Countryside Holidays: 14 Fun Activities for the Whole Family

Aug 9, 2023

Immerse, Explore, Reconnect with the Ideal Family Holidays in Rural France

Would you want to do some Fun Activities For The Whole Family?  Imagine a countryside holiday in the verdant, rolling hills of rural France. Fields of green and gently meandering rivers and streams stretching as far as the eyes can see. An idyllic setting bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun. Perfect for days of fun-filled activities for the whole family.

Whether you’re an adventure seeker or simply looking for a little rest and relaxation to recharge from the rigours of your daily life, the French countryside promises an enriching experience that will stay in your heart forever.

With acres of bountiful nature to explore in our grounds, and a myriad of activities on and off-site to keep your family entertained, Country Kids is the perfect place to rekindle your love of nature and your family bonds.

Let’s embark on a journey of peace, tranquillity, and exhilaration as we discover 14 fun activities for the whole family in this most enchanting region of rural France.

Exploring Nature’s Wonders

1. Nature Walks and Hiking Trails

Being enveloped in the beauty of nature is liberating. From the moment you set foot in our car-free, gated and fenced environment, you can switch off and relax. Take your time to explore the plethora of nature in our grounds, or venture a little further and experience Occitanie, the hidden gem of rural France.

Our estate, called Le Mas Pandit, is set among three mountainous national parks, ideal to release your inner explorer. Take a hike in the countryside to discover picturesque streams, historic ruins, and vibrant flora and fauna. Clamber over rocky outcrops and take a dip in refreshing inlets as you soak up the sun-drenched scenery.

2. Wildlife Spotting and Birdwatching

Prepare to be bewitched by nature’s symphony. First there is the tremendous silence. Then the gentle introduction of birds singing in the trees, the rustle of roe deer, the rhythmic timpani of a woodpecker. The silence is a mask for nature’s overture.

Our countryside is sanctuary to an array of plant life and wildlife. As you explore the sprawling woodlands and meadows, melt into the wonder of nature and revel in the spectacle of our wildlife in its natural habitat.

Outdoor Adventures

3. Cycling and Mountain Biking

There are endless days of fun for cyclists here. Challenging climbs and thrill descents on the country roads, and hundreds of well-signposted off-piste tracks for mountain bike enthusiasts.

Embrace the freedom and cool breeze on your face as you pedal through the winding countryside and rustic trails. Enjoy a tranquil ride through scenic landscapes or an adrenaline-fueled mountain bike adventure – all on the bikes we have on site for you.

4. Canoeing, Kayaking, and More

Gliding along serene waters, drifting peacefully or taking the thrill of the white water, is one of the most pleasurable pastimes to participate in. Set next to the incredible Lac Salagou, you can experience the thrill of canoeing, paddle-boarding, and windsurfing, as well as take a trip on a pedalo or electric boat just a stone’s throw from our family resort. Or take a picnic and spend the day on one of the Lake’s many beaches.

5. Horseback Riding and Pony Trekking

Picture your family on horseback with the rustic charm of rural France sprawling around you. Our trusted partner caters for the whole family. Whether introducing your toddlers to pony riding or lessons for the more advanced, they have you covered.

Farm Experiences

6. Animal Farms

Who doesn’t enjoy a visit to an animal farm? From feeding the resident animals to engaging in fun petting sessions, an animal farm provides a unique experiential learning opportunity. An amalgamation of education and entertainment that will keep your kids enthralled for hours and days.

And what better than to have this on your doorstep?

Our farm in the forest is one of the star attractions at Country Kids. Watch your toddlers as they gather eggs or have goats eating from the palms of their hands. They’ll make firm friends with the furry and feathery, as they help Farmer Syl feed the pigs, goats, rabbits, and chickens. And they’ll become immersed in learning about the nature all around them.

7. Tractor Rides and Farm Tours

It’s a short ride through beautiful countryside to one of our fields and an old patch of oak trees, banked by a dry-stone wall of limestone. There isn’t much that beats the thrill of bumping along on a tractor ride, and your kids will be jumping out of bed to be ready for Farmer Syl to ring his bell and shout ‘animals’ at 9:30 on the dot.

One thing is certain ─ our friendly old horse Apache and his donkey entourage will be there waiting for the kids every day for their breakfast.

Outdoor Games and Sports

8. Picnics and Outdoor Dining

Under the warming glow of the fading evening sun, set a picnic in fields of blooming flowers and verdant greenery. Enjoy a basket of local produce and home-cooked treats under an azure sky as you wallow in nature’s beauty. The perfect accompaniment to a sumptuous feast.

9. Frisbee, Football, and Swimming

Play tag in the grounds. Set a scavenger hunt for your kids. Pick up a frisbee and make your own games as your hand-launched spaceship flies across green fields. Or spend an afternoon splashing around in our pool.

Our swimming instructor can help introduce your baby to the water for the first time, get your toddlers swimming lengths, or help you to improve your butterfly stroke. Or maybe you just fancy a little water aerobics or aqua biking, which are also activities available in our huge swimming pool.

Exploring Local Culture

10. Village Markets and Artisan Stores

You can’t visit this region of France without immersing yourself in its culture. Bustling markets lie only a short drive away. Artisan stores offer all kinds of produce and mementos for you to take home. Sample reginal delicacies, discover hand-crafted artifacts, and experience the vibrant energy and peaceful existence of real France.

11. Visiting Historical Landmarks

France is home to some of Europe’s richest history, and Occitanie does not disappoint in this regard. Take a trip to discover the majesty of nearby chateaus, medieval ruins, and iconic landmarks that whisper of times long since passed.

Take a round trip and visit Villeneuvette, a village that was originally built as a royal cloth making factory, and Lodeve with its 13th century, gothic-style fortified cathedral and backdrop of wooded hillsides.

Camping and Bonfires

12. Campfire Cooking and S’mores

Huddle around a campfire. Roast marshmallows on a stick. Prepare mouthwatering s’mores. All under the clear, starlit sky. Is there a better opportunity for family bonding? We also arrange a camping night for older children, helping them to experience nature as they may never have done before while making memories that they will cherish forever.

13. Stargazing and Nighttime Activities

If you are a city dweller, your first sight of the unadulterated nighttime sky here will fill you with amazement. With no light pollution, laying on your back in a field and looking up at the skyscape adorned with twinkling stars and constellations is a most magical experience. Lose yourself in the majesty of the Milky Way as the gentle unfolding of night engulfs you.

Relaxation and Nature Connection

14. Forest Bathing and Yoga

A holiday in the countryside is the perfect opportunity to connect with nature at a more profound level, taking part in rejuvenating activities like forest bathing and yoga. Our certified yoga instructor leads private and group sessions, as well as family sessions, and there are yoga mats and bricks for you to use at any time.

Choose the Fun Activities That Suit Your Family

Countryside holidays in rural France provide a treasure trove of fun activities for all the family. A holiday in nature is the perfect solution to reinvigorate your soul and strengthen family bonds.

Here at Country Kids, we deliver a unique experience that provides freedom to explore and have the holiday of a lifetime, without the stress usually associated with planning and booking all your family’s fun activities – we do all this for you on the first day of your time with us.

All our facilities are available for use at any time without reservation for endless games with friends and family, and include:

  • Tennis court
  • Boule court
  • Trampolines
  • Outdoor playground including a slide, swing, and climbing frame
  • Ping-pong table
  • 9-hole mini-golf
  • Huge sandpit
  • Tree house
  • Two zip wires
  • Bikes for the whole family
  • Messy kitchen play area
  • Mini-football pitch
  • Huge, heated swimming pool with a slide
  • Paddling pool
  • Fitness and wellbeing centre
  • Adult-only pool and whirlpool

What are you waiting for? Book your countryside holiday with Country Kids, and enjoy a week of fun-filled family activities that will create a bouquet of everlasting memories.

What are you waiting for? Book your European family holiday of a lifetime before we’re fully booked!

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