Summer Holiday Activities
Super Camps // www.supercamps.co.uk // Nationwide at Various Sites
Super Camps is a fantastic programme of organised games, sports, and creative activities designed to keep children entertained and energised. The camps can be booked either daily or weekly. Each day consists of six different activities, and runs from 9am until 5pm. It is ideal for children between 4 and 14 years. Activities include face painting, clay modelling, bush craft, circus skills, swimming, archery, quad biking, and at least 120 minutes of exercise every day (double the government guidelines)! This is where your children will make friends and learn new skills whilst keeping active.
Buckmore Park // www.buckmore.co.uk // Chatham
At Buckmore Park, there’s a range of activities for everyone, including children and family groups. Here you have Europe’s widest choice of karting experiences at a true MSA licensed racing circuit; this is the circuit where Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button honed their skills as youngsters. With two turn up ‘n drive circuits catering for drivers from 4 years to adult, and an MSA approved International Circuit that that can be split into two (Club and National), Buckmore Park can offer karting for all, from total novice to the most experienced. As for the children, there are go kart birthday parties, laser warfare games, bambino karting for 6-7 year olds, junior kart school and club for ages 8-15 years, as well as turn up and drive go karting for all ages.
Badger Forest School // www.badgerforestschool.co.uk // Bodmin
For something truly different and truly ‘outdoors’, a forest holiday adventure with the Badger Forest School – from just £6 per session per child (babies and adults go free) – will promote positive relationships not just with nature, but with others as well. The activities on offer here include exploring and team building games, cooking on a campfire, and even making bread outdoors! Special Gruffalo-themed sessions involve listening to the story being read around a roaring campfire, with puppets for added fun. You can even make a character from the story using clay, and learn how to bring it to life. Other themed sessions include Robin Hood, den and shelter building, nature’s kitchen, survival skills, teddy bears’ picnic, and woodland fairies, to name just a few.
Acorn Adventure Family Holidays // www.acornfamilyholidays.co.uk // UK and Abroad
Acorn Adventure Holidays is a leading family adventure holiday specialist, with over 30 years of experience in offering an exciting range of all-inclusive, fully organised family activity holidays in France, Italy, Spain and Wales. Their holidays in the UK and Europe offer a wide range of family friendly outdoor adventurous activities in beautiful locations, from the Ardèche in the South of France to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. There is a summer holiday to suit the whole family – no more compromises! These holidays appeal to families seeking a fun-filled, great value and fully organised holiday in the great outdoors. They are an action-packed programme of exciting adventurous activities from stand up paddle boarding (SUP) to rock climbing, suited to age 7+ overseas and 5+ in the UK. Activities are delivered by a qualified/assessed team of instructors and are included in the price of the holiday, along with full board tented, cabin or camping pod accommodation. Acorn’s pre-erected, private family camping villages offer a family friendly, sociable environment with many leaving with lifelong friends.
Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre // www.jnlchatham.co.uk // Chatham
If you thought skiing, snowboarding, and other snowy pursuits were strictly wintertime activities, think again. This summer why not try something a little different, and learn how to make your way down the slopes? Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre has the longest artificial slope in Kent and the South East and is the premier snow sports’ facility in the region. It is also part of the company, which teaches more people to ski and snowboard than anyone else in the UK. The centre is open throughout the year and offers skiers and snowboarders of all levels the facilities to practice and learn new skills. There’s an active ski club and snowboard club at the centre where you can meet and learn skills from others with similar interests.
Go Ape // www.goape.co.uk // Nationwide
Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure. Days out with Go Ape are about living life a little more adventurously, having fun with friends and family, and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan! The classic Go Ape experience is the two-to-three hour Tree Top Adventure. You will fly down our zip-wires, leap off a ‘Tarzan Swing’, and tackle tricky crossings. There are 28 Go Ape adventures around the country, all set in some of Britain’s most spectacular forests. No two Tree Top Adventures are the same, and some locations offer other outdoor activities like the Tree Top Junior courses for kids and the brilliant Forest Segway Experience safaris. The Grizedale Forest Go Ape is home to our very first Zip Trekking Adventure. With Tree Top Junior, you can release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids do!
Lagoon Water Sports // www.lagoon.co.uk // Hove
With everything from yacht sailing to windsurfing, you can experience every kind of water sports activity in just one place. With qualified and expert instructors on hand to guide you through the process, and teach you all you need to know, this could be the perfect starting point to many future seafaring adventures. And for the children there are activity weeks featuring windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, SUP, and on-land activities. Kids can learn to sail at Hove Lagoon from the age of six with the RYA Learn to Sail Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses, and age 12 on the sea.
River Deep Mountain High // www.riverdeepmountainhigh.co.uk // Lake District
There are a number of different climbing adventures available with River Deep Mountain High; the most popular adventure day consists of climbing, scrambling and abseiling around the Pike O’Blisco, with the option of a walk to the top to see the fantastic views. On this day, you can learn more about climbing, further your existing knowledge, learn how to belay, learn how to place natural protection in rock, learn about climbing calls, practice climbing techniques, and do some bouldering! There are also half-day climbing activities available for those who aren’t quite as confident, or who have never climbed before. Children are welcome over the age of six, and you can bet this is something they will never forget about – come September they will still be talking about how they climbed up a rock face in the Lake District! There are other activities available too, including archery, mountain biking, abseiling, and guided walks. There are even family bundles, which are perfect for families of varying ages! By working with the organisers, you will create the best itinerary for you all.
Stagecoach // www.stagecoach.co.uk // Nationwide
Children and teenagers can make friends, have fun, and develop some great new skills at the fabulous Stagecoach Holiday Drama Clubs and Workshops. These workshops are designed for eight to 18 year olds, with some areas offering tailored workshops for children aged 4 to 7 years. At the end of their time at one of the Stagecoach holiday workshops, the students will join together to showcase their newfound singing, acting and dancing skills to family and friends. Your child does not need previous dancing, singing or acting ability and does not need to have attended term-time Stagecoach schools. No auditions are required – just a willingness to give it a go!
KidZania // www.london.kidzania.co.uk // London
Let your kids explore a child-size city at Westfield London, where they can try out more than 60 real life role-play activities, from banking and acting to fighting crime as a police officer. Each of KidZania London’s immersive experiences is crafted to teach kids essential life skills including financial literacy and independence, so there’s plenty to learn as they explore the attraction. Many of the activities are run by high street names, such as Innocent Drinks, where the little ones can have a go at smoothie making; H&M, where they can learn about fashion and design; and Renault, which lets them have a go at changing tyres on a scale version of a Formula E racing car. There is even a British Airways terminal with an aircraft that’s home to an Aviation Academy and Cabin Crew Training.
Royal Academy of Dance // www.rad.org.uk // London, Jersey and Birmingham
At the Royal Academy of Dance there are weeklong courses involving two daily classes in ballet and creative dance. Themed classes let your child use their imagination to create an original dance with their teachers. A fun week ends with a lively presentation with props and make-up, for parents and guardians. These workshops are for children aged 4 to 7. For those aged 7 to 16 (with one year’s dance experience), there is a professional master class allowing the children to refine their performance and creative skills. The two days will finish with a presentation for parents, guardians and teachers.
Willow Farm // www.willowfarmholidays.co.uk // Skegness
At Willow Farm, children are welcomed on riding holidays to look after, ride, care for and compete a pony as their own for a week. They can also help with other animals, watch chicks hatch, and even learn to milk a goat if they wish. The team prides itself on being the best. At the heart of the farm are, of course, the ponies, and if a child falls in love with a particular pony they can become a ‘Borrower’, meaning they can adopt the pony for a small weekly fee. The ponies at Willow Farm are great fun, they will teach responsibility, a good work ethic, keep the kids fit, and make them new friends.
Manor House Hotel // www.manorhousehotel.co.uk // Devon
At The Manor House Hotel, Devon, you can enjoy as many arts and crafts activities as you can possibly fit into your time there. Choose from pottery, painting, t-shirt printing, stained glass design, jewellery making, embroidery, enamelling, picture framing, woodwork, candle making, and much, much more. And when you have spent a hard day creating something beautiful, why not unwind with a spot of swimming (the pool even includes flumes!), golf, snooker, bowling, a guided walk, or any number of other sporting activities. Or simply do nothing at all and enjoy the fabulous surroundings and peaceful atmosphere.
Barracudas Activity Day Camps // www.baracudas.co.uk // South East and East Midlands
Barracudas offers summer activity day camps for children aged between 4½ to 16 years. With 23 years of experience, it has a fantastic and knowledgeable team that makes sure your children always have a brilliant time. This year there are 34 locations offering summer camps where children can try new activities, make new friends, and most of all have lots of fun! A wide range of activities will be on offer including football, archery, trampoline, motor sports, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, lab rats fun science, video making, kin-ball, arts and crafts, tennis, face painting, fencing, circus skills, dance, drama, bouncy castles plus much, much more! There really is something for everyone. Always popular at Barracudas Activity Camps is the fab team challenges such as the Sandstorm Challenge, Ski Pole Challenge and Minesweeper Challenge, plus new challenges for 2015.
Premier Tennis // www.premiertennis.co.uk // Surrey, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London
At Premier Tennis’ summer tennis camps, the focus is on fun, fun, fun – and it’s all about tennis. Every day is action packed with team games, drills, exercises, and information about the game itself, and because the activities and groups are divided by age, everyone can get stuck in without any worries. At the end of each camp, there is a tournament to see who comes out on top! If your little one is already a fiend on the court then they might be interested in the tennis leader courses for children of 13 and above. This will enable them to learn how to be a coach, and they will also pick up many other valuable skills along the way.
Maynard’s Fruit Farm // www.maynardsfruit.co.uk // Ticehurst
If the thought of a bit of hard work during the summer hols doesn’t worry you, then why not venture out to a PYO (pick your own) farm and not only get some good old fashioned fresh air, but come home with an abundance of fruit too? At school holiday time, you should be able to find plums, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, cobnuts, apples, and more. At Maynard’s Farm in Ticehurst, East Sussex, a 22-hectare fruit farm in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the elevation, soil, and position is ideal for growing bumper, tasty crops, so when you arrive for some picking you certainly won’t go away empty handed.
Tom Daley Diving Academy // www.londonaquaticscentre.org // London
Ever wanted to emulate your Olympic heroes? Who hasn’t? Now, at the London Aquatic Centre’s superb Tom Daley Diving Academy, you can. Courses include fundamentals for children, learn to dive for children and beginners, intermediate and advanced diving for adults, and competitive diving. From giving you and your little ones the confidence to get up on the boards, to teaching you all the basics of safe diving, through to showing you how the Olympians do it, these weeklong activity courses give you everything you need to become the next Tom Daley – who knows, perhaps you’ll be bringing the gold home in the future?
Legoland // www.legoland.co.uk // Windsor
Play your part at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort with over 55 interactive rides and attractions. Fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking Fleet, join LEGO® divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage or enjoy the UK’s only LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display.
In the all-new Heartlake City-themed area, guests can step into the colourful world of the LEGO Friends. The unmistakable exterior of the Heartlake Mall gives a stunning harbour-side backdrop for the exciting new live show ‘Friends to the Rescue!’ featuring Mia, Andrea, Stephanie, Emma and Olivia. Fans can join the girls on an action packed adventure full of surprises and sing and dance along to their favourite LEGO Friends songs. Then guests can head over to the Heartlake City Express for a gentle train journey through the LEGO countryside, before taking a more energetic equestrian turn on Mia’s Riding Adventure. This horseback adventure spins riders through the air, travelling backwards and forwards on a circular spinning ‘race track’. In addition, at Olivia’s House, little LEGO builders can help build a home for one of Olivia’s pets and Emma’s Ice Cream Parlour will be dishing up some delicious desserts.
Make a beeline for the new look LEGO City Driving School where 6-13 year olds take to the streets in electric Fiat LEGO cars. Showing off their best motoring skills they will have to negotiate traffic and obey some simple rules of the road to earn their very first LEGOLAND Driving License. For smaller ones there’s L-Drivers and everyone will love taking to the water in the new look Coast Guard HQ. Take a flight in a mock hot air balloon in Balloon School or head over to Fire Academy and help pump the cannons and put out a raging fire.
Young and old alike will be fascinated by the incredible LEGO models throughout the park. From comical camels to fearsome fire-breathing dragons, world landmarks to musical pirates, it’s amazing what can be built with LEGO bricks – nearly 55 million of them!