At this time of year we get a lot of people browsing the site trying to decide on holidays. It all looks a bit of a minefield but it's not, we promise !Types of Holiday
We aim to offer as much variety as possible. Want a 4 star hotel? We've got it (Italian Lakes or our Adults only night). A party weekend or something quieter? We offer all. As a rough guide our calendar for 2010 includes:
1. Camping weekends. Typically around 30-35 tents and on summer weekends. We'll have a number of these around the country from May throughout summer. For anyone wanting to "glamp" rather than camp, we have a Tipi / Yurt holiday in July - great fun!
2. Camp Fests. Shell Island and Wicksteed both fall into this category with up to 3-400 people. Mad, hectic, busy but great fun.
3. Hostel breaks. A mixture of shared and private rooms in comfortable hostel accommodation. The weekend breaks tend to be larger with groups up to 80 max and some include a party night. Shared rooms are a great way of making new friends and especially recommended for someone new to the group. We also offer smaller hostels with groups of between 18-35 parents and children. All hostels are booked for the exclusive use of our group, this means there are no strangers on the premises and adults and children can relax fully without having to mind other guests.
4. Lodge breaks. Smaller than most of our other trips and usually on sites with swimming pools, sometimes with hot tubs and good quality accommodation. There's usually 3-4 families per lodge and we have a number of lodges together.
5. Hotel accommodation - either with children or without (see our Adult Only trip in March).
6. Something different? We have farm trips where you stay in "little House in the Prairie" style accommodation with olde worlde charm. Again, smaller groups and a more relaxed pace, but lots to do on site and off.
7. Yearning for guaranteed sun? Our summer offering includes Greece in May and Majorca, Italian Lakes or a lovely French resort (sort of a mini Center Parcs) in peak season. Who goes on SWK holidays?
Who doesn't? Well to start with, despite the media stereotype of single parents being teenagers with 3 kids and a ciggy dependency, less than 5% of single parents are teenage, the average age is mid thirties. The age range on our holidays tends to be between late twenties and early sixties for parents, with children of all ages from babies up. We haven't met Vicky Pollard yet and are highly unlikely to.
Our groups come from all over the UK and a mix of professions and circumstances. Doctors and nurses, teachers and students, lawyers and lorry drivers, solicitors and secretaries, shop assistants and dentists, professional stay at home parents, chefs and university lecturers, award winning actresses and dance teachers. The list is endless but all are hard working, hard caring single parents looking for good company and a fun break.What to expect
It's not boot camp, our aim is to bring single parent families together and provide a loose structure of events so that everyone has the chance to get to know each other and make new friends. On most trips there's an event arranged each day but it's not boot camp, you can dip in and dip out as you see fit. Each trip is accompanied by a coordinator, a single parent themselves and there to help make sure you have a good break.
Naturally the pace and presentation is different depending on the size of the trip - our 120 person New Year in Bath is a world away from the French Holiday resort where 20 of us spent a glorious week in Normandy.
To anyone new to SWK or considering your first break don't hesitate to post here and find out more about any trip you're considering, we hope there's something for everyone.