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Welcome to Acorn Adventure! We are a leading Family Adventure Holiday specialist, with over 38 years of experience and offer an exciting range of all-inclusive, fully organised family activity holidays in France, Italy, Spain and Wales. Our holidays in the UK and Europe offer a wide range of family-friendly outdoor adventurous activities, in beautiful locations. From the Ardèche in the South of France to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, there is a summer holiday to suit the whole family - no more compromises!
Our holidays appeal to families seeking a fun-filled, great value and fully organised holiday in the great outdoors. We offer an action packed programme of exciting adventurous activities from Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) to Rock Climbing, suited to age 7+ overseas and 5+ in the UK. Activities are delivered by our qualified/assessed team of instructors and are included in the price of the holiday, along with full board tented, cabin or camping pod accommodation. Our pre-erected, private family camping villages offer a family friendly, sociable environment with many leaving with life long friends.
Summer 2020 sees our acclaimed family adventure holiday centres in France, Italy, Spain and Wales burst open, with watersports and multi-activities galore. To find out more about our holidays click here or order a copy of our brochure
Prior to becoming a parent, travel and adventure were part and parcel of who I was. I’d taken a GAP year before university to India, where armed with a backpack and an ill fitting mosquito net, I trawled the subcontinent before settling in Kolkata [Calcutta] where I volunteered with Mother Teresa’s sisters in their orphanage, street dispensary, and home for the dying. I continued this wanderlust to the Philippines, Naples and the Bronx, before settling to my studies. I should point out that I’ve always been an incredibly nervous flyer, but the desire to see the world gave me courage to overcome that fear. I always imagined [rather idealistically] that should I ever have children, I would be putting my toddler in a backpack and revisiting places on my travels.
However, on becoming a mother [a single one], at the age of 32, I realised that I had suddenly become rather more cautious. Gone were my days of collecting intestinal parasites as a matter of pride, or taking risks and sleeping in cheap backpacker hostels. As much as I wanted to show my son the world and nurture him with a sense of adventure, I had neither the finances or courage to whisk him off to the subcontinent and beyond.
I’ve recently trained as a secondary school teacher, and as part of our training, we were sent on a day’s outdoor adventure. I always dreaded PE at school, not because I didn’t like exercise but because I didn’t like the regimental routines of getting changed and having no choice about what we did. I was also very conscious that I wasn’t perhaps as fit as the other girls, and wouldn’t be chosen first. Consequently I dreaded our day of outdoor adventure, and didn’t sleep much the night before. There was talk of climbing telegraph poles and high ropes. It all sounded awful. It’s incredible how school memories of exercise can impact upon us in adulthood. (No one mention the Bleep Test please!) On a serious note, our own apprehensions can be passed onto our children, and I’m conscious that there is much fun to be had the other side of my fears.
A short film about our fully inclusive Family Adventure Holidays in Wales and Europe.
Watch this short video of an action-packed Ardèche Family Adventure Holiday in the South of France!