When did it become the norm to go out for drinks or a meal for your birthday? Remember when you were little and you had outdoor birthday parties? They were far more fun! You might have gone exploring in the fresh air on a treasure hunt. If you were really lucky, you would be taken to an outdoor adventure park.

If you’re struggling to think of what to do for your birthday this year, why not try going off the beaten track (literally) and treat yourself to an outdoor birthday party instead. Here is a list of a few great outdoor adventure birthday party ideas to give you some inspiration.

Outdoor activities can be land-based or water-based. Both are thrilling and are great alternative outdoor birthday party ideas.

Land-Based Activities – Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas for Adults

Outdoor Birthday Activities at How Stean Gorge

Rock Climbing – Rock climbing is a great outdoor activity, testing your movements skills, nerve and skill. It is ideal for birthday groups as it can easily cater to any level of experience. With How Stean Gorge your rock climbing experience will be made extra special as it is complete with an abseil off the beautiful boulders at Brimham Rocks, overlooking one of Yorkshire’s finest Dales.

If you are an experienced climber and wish to give yourself the extra challenge, why not try Via Ferrata at How Stean Gorge? Ours is one of only three to be found here in the UK and challenges you to manoeuvre your way through a high wire course of cables, ladders and beam with the waters of How Stean Beck rushing through below.

Caving – Challenge yourself and your friends to explore the underground twists and turns of caving. This unique birthday idea will be unforgettable, giving you the chance to explore the natural wonders of caves. If you’re looking for something different and don’t mind getting dirty then How Stean Gorge is the ideal location for you to try caving. Expect to walk, climb, abseil or crawl at a level suited to you and your party.

Walking – Sounds simple, yet walking is great if you are wanting an outdoor birthday adventure without the intensity. Challenge yourself to walking up a challenging hills to enjoy the breath-taking views from the top. Why not try one of the nation’s favourites, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge with How Stean Gorge. A key benefit to trying this challenge with us is the experienced instructors available to you. They know the routes up and down the peaks very well, and they can ensure that no man is left behind! This may be especially helpful if you are unfamiliar with the 3 Peaks or if you are wanting to push yourself and try to complete the challenge in under 12 hours.

Water-Based Activities

Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas

Canoeing – Maybe you tried canoeing as a child and now want to master it as an adult. Canoeing can be as relaxing or as challenging as you want to make it, so it’s ideal for larger birthday parties that want to have fun whilst trying something different. Make a splash and have a birthday to remember! We offer two of the finest locations for canoeing – come and try it!

Gorge Walking – For a unique outdoor birthday party idea, give gorge walking a try! Gorge walking involves travelling up a streamway on foot, wading through water and climbing over natural rocks as you go. For more information about gorge walking, check out our previous blog post.

Canyoning – Want an alternative birthday challenge? Canyoning is the one for you! Canyoning is the big brother of gorge walking and involves descending beautiful waterfalls. To find out more about the differences between gorge walking and canyoning, read our blog post.

Alternatively, if you fancy mixing it up and trying something really off the beaten track, why not try doing a Big Five with us. This ultimate, multi-outdoor package squeezes five challenges into a single day. Do Via Ferrata, Abseiling, Gorge Walking/Ghyll Scrambling, Caving and Canoeing!

All of our activities are organised by our outstanding staff. All you have to do is get everyone to How Stean Gorge on time and then enjoy the rest of your day.

For more information about any of these activities or group bookings do not hesitate to get in touch!