10 of the best UK active holidays and summer camps for teenagers – The Guardian | Gmx Pharm

Adventure Camp, West Sussex

The Cobnor Activity Center on Chichester Harbor runs senior adventure camps for young people looking to learn new skills and make new friends. It includes full days of canoeing and sailing expeditions, as well as rock climbing, bushcraft, rafting and aeroball (a mix of basketball and volleyball – on a trampoline). Spend the evenings honing your cooking skills around the outdoor pizza oven. Teenagers stay in log cabin dormitories.
£345, 13 to 16 years; 8th-12th and 15.-19. August, cobnor.com

Sail Camp, Isle of Wight

UKSA, a sailing academy in Cowes, runs watersports summer camps. Teens can try dinghy sailing, keel boating, kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding and raft building/racing. Land activities include archery, pool games and shrimp fishing. The evening program includes a movie night, disco and the “UKSA Olympiad”. Accommodation is bunk bed style; Breakfast buffets, packed lunches and hot evening meals are available.
£280 for five days, age 8 to 15; August 1st to 26thuksa.org

feast of Sports, Norfolk

Located in the grounds of Holkham Hall, this festival offers children expert coaching in their favorite disciplines and lesser-known sports. The core program includes football, tennis, netball, rugby, hockey, athletics, gymnastics, cricket and rowing. Each sport zone is headed by a “Legend”; In the rugby zone there is Will Greenwood, Austin Healey, Mike Tindall and Rachael Burford. Families can bring their own tent or book a bell tent, teepee, yurt or airstream.
Out of £370 for one adult and one child aged 5-17; August 12-15, festivalofsportuk.com

Kids Fish Summer Camp, Hampshire

Kids Fish Summer Camp, Hampshire

Teenagers can spend three days at the Nether Wallop Mill learning to fly fish. The course covers tackle and tackle, fishing knots, casting, catch and release and safety. Participants will spend a day fishing the River Test and learn about chalk streams, trout and other river wildlife, go bug hunting and learn how to cook your catch. The camp ends with a casting competition and a team speed fishing competition.
£285 without accommodation, 12 to 15 years; 25-27 July, Fishingbreaks.co.uk

Riding Holidays, Denbighshire

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The Springhill Farm Stables near Llangollen and Oswestry on the Welsh-English border have been offering riding holidays to teenagers for 17 years. The six-day holiday includes horseback riding, jumping lessons and a riding and turnout course. The highlight is a two-day trail ride through moors and forests with a night of wild camping. Drivers take packed lunches, fire up the camp grill and roast marshmallows over the fire in the evenings. Back at the stables, everyone competes for rosettes in Horsemanship and Team Gymkhana. Teenagers stay in bunkhouses or cabins and can use a hot tub.
£790 for six nights, ages 12 to 19 (must be able to canter in open terrain); July 10 – August 26, springhill.farm

Trial Camp, North Yorkshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Derbyshire

The Summer Camps Trust runs one and two week camps for children who have never been to an overnight camp. Week-long camps are held at Longtown Outdoor Center in Hereford, Frank’s Place in Worcestershire and White Hall in Derbyshire; The two-week camp takes place at Aysgarth School in North Yorkshire. Outdoor activities are mixed with games, countryside exploration and campfire stories. Children sleep in small dormitories, all meals are included, and escorted public transport is available at no extra charge.
£295 for a week or £495 for two weeksages 8 to 16; 10-23 July and 21-28 August, summercampstrust.org

Expedition summer camp, Highlands

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This camp has existed since 1969 and attracts participants from all over the world. It is located in an adventure school in Ardmore. Expeditions include a mountain adventure – three days and two nights of trekking and wild camping – and a sea kayaking tour with a night on a secluded beach. There are survival skills, climbing and rappelling; and a day at the beach with bodyboarding, swimming and games. A highlight is an adult-free night on the uninhabited “Survival Island”.
£1,475age 14 to 18; August 8th to 19th, ridgway-adventure.co.uk

Skill Courses, Snowdonia

The outdoor center Plas y Brenin organizes five-day summer camps. The week offers a taste of everything: rock climbing, kayaking, coasteering, hillwalking and orienteering. There are also weeks that focus on a single sport. Evening activities include competitions and quizzes. Price includes accommodation in a bunkhouse and pickup/drop-off at Llandudno Junction railway station.
From £689age 12 to 17; 25-29 July and 1st-5th August, pyb.co.uk

9 | Sea Kayak Expedition, Highlands

Kayaking on the west coast of Scotland
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Arisaig Sea Kayak Center runs all-inclusive sea kayaking and wild camping expeditions for families with older teens who have paddling experience. They range from three or five days exploring remote beaches and lakes in the Sound of Arisaig to more challenging weeks in Mull, the Summer Isles, Harris and Lewis or Orkney. Most trips include kayaking and camping gear, breakfast, dinner, and transport from Inverness or Fort William. There are also two-day and four-day kayaking beginner courses.
Out of £390 for three days, Age 15+; until September 17, arisaigseakayakcentre.co.uk

10 | Surf Club, North Yorkshire

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Families holidaying in Scarborough can send the kids to surf school – there is one in Cayton Bay during the summer holidays. Scarborough Surf School’s Grommets Summer Surf Club caters for beginners to intermediate surfers who can swim 25 metres. It includes five mornings of surf lessons, from beach safety to stand-up surfing, as well as paddleboarding and games. The week ends with a coasteering session and a beach barbecue.
£150 for five mornings (without accommodation), age seven to 15 (Parents stay on site with under 10s); July 25 to August 26, scarboroughsurfschool.co.uk

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