10 ways to get outside and get sporty this summer


Summer is a great time to get outside and get moving, especially during the summer holidays. Take this opportunity to try a new sport or activity. Relaxing and recuperating from the busy year doesn’t just have to mean sitting and resting, exercise is a great way to de-stress and get your energy back.

Here is a list of 10 fun activities to discover around Kent. Be adventurous, try something new and you even make some new exercise buddies!

1. Scuba Diving

It’s not quite the Bahamas and taster dives are usually in a heated pool but after a course you could be taking your new diving skills to the Kent coast and beyond next summer. 

Thanet Sub Aqua Club 

Sevenoaks in2scuba 

2. Canoeing and Kayaking

Opt for a relaxing paddle down a beautiful river or go wild racing down raging torrents. There’s something for all abilities.

Canoe Wild, various locations 

Lamberhurst Bewl Water 

Maidstone Canoe Club 

Folkestone Seapoint Canoe & Kayak Centre 

Pirates Canoe Club, various locations 

Tonbridge Canoe Club 

Whitewater Action Medway 

3. Golf

Gets you outside and who can resist whacking a ball with a stick in beautiful green settings. Or play the crazy version, it’s still golf isn’t it?!

List of Golf Courses and where to take lessons in Kent 

Crazy/mini golf  

Strokes Adventure Golf, Margate 

Pirate Cove Adventure Park, Bluewater 

Sandancers, Herne Bay

Lillyputt Minigolf, Broadstairs 

4. Horse Riding

Go horse riding through the beautiful Kent Downs or even on a beach, it takes more physical exertion than you realise, plus it helps with your mental wellbeing to be close to such majestic animals.

Find a riding school near you 

5. Surfing

Sun, sea, and sand. Surfing can give you that holiday feel especially when it’s on Kent’s gorgeous beaches.

Kent Surf School, Broadstairs 

Joss Bay Surf School, Broadstairs 

6. Rock Climbing/Bouldering

This sport is great for strength, flexibility and confidence. It’s great fun and versatile, you can do it outside, inside, alone or with friends.

Indoor Climbing Centres

Maidstone Climbing Centre 

Revolution Climbing Centre, Broadstairs 

Arethusa Venture Centre,Rochester 

Outdoor Climbing

Bowles, Tunbridge Wells 

Extreme Ventures, various locations 

Nuts4Climbing, various 

7. Skiing and Snowboarding

Not traditionally a summer sport but you'll be able to learn and hone your skills on an outside slope before the next ski trip.  

Chatham Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre 

Folkestone Sports Centre 

Bromley Ski and Snowboard Centre 

8. Cycling

There are many fantastic cycle routes in Kent, some of them along the coast that end up at yummy seafood restaurants. You can hire bikes near some of the routes so there is no excuse!

Kent cycle routes 

9. Wilderness Survival Training 

Ok, not a sport but you'll be outside and you can never be over prepared. Truly unplug and have fun learning basic survival skills and foraging in a natural environment.

Natural Pathways Bushcraft 

Badger Bushcraft 

Kent Bushcraft Courses near Canterbury 

Bison Bushcraft 

10. Walking

There is nothing wrong with good old fashioned walking. There are some breath-taking routes in Kent for you to explore by foot. You can even make it into a camping trip.

Walking routes in Kent 

List of campsites in Kent 

Remember if you have any concerns with trying a new sport/activity, please consult your doctor first. 

We do not endorse or are responsible for the content of the links in this article, they are for information only, please do your own research before undertaking a new activity.

For more information on sport in Kent go to www.kentsport.org


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