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August 15, 2018

Save up to 60% off the Last of the Summer Camps with PGL

The week starting Saturday 25 August (or Monday 27 August for short breaks) marks the last week of 2018 summer camps for unaccompanied children. PGL has slashed remaining places by up to 60% off brochure prices, for both multi-activity breaks and week-long themed holidays, at centres across the UK.

For example, at Boreatton Park, PGL’s long-established adventure centre that covers 240 acres on the Welsh borders, a seven-night multi-activity holiday that originally cost £609 is now £243.60, saving 60%. The deal is across all PGL age groups, that is seven to ten year olds, 10-13s and 13-16s.

At Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire, there are discounted places for seven to ten year olds and the teenage group on the seven-night holiday the same week, with the original brochure price of £589 reduced by 60% to just £235.60.

Shorter breaks of four nights are also offered at some centres, with a short break at LIddington in Wiltshire starting Bank Holiday Monday 27 August now only £210, reduced by 60% from £525.

Selected themed holidays are also discounted, such as a seven-night Motorsports holiday at Osmington Bay in Dorset for 13-16 year olds, which was £699 but is now reduced by 40% to £419.40.  Another example is PGL’s Cook’s Academy, which offers 10-13 year olds an introduction to cooking. This is now reduced to £489.30, saving 30%.  All themed holidays spend half the week focussing on the ‘specialism’ and the other half on adventures taken from the centre’s multi-activity timetable.

All summer camps include accommodation, meals, activities, instruction, equipment, evening entertainment and caring supervision. PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be booked to take advantage of this offer (£37 per child on a seven-night holiday). Quote LAST48X when booking a multi-activity holiday, or LAST58X for a themed holiday.

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July 23, 2018

Creative, Learning and Adventure Deals for Kids at PGL

Selected themed holidays for unaccompanied children and teenagers are now discounted by adventure holiday company PGL, with savings of between 20% and 50% on brochure prices.

The seven-night summer 2018 holidays range from ‘Love to Learn’ topics such as cooking, dancing and surfing, to ‘Creative Kids’ courses in film or music-making, and ‘Action and Adventure’ weeks full of thrills and challenges.

Whatever the theme, 50% of the week focuses on the ‘specialist’ activity under the leadership of experienced leaders, and 50% on fun activities from the centre’s multi-activity programme, such as archery, mountain biking, trapeze and zip wires.

Holidays are organised for different age ranges, of 7-10s, 10-13s and 13-16s. There are 13 centres across the UK offering a variety of theme holidays, including:

Holiday           PGL Centre                  Age                  Date                Was     Now                Saving

Dance              Boreatton Park           10-13, 13-16    18/8                 £649    £324.50           50%

Horse Riding   Windmill Hill               7-10                 11/8                 £729    £437.50           40%

Cooking           Bawdsey Manor          10-13               25/8                 £699    £489.30           30%

Surfing             Beam House                13-16               11, 18, 25/8     £689    £482.30           30%

Adventure       Osmington Bay           13-16               18, 25/8           £699    £349.50           50%

Music              Boreatton Park           13-16               11/8                 £729    £510.30           30%

Motorsports    Caythorpe Court         13-16               4, 18/8             £649    £324.50           50%

All holidays include accommodation, meals, activities, instruction, equipment, evening entertainment and caring supervision. PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be booked to take advantage of this offer (£37 per child). Quote FIN98X when booking. 

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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).


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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!

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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.

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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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