Get set for summer: Fast
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 18 May 2014
Follow in the tyre tracks of the two-wheel racers of the Giro d'Italia along the Antrim coast. To celebrate the cycling grand tour choosing Belfast as its starting point last weekend, Hastings Hotels (028 9047 1066; hastingshotels.com) has a deal entitled "Ride the Road they Rode", supplying bike hire and maps of the tour for guests to follow, as well as accommodation in the newly refurbished Ballygally Castle, which was on the race route. The price is £77.50 per adult per night, £30 per child aged four to 12 years, including accommodation, route map and afternoon tea. Bike hire costs £25 per bike, per day.
Whizz along at up to 150kph on the Big Zipper, Europe's longest zipline, high above a lake at Zip World Snowdonia (zipworld.co.uk) in Wales. Get the adrenalin surging as you swing through the branches of the Tree Top Adventure (ttadventure.co.uk) at Betws y Coed. And hurtle around Wales's championship track at Go Karting (gygkarting.com) in Glan Y Gors Park. Pack these high-octane thrills into a week's stay by hiring one of the eight family-friendly holiday cottages in the area offered by Sheepskin (01865 764087; sheepskinlife.com), such as Cappele Cottage, sleeping four, from £1,145 per week.
Netball fans will be able to pick up tips from England coach Anna Mayes this summer at Forte Village Resort (fortevillageresort.com) in Sardinia. Children aged between five and 16 can brush up their feeds and feint passes at the hands-on sessions, which take place for an hour each morning of five days of the holiday. Academies run 19-26 July and 23-30 August. Seven nights cost from £3,450 in total for a family of two adults and two children, sharing, with Super Skills Experiences (0116 318 3244; superskillsexperiences.com), including transfers, half-board, and five two-hour netball sessions for two children. Excludes flights.
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