Summer holiday camps for kids

Caroline Cassidy

The summer holidays are fast-approaching and not every parent is able to devote six weeks to having fun with the children. However there are summer camps across the UK, both residential and on a day-to-day basis, that are designed to amuse, entertain and educate youngsters.

Summer camps for kids
Summer camps for kids

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Residential camps

There are a host of residential camps available for children aged from seven years and upwards. Many get the kids out of town and into the countryside to learn and experience a wide variety of activities. Some combine English or maths lessons from qualified tutors with fun activities so your little one needn't feel like it's all work and no play come summer.

Activity and adventure camps will always be popular with the kids - from kayaking, archery and fencing to camping and bushcrafts, the choice is great and guarantees to provide children with fun, learning experiences they will never forget, whether here in the UK or in Europe.

Alternatively, there are a range of specialist camps offering dance and drama, football, rugby and tennis, music, horse-riding and even circus skills for those with a particular passion. These offer the chance for children with a special interest to meet like-minded kids and enjoy expert tuition in their chosen subject.

Obviously, your child's safety is of the utmost importance and, for this reason, it is essential to check out the camp's credentials before you book the kids in. Check the British Activity Holiday Association to ensure that your chosen holiday camp is of the highest standard and those offering educational facilities should be Ofsted-checked.

It's a good idea to go and see for yourself the facilities on offer, particularly at a residential camp so that you are satisfied with the quality and standard of care.

Day camps
If you can't bear to be parted from the kids for a whole week, there are also a range of day camps available. The advantage of these is there are a number catering to younger children and some take little ones as young as three years old. As well as multi-activity centres combining rock climbing, archery and kayaking, specialist day camps are also often available nearby and many run week-long, non-residential workshops introducing children to cookery, music, street dance and the like.

Once again, these learning camps should ideally be Ofsted registered but are a great way to inspire the kids to try something new this summer... they might even find they have an undiscovered talent.