Are We The Yet? Stop those chores, it's time to play

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Shame on us Brits. A new study has revealed that we're bottom of the league when it comes to participating in outdoor activities with our kids. We're Europe's laziest parents.

Time to make some quick amends, then – which is why I bring news of an action-packed "family bonding weekend" conjured up by Fish and Pips (01483 421777; www.fishandpips.co.uk). In the Alpine resort of Méribel, you and your kids get to know each other a little better while parapointing (jumping off mountains with nothing but a parachute on your back) and canyoning (sliding down ravines in a wet suit).

Eurocamp (0844 406 0456; www.eurocamp.co.uk) is introducing "adventure camping", in conjunction with specialists PGL. Pitch up in Brittany or the Dordogne and you'll be able to book all sorts of adrenalin-pumping activities, including trapeze jumping and zip wiring.

How about a cycling holiday? Suffolk specialist Go Camping (01379 678711; www.gocampinguk.co.uk) is offering a family adventure, taking in an 88-mile coastal route. Go on, you might enjoy yourself!

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