The trend for action-packed adventure holidays is here to stay – check out our guide to the best forest holidays in the UK and abroad
Adventure holidays are big news in travel, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. But, if you’re used to relaxing in a sun lounger with the latest page-turner when on holiday then you might need some convincing.
Adventure holidays and more specifically forest holidays give you the chance to immerse yourself in the glorious nature around us. Here’s our guide to the best forest holidays in the UK and around the globe to help change your mind.
1. Center Parcs
Center Parcs has been providing forest holidays in the UK since the 80s. Now it has five UK locations: Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria; and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Each village is set within around 400 acres of natural woodland complete with trees, streams and wildlife. Plus, each village also has a subtropical swimming paradise, restaurants, cafés, shops, and a spa.
Prices for a four-night midweek break (Monday to Friday) staying in a two-bedroom Woodland Lodge at Sherwood Forest, in spring 2019, start from £399. www.centerparcs.co.uk.
2. Forest Holidays
Forest Holidays is part-owned by the Forestry Commission and each location is based within Forestry Commission land. It has around 600 cabins in the UK. You can choose between a four-night midweek stay, a seven-night holiday or even longer. They are great for families but similarly appeal to groups of friends and couples looking for a romantic weekend for two.
Prices for a three-night weekend break for two staying in a one-bedroom Golden Oak cabin at Sherwood Forest in early April starts from £625. www.forestholidays.co.uk.
3. Lost Meadow Tree Pod
How do you fancy spending the night in a cedar-clad ball suspended in the air between two trees? Sounds interesting, right? Well, the Lost Meadow Tree Pod, near Bodmin, Cornwall offers just that. The Lost Meadow is made up of 20 acres of ancient oak wood and meadow, nestled in an serene wooded valley. The spherical, sustainable tree house structure is suspended from strong cables three meters above the ground. There’s even a ceiling window to watch the stars at night.
The tree house for two starts from £95 per night. www.lostmeadow.yolasite.com.
4. The Black Forest
When you think of the Black Forest, you conjure up images of fairy tale castles and deep, dark woods littered by Hansel and Gretel’s trail of breadcrumbs! But, you can actually book a trip to this woodland wonderland in south-west Germany. The Black Forest lets you experience if for real, outside the pages of a folk tale.
Prices for a six-night self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday with www.inntravel.co.uk start from £898 per person.
5. Treehotel and the Northern Lights
Situated in a tall pine forest with spectacular views of the Swedish Lule River, Treehotel pays homage to Scandinavia’s love of design, fun and nature. The individual tree rooms are suspended 4-6 metres above the ground and are accessible by ramp, bridge, or electric stairs. Plus, the chances of seeing the infamous Northern Lights from your treetop retreat are excellent as it sits within the Aurora Zone.
Prices for a three-night Aurora short break with www.magneticnorthtravel.com start from £1,145 per person (excluding flights).