5 Family Cycling Activities to Try This Summer

5 Family Cycling Activities to Try This Summer

Picnic Lunch

This classic British summer activity is a great way to enjoy some quality family time. Picnics are also pretty budget friendly; so if you’ve already got a few more costly activities planned for the summer holidays then this is a great way to get everybody out the house, without putting a strain on your wallet. For the perfect easy picnic simply load up your favourite bike bag with as many or as few snacks and sandwiches as you would like, gather the family and head to your local park.

Top tip: instead of loading your bike bag with space consuming ice packs, instead freeze a couple of water bottles to keep your food chilled. Once you’ve arrived at the park, the ice should have melted and serve as a refreshing drink. For an even tastier drink, add some fresh herbs and fruit to your water such as mint or strawberries.

Beach Cycling

Heading to the coast is a popular family activity during the summer school holidays and bringing your electric bike to the beach can make your trip fun in a whole different way! Across the UK you will find a selection of ‘cycling beaches’ which welcome cyclists of all skill levels. Most cycling beaches also offer other activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing and surfing.

Woodland Exploring

The national cycle network has many woodland cycle routes to choose from across the county. Many of the routes are perfectly suited to family bike rides and include on route activities for kids. For example the Whinlatter forest park in Cumbria has a wild play zone for kids who love to explore and a go ape course for bigger kids with a sense of adventure. To find the best forest cycling route near your head to sustrans.org.uk.

Top Tip: to keep the kids interested for the duration of the journey write down a list of different woodland sights (birds, flowers, different types of trees), every time you pause for a water break have them tick off the things they’ve spotted along the way.

Local Castle Trip

Exploring a local castle can be educational and fun for the whole family. From small ruins to grand heritage buildings, the UK is home to an abundance of beautiful castles each with their own unique history. The surrounding landscape of many castles across the UK includes a range of cycling trails. Head to English heritage.org to find your nearest castle or heritage site. You may be surprised to find out what historic landmarks sit right on your doorstep.


Even if only for a night camping can make a welcome break away from the chaos of daily life, especially whilst the kids are off school. Find a family camping site near you and set up your base for the evening. During the day hop on your e-bike and enjoy exploring with your family, once you return to your campsite, refuel with marshmallows roasted over the campfire!