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LIST: FAMILY ACTIVITY HOLIDAY OPERATORS

There are activity holiday operators who take families, but that's not quite the same as specialising in activity holidays for kids and families. In this list I'm trying to pick out the ones that have activities programmes aimed at children by themselves or with their families.
Acorn Family Adventure 0800 074 9791 Horse-riding, whitewater rafting, abseiling, archery, fencing, etc at family camps in the UK, France and Italy.
Activities Abroad 0845 080 2233 Water-based family activity holidays in the Catalan Pyranees. Horse-riding and seaside activities on the Costa Blanca. Picnic treks, mountain biking and sea actvities in Turkey. And climbing canoeing, horse-riding and other family activities in Greece.
ATE Superweeks 08454 561205 UK-based kids camp weeks run by an educational trust (Active Training and Education) and specialising in themed weeks like drama or robotics
Camp Beaumont 01603 284280 Kid's camp offering on-site climbing, archery, caving, karting, aero-ball, lazer zones, etc plus training weeks for scuba, football, driving, theatre & film skills, and falconery.
Cape Adventure 01971 521006 Climbing, abseiling, sea kayaking, land yachting, orienteering, etc for groups, families and individual kids aged 12 - 17.
Club Med 08453 67 67 67 Pound sign Forty-six of Club Med's eighty (Feb 05) villages worldwide are dedicated to families with childrens clubs covering a range of ages from babies to 17-yr-olds operating a packed programme of activities for each age group on land and in the water - everything from circus skills, tennis, golf, sailing & scuba, to walks, outdoor games, climbing, BMX biking and baby judo.
EAC Activity Camps 0845 1130 022 Action-packed summer camps in the UK for kids aged 5-16.
Exodus 0870 240 5550 Exodus have a dedicated brochure for their 'Families' programme featuring activities holidays based at centres in Finland, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia and Egypt. They have also a programme (brochure) of 'flexi activity' holidays that cater for both parents and teenagers. The idea is that 'Flexi activity' trips are different to group holidays as you're not tied to a particular programme. You pay for the basic package of flights, transfers and accommodation and then each family member can pre-book to do as little or as much as they like - from Kayaking to Canyoning, rock climbing to scuba diving.
Exsportise 01883 744 011 Sport and language holidays for 9-16 year olds.
French Fusion 07834 563099 Family activity and skiing holidays. French Fusion is run by Benn and Amy Coley, an English couple who decided to move to France and create a family friendly holiday home. The progress of their journey was filmed for Channel 4's show 'No Going Back'.
Manor Adventure 01584 861333 Activity holidays for unaccompanied youngsters aged from 8 to 17 years, and whole families at two locations: a victorian manor house with a 100-acre country estate close to Ludlow, Shropshire, and a chateaux in 40 acres near Le Touquet. Activities available include canoeing, archery, mountain-biking, rifle-shooting, caving, abseiling and assault courses. All are instructed by professionally-qualified staff.
Mark Warner 0845 8684194 Mark Warner Mediterranean resorts are well-known for their kids clubs and family activities. During the morning and afternoon they organise nature walks, face painting, singing sessions and games on the beach. Older children learn how to sail, snorkel, try their hand at windsurfing, practice football, or learn to play volleyball. They are an independent company with 40 years (2017) experience and locations in Corsica, Sardinia, Greece, Turkey and Portugal. They also have a ski and summer programme in the Alps.
Mill on the Brue 01749 812307 Week long summer activity camp holidays in Somerset for young children.
Minster Travel Service 0161 969 5603 Summer activity holidays for families at Scheffau in the Austrian Tirol. Activities include skiing, walking, snow boarding, cycling, mountain biking, rafting, horse riding, rafting, kayaking, climbing, golf, water centres, sleigh rides, tobogganing, adventure playgrounds, and farm visits.
Mountain Adventure Camps 0845 644 0658 Mountain adventure holidays for children and bespoke multi-activity holidays for adults and families high in the Courchevel area of Les Trois Vallées in the French Alps. Activities include mountain walking, white-water rafting, summer skiing, nature connection and even French tuition.
Outward Bound 0870 513 4227 Multi-activity courses in the UK for 10-24 year olds and family activity days, plus overseas expeditions for individuals 16+. DoIt4Real is their new (Mar 08) brand for summer camps for 10 - 16 year olds.
PGL 08700 507507 One of the best-known operators of residential activity holidays for kids and families in the UK and France (Dordogne, Ardeche, Normandy & Paris), and kids-only summer camps for a variety of ages. Founded in 1957 by Peter Lawrence (who sadly died in Aug 04) running canoeing and camping holidays on the River Wye, and now handles over 200,000 children a year.
Powder Byrne 020 8246 5300 Family holiday specialists with special facilities and plenty of activities for kids at luxury hotels in the Indian ocean, Caribbean and Middle East and their own resorts in Elba, Sardinia, Crete and Portugal.

Notes

  • Family Days Out is a really useful listings site (I've discovered loads of interesting travel providers on it, myself!) that lists fun places to go with the kids across USA, Canada and Australia. You can search for attractions and fun days out by the age of kids, zipcode, town, state or indoor and outdoor attraction.

 

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