Parent Guide. PGL - a name you can trust!

  • PGL - a name you can trust!

The UK’s leading provider of children’s holidays.

Established in 1957, we are the UK’s leading children’s adventure holiday company. Our expertise, safe environment and unrivalled pastoral care mean that we are trusted and respected by schools and families nationwide.

Our beginnings

Back in 1957, Peter Gordon Lawrence bought a folding canvas canoe and set off down the Danube. He loved this experience so much he wanted to share it. Returning home, he began leading groups of young adults on canoe camping trips down the River Wye – and PGL was born! Sadly Peter died in 2004 but his original passions still live on today, in a growing and thriving organisation and the generations of children who have benefitted from what he created.

What we offer...

Dedicated teams

Every year our teams work with over 350,000 lively children and teenagers. We are dedicated to helping your child discover their independence, build their confidence and make new friends during their exhilarating and action-packed holiday.

First class reputation

We are proud of everything we do. Whether it’s our highly trained staff that will teach your children new skills and care for their wellbeing, or offering the best choice of centres and activities, PGL standards are second to none.

The best centres

We now have fifteen fantastic adventure centres throughout the UK and abroad which are constantly being updated with the latest and most exhilarating activities. Unlike many other companies, we own or have long leases on all our UK and French centres. This means that we never have to put them to another use or hold back on investing in what’s needed or wanted by our guests to make them better.

Working with the best

We are very proud to work with a number of partners and associations. You can see who we are proud to work with by clicking on the logos in our website footer.

Our holidays aren’t just special – they’re exceptional!

PGL children and teenagers love our holidays – they experience exciting new activities, learn impressive skills, make lots of friends and develop greater self confidence. Meanwhile you can relax, knowing they’re in great hands and completely involved from dawn to dusk.

No need for nerves!

To help every child get the most from each experience and bring out the best in your child, we tailor our holidays to suit different age ranges. We also look after children in small groups, giving them all the individual attention and instruction they need. Many PGL children holiday alone but buddy-up first with our great e-Pal service.

Group sizes

Groupies look after groups which vary in size according to age. For 7–10s the ratio is 1:12, with a lower ratio for older children. Instructor to child ratios vary according to the activity, but here are some examples:

  • Canoeing 1:8
  • Archery 1:4
  • Pony trekking 1:8
  • Abseiling 1:1

For off-site activities there are always at least two staff in attendance.