Bernie’s Travel Log: 500km of wet and wild windsurfing

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 No Comments

Here at Activity HQ we don’t just sell the most adrenalin fuelled activities, we also take part in them, and as we speak, one of our directors is windsurfing 500km down the northern coast of Brazil! Bernie is one of 14 windsurfers from around the world making the epic journey from Fortaleza and we’ll have regular updates of their progress throughout the week, starting with a summary of day one from Bernie’s travel diary.

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Day 1: Fortaleza

Day one was epic! My best single run being a 10km blast taking just 20mins before gybing 2.5km out to sea. Lots of big ships in the way! The wind direction was perfect for long runs near parallel to the coast.

There were problems though, logistical issues beset the first day meaning we set off 3 hours later than planned, thus missing the best wind (my 10km run would no doubt have taken a lot less than 15 minutes in the earlier stronger winds). The alarm on a bridge was set off when sailing under it because the tide was higher than planned, mast contact meant a wobbly ride for one of the team but all good.

The late start meant a night time finish (flashing lights on buoyancy jackets proved their worth) for some. Missing the low tide meant a number of trashings in the shore dump for a number of the team. Including the rather uncomfortable 10 minutes (felt significantly longer as most of it was under water) I spent being rolled whilst trying to protect my kit before finally being dumped on the beach 500 metres downwind. A combination of big dumping waves, low wind (which is always significantly lower in the impact zone), and a sail not designed for a wave environment led to a tricky water start being impossible.

A lot of lessons learnt, not the least being set off early. Today is windier, if we catch the early low tide we’ll be 60 kms down the coast at our next stop in no time.

For the most up to date information on Bernie’s progress head over to our Facebook and Twitter accounts or follow his GPS tracker labelled Activity HQ by following this link.

Driving experiences: 10 seriously fast supercars you could be driving

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 No Comments

Winning the lottery isn’t the only way to get your hands on the wheel of a ludicrously fast luxury car. Our range of heart racing driving experiences give you the chance to channel your inner James Bond and put the car of your dreams through its paces. The only hard part is choosing from the huge range of high-spec supercars on offer. So here’s a look at ten of the most fast and furious supercars available at our sites across the country.

Lamborghini Gallardo

Estimated top speed: 202 mph
0-60: 3.4 seconds
Price: £125,000

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There’s nothing subtle about a Lamborghini, these beasts are loud and proud. If the roar of the engine doesn’t turn heads, their distinctive paintwork will. The Gallardo is even used by the Italian police force to keep criminals off the streets of Rome.

Porsche 911 GT3

Estimated top speed: 196 mph
0-60: 3.5 seconds
Price: £100,540.00

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Porsche is the largest race car manufacturer in the world, and all the speed and style of their thorough bred racers can be found in the 911 GT3.

Ferrari F430

Estimated top speed: 202 mph
0-60: 3.6 seconds
Fact: £119,500

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An icon of the motoring world, Ferraris are fast, furious and full of flair. It’s impossible not to love blasting round the track in this Italian, motoring masterpiece.

Aston Martin DB9

Estimated top speed: 183 mph
0-60: 4.6 seconds
Price: £135,527

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Like Bond, the Aston Martin oozes class, and it’s easy to see why the world’s most famous spy has a soft spot for Astons. The DB9 has featured in two of the last three 007 movies and is the ultimate combination of speed and style.

Subaru WRX STI

Estimated top speed: 155 mph
0-60: 4.5 seconds
Price: £28,995

Subaru WRX STI

Subaru is rich in rallying history and the WRX STI is just as fast on the track as it is off it. This is definitely one for the boy racers out there, no matter how old they are!


Audi R8

Estimated top speed: 185 mph
0-60: 4.8 seconds
Price: £93,735

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Adding brains and brawn to the supercar scene the R8 smashes the German stereotype in style, the V8 engine is guaranteed to have petrol heads purring.

Formula Ford 2000

Estimated top speed: 130 mph
0-60: 4.8 seconds

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Single seater Formula Ford racing cars are as close as you can get to getting behind the wheel of an F1 car. So if you fancy yourself as the next Lewis Hamilton why not find out how good you really are!

Nissan GTR

Estimated top Speed: 195 mph
0-60: 2.9 seconds
Price: £76,610

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You might recognise the GTR from the Fast and Furious films but there are no Hollywood effects behind these seriously souped up street racers.

Lotus Elise

Estimated top speed: 150 mph
0-60: 4.3 seconds
Price: £35,000

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What the Elsie lacks in size it more than makes up for in speed. The small but mighty roadsters can compete with the best in terms of acceleration and when it comes to fun, nothing comes close!

Jaguar E-Type

Estimated top speed: 153 mph
0-60: 6.7 seconds
Price: £120,000

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You don’t have to be a classic car enthusiast to appreciate the E-Type, it was was recently voted the most beautiful sports car ever! and it’s no slouch either, which isn’t something you could say about most 53-year-olds.

Book your driving experience with The Activity People today!

Can You Stop the Zombie Invasion?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 No Comments

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Halloween is almost upon us and an undead invasion is sweeping the country, airsoft and paintball sites across the country have been overrun by hoards of flesh eating zombies and it’s time to fight back! So if you’re too old for trick or treating or just want to kick some zombie butt, there’s no better way to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.

Survival is key, and it’s not as simple as you might imagine. Not only will you have to fight off the infected, you’ll also have to franticly search the game zones for ammunition, tools and medicine. You’ll also have have to storm and secure buildings eliminating any zombies that try and get in your way. Nowhere is safe and you can quickly find yourself outnumbered so it’s essential you work well as a team if you’re going to survive the night.

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Zombies aren’t just roaming the countryside, they’re making their way into towns and cities too – they’ve even taken control of an abandoned shopping centre! Almost nowhere is free from the infected and indoor airsoft sites are just as badly affected as outdoor arenas. You’ll receive detailed instructions on how to take down your undead enemy as well as some tips on how to survive the attack, but after that you’re on your own.

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It’s only a matter of time before the zombies are banished to their graves for another year so make the most of these awesome events and put your survival skills to the ultimate test before it’s too late. We guarantee you’re in for Halloween you’ll never forget!

Red Rush Vouchers – The Ultimate Gift!

Friday, October 17th, 2014 No Comments

For some people it’s probably a little too soon to be mentioning the “C word”, but that time of year is fast approaching where the more organised among us are starting to think about what would make the perfect present. So if you’re already searching the web for ideas, you may have just stumbled across the perfect solution!

We all know that one person who’s already received every gift going, and is almost impossible to please when it comes to gift giving. So instead of heading out on a last minute trolley dash, why not treat them to an unforgettable gift experience?

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Gift experiences are a great way to take part in some truly once-in-a-lifetime activities, and more importantly they save you the stress of searching the shops! There’s a huge range of exhilarating activities to choose from and our activities range from paintball to parachute jumping, so there’s something to suit thrill seekers of all levels. So whether you’re looking to treat the petrol head in your life, or know an adrenalin junkie that would prefer to leave the safety of solid ground a Red Rush voucher could make the perfect present.

To make receiving a Red Rush voucher even more exciting we’ve launched a stylish new range of gift boxes. As well as their voucher the lucky recipient will also get their hands on a free copy of the Adrenalin Guide. A 100-page glossy book crammed with full colour photos and information on the most exhilarating activities on the planet!

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So why not treat the adrenalin junkie in your life to an experience they’ll never forget, and for all you early birds we’re offering 10% off any Red Rush activity voucher purchased before Friday 31st October. To receive the exclusive discount simply use the code TAPB10 when booking and you’ll receive 10% off your order, terms apply, offer ends 31/10/14.

White Water Rafting – Strange Beginnings

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 No Comments

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White water rafting is one of the most popular adrenalin activities in the world, and millions of people put their paddling prowess to the test by taking on some of the wildest, white water stretches they can find. The main reason people choose to take on the challenge of white water rafting is to experience the rush of racing down fast flowing water, negotiating rocks and rapids as they go. However in its formative years rafting served a much more practical purpose, a million miles away from the adrenalin fuelled white water sport many people recognise it as today.

In the 1840′s United States Army officer Lt. John Fremont and inventor Horace H. Day created the first rubber river raft. Their primitive but revolutionary raft was made from four rubber cloth tubes and a wraparound floor. They made their first successful voyage in 1842 when they used their raft to survey parts of the Rocky mountains which were only accessible by boat.

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As rafting slowly gained in popularity it became more viable as a business opportunity and in an attempt to capitalise on its growth John D. Rockefeller Jr. constructed a hotel in the Gran Tenton national park Wyoming. In the late 1950′s the lodge started offering trips down the river in surplus war rafts which were 8ft wide and over 20ft long. The trips were so popular that rival rafting companies started to spring up across the United States, offering rides down some of the fastest and most thrilling stretches of water in the country.

White water rafting grew in popularity throughout the 60′s and 70′s and in 1972 it was included to the Olympic Games held in Munich. In 1997 the international federation of rafting was established and the first international white water rafting championships were held in 1999. The introduction of an international governing body meant rafting became much more strongly regulated and as a result safety improved. The information available to rafters also improved and rivers were graded 1-6 using the International Scale of River Difficulty designed to reflect the technical difficulty and skill level required to navigate a section of river. Rafters use this system to find out what kind of conditions they can expect to face on stretches of river they’ve never been down before.

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Modern day white water rafting has changed dramatically and almost anybody can take to the water for the challenge of negotiating boulder strewn rapids and fast flowing water. There are rafting sites across the globe and its popularity continues to grow, especially in the UK. Scotland is home to some of the best and most difficult white water rafting routes in the world which may explain why it’s so popular. There are even artificial rafting sites with man made rapids that are tailor made to put a rafters paddling skills to the test. So whether you’re trying rafting for the first time or just want to hone your skills the perfect location could be closer than you think. It may have started out as a way of crossing treacherous stretches of water but the fun that can be had in a modern day rafting experience is second to none!