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June 4, 2018

PGL Summer Camps: 50% off for First Timers

Since it was founded in 1957, hundreds of thousands of children have enjoyed A PGL ‘summer camp’ without their parents, trying out new activities and making new friends.

To encourage a new generation of kids to experience PGL for the first time, the company is now offering 50% off all its ‘First Timer’ multi-activity weeks this summer.

The offer – which must be booked by 18 June 2018 – saves up to £319 per child on a week-long residential stay.

Head of Holidays, Steve Hougham says “We understand it is a big thing for a parent to commit to their child’s first holiday away from home. But we know that children gain so much – especially in self-confidence – that it’s worth it, and this special offer makes the decision easier!”

All ‘First Timer’ holidays are just that: holidays exclusively for children who have not experienced PGL ‘unaccompanied’ before. Children who have been on a school trip or family holiday are eligible for the offer.

The half-price offer is on seven-night residential holidays on selected dates this summer at adventure centres in Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight, Devon, Dorset, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Lincolnshire.

Each is owned and run year-round by PGL, with trained staff taking care of everything from dawn to dusk – and beyond. Single-sex accommodation, all meals, activities every day, equipment, instruction and supervision are all included in holiday prices.

Specific examples of discount First Timer holiday weeks include:

Marchants Hill, Surrey: 4 Aug week for seven to 10 year olds was £639 now £319.50

Caythorpe Court, Lincs: 28 July & 4 Aug week for seven to 10 year olds was £639, now £319.50

Boreatton Park, Shrops: 18 & 25 Aug week for 10-13 year olds was £609, now £304.50

Liddington, Wilts: 11, 18 & 25 Aug week for seven to 10s or 10-13s was £609, now £304.50

Osmington Bay, Dorset: 21 July week for seven to 10s was £625, now £312.50

Little Canada, IoW: 18 Aug week for 10-13s or 13-16 year olds was £589, now £294.50

To take advantage of the offer, book by 18 June and take out PGL’s special activity holiday insurance (£27 per child).

 

0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk/holidays

August 21, 2017

Last Week of the Summer: Save up to 60% at PGL

The final week of the summer holidays is the last chance for children to have fun, and for parents to save up to 70% on PGL holidays for unaccompanied children.

It’s also a last chance to learn a new skill so that children can start the new school year brimming with confidence, says PGL’s head of holidays Steve Hougham.

“Abseiling 40 feet or hitting the centre of the archery target gives children a real sense of achievement that they carry into the new term.  And when it comes to presenting ‘What I did in the Holidays’ PGL gives kids plenty to talk about!”

Among the discounted seven-night holidays starting Saturday 26 August 2017 are:

Centre & Holiday                                Age Group       Brochure £      Sale £              Saving 

Osmington Bay, Dorset

First-timers’ Multi Activity                  7-10 yrs           569                  227.60             60%

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

Horse Riding & Pony Trekking                        7-10 yrs           695                  278                  60%

Tregoyd House, Powys

Multi Activity                                      10-13 yrs         555                  222                  60%

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Motorsports                                        13-16 yrs         619                  309.50             60%

These are examples of discounted holidays and centres. For an up to date list, see PGL’s special offers section of the website.

In all cases, prices are per child and include accommodation, all meals, activities, equipment, instruction, caring supervision – and a sense of achievement!

0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk/holidays

Availability correct at date of issue.

Editors Notes

  • PGL celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1957 by Peter Gordon Lawrence and is Britain’s original and best provider of activity holidays. Peter died in 2004.
  • Hundreds of organised school and youth groups attend curriculum-based courses at PGL centres every year.
  • During school holidays, centres welcome unaccompanied children and families on activity holidays.
  • PGL centres in Britain are registered with, and inspected by Ofsted.
  • PGL’s activity operations are subject to the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority regulations.
  • PGL works closely with the Royal Yachting Association, the British Canoe Union, the Grand National Archery Society, British Fencing Association, British Orienteering Federation, Small Bore Rifle Association and the British Horse Society.

For further comment contact Steve Hougham at PGL on 0333 321 2114

Images and further press info from Jane Williams at Beacon PR (01572) 748 800

July 10, 2017

Peter Gordon Lawrence’s Legacy: 60 years of Adventure and Fun!

60 years ago, a young man called Peter Gordon Lawrence led his first adventure holiday, a canoe trip on the River Wye. This year, more than 350,000 young people will experience PGL with their school or on a summer holiday.

Dozens of other activities have been added to PGL’s range: Olympic sports like fencing and archery, high-flying trapeze and zip wire thrills, as well as fun activities such as motorsports and Aeroball.  And from accommodation in tents, PGL now owns 13 adventure centres in the UK and several in France.

The minute ‘school’s out’ this month, thousands of children as young as seven and up to 16, will be packing their bags for PGL, with most UK centres offering short breaks and week-long stays between 15 July and 2 September.

“PGL holidays are even more exciting than they were 60 years ago,” says Steve Hougham, head of holidays, “they are huge fun, but also challenging, confidence-building and rich learning experiences.”

“Our activities have evolved, and our accommodation is unrecognisable from those first holidays, but we still follow Peter’s ethos. Adventure is what childhood is all about, and we continue to focus on making our adventures both fun and safe,” says Steve.

Being away from home for the first time is a challenge in itself. Group Leaders – Groupies as they have been known for decades – are responsible for the social welfare of a small group of children. Chosen for their ability to communicate with kids, Groupies get them up in the morning, make sure everyone knows where they should be, eat meals with the children, organise evening entertainment and encourage regular use of toothpaste and soap!

Instructors take responsibility during activity sessions and are trained to apply PGL’s high safety standards. Where an appropriate formal qualification in an activity exists, an instructor must hold it; where none exists, PGL carries out in-house training and assessment. Activities operate subject to the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority regulations, and PGL has, since its foundation, worked closely with organisations like the RYA, BHS etc (see editors’ notes).

Prices this summer – including accommodation, meals, supervision, activities and evening entertainment start at  £129 for a two-night/three-day Introductory Adventure, with seven night holidays from £469. Selected holidays and dates are now discounted by up to 60%.

Children are grouped according to their age: seven to ten, ten to 13 or 13-16 years, allowing flexibility for siblings of different ages, and for parents to decide whether their child is a ‘young’ 10 year old or a mature 13 year old.  An online Parent Guide answers many questions for parents thinking of sending their child to PGL for the first time.

0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk/holidays

For further comment contact Steve Hougham at PGL on 0333 321 2114

Images and further press info from Jane Williams at Beacon PR (01572) 748 800

May 24, 2017

Music, Film, Dance – save £100 on creative holidays at PGL

PGL’s summer camps for unaccompanied children and teens are not all about raft-building and abseiling. Themed holiday weeks offer creative kids the chance to explore film-making, dance and music – and now selected holidays are discounted by £100 if booked by 16 June.

For example, during a week’s stay at Boreatton Park in Shropshire, 10-13s and 13-16s can follow a film-making course, collaborating under the guidance of PGL staff to create a finished short film, with a DVD copy to take home.  From scriptwriting to sound-effects, acting and editing – every child is fully-involved.  Film-making occupies half the week, but PGL makes sure youngsters also get fresh air and outdoor fun for at least a couple of hours each day. Offered on 22 July, 5, 12 and 19 August, the brochure price of £695 is reduced by £100 if booked by 16 June.

Two centres are equipped with music studios and over the course of a week youngsters can record voices and instruments, learning to sample, sequence beats and edit: everything from headphones to editing software is provided, and kids can pursue their own musical style, from Garage to Rock. Offered both in Shropshire and at Marchants Hill in Surrey on 22 and 29 July, half the week is spent in the studio and half on fun activities from the centre’s wide range. Originally £695 per child aged 10-16, this is now reduced to £595.

And 13-16 year olds interested in health and wellbeing can enjoy a mix of natural beauty lessons, yoga, nail and hair care along with healthy exercise and opportunities to simply chill out and chat. The sessions are mixed with fun activities in Boreatton Park’s 240 acres. Wellbeing weeks start 12 and 19 August and were originally £629, but are now reduced to £529. Boys and girls are equally welcome!

Other themed holidays with reductions include Dance weeks and Video Games courses. In all cases, the price includes single-sex accommodation, all meals, equipment, instruction, age-appropriate evening fun and supervision.

To take advantage of the offer, PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be taken (£37). Quote MBR12 when booking by 16 June.

0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk/holidays

—ENDS—
Editors Notes

  • PGL celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1957 by Peter Gordon Lawrence and is Britain’s original and best provider of activity holidays.
  • Hundreds of organised school and youth groups attend curriculum-based courses at PGL centres every year.
  • During school holidays, centres welcome unaccompanied children and families on activity holidays.
  • PGL centres in Britain are registered with, and inspected by Ofsted.
  • PGL’s activity operations are subject to the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority regulations.
  • PGL works closely with the Royal Yachting Association, the British Canoe Union, the Grand National Archery Society, British Fencing Association, British Orienteering Federation, Small Bore Rifle Association and the British Horse Society.

 

For further comment contact Steve Hougham at PGL on 0333 321 2114

Images and further press info from Jane Williams at Beacon PR (01572) 748 800

May 6, 2016

Introductory Adventures with PGL: first time without Mum or Dad

PGL has a special offer this half term, to tempt nervous Mums and Dads into sending their children off on their first adventure!

“Our Introductory Adventures are ‘taster’ stays of one or two nights for children who’ve never tried PGL – and perhaps never been away without a parent,” says Steve Hougham, head of holidays.

“Sometimes it is Mum and Dad that need persuading, not the children,” he says. “Regardless, we believe every child will not only have a wonderful time, but return home brimming with self-worth and confidence.”

This half term, seven of PGL’s adventure centres are running Introductory Adventures, which are exclusively for first-timers.  The three-day/two-night break starting Tuesday 31 May usually costs £169 per child (fully-inclusive).

The special offer means that –

  1. The price per child is reduced to £143 (saving 15%).
  2. There’s a 3-for-2 offer so that if three siblings/friends book together, the third child is free.
  3. If a four-night or seven-night PGL holiday for this summer is then booked at full price, the cost of the Introductory Adventure is refunded!

This offer is for children in PGL’s age groups of seven-10s and 10-13 year olds (the overlap allows smaller or shyer 10 year olds to join the young age group) at PGL centres in Sussex, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Herefordshire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire and Lancashire.

There is also an Introductory Adventure for 13-16 year olds at Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire, with a special offer on the same basis.  For seven-10s, there are also two-night breaks starting 29 May in Shropshire and Herefordshire.

To take advantage of this, bookings must be made by 19 May, using the code INTROHM7 online or (for the 3-for-2 offer) by phone.

All PGL breaks include single-sex accommodation with en-suite wc/shower, all meals, a mix of activities from abseiling to zip wire fun, supportive instructors, use of approved equipment and caring supervision around the clock.

0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk/holidays

—ENDS—

Editors Notes

  • PGL was founded in 1957 by Peter Gordon Lawrence and is Britain’s original and best provider of activity holidays.
  • Hundreds of organised school and youth groups attend curriculum-based courses at PGL centres every year.
  • During school holidays, centres welcome unaccompanied children and families on activity holidays.
  • PGL centres in Britain are registered with, and inspected by Ofsted.
  • PGL’s activity operations are subject to the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority regulations.
  • PGL works closely with the Royal Yachting Association, the British Canoe Union, the Grand National Archery Society, British Fencing Association, British Orienteering Federation, Small Bore Rifle Association and the British Horse Society.

 

For further comment contact Steve Hougham at PGL on 0333 321 2114

Images and further press info from Jane Williams at Beacon PR (01572) 748 800

 

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