Banish the boredom this October with PGL
If you dread hearing the words 'I'm bored!' or find yourself competing with screens to get your kids attention, this is for you. Send them on a PGL all-inclusive residential Activity camp and let the experts keep your kids busy and happy. PGL have been keeping kids entertained since 1957 so you're in safe hands. Read on to find out how your child can get involved.
What is PGL?
PGL, which unofficially stands for "Parents Get Lost," is the UK's leading provider of children's holidays specialises in educational and adventurous outdoor activity camps and experiences. We tend to think of PGL as a school holiday superpower! It's a place where kids, teens, and even adults can escape into the great outdoors, make new friends, and try exciting activities like zipwire, rock climbing, and more. It's all about finding new experiences, boosting confidence, and creating lifelong memories. So, if you're up for an amazing adventure, PGL is the place to be.
With all-inclusive Kids’ Camps start from just £180 for 2 nights including your Family Lowdown discount, now is a really great time to book!
Who can go on a PGL Adventure Camp?
PGL camps cater to a uniquely wide range of age groups and interests and the minimum age to participate in activities being five and to attend residential camps without parental supervision is eight. The best part is that it is super easy to make friends, as the children are grouped by age, so they can socialise with their peers. PGL camps vary, based on the specific program or location and so the best thing to do is have a look at the activities and camps on offer to see what would be right for your child or family. Find out more HERE
When do PGL camps and activities run?
PGL camps run during school holidays throughout the year, with May half term and Summer being the most popular times to visit.
Your last chance to take part in a PGL camp this year is October Half Term so you'll need to be quick! The Kids’ Adventure Camps this October are open at 4 UK centres: PGL Liddington in Swindon, PGL Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire, PGL Marchants Hill in Hindhead, PGL Boreatton Park in Shropshire. Meanwhile, Family Adventure Breaks run at Barton Hall in Devon.
Or, you can get a taste of what PGL has to offer this October Half Term with a specifically designed Kids Day Camp offered in two locations: PGL Liddington in Swindon and PGL Marchants Hill in Hindhead. Day camps are running from the 23rd to the 27th October and from £50, are great value for money. If you’re looking for a day out as a family, why not try a Family Activity Day at Barton Hall in Devon, including three thrilling activities plus lunch.
If you are looking further ahead, now is a good time to get a date in the diary for next year as the PGL 2024 dates are now live with Kids’ Adventure Camps offering childcare during school holidays are now available to book as well as Family Adventure Breaks running at two centres (one in the North and one in the South).
Oh, and it is worth mentioning PGL have family holidays near Paris that include trips to Disneyland Paris. So if that was on your bucket list, now is the time to find out more.
So what is so special about PGL camps?
Where to begin? What really stands out for us is the unbelievable range of activities on offer - over 40 - that children (and their parents!) can participate in. The variety not only means that there really is something for everyone, but also that children can challenge themselves and try new things. We don't know any other provider that offers this range of activities onsite. PGL also offer specialist holidays so that they can build skills in specific areas such as cookery, horse riding and watersports, and which is a pretty unique offering in our view.
But one of the really important reasons to choose PGL is how easy it is to make friends. PGL is for 8-16 year olds who are grouped by age so all children can be with their peers. Making lifelong friendships is something PGL can offer!
Why is PGL a good choice for parents?
Well, the first thing to know is that parental feedback is brilliant with 88% of parents saying they would rebook with PGL and 95% of parents rating PGL 5* on TrustPilot. There are of course many more reasons why they're a great choice for families who want peace of mind. Firstly, they are all inclusive and so the price you see is the price you will pay - no added extras - and for that price there is a superb range of activities such as laser-tag, kayaking, abseiling, orienteering and much more. PGL prioritise wellbeing and so there is 24/7 pastoral care and support from their friendly team. The deposits to secure a spot are kept low at around £60pp and they are Ofsted, ABTA and BAPA accredited. Plus, you can even pay for Kids Adventure Camps in English centres with Childcare Vouchers or Tax Free Childcare enabling you to save money.
Where are PGL activities based?
PGL camps are based all over the UK and with 13 centres, you are bound to be within travelling distance to one of them. Meanwhile, Family Adventure Breaks are offered at two centres, one in Lincolnshire and one in Devon – and because all PGL camps are residential, even if it’s a drive away, for the experience of a lifetime we think it’s really worth it. If you want to see exactly where the camps are based, click HERE to find out more. The thing to remember about PGL Multi Activity Holidays and specialist camps like horse riding or cookery is that they are residential. And so even if it is a drive away, for the experience of a lifetime, we think it is really worth it.
What are PGL specialist holidays?
Specialist holidays allow children to spend more time on a particular interest and build skills in that area, as well as taking part in lots of activities to keep them busy at all times. For example PGL offer Pony Camps for all levels of experience and ability. Whether you want to give horse riding a try for the very first time, or have a few years' experience on the saddle, Pony Camp activities are suitable for all. Or if your kids love to learn new recipes or perhaps fancy themselves as the next big Bake Off star, they might enjoy a Cooking and Baking Camp. They'll get to learn loads of new skills and taste the rewards of your hard work.Plus, did we mention PGL offer Theme Park Camps? Yep! These camps enable children to visit theme parks including Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventure. Just don’t be surprised if they come back with their hair standing on end!
Did you know PGL do birthday parties?
Say goodbye to pass the parcel and hello to adventure! Yes, PGL run kids birthday parties and they are incredibly popular so if you're looking for a totally new experience for the birthday girl or boy, this could be just the ticket. PGL offers half or full day party packages for up to 12 kids. which includes downloadable party invitation, supervision and instruction from our fully trained staff, a delicious birthday cake and freshly prepared tasty lunch and/or dinner. All your birthday party needs taken care of, so you can relax. With prices from £330 for half a day for 12 children with so much included, we can see why it is so popular!
Can whole families go on PGL camp?
YES! This is one of the unique aspects of PGL as they offer all inclusive activity camps for the whole family. With 2, 3 or 4 nights away, the whole family can create unforgettable memories together and the one thing you can bank on is that no one will be bored. And did we mention that all food is provided? Sometimes the hardest part of being away as a family is sorting out dinner so you can relax knowing it is all taken care of.
Anything else I need to know?
Well, how does 10% off sound? We've partnered with PGL to get you an exclusive 10% off all-inclusive PGL Kids’ Adventure Camps, Family Adventure Breaks or Family Activity Days with PGL. Simply use the promo code FAMILY24 at the checkout, or call our friendly team on 0333 321 2114 and quote 'FAMILY24'. Don't forget you can also pay with Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare for Kids' Camps at English centres, making it even more affordable. Click HERE for more details on how to use this discount and for more information.
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This article is brought to you in partnership with PGL. We absolutely love sharing inspiration for families, from how to keep busy to days out to holidays. PGL cover all of that and more, and give your time back to you by hosting your children at their residential camps. This article does not contain affiliate links.
Terms and conditions: Book by 30 November 2023 and travel between 1 October 2023 and 31 October 2024. Discount of 10% varies by product, as per information shown on this web page and in Family Lowdown communications. All offers are subject to availability, may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and cannot be applied retrospectively. Discount of 10% does not apply to Day Activity Camps. All discounts are in conjunction with PGL’s general terms and conditions, which can be viewed online at www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/adventure-holidays/parents/our-parent-guide/booking-terms-and-conditions (for Kids’ Adventure Camps) or at https://www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/family-adventures/essential-information/booking-terms-and-conditions (for Family Adventure Breaks). Birthday Party bookings must be made over the phone (0333 321 2114). PGL reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.