Are you amongst the many parents considering how to keep the children entertained this summer? We have compiled a selection of activities, entertainment and more to keep everyone from tots to teens occupied over the holidays*. And don’t forget that if you need an extra pair of hands to make this summer a breeze, we are here to help you book, arrange, plan and organise your way to a carefree holiday season!
SuperCamps (non-residential) www.supercamps.co.uk
Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, this really is the cream of the crop, offering everything from bushcraft to circus skills. As the name suggests, SuperCamps have coverage across the whole of England, with activity centres run at predominantly independent schools that have great facilities. There are several types of programme on offer; Multi-Activity, Raw Adventure, A Passion For… Extra activities such as swimming, trampolining and quad bike riding (for 7 year-olds and upwards) are also available at selected locations. SuperCamps cater for children aged 4 and up (in some instances, 3 year olds too). All camps are open between 9-5pm, with extended care available between 8-9am, and 5-6pm.
Kingswood (pop-up and residential) www.kingswood.co.uk
Kingswood has a long history of running residential adventure centres in selected locations, in England and Wales. They are now adding to that offering with ‘pop-up’ day camps to cater for the needs of younger children. Residential holidays are available for children of 8 years and up, with a choice of specialist activities such as Stable Club, Surf School, dance and football. Day camps run for ages 3-5, and then 5-12 between 9.30am-4.30pm (depending on location) with additional care from 8am-6pm.
Annabel Croft Tennis Academy (non-residential) annabelcrofttennis.com
If you have a budding Sharapova or Murray in your midst, then they will enjoy this specialist coaching set at 3 venues across London (National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, St George’s College in Weybridge, and Wimbledon Tennis Park). Each venue has their own timetable of courses, taught by tennis professionals. There are different training schedules for different age groups – but the approach remains the same, with focus on both technical and tactical play as well as an opportunity to get involved in weekly tournaments and team games.
Residential Riding – various
For all those equestrian enthusiasts out there, we’ve selected our top 3 unaccompanied riding holidays for children, but hurry as places are limited due to their popularity!
Wellington Riding: www.wellington-riding.co.uk
Valley Farm: www.valleyfarmonline.co.uk
Mannix Stud: www.mannixstud.com
Or for something a bit more centrally located, Hyde Park Stables offer half-day riding camps for children of similar ages www.hydeparkstables.com
If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, why not check out a few of these family-friendly options:
Camp Bestival – Lulworth Castle, Dorset (30th Jul-2nd Aug). www.campbestival.net
Possibly one of the most popular family oriented festivals, this award-winning ‘Festi-Holiday’ is little sister to Bestival held in the Isle of Wight. With musical roots, this event truly caters for every need, from ages 2 and upwards. There is an overwhelming choice of food, music, creative activities and camping to keep you and your brood amused from dawn to dusk, with facilities for breast-feeding mums and chillout zones for toddlers.
Little Monsters Bash – Hop Farm, Kent (8-9th Aug). littlemonstersbash.co.uk
This one really is all about the kids (aged 0-10). Set up to provide funding for the children’s charity Tree of Hope, this two day festival is all about fun. Star appearances will be made by Shaun the Sheep on Saturday, as well as the ubiquitous Peppa and her brother George on Sunday. Camping is an optional extra, so remember to book both.
Wilderness – Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire (6-9th Aug) www.wildernessfestival.com
Civilised glamping, culture, cookery and crafts, interspersed with music (Bjork, Funkadelic, Roisin Murphy), games and activities for all ages. Plus, the Mortimer Nannies will be on hand for a bit of ‘Boutique Babysitting’ if it all gets a bit hectic.
Big Feastival – The Cotswolds (28-30th Aug). http://uk.thebigfeastival.com
Fun, food, music and markets – inspired by Jamie Oliver and his merry band of entrepreneurs. In attendance are such culinary masters as Raymond Blanc, and Monica Galetti, musical accompaniment by acts including Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Flash and DJ Norman Jay MBE, and of course, CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher completes the line up!
Designated PA can help make your summer as stress free as possible. Why not give us a call on 020 3096 5848 and see how we can help get your plans on track.
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