Take to the skies and experience the freedom of flight as you soar like a bird. Whether you want to fly, jump or fall, there are endless opportunities for fun air activities scattered throughout the UK. Explore the skies in a microlight, feel the rush of acrobatic flying, the calm of paragliding or the sensation of skydiving.
Although you might associate air activities with doing loop-the-loops in a jet plane or skydiving from 10,000 feet, there are plenty of slow-paced scenic options too. You could take a hot air balloon ride as the sun rises over the countryside, or go gliding and watch the world pass by below. And what’s more, not all air activities require you to be up high – so if you’re not a fan of heights, then don’t panic. You could try out kite buggying or kite landboarding and enjoy zooming around on the safety of solid ground.
To help you get started, take a look at some of our top tips below to plan your perfect day out. From there, you can choose an activity and then all that’s left is to get going!
High octane or laidback day out?
This should be your first key decision. If you want a one-off activity that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, then you’re probably going to opt for an adrenaline-fuelled skydive or bungee jump. If you’re happy to go slow and steady, then consider a plane or hot air balloon ride – you’ll get the same great views without the fear and falling feeling!
What’s your budget?
This will largely go hand in hand with your answer to question one. Typically the more extreme the activity, the more it will set you back. This is because they usually involve training you up, insurance, equipment and a flight. If you’re looking for something a bit more budget friendly, kite boarding and other ground-based activities may be a good bet.
Do you like heights?
It sounds silly, but a lot of people sign themselves or a group up for air-based activities without thinking about whether they’ve got a stomach for heights. If you’re getting a group together, make sure that everyone is aware of what the activity involves and check whether they’ve done anything similar before. Group skydives or paragliding days are an incredible opportunity, and would be a great birthday or stag do surprise, but be weary that not everyone will be a daredevil like you. On which note, some activities also have physical restrictions such as height, weight or health limitations, so make sure to double check this when booking.
Watch the weather.
If you’re forking out for an air-based activity, you want the conditions to be just right. Consider whether it might be cloudy, raining, windy, cold, etc. to ensure that you get the most out of your day. Having said this, most organised air activities will keep tabs on the weather themselves and will have access to more accurate forecasts ahead of time. They will let you know in the days leading up to your activity whether it will be able to go ahead as planned.
So now you’ve got the basics under your belt, you can start thinking about what kind of activity you’d like to take on. We’ve divided up some popular activities by theme to help get the ball rolling.