Ten stunning sporting locations to discover everything

Ten stunning sporting locations to discover everything

Swim like a mermaid, send the kids on a football course and try to survive Bear Grylls Challenge yourself to try these 10 top sporting trips.

By
Anne Gorringe

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Hotel Football in Manchester

1. THE HOTEL: Football fans will love football-themed The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool, named after former Liverpool FC manager and club icon, Bill Shankly.

Based in the former Millennium House building, the 250-room hotel is full of previously unseen memorabilia. www.shanklyhotel.com

2. THE SKILL: Learn to swim like a mermaid in Cornwall. This ultra special swimming course in Newquay, by Freedive UK, is England's first-ever mermaid (or merman) swimming course. Learn the art of gliding underwater – complete with mermaid's tail – as you swim among the fish without breathing apparatus; breath-holding training will see you maximise your time underwater.

One-day or course from £100. www.freediveuk.com/freediving-courses/mermaid-courses-uk/

3. THE CHALLENGE: Test yourself at the Bear Grylls 10k Survival Race, in London on October 3.

This new, tough 10k race requires both mental and physical courage; with at least 35 obstacles along the way. For spectators, there's a Fitness Festival, which includes a celebrity appearance from Bear, a licenced bar and gourmet food stands, as well as fitness exhibitions.

The event is expected to draw crowds of 20,000 people. www.beargryllssurvivalrace.com

4. THE TRAIL: Play on the new golf trail that takes you through Yorkshire and Lancashire. Launched this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, The Pennine Golf Trail showcases five scenic courses in the foothills of England's mountain spine, straddling both sides of the Pennines.

The five coursed include Clitheroe GC, Woodsome Hall GC, Huddersfield GC, Manchester GC and Pleasington GC, thanks to an initiative by Golf Tourism England. www.golftourismengland.com

5. THE KIDS' CLUB: Get your kids to premier league standard in no time with the new Arsenal Soccer School at Waterside Holiday Park and Spa in Weymouth. Exclusively for children staying at the park, the soccer school has a brand new state-of-the-art 3G pitch, with breath-taking views over Weymouth Bay along.

Available to children aged 5 – 18, the courses cost £85 and will run over the October half-term holiday, when they will be coached by FA/UEFA qualified Arsenal Soccer School Coaches. Course date 24 October to 31 October for guests staying in caravans at Waterside Holiday Park. www.watersideholidaygroup.co.uk/waterside/on-park/soccer-schools/

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You can take a tour in some of England's most iconic stadiums

6. THE ATTRACTION:Â Discover the UK's first Wibit Inflatable Sports Aqua Park in the New Forest.

The New Forest Aqua Park is set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside and lakes, the floating, inflatable Aqua Park has 2 trampolines, flippers, slides, hurdles, rockers, rollers, an overhang climbing wall, a swing, and a giant iceberg. Get your wetsuit on and explore the course, beat the obstacles and race your friends & family. www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk/index.php/new-forest-sports-aquapark/wibit-sports-aqua-park-2015

7. THE ACCOLADE:Â Visit Nottingham, the home of Robin Hood, archery and Historic cricket ground Trent Bridge. Nottingham has just been voted 'The people's choice' in a new competition held this year to find England's true home of sport, launched by tourist board VisitEngland.

Nottingham is one of six finalists and supporters also love historic Notts County FC and Nottingham Forest, which famously took the European Cup under Brian Clough. The sporting competition winner to be revealed on October 23. Find out more at www.englandhomeofsport.com

8. GREAT SPORTING ATTRACTIONS:Â As the home of the National Cycling Centre, the world's busiest velodrome and BMX track which is open to the public, Manchester has a lot to offer sports fans. The National Squash Centre and Manchester Aquatics Centre were both specifically built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games hosted by the city – plus it's renowned for its football.

Manchester United is probably the most famous football ground in the world. There's also the National Football Museum, and now Hotel Football, so fans can really make a break of it. www.visitmanchester.com

9. ICONIC VENUES AND EVENTSÂ – London's skyline is peppered with iconic sporting venues. The enduring legacy of hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has included Lee Valley White Water Centre and the Aquatics Centre.

South West London's Twickenham Stadium and Wimbledon All England Tennis Club are recognisable worldwide; while the history of venues such as Lords, the Oval and Royal Blackheath Golf Club make them a must-see.

Take a tour of one of many leading football club stadiums including Tottenham,, Chelsea and Arsenal, or hone your sporting trivia with a visit to Wimbledon's national museum for tennis. www.visitEngland.co.uk

10. LOOK OUT FOR:Â The Wave in Bristol, due to open next year, it's an inland lake where you can learn to surf miles from the sea! Powered by wave-making technology, it will create perfect peeling, ocean-like waves.

The Wave will also be situated in beautiful gardens, including sensory, healing and kitchen gardens, complete with a swimming pool, café, education centre and surf shop.

www.the-wave.co.uk/Bristol

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