Category Archives: Summer Activities

Selfie boards competition

Summer of Camps Selfies Competition – use our selfie boards!

What is new on our camps this year?

We are launching our Summer of Camps Selfies Competition and inviting all children and parents to participate. All you need to do is have some fun with our selfie boards on camp and enter for a chance to win a free place on one of our 2022 camps.

Each year, we strive to improve our already amazing camps by making them even more fun and engaging. And for 2021 we put together these new selfie boards! We thought of children using them to capture a glimpse of their days on camp. They will take these memories home with them to revisit over years to come.

When our selfie boards samples arrived at the office, our colleagues tested them straight away. It was both to make sure they worked, and for a bit of Euro 2020 sweepstake related fun. It was then that we thought we could put them at even better use.

What if parents and youngsters can also join into the fun and enter a competition?
As our much awaited summer camps 2021 start today, we launch our new Summer of Camps Selfies Competition!

Win a free place on camp with our selfie boards

Grab the selfie board on camp and take a few photos of your child and friends to enter our competition for a chance to win a free place on camp for 2022.

Once you have taken the photos, follow the next steps:

  • Post as many photos as you’d like on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram profile.
    Remember to make the post public on Facebook, so we can see it and record your entry. We will record one entry per person, to give everybody a chance to win.
  • Tag us as @ActivateCamps across social media.
  • Use the hashtags #ActivateCamps and #ActivateYourSmile
  • Tag a friend.

It’s that simple! You have now entered the competition and will be in the draw for mid-September (we wanted to make sure all parents will have enough time to enter).

We will announce the winner by the end of September. Good luck, and see you on camp starting this week!

Summer camps holiday 2021

Best things to do during the summer holiday 2021 in the UK

A summer so different than last year’s hopefully lies ahead in 2021. While activities options are beginning to open up, uncertainty still looms over travelling abroad. With this in mind, we thought of the 10 best things to do in the UK over the summer holiday 2021.

Many of us are looking forward to making this coming summer as good as possible.

It feels like there are two sides to it. On one hand, we now have the freedom of choice with restrictions beginning and hopefully continuing to relax. On the other hand, we want to make the best choices of places to go while the nation is still getting vaccinated.

We put our heads together to inspire you with our best ideas for this summer holiday 2021. These are our top 10 suggestions to help you choose what is best for you and your family this season.

Legoland Windsor Resort

Adventure parks will keep the whole family busy and entertained, and Legoland UK have returned with more to offer this year. They launched their new LEGO® MYTHICA: World of Mythical Creatures experience as a new attraction.

Why not book a staycation at Legoland Windsor Resort?
Choose a stay here instead of the holiday abroad that sounds trickier to do this year.

Alton Towers

Just as the Legoland Theme Park, Alton Towers offers the option to book a proper UK short break. The Woodland Lodges and CBeebies Land Hotel feature among the five themed types of accommodation available. With the waterpark, golf and luxury spa adding to the adventure park experience, a stay at Alton Towers promises to keep the whole family happy.

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

National Motor Museum summer holiday 2021

Mixing medieval history with the history of motor vehicles, Beaulieu showcases an impressive collection of old and new cars. Motor vehicles lovers will spend the whole day here without noticing the time pass. There is even a suspended train line that goes around the grounds. From up there, visitor can take a peek at the gardens at Beaulieu.

Why not stop here on your way to your staycation on the South – Southwest coast?

For lovers of old trains and locomotives

You could be heading up North instead. If you love trains and train engines, two places will compete for your attention. We love them both and decided to recommend them both, despite the fact they compete with each other. Or maybe just even more so because they do.

National Railway Museum summer holiday 2021
(Photo courtesy of National Railway Museum)

Describing themselves as the “home of iconic locomotives”, National Railway Museum in York is free to visit. From Stephenson’s Rocket to Queen Victoria’s Saloon, The Railway Collection boasts nearly 7,000 objects. It also hosts the visiting Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous locomotive, which has returned on tracks in 2016. What a treat for all lovers of train engines!

Grand Central Railway summer holiday 2021
Photo of steam engine at Grand Central Railway – Loughborough, Leicester, courtesy of @Adrian Peakman.

If you rather fancy an experience on old trains pulled by steam engines, stop in the Midlands. Take your family on a daytrip to Grand Central Railway – Loughborough, Leicester. Each station on the line with its own specific history and old architecture, they worth visiting and taking your time to explore them. Now the attraction is open Saturday and Sundays, with pre-booking necessary.

History and natural beauty with National Trust

Since we are talking about historical attractions, we need to mention National Trust. Spread across the country, National Trust estates, gardens, natural parks and areas do not only satisfy one’s hunger for history, they also offer a great opportunity for walks and staying active.

Bodnant Garden summer holiday 2021

Many of the estates boast splendid gardens, such as Bodnant Garden (photo) in Wales. If you decide to spend a staycation on one of the popular spots on the Welsh coast, why not stop and visit these gardens on the way?

Zipworld adventures

Zipworld ziplining summer holiday 2021

While we are talking about Wales, its old slate caverns also mix history with the opportunity to have some active fun. Zipworld features a great number of rides and different types of adventures that will easily entertain the whole family. Among these, ziplining over quarries,  bouncing on nets in the old cavers, the Tower Coaster ride, the Forest Coaster, Treetop Nets and the Quarry Karts all sound very exciting.

Cosford Royal Air Force Museum

Cosford RAF Museum

On this tour we’ve put together of attractions South to North, with a detour to Wales. Let’s return to London with a stop in the Midlands again – Cosford Royal Air Force Museum is free to visit and open again.  Admire the fascinating aeroplanes on show while learning about their history and the stories of the people who made them, flew them, maintained them.

Cosford RAF Museum often organises events to keep the whole family engaged and entertained. For this summer holiday, they are running the Summer of Fun ‘n’ Flight programme with activities such as Crazy Golf (22 July – 30 August) and Trampoline Trailer (11-20 August).
Check their website before visiting so you can plan and make the most of it.

Cosford RAF Museum summer holiday 2021

Bletchley Park and Alan Turing

Travelling back down towards London, this next attraction is a must for the brainiacs amongst us. Drenched in history and mystery together, Bletchley Park marks a crucial moment in the turn of WWII and computing science too. Take your computers loving child on a tour of this fascinating place where they will learn about the story of Alan Turing and his achievements.

Summer camps for summer holidays 2021

If you want to give your child the chance to spend time with their friends rather than with the whole family, our camps are the perfect opportunity to do so. On our multi activity or sports camps, they will not only have lots of fun with their friends, but also practise and improve their skills.

Summer camps summer holiday 2021

Our star visits and our coaches are looking forward to welcoming children on camps. They will help our young participants make lifelong memories while staying active and inspired.

Just like so many of the UK attractions above, our camps give great choice of both activities and bookings. We aim to meet your family’s needs in terms of numbers of days your child wants to spend on camp. When we designed our multi activity camps, we focused on flexibility – give children and their families as many choices as possible to make it the best camp experience.

Cricket summer holiday 2021

Our sports camps are great for sports crazy children, whether into cricket, netball, lacrosse, football or hockey. Mixing professional coaching with challenges to help them be at their best, summer sports camps will get your child that step further into being better at their favourite sport.

Looking forward to welcoming children on our summer camps starting in July!