28 November 2022
Summer camps have been around for a while but in recent years have grown in popularity in the UK. They provide an opportunity for children to have an adventure holiday away from home without their parents and provide useful respite for working parents. With over six weeks off school during the warmest months of the year, summer camp offers the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors, learn new skills and get to know some other children. Summer camps can give your child a break from their everyday life, and provide opportunities to grow and develop. In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the best places to send your kids on holiday without you! Here they are in no particular order:
Wickedly wonderful offer holidays for children aged 6 to 14, located in Chichester on the beautiful South Coast. Children attending summer camp will have the opportunity to experience sailing, horse riding, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach games, riding bikes and more!
This is the closest you will come to the American idea of what a summer camp should be. At Camp Cooper, each camper’s experience is personalised to suit their interests. Tuition in tennis, cooking, art, music and outdoor adventure is available, plus many more. Camp Cooper is suitable for children between 7 and 17, and one or two-week camp options are available.
Based in Marchants Hill, Hindhead in leafy Surrey, PGL, affectionately known as ‘Parents get Lost’, is one of the UK’s most well-known residential camps. They are designed for children between ages 7-17. They offer a seven-day activity camp, where your child can get a chance to try their hand at photography, dance, abseiling, climbing and quad biking, to name a few. If seven nights away is a little too long, they offer three and four-night camp experiences instead. If the Surrey PGL site is a little too far for you to travel, the company also have sites at 11 other UK locations.
This woodland retreat can be found in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Offering either a three or seven-night sleepover experience in their bell tent village, kids get a chance to explore the woodland setting and take part in a number of activities. The camp features a central yurt for getting together during downtime and an outdoor kitchen where wood-fired pizzas and a bushcraft BBQ are on the menu.
At this fun-packed outdoor activity centre, children will enjoy an action-packed time that includes at least six activities a day. Offering five or three-day holiday camp experiences, the centre provides a home from home experience in real beds and sturdy tents built on wooden platforms. The holiday camps are perfect for children aged 8-15.
XUK camps offer a multi-activity residential summer camp in the Worcestershire countryside for children aged 8 to 17. Your child will get to try out a diverse range of activities, including water zorbing, bushcraft activities, staff vs campers nights and trips to historic Salisbury.
Is your son or daughter football crazy? If they are, Soccer camps international will probably appeal. There are centres in England, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, amongst some of the most well-known teams, including Arsenal and Chelsea. These camps offer young players aged 9-17 the experience of a lifetime. During their time at the seven-day camp, they will live and train like a pro!
If your child loves their tech, then Funtech’s five day residential coding and tech camps could be a winner. Run by Funtech certified tutors, your child will learn all about coding during the day. Then, after a hard day of learning about coding, they will get to partake in a fun evening activity ranging from scuba diving to trampolining. Two-week camp options are also available.
Located between the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, Camp Crusoe provides children with the opportunity to play away from the pressures of school and technology. Based on the American style camp, your child will have a chance to make new friends, try activities and learn new skills.
Another well-known kids' holiday camp is Barracudas. Offering young campers aged 4 to 14 the adventure of a lifetime. The camp boasts over 80 activities for children to try out during their stay. Barracudas have over 30 locations in the UK. Check out their website to find the most accessible one for you.
Wherever you are in the UK and whatever your child’s interests, we hope we’ve inspired you to find them the perfect break away for them from home without you. Not only will a holiday camp provide them with valuable life skills, you as parents will get some downtime to relax, knowing that your child is in a safe and fun environment.