SUSSEX has been listed as one of the best destinations in the UK for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, according to a recent survey.

The county boasts 44 different experiences for those looking to ramp up the excitement during their staycation, coming fifth in a list by Red Letter Days.

Events that adventure lovers can enjoy across Sussex include a hot air balloon experience, wakeboarding and animal encounters at Drusillas Zoo, the company’s Adrenaline and Adventure Guide revealed.

The guide said of the region: "Probably one of the most picturesque areas of the UK, the very scenic county of Sussex has taken the fifth spot in our ratings.

"Who wouldn't want to take a hot air balloon ride at sunset over the iconic coasts of Sussex?

"If you fancy something a little more culture-soaked, why not drink in the sights of Sussex with an i360 flight?"

Yorkshire, Kent and Essex took the top three spots, with 69, 51 and 46 experiences for thrill-seekers respectively.

Full list of top 10 UK adrenaline and adventure destinations

  1. Yorkshire
  2. Kent
  3. Essex
  4. Surrey
  5. Sussex
  6. Herefordshire
  7. Cheshire
  8. Hampshire
  9. Cambridgeshire
  10. Lancashire

Adventures that people can enjoy across the UK range from skydiving over the British countryside to a ride in a supercar.

Many of the destinations included in the list offered a range of experiences, from family-led to solo trips - so there is truly something for everyone.

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Rebecca Lockwood, a neuro-linguistic programming psychologist, explained that taking time out to enjoy adrenaline-inducing activities can have health benefits in day-to-day life.

She said: “Taking a step away from your comfort zone can really help with grounding.

“When you push yourself to physically and mentally do an activity away from the normal routine, the return to daily life allows your body to absorb the neurological and emotional differences, which can offer huge benefits to your mental health and space for mindfulness.”

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