10 Ideas for Outdoor Staycation Activities

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

As more of us head towards rural and coastal areas for our staycations, we explore 10 outdoor activities that you can do in nature. Whether you are going on a staycation alone, with friends, or with your family, there are plenty of creative activities that you can all enjoy outdoors!

1. Collect Natural Materials

Collect a variety of natural items from the places you visit. These can include fallen leaves, twigs, sticks, stones, shells and so on. Avoid picking wildflowers as this can damage the ecosystem. Creating a personal collection can serve as a souvenir of your trip. It’s also an enjoyable and communal activity for children to do, whilst allowing you to learn about the different types of flora and fauna in the places you visit.

You can also use your collected materials to create your own artwork back at home or in your accommodation. You can create pictures using the materials, or use them as painting implements, dipping leaves and sticks into paint to create interesting effects. You might also choose to create your own terrarium, inspired by your staycation.

2. Making Prints in the Sand

Handprints and footprints can be one of the most basic and yet fun activities to do, particularly if you have young children. Create a trail of footprints along the sand on the beach, alternating between adult and child-sized footprints. If you’re exploring the woods, create a footprint trail using some mud. You can also do the same thing with handprints instead, or make prints using natural found objects.

As well as making trails, you could create artworks, shapes, or even write letters or messages in the sand or soil using human or object prints. Take a photograph of your completed trail, artwork or message, as a token of your trip and a memory you can treasure in the future.

3. Make Sculptures

Sculpting can be a very relaxing and calming activity. Take a walk in nature. What particular objects capture your attention? It might be a tree, a fallen branch, a shell, a bird, a crab… Choose or two objects that inspire you. Using clay, plasticine, playdough or salt dough, create a sculpture of your chosen object. It doesn’t have to be a realistic sculpture.

Take your time as you touch the clay or material you are using to create the sculpture. Allow yourself to really engage with your sense of touch and try to create the different textures of the object. Once it has dried, you can then paint and decorate your finished sculpture, to create a treasured memento of your staycation.

4. Uninterrupted Writing

Take a walk in nature for 10-20 minutes. Explore the environment using all of your senses. Try to remain engaged in the present moment. After 10 – 20 minutes, stop and find somewhere comfortable to sit and write. Set yourself a 10-minute timer. Begin writing and don’t stop until the 10 minutes are up.

Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything to write. Simply write, ‘I don’t know what to write…’ Write down anything that comes into your mind. Think back to the smells, sounds and sights of the environment as you walked. Use these as inspiration for your writing. You can also use this as an opportunity to explore your own feelings. After 10 minutes, you can choose to stop or continue.

5. Create an Installation in Nature

Collect a range of natural materials from an outdoor environment, such as woodlands or the beach. When you have a few items, choose a location in the space to create your installation. Make sure that it isn’t an area that will disturb the local wildlife.

Spend some time arranging the natural materials into an installation you are satisfied with. When you are happy with it, leave it on site as a token of gratitude to the natural environment.