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We are expecting 2021 Summer Holidays to go ahead as planned. But in the event that your holiday can't go ahead due to COVID-19, where do you stand when you book a holiday with us?
As an ABTA & ATOL Bonded Tour Operator you can have full confidence that when you book an Acorn Family Holiday, your money is secure. All of our family holiday customers were offered a transfer or refund in 2020, in accordance with our terms and conditions and Package Travel Regulations. The same will apply in 2021.
Additionally and for extra peace of mind, we only ask for a low deposit of £150 when you book your holiday, followed by an additional payment 8 weeks later & the full balance 10 weeks prior to departure. This means you can spread your payments out you won't have to commit the full amount until closer to your departure date.
The advice at the moment when booking a holiday is that you should make sure you're booking with an ABTA bonded, reputable company that protects your money in the event of COVID-19 cancellations.
After a challenging few months (thanks to everyone who has been so kind & supported us), we've been busy making plans for summer 2021 and we're pleased to announce that our 2021 family adventure holidays are now ready and available to book! Yippee! We hope you enjoy exploring our holidays and planning your next adventure.
All of the families who booked with us this year and had their holiday cancelled due to COVID-19 have been offered a transfer to 2021 or a full refund. We're pleased to say that most are transferring, which is brilliant news and we thank you all from the bottom of our heart. We've had some lovely feedback too about how we've tackled this difficult situation, which is great news as it's not been easy.
Acorn is ABTA & ATOL bonded and so when you book a holiday with us your deposits are protected. We also recommend taking out insurance at the time of your holiday and make sure the policy is right for this type of holiday and your needs.
We look forward to seeing you all next summer (it's going to be a good one!)
Our holidays offer all families the perfect solution to keeping everyone happy and having fun (yes, even teenagers!).
Here's what makes our family holidays so wonderful for every family (and particularly those travelling alone with children):
Our Maltese Family Adventure Holiday is our most recent addition (new this summer) and is already proving really popular for 2020. This beautiful island captures the hearts of many with its stunning coastline, bays and vibrant entertainment district.
Featuring one of our best activity programmes, Malta offers coasteering, zip-lining across the sea, abseiling, snorkelling, climbing, kayaking and a full day at the local water park. Evenings can be spent enjoying the swimming pool, or wandering into St George's Bay entertainment district. Your free day can be spent on the local beach or exploring the rest of the island.
Staying in an exclusive Acorn Guest House, in your own private en-suite family room, the Guest House is shared with other like-minded Acorn families, making this a really sociable holiday for you and the kids. Close to all the action, you can walk to the beach and entertainment area in the evenings and enjoy everything this wonderful island has to offer.
This is a holiday that offers it all. Fun activities in the great outdoors, evenings enjoying the local entertainment, relaxation by the pool or on the beach and lots of opportunities to make friends.
Malta is a short flight away from the UK, with many budget airlines travelling to this destination. The airport is only 20 minutes away from the Guest House, making travelling here really easy.
The perfect family holiday.
Acorn Adventure – family holidays. 17 years ago my life changed forever when I started working for Acorn in France. Fast forward 17 years later and I’m back with my own daughter (an acorn baby) to holiday as a family. My dreams literally came true.
Acorn Adventure very kindly invited me to holiday with them in exchange for an honest review (also probably because I’m the best member of staff they’ve ever had – I think it’s a bit like my employee of the decade award too)!
If you don’t know anything about Acorn Adventure, they’ve been around for a long time, over 35 years actually, so they are very experienced. Acorn offer outdoor adventure trips for schools, groups and families in 9 different activity centres across the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Malta. You can find out more about Acorn Adventure family holidays here.
We visited their site in the beautiful Brecon Beacons; set in the shores of the largest natural lake in Wales and nestled in a beautiful National Park.
I thought I’d put my review in separate sections so each area is easy to come back to. Brace yourself, grab a cup of tea and here we go…
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.