How much? Prices start from £259 per week. You can book here:

2. Scuba dive in Scotland

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty While other scuba diving hotspots are filled with kaleidoscopic coral reefs, in Britain, our top scuba adventures consist of shipwrecks beneath the sea, most notably the German High Seas Fleet in the Orkneys.

Described as "one of the best dive sites in the world", the fascinating marine life in the Orkneys has made a home for itself in the seven First World War warships.

Courses take place from the dive centre Scapa Scuba in Stromness and can be booked in advance for trips from early May to the end of September every year.

Hotels in Stromness, Scotland can be booked via:

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  • Trivago

How much? £70 for a one-to-one beginners course that lasts half a day, or a four-day PADI Open Water group course costs £425 per person.

3. Stay in the midst of a National Park

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Situated in Britain's only Coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire's Bluestone offers picturesque views, golden beaches to play on and historic castles to explore.

Set among 500 acres of woodland, there's an array of great water sports to try, including kayaking and coracle racing.

Because we all know that Wales' weather isn't the most realiable there's also a variety of indoor entertainment too - The Blue Lagoon Water Park will be popular with the kids, while the kid-free luxury spa will be a haven for the grown-ups.

How much? The cost for a family of four starts from £199 for a family of four.

4. Head to rural France

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Take a family trip to rural France with adventure tour operator Exodus, and try your hand at canoe trips on the Dordogne or a cycling expedition around the Loire Valley.

After a long day kick-back and sample local delicacies in family-friendly local restaurants, all organised by your group leader.

Package prices includes breakfast and lunches, plus BA flights from Gatwick to Bordeaux, which you can remove to reach a total of £749.

How much? Packages for 7 nights start from £969 per adult and £872 per

5. Plan a Slovenian adventure

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Experience one of Europe's longest zip-lines, along the banks of Slovenia's Soca River and take in the picture perfect countryside.

Exodus tour operator's Slovenian holiday packages is filled with an exciting itinerary - from mountain-biking to water sports - ideal for families with slightly older children, who are looking for more than a nice hotel and a pool.

The package price includes half board for six days.

How much? 7 nights stay starts from £799 per adult (excluding flights).

6. Explore the Italian Alpine

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc If you love sunshine, mountains and lakes, spend this summer in Italy's Aosta Valley, home to beautiful scenery and 25 degree weather.

If you can tear your eyes away from the view, spend your days white water rafting with local guides, or paddle on a tranquil lake. If you prefer to explore out of the water, try rock climbing and get amazing views of Mont Blanc.

Book with Acorn Adventure and stay in the traditional town of Villeneuve

How much? 6 nights costs from £409 per adult to £359 per child.

7. Go water sports crazy in Spain

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Head to Spain's Costa Brava, renowned for its miles of beautiful coastline, natural parks, water sports and mountains, for six days straight of water sports.

As well as activities on the local beach and in the crystal clear Mediterranean sea, the all-inclusive trip from Acorn Adventure also includes a day at Water World, Europe's largest water park, and a day trip to Barcelona.

How much? 6 nights from £529 per adult and £469 per

8. Take a cycle tour through Europe

Credits: AWL Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: AWL Images If you've always dreamed of doing a cross-country bikeathon - Exodus tour operator has the perfect trip.

Following the northernmost tip of the Mediterranean, the bike tour kicks off in Venice, through Slovenia and finishes up in Croatia.

Experience the hugely differing cultures - from the golden sands of the Adriatic Coast to the sleepy fishing communes of Italy's Friuli, this is the most culture you could possible cram into a week long trip.

The package includes 3-star all accommodation, breakfasts, luggage transfers, local bike hire and most importantly, maps.

How much? Cost for 7 nights starts from £

9. Zip wire across the Welsh mountains

Zip world is home to a unique range of special adventures, which includes Europe's longest zipline at 500ft high, where you can soar across the sky looking out on panoramic views of a slate quarry and North Wales' coastline.

Not a fan of heights? Head underground into the underground trampoline experience instead, or get the best of both worlds in high-rope cavern adventures.

How much? Prices vary depending on which activity you choose, with the under 8 year old's junior tree trail starting at £12.50 and adult prices around £50.

9. Surf in sunny Portugal

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Famed for its rugged coastline and outstanding beauty, the diverse Portugese landscape is the perfect playground for adventures.

Spend an entire week surfing, cycling, and kayaking, as well as mountain biking to a lagoon and abseiling from a bridge.

There's also an unforgettable jeep tour included in the package from Exodus tour operator, plus a free day to roam by the beach or take a dip in the pool or hot tub.

How much? Package for 7 nights from £879 per adult, excluding flights.

10. Action-packed fun in England

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc If lazying around for seven days straight sounds like your worst nightmare, then why not spend your time off on quad bikes, abseiling, making rafts and even more instead?

PGL offers UK-based trips for the whole family that pack in up to two adventurous activities per day, followed by fun evening entertainment like quiz nights, karaoke and treasure hunts.

How much? Packages for7 nights start from £409 per adult and £349 for children. If you're visiting in may, you can bag a two, three, four or even seven night holiday from just £99. There's also currently £100 off specialist holidays (automatically applied).

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