Adventures have always been important to me. Most of my working life involved being indoors, usually sitting at a desk. So I had a weekend routine; I'd pack a bag on a Thursday evening, run out of the office at 5pm on a Friday, and jump on a train. Within a couple of hours, I would be in the countryside enjoying an adventure. On Monday morning, colleagues would ask in awe about my latest hiking, canoeing or camping trip.
One weekend, I mentioned to some friends that it would be great to get people away from their regular weekend routines and into the Great British Outdoors. My friends nodded. I quit my job, moved to the countryside and thought I better put an event on. Adventure Breaks was born!
The plan was simple; to offer the UK’s coolest and most varied outdoor weekends. Importantly, the events would be two things:
Solo-friendly - this is core to what we do and it’s something we’re very passionate about. It means you don’t need to convince your friends to come with you; book by yourself, turn up and you'll be made to feel welcome. Find out more about our solo-friendly ethics here.
Available to all levels of experience. Some events may be more skewed towards a particular experience level, but most events are experiences that can be enjoyed regardless of experience. What's more, our focus on variety means you should always be able to find something new to try and make new friends to enjoy it with too.
Adventure Breaks was created to help people live more adventurously, but we've become more than that. We've become a community. Adventure Breakers bring their friends along to new events. They meet up with other guests when they're back home and plan other adventures together. They help to spread the word about Adventure Breaks, which is handy as we aren't running large advertising or marketing campaigns! We have a few key values that help to bring this community together:
Welcoming - almost all of our guests attend events alone. We understand attending alone may be daunting (until you arrive and see how friendly we really are!). We ask that you help maintain this friendly and welcoming environment.
Adventurous - you should be able to find new adventures with us, no matter what your experience. If you're happy to get stuck in and give things a shot we think you'll be proud of what you can achieve.
Get involved - and help improve the community. There are many ways you can do this; from welcoming or helping others whilst on an Adventure Breaks, to participating in The Adventure Forum (see below), or by simply telling your friends about us.
To help bring the community together, we have created 'The Adventure Forum' for you to engage with other like-minded adventurers. There's also an 'Interesting Stuff' section on the website with tips on how to pack lighter for your next adventure, our favourite outdoor apps and monthly adventure book and film recommendations. If you've got some hints or tips you'd like to share with other Adventure Breakers, we'd love to hear from you.
I hope we can help you live more adventurously in 2020. If you would like to inject more adventures, friends and a breath of fresh air into your weekends, I’d recommend joining the mailing list.