"Fancy getting your feet off dry land this summer? There are activities for every age making a splash all over the network..."

Get hooked on fishingWhat/where?

Chartered sea fishing trips, or seal-spotting for the less angling-minded, from the West Pier in Scarborough.

What's involved?

Skipper of the 37-foot Queensferry passenger vessel, Neil Horsley, takes parties out to sea for fishing trips of up to eight hours, rods and bait provided. He also runs trips (starting in July) along the spectacular Jurassic coastline, spotting acommon and grey seals, sea birds and, if you're lucky, puffins and porpoises. Some activities depend on the weather so always call in advance.

Who'll love it?

Neil can tailor fishing trips for total beginners or salty experts. The seals are there for everyone...

Take a picnic?

Provided you can keep it down!

Also nearby: Sea Life Scarborough (visitsealife.com/scarborough)

Go by train: Scarborough. 10-min walk

Info: queensferrycruises.com

Jump on, splash down!

What/where?

The Yellow Duckmarine Tour of Liverpool, in a DUKW (known as DUCK) amphibious craft.

What's involved?

Starting at the Albert Dock, it takes in the sights of some of Liverpool's most impressive buildings - including its cathedrals and St George's Hall - before driving dramatically off the main slipway and into the Mersey at Salthouse Dock - 'Splashdown!' they call it - to continue by river.

Who'll love it?

Everyone! Who wouldn't... the DUCK's painted bright egg-yolk yellow!

Take a picnic?

It's always worth stashing some sarnies on board.

Also nearby: The Beatles Story Experience (beatlesstory.com); Tate Liverpool (tate.org.uk/liverpool)

Go by train: Liverpool Lime Street. 5-min walk to Renshaw Street, short bus ride (No. 86A) to Canning Place, then 5-min walk

Info: theyellowduckmarine.co.uk

A splashing good time

What/where?

Blackpool's awesome Sandcastle Waterpark.

What's involved?

The UK's largest indoor waterpark, crammed full of slides and attractions, including the world's longest indoor rollercoaster, water cannons, vertical-drop ride, wave pool, Typhoon Lagoon, Duelling Dragons, the marooned galleon called HMS Thundersplash... the list goes on. Even grown-ups will be awestruck!

Who'll love it?

There's an attraction to cater for all family members, from toddler to granny.

Take a picnic?

Unless you'd prefer to eat at the waterpark's Bongo-Bongo Burger Shack or Palm Trees Snack Shack.

Also nearby: Blackpool Pleasure Beach (blackpoolpleasurebeach.com); Sea Life Blackpool (visitsealife.com/blackpool); Blackpool Tower (theblackpooltower.com)
Go by train: Blackpool North. 7-min walk to Promenade, then tram or No. 1 bus

Info: sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk (10% discount if you book online)

Blow bubbles underwater

What/where?

Deep Sea World in Edinburgh, Scotland's national aquarium. You can even scuba-dive with sharks!

What's involved?

Tour the amazing aquarium with its piranha, seals, rays and sharks, or for the more adventurous, learn to scuba-dive in the sand tiger shark tank itself! (Fear not, there's a metal gate between you and them!) For children aged 8-15, Deep Sea World also runs a special 'Bubblemaker' course, with qualified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) divers.

Who'll love it?

It's truly once-in-a-lifetime stuff for parents and children over eight years old.

Take a picnic?

Or there's a café on-site, with views of the Forth Rail Bridge.

Also nearby: Edinburgh Castle (edinburghcastle.gov.uk); Edinburgh Zoo (edinburghzoo.org.uk)

Go by train: Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket. Rail connection to North Queensferry station, then 7-min walk

Info: deepseaworld.com

Sail away

What/where?

Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre on the banks of Lake Windermere.

What's involved?

With the Lakeland fells as a beautiful backdrop, you can get instruction in dinghy sailing, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and powerboating, as well as hiring out a variety of craft. You can also boat-fish for the likes of trout and pike. Some activities depend on the weather so always call in advance to check.

Who'll love it?

Anyone old enough to paddle responsibly, all the way up to those daring types who've always fancied powerboating (over-16s only).

Take a picnic?

Ideal in the stunning environment, though there's a shop selling refreshments.

Also nearby: Windermere Lake Cruises (windermere-lakecruises.co.uk); Mountain Journeys offers guided walking, climbing and abseiling (mountain-journeys.co.uk)

Go by train: Windermere. Bus No. 555 or 556

Info: elh.co.uk/watersports

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