1. Learn how to rock climb at the Sporting Village in Basildon.

You can't miss the colourful climbing wall near the entrance of the sporting complex in Cranes Farm Road. The artificial structure aim to mimic the experience of outdoor rock in a fun, safe and sociable way. The wall is designed for all abilities, with a wide range of wall angles and features. Lessons are held for adults and children for around £20.


2. Learn how to wakeboard or waterski in Basildon

The aqua park and wakeboarding centre at Basildon's Festival Leisure Park offers a number of watersport classes and sessions for children as young as eight.

Taster sessions are from £25 and beginners sessions from £35 and include all the necessary equipment so all you need to bring with you is a swimming costume and a towel.


3. Get your skis on in Brentwood

If jetting off to the Alps each weekend is not an option, you can still learn how to ski and snowboard at Brentwood Ski Centre. Whether you are looking to just have some fun, brush up on your skills orget ready for a winter holiday, there are sessions for all at the venue in Warley Gap. Ski sessions are from £19 for adults for two hours.


4. Learn how to Paddleboard in Southend

If you've never tried stand up paddleboarding what's stopping you? Essex SUP prides itself on helping to make the sport affordable and accessible to everyone. Lessons and board hire take place at East Beach in Shoebury. Intro classes are from £30.


5. Feel the need for speed with a go-karting session in Rayleigh

Rayleigh Karting, based at Brook Road Industrial Estate is the place to go if you want to indulge in a spot of karting. From stag and hen dos to individual sessions and kids karting, it's available.