Please see below for descriptions of the various activities that make up our Holiday Activity Programmes.
This can be a full or half day booking. The age range is 4 - 14yrs. The children will take part in a mixture of different sports and games in the sports hall that can include dodge ball, tag, basketball, cricket, rounders, tennis, parachute games plus lots more. Depending on the age and amount of children booked in they may be split into groups for different activities. Each day is different as activities depend on the amount and ages of the group. Also depending on the weather they may go outdoors for activities.
The emphasis is on the children having lots of fun throughout the day interacting and mixing with other children of different ages and abilities.
Extended Day (ED)
Our new Escape Zone Extended Day will give parents the opportunity to collect their children at 5pm instead of 4pm (normal Escape Zone day). Please Note: The activities provided for the children during the ED will not necessarily be sport based.
The Ashton Gatehouse - We offer the session below in partnership with The Ashton Gatehouse
Easter Egg Orienteering (Confirmation Letter)
The team are challenged to complete activities and collect clues around Ashton Court Estate in order to complete the trail and earn prizes! The children will also learn about the history of the redeveloped Ashton Gatehouse and map reading skills will be introduced.
Young Bristol - We offer the below activities in partnership wtih Young Bristol.
The programme is designed for the beginner or novice who wants a 'taster' of outdoor adventure activities. Everyone will require a 'give it a go' attitude. Young Bristol believes in encouraging young people to push themselves and meet new challenges. However, there is no compulsion. Non-participation by group members is perfectly acceptable for activities where anyone is unable to or unhappy about taking part. We ask that the matter is discussed in advance of the session either with the course organiser or instructor.
Abseiling (Confirmation Letter)
At the Sea Walls, Avon Gorge. Using rockfaces suitable for beginners, qualified instructors will coach particpants safely and carefully allowing everyone to face their fears and meet the challenge. Emphasis will be on teamwork and group members will be taught how to support and help each other. The maximum Abseil height will be approx 25 metres.
Archery (Confirmation Letter)
A fun activity to improve hand / eye co-ordintation. An indoor range of approx 10m at a local youth club offers competitions and games with balloons and sweets.
Bushcraft (Confirmation Letter)
An awareness day (survival skills = half day) learning ancient skills such as animal tracking, shelter building and nature awareness - The bold skills of excellent basic survival skills. The main core skills will focus on - Shelter, Hunting, Navigation and Campcraft.
Canoeing (Confirmation Letter)
Large Canadian-style open canoes suitable for 3 persons.
Sessions take place in sight of our Pooles Wharf Activity Centre in the floating harbour usually incorporates planned trip along the Harbour towards the City Centre passing the SS Great Britain, Matthew and other landmarks. Basic strokes will be taught along the way. There will also be some confidence building games played on the water to encourage balance and agility.
Climbing (Confirmation Letter)
At the Sea Walls, Avon Gorge. Using rockfaces suitable for beginners, qualified instructors will coach participants safely and carefully allowing everyone to face their fears and meet the challenge. Great opportunity to gain confidence and learn the basic skills of climbing. Emphasis will be on teamwork and group members will be taught how to support and help each other. The maximum height will be approx 20 metres.
Caving & Streamwalk (Confirmation Letter)
Beginners cave - Goatchurch Cavern in Burrington Combe on the mendips. Dry Cave, so not affected by rainy weather. Again, a strong emphasis on teamwork applied by experienced qualified instructors. Overalls supplied with helmets, lights and wellies.
Gigg Rowing (Confirmation Letter)
National governing body (NGB) qualified instructors will teach how to control the boat which requires communication, concentration and skill. The boat seats up to 8 people and is an ideal activity for older children. A great fun activity and will give a great workout for all abilities. The boards are incredibly stable and easy to master the basics.
Gorge Scrambling (Confirmation Letter)
A walk in the hills with a difference. The venue will be Burrington Combe on the Mendip Hills. This walk on the wild side involves scrambling through the tree roots and undergrowth following a stream up towards its source and climbing a couple of waterfalls along the way. This is the one activity where you do wish for rain! The more water, the more fun!
High Ropes (Confirmation Letters)
Challenge yourself on the High Ropes course. Climb up to the top of the 12 meter high Alter board and take the leap of faith at the top. Walk along the balance beame 3 meters above the ground then try your skills at the tight rope walks above this. Activity is done using climbing harnesses and belaying the young people while on the activity. The high ropes course is Just off Begger Bush Lane at the back of Ashton Court.
Kayaking (Confirmation Letter)
Single person closed cockpit kayak (canoe).
Sessions take place in sight of our Pooles Wharf Activity Centre in the floating harbour. Our national governing body (NGB) qualified instructors will teach basic beginners strokes - forwards, backwards, sideways, turning, stopping. There will also be some confidence building games played on the water to encourage balance and agility.
Mountain Biking Currently Unavailable
This is a 'right on' session. Easy, level route for most of the trip along the Avon Cycleway passing along the banks of the River Avon under the Clifton Suspension Bridge leading to the challenge of the hills and tracks of Leigh Woods and Ashton Court.
Orienteering (Confirmation Letter)
The team are challenged to 'beat the clock' and find their way around Ashton Court Estate or Blaise Castle Estate looking for marker posts hidden around the undergrowth and trees in the quickest possible time. Map reading skills will be introduced. Great team work activity.
Paddle Power (Confirmation Letter)
Paddle Power is a BCU (British Canoe Union) accredited course aimed at teaching young people below the age of 16 the basics in kaykaking and canoeing. They will learn paddling in all directions, turning and what to do in the event of a capsize. The course is broken down into 8 levels and is tackled 1 level at a time. The course has lots of games incorporated that are designed to enforce the skills they have learnt. Participants should be confident in swimming 50 meters.
Raft Building (Confirmation Letter)
A fun session with the emphasis on working as a team. the group design and build a raft using equipment they are provided with (barrels, logs, rope etc) and then at the end of the session they get to paddle it across the river.
Tree Abseiling (Confirmation Letter)
The 60ft Tree Abseil at the High Ropes course is an exhilarating activity really testing your nerve! Qualified instructors will coach participants safely and carefully allowing everyone to meet the challenge. Are you scared of heights?! Then this is the perfect opportunity to conquer your fear! Suitable for all ages and skill levels.
YB Football (aka Football Festival) (Confirmation Letter)
Young Bristol Football Camps/Festivals are aimed for children to come along and help improve their football skills whilst meeting new friends - Young Bristol hope that it will encourage and give children the opportunity to become part of local football teams. Sessions are based outdoors on the grass but the weather may force sessions onto a different surface or indoors. Sessions include small sided games, drills, an element of fitness training, penalty shoot outs, fun and games, and much, much more. Some camps/festivals also include free gifts and small presentations on the last session.
Please note that all activity venues are subject to change and a required minimum number of participant bookings.
Axis Trampoline Club - We offer trampoline sessions in partnership with Axis Trampoline Club
Trampolining (all ages) (Confirmation Letter)
Our sessions give children the chance to work with a High Performance Trampoline Coach to safely practice routines on the trampolines with added games and exercises to ensure fun and enjoyable sessions.
All-aboard Water Sports - We offer the below session in partnership with All-aboard Water Sports (Formally Bristol Sailing School)
Sailing (Confirmation Letter)
Whether a total beginner or a seasoned pro, come and get on the water during the school holidays with All-Aboard Watersports! With a wide variety of boats including; Oppies, Pico’s, Topper’s, Feva’s and Wayfarer’s we have something to suit everyone, whatever your ability. We will always try to give the opportunity to try different types of sailing boat and develop skills.
Family Battle Fitness - We offer the session below in partnership with Family Battle Fitness
Family Battle Fitness - We offer the session below in partnership with Family Battle Fitness
Nerf Battle! (Confirmation Letter)
A session full of army fun! This fun activity lets you get a feel of what it would be like to be an Army Commander. The children will train through a series of fun games and assault courses, before battling it out in the war-zone!
Other Sports Specific Activities:
Mum & Children Netball Currently Unavailable
This is a fun netball session for mums to attend along with their children. It allows mums to play netball in a non compettivitve situation whilst also introducing their children to netball. The sessions will provide the opportunity to develop netball skills in a relaxed, enjoyable enviroment.
The session is ran by All England Netball coach Sue Anderson. For more information on the session please contact Sue on 07872407216.
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. Certificates and shiny luminous badges for each level are awarded to children who successfully complete each course and children are encouraged and inspired to achieve all three levels, recognising that there is always more to learn and to enjoy on a bike. For more information please visit the Bikeability website.
Dance (Confirmation Letter)
The group will work on putting together a “mini dance” and will put on a performance at the end of the session for the other children attending our holiday activities. The dance type is varied, from hip hop, contemporary and street dance.
Rugby (Confirmation Letter)
The Rugby World Cup Day is a day aimed at allowing kids to pick up the basic skills of Rugby whilst participating in fun games, drills and mini tournaments whilst embracing the spirit of the World Cup. (Please note that this session has no official affiliation with the 2015 Rugby World Cup).
Yoga Stars (Confirmation Letter)
Yoga Stars is a session that aims to be imaginative, dynamic and inspiring whilst bringing all the benefits of yoga to young children. Traditional postures are turned into animals, props are used to demonstrate breathing techniques and relaxation is accompanied with soft music. All sessions are deigned for children to have a fun & enjoyable experience of yoga whilst learning and benefiting form the key principles of the exercise.
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