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Offline Silky

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Something just for the kids...?
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:47:52 PM »
Daughter no.1 is off to PGL with the school at the moment and so excited about going away without mum or dad....

Just a thought:  What if we organised a trip for the kids only (in a PGL or similar type location) ?  A 3-4 night trip, perhaps with adults staying / camping nearby so the kids could join us at the end.

Is it worth us investigating?  Anything we need to consider on this?  It would be for summer 2012 so really just an idea at this stage.

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2011, 09:56:29 PM »
What is PGL?

What age range did you have in mind?  All my kids are happy campers but there's a world of difference between them when it comes to: what constitutes a good break.

In general: the idea gets my vote :)
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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011, 10:09:29 PM »
I haven't looked into this any further yet but I suspect there will be minimum ages for the activity providers - probably around 9 or 10 I suspect.

PGL is an activity provider, usually hostel type accommodation with lots of variety in activities. There's also the YHA Do-It-For-Real camps which have a similar offering, or Camp Beaumont.

There are a wide number of parents who have their children 24 /7 and this way the kids would get to meet friends, spend a little time away from mum or dad and have a ball and the adults get a break too....

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011, 10:38:27 PM »
My children inform me that PGL stands for 'parents get lost'!

There's no way I would let my children go on a PGL type trip without adults known to me - such as their teachers.

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 10:40:31 PM »
What about the YHA "Do It For Real"?  I know a number of parents here have tried those during the holidays with very good reports?

I used to long to go on something similar when I was little but we just couldn't afford it  :-\

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2011, 10:43:54 PM »
Yep Parents Get Lost apparently, my sister worked for them for a bit and its a nickname i believe but is actively encouraged.

The lower age limit is 7 i think for going it alone, J will be 8 in a few weeks and i looked again this year as i did last, if he had a good friend to go with i would consider it as they are very well staffed, however he doesn't have any SWK best buddies.

They do family holidays too, we would be interested in a group doing that.

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2011, 10:45:15 PM »
They can go for as little as 1 night i believe for a taster in case anyone is wondering.

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2011, 10:46:19 PM »
How about on the next camp you just entertain the kids while the rest of us party Silky??  ;)

Though seriously I'd be up for this with my older kids, especially if we were camping nearby.  I did a PGL holiday with school when I was about 11 and thoroughly enjoyed it  ;D

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2011, 08:31:04 AM »
Natalie did Camp Beaumont at May Half Term in Colomendy and is doing it again in the summer but in Newcastle this time, she LOVES it.  When she was asking could she go I said "you won't know anyone", her reply "just like our SWK holidays then!", what could I say!

I think Beaumont is slightly cheaper than PGL and YHA are slightly cheaper than Beaumont.  THis would be a yes, yes, yes from us but please no camping or at least an alternative caravan or similiar!

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2011, 08:43:32 AM »
Natalie did Camp Beaumont at May Half Term in Colomendy and is doing it again in the summer but in Newcastle this time, she LOVES it.  When she was asking could she go I said "you won't know anyone", her reply "just like our SWK holidays then!", what could I say!

I think Beaumont is slightly cheaper than PGL and YHA are slightly cheaper than Beaumont.  THis would be a yes, yes, yes from us but please no camping or at least an alternative caravan or similiar!

Jo

maybe a campsite with yurts Jo :-)

Think i'd be up for this but then with everything else to plan, its funds

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2011, 09:37:39 AM »
Yes yurts are a really good idea, You're a great fire starter Ann, I'm sharing with you!

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2011, 09:43:57 AM »
Sorry i'll be camping.....but will pop over to start your fire for you lol

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011, 07:20:17 PM »
Sounds good i'd be interested, my eldest went on a Do it For Real camp about 3 years ago (he was 12/13) and had a fab time, loved it
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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2011, 12:26:50 AM »
Spoke to R earlier and she would love to do it again after doing it with school last year.

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2011, 08:53:44 AM »
We're too young for this at the moment but I was on the PGL site the other week looking at what they do, loved the family hols like Scatily but found them too pricey for me.

PGL age limit was 7 btw.  Will also look up the other ones then :-)

Great idea though x
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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2011, 09:33:25 AM »
Beaumont have a 2 for 1 on at the moment, it works out about £220 for 7 days if anyone was interested.

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2011, 11:36:32 AM »
Definitely worth looking into with and/or without the parent(s).

I'm doing an activity holiday a bit like that abroad with my kids in August.  I think it should be really fun and we're certainly looking forward to it.

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2011, 01:39:19 PM »
I've packed the kids up, now when was it you said they could go?
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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2011, 01:42:03 PM »
LAK - ROFL  ;D

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2011, 06:22:08 PM »
 
 
How very oddd!!!! Both my girls were at Colomendy for the may half term!!!!!!! Ask Natalie if she met and Ellie or a Freya!!!!
 
 
Natalie did Camp Beaumont at May Half Term in Colomendy and is doing it again in the summer but in Newcastle this time, she LOVES it.  When she was asking could she go I said "you won't know anyone", her reply "just like our SWK holidays then!", what could I say!

I think Beaumont is slightly cheaper than PGL and YHA are slightly cheaper than Beaumont.  THis would be a yes, yes, yes from us but please no camping or at least an alternative caravan or similiar!

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2011, 07:19:26 PM »
I've just asked her she said yes Ellie was n the older girls room and Freya was next door to her room, she's looking forward to seeing them on an Swk holiday!

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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2011, 10:38:44 PM »
How funny!!! Such a small world!!! Is natalie planing on going again? Mine will def be there, prob next fe half term, easter or may again though depending on when it is running! They LOVED it! Think Freya was rather a handful though by all accounts- mummy enjoyed the week of peace though!!!! ;D ;D

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« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2011, 08:42:49 AM »
She is going to Beaumont in Newcastle in August, yes she'll probably go back to Colomendy at May next year, she did enjoy it, I loved coming home to a nice tidy house and it remaining tidy for a whole 7 days!
 
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Re: Something just for the kids...?
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2011, 02:51:53 PM »
This may be something I would consider for Sophie, she' 8 now  ;D
 
I look forward to reading more details if you get any please x

 

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