PGL Family Adventures | Member Review | Osmington Bay, Dorset

PGL Family Adventures
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Our competition winners!
Our PGL Family Adventure competition’s winning family share their feedback from their first (and not the last) PGL holiday experience. Find out why they loved the bonding experience of getting outside as a family.
About our family 
I am Kath, and my husband is Charles; we have 2 adorable children, Caitlin, 14 and my son George 11, we live in Reading.   We normally rent a self-catering cottage for a week, ideally near a beach, so Cornwall, Devon, or Dorset visit Family up North.  We love to be near the sea and find it very relaxing, and the children love swimming and the water whilst also making Family day trips locally.  

PGL Family Adventures
We had heard of PGL before from school residentials but did not realize they also did Family adventures.  So we were so excited when we found out we had won the competition and immediately looked up more details on the website.  Our chosen PGL venue was Osmington Bay which was a fabulous choice.   My daughter, in particular, is very sporty so loves active weekends, and we would normally be trekking to sports training or competitions.  

“Our first impression on arrival was what a beautiful location it was overlooking the sea.”

Location and Facilities
Our first impression on arrival was what a beautiful location it was overlooking the sea, and the weather on arrival was amazing.  The children couldn’t wait to get out of the car and start getting involved.  The PGL site was well laid out, with lots of activities available.  It was also safe to allow the children to roam; entry was keypad controlled, so they had some freedom.  

” The rooms were clean, ensuite with a shower and had the important tea and coffee making facilities.”

The accommodation was great whilst basic it was lovely to have a direct door to the outside, we as parents had a room to ourselves all bedding was supplied (except towels), and the children were directly next door to us in bunk beds and very happy with their room (they had a double bunk bed each) The rooms were clean, ensuite with a shower and had the important tea and coffee making facilities, beds were comfy.  We were assigned our own staff member for the weekend, who also was the link for a small number of other Families.  Staff regularly popped around to check whether you needed anything and to make sure you knew where the next activity was etc. The accommodation was quiet and peaceful at night.  

” There was an excellent range of activities including kayaking at the wonderful sports centre from the 2012 Olympics.”

Activities
We were grouped with a small number of other families who followed the same timetable of activities.  Other Families were friendly, and we were all encouraging of each other’s children and helping out with kits etc.  
My daughter had an arm cast, so sadly couldn’t participate in everything.  There was an excellent range of activities we got involved in, from kayaking at the wonderful sports centre from the 2012 Olympics.  This also had parking, a cafe and toilet facilities and was well set up.  The instructor was great, ensuring everyone was kitted out and all safety equipment fitted well.  As my daughter couldn’t participate, we took the chance to visit Chesil beach across the road, which was fabulous.  We also did orienteering, zip-lines; this was the children’s favourite activity,  rifles and giant swing. Again Instructors were great, always ensuring the safety equipment was fitted correctly.  We also squeezed in a trip to the lovely beach with private access from the PGL site with a secure (keycode locked) gate down a steep set of steps.  It was surprisingly quiet given the beautiful weather. 

All the PGL instructors were very, very welcoming and engaging.  They were superb at getting the more nervous children to have a go or give things a try and succeeded each time!!
Our PGL Family Adventure Highlights
The trip’s highlights were having some Family time and organised fun activities to keep the children entertained.  Also for me as Mum having meals cooked and a lovely choice and range of food.  The dining area was Covid safe with hand gel and one way systems in place.  They also catered well for my son with gluten intolerance which was great.  I would highly recommend PGL for anyone wanting a family fun activity-based weekend.  We created lots of fun and happy memories and would love to book another one soon.  
Thank you so much for the fabulous weekend.  

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WHAT IS A PGL FAMILY ADVENTURE?
PGL family adventures are the perfect, fun-filled holidays for parents and kids and many families in our community (including myself) love them.
PGL family programs are packed with a wide range of activities, and you don’t need to be fit or have any experience as PGL’s friendly, qualified instructors are there to guide you.
Activities range from raft building, abseiling and zip-lining, to a survival challenge, sensory trail and archery.
Family adventures range from one to seven nights, and all food, activities and accommodation are included in the price. Great value and great fun.
 
WE LOVE OUR PGL FAMILY ADVENTURES BECAUSE;
1.  We enjoy meeting like-minded parents and kids and socialising together in the evenings.
2. The PGL instructors are always positive, upbeat and encouraging, whatever the weather.
3. We love the activities PGL offer; always fun, varied and sometimes challenging.
4. We love spending time together as a family, outside and away from the distractions of devices.
 

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Camping Words

Campsite terms
 
Car camping
This used to mean going camping in a car rather than backpacking where you carry everything on your back.
But these days it generally means being able to park your car next to your tent.
Some campsites may ask you to park in a designated campsite in order to protect their grass, maintain tranquility or to avoid accidents.
 
Pop up campsite
This is a new to camping vocabulary!
A pop up campsite is a temporary campsite that can open without planning permission, usually for the peak summer season or for a specific event.
These sites are also known as ’28 day’ sites as they can only open for a maximum of 28 days.
Pop up campsites will not have the same facilities such as toilet and shower blocks as a year round campsite.
In 2021, many pop up campsites in are attracting weekend campers by providing live music and beer tents and several stately homes in the U.K are opening pop up campsites on their estates to capitalise on the current boom in camping.
For example, Newby Hall in Yorkshire accepts campers on selected holiday dates or check out the pre-erected bell tents at the Graythwaite Estate in the Lake District.
 
Certificated Site (CS)
These are small, privately owned sites that are certified and approved by the Camping and Caravanning Club for exclusive use by their members.
Certified Sites take a maximum of five vans and ten tents.
 
Wild camping
This is what it sounds, pitching your tent anywhere in ‘the wild.’
Technically, this is illegal in England and Wales apart from designated areas on Dartmoor but is allowed on most unenclosed land in Scotland.
 
Nearly wild camping
Nearly wild campsites offer somewhere to pitch your tent and not much else though sometimes there may be a portaloo and water available.
Due to the lack of facilities, these sites tend to be quieter and cheaper but they also offer darker skies and more privacy in spectacular rural settings.
There are currently over 100 nearly wild camping sites in the U.K. Read our guide on how to find campsites in the U.K here.
 
 
Camping words you will see on a campsite
 
EHU
If you don’t know what EHU means you are not alone. ‘What does ehu mean?’ is a widely searched term on Google!
EHU means electric hook up, also known as a ‘hook up.’
This is when your pitch contains a standing, static plug socket that allows you to run an electric cable into your tent (bring your own cable).
Campers use an EHU to run an electric fridge, lights, cooler, cooker or to charge devices or to even run a television.
Campsite pitches with EHU are more expensive than those without EHU (non EHU).
 
Grass pitch
As it sounds, a camping pitch on grass rather than hardstanding or gravel.  It is always best to try to find a level grass pitch with natural shelter but not under a tree.
 
Compost toilet/drop toilet
A non flushing toilet that composts human waste. This is usually a basic toilet over a hole in the ground (hence the term ‘drop toilet’) and are only found on very wild campsites.
The majority of campsites in the U.K have flushing toilets, hand basins and hot showers.
 
Chemical disposal point
A designated location on a campsite for safely emptying waste and chemicals from campervan and tent toilets. Nothing else should be emptied here.
 
Potable water
Taps marked as potable water means drinking water.
Campsites have free standing taps dotted around the site for filling water butts and will be marked as potable if the water if safe for drinking. If in doubt, ask.
 
Self contained
If you are a self contained camper you have your own toilet.
Many campervans and motorhomes are self contained and, due to Covid, many campers are also bringing their own toilets.
Some campsites without a toilet block will only allow self contained campers and to freedom camp in Australia or New Zealand you must be self contained.
 
 
Camping terms for tents
 
A frame
An ‘A frame’ tent (or ridge tent) is an old style tent that looks like the shape of the letter ‘A’ when you look at the tent from the front.
These tents usually only have one door at the front of the tent. Think Army or Scouts tents…
 
Air tent
These are modern tents that do not use poles.
Instead, the tubes where the poles would ordinarily go are inflated using a pump. These tents are quick and easy to erect and can be erected by one person.
Air tents are durable and reliable in bad weather (no broken poles or punctured tent fabric) but tend to be heavier and more expensive than tents with poles.
 
Bell tent
Festival style circular tents that have one room with a high central point and central pole; like an inverted cone rather than a bell.
Bell tents are spacious tents with plenty of head height but lack private, compartmentalised space.
 
Dome tent
A low rounded, circular tent shaped like a dome or upside down cup. These tents are quick and easy to erect using a cross over pole design but do not have standing room height.
 
Double skin tent
Most family tents are double skin tents which mean they have a separate bedroom section that you ‘hang’ inside the tent.
This allows you the option to have a separate bedroom or to utilise the tent as one large open space.
 
Tunnel Tent
A long, wide tent with several hoops one after the other.
Tunnel tents have living areas and inner bedroom sections and are a great option if you need good head height.
Outwell Montana without the inner bedroom section
 
Our Outwell Montana 6 family sized tent is a tunnel tent with a side porch.
 
Pod tent
A tent with a central living area with separate sleeping ‘pod’ sections leading off the central section.
 
 
Camping terminology for inside a tent
 
 
Berth
How many people the tent sleeps.
I’d always take berth number with a pinch of salt and try to see the tent erected to get an accurate idea of sleeping space!
 
Footprint
Many campsites want to know the footprint of your tent when you book a pitch. The footprint is basically the size and dimensions of your tent when it is erected and can be found on your tent instructions or on the manufacturers website.
 
SIM
Acronym for self inflating mattress which is a mattress that self inflates using a valve.
Simply open the valve to inflate the mattress and close the valve once the mattress has been inflated. To pack away, open the valve and squeeze the air out and close the valve when the air has gone to stop the mattress reinflating again.
SIM mattresses are lightweight when deflated, inflate in minutes and are available in a variety of thickness.
After using both airbeds and SIM’s, we only use SIM’s now.
 
Air bed
A mattress that has to be inflated using a pump. They are comfortable and raised off the ground but can be bulky items inside a tent.
 
Mummy Bag
No, its not a handbag, it’s a tapered sleeping bag shaped like an Egyptian mummy rather than a traditional rectangle sleeping bag.
Mummy bags are compact and easy to pack away and the head piece of the bag gives extra warmth.
The downside is that some people feel restricted when sleeping in a mummy bag.
Sleeping bags are rated as ‘seasons’ so a two season bag is suitable for Spring and Summer use whereas a four season bag can be used year round.
 
Porch
An separate entrance/exit vestibule that is an integral part of your tent design (ie. not like an extension or awning that you add to your tent to make it bigger).
Porches are useful for keeping dirty boots, sandy toys and wet clothes out of the main tent.
 
Rain fly
This is the exterior layer of the tent that either fully or partially covers the tent in order to stop rain entering the tent.
The rain fly is integral in most tents but you can buy tents with a detachable rain fly.
 
Guy ropes
Exterior ropes on your tent that attach to the ground with metal or plastic pegs to give the tent stability and support.
Tents with bright or reflective guy ropes are easier to see in the dark!
 
Seam tape/taped seams
A taped seam is when a tape is sewn or stuck over the stitched tent seam to give extra waterproof protection and it is well worth investing in a tent with taped seams.
Tents, coats, waterproof trousers etc can all have taped seams.
 
Ground sheet
The ground sheet is the floor of the tent.
Some tents have a ‘bathtub groundsheet’ which is detachable from the main tent so you can use it when or if you want to. Bathtub groundsheets have gaps around the edges so they tend to make the tent cooler (or colder) depending on when you are camping.
A ‘sewn in groundsheet’ is fully attached to your tent and makes your tent warmer and more waterproof.
Our new Outwell Cloud 5 Plus tent has a mixture of both.
It has a sewn in groundsheet for the bedroom section and an optional bathtub ground sheet for the living area.
 
Shock cord
The shock cord is the elastic cord that runs through your tent poles.
 
Tent canopy
A tent canopy is an extra layer that can be erected over your existing tent to add extra protection from the rain.
This is a good option if you camp frequently in bad weather or if your current tent is no longer waterproof but is otherwise usable.
 
Clips
Plastic ‘c’ shaped clips that attach the outer fly sheet to the tent poles.
 
So there you have it, a comprehensive guide to camping words! If you think of any that need to be added to the list, get in touch.
Happy camping!

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WIN! PGL FAMILY ADVENTURE | Member Review Opportunity

Competition Closed
 
We are excited to share another community opportunity.We have partnered with PGL to offer one of our members a FREE PGL Family Adventure weekend in exchange for a review.
 

What is a PGL Family Adventure?
PGL family adventures are the perfect, fun-filled holidays for parents and kids and many families in our community (including myself) love them.
PGL family programs are packed with a wide range of activities, and you don’t need to be fit or have any experience as PGL’s friendly, qualified instructors are there to guide you.
Activities range from raft building, abseiling and zip-lining, to a survival challenge, sensory trail and archery.
Family adventures range from one to seven nights, and all food, activities and accommodation are included in the price. Great value and great fun.
 
We love our PGL Family Adventures because;
1.  We enjoy meeting like-minded parents and kids and socialising together in the evenings.
2. The PGL instructors are always positive, upbeat and encouraging, whatever the weather.
3. We love the activities PGL offer; always fun, varied and sometimes challenging.
4. We love spending time together as a family, outside and away from the distractions of devices.
Would you love to experience a PGL family adventure weekend free of charge? Read on for more details.
 

 
 
A free PGL Family Adventure weekend in exchange for a review:
One family from the Our Tribe Travels community will have the opportunity to experience a fun-packed PGL family holiday in exchange for a detailed review and your valued feedback. Please note that photos and video footage (this can be shot on a mobile phone) will need to be included – we will share full details in the briefing document.
The PGL weekend needs to be taken by the end of July 2021.
The deadline for applications is Saturday, July 3rd.      

Applying is simple:

Type PGL in the comments under the FB live post in the closed Our Tribe Travels group (dated June 23rd).Search #PGLCommunityReview in the Facebook group to locate the post.
Click on the PGL icon on the right to access the website and select your preferred PGL location.
Complete the form below.

Good luck. If you have any questions, get in touch; susannah@ourtribetravels.com
 
 

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.Name *FirstLastEmail *Number of kids and ages *Preferred PGL location *Preferred July weekend (Friday 6pm to Sunday 2pm) *July 9-11July 16-18July 23-25In less than 50 words tell us why do you want to win a PGL family adventure *Terms and Conditions *I agree to the T&Cs belowMessageSubmit

Terms and Conditions:
The PGL Family Adventure must be taken before the end of July 2021.
Photos and video footage of your family enjoying the holiday will be required.
The completed review must be submitted within 10 days of you returning from your holiday.
Your review will be hosted on the Our Tribe Travels website and will be shared across Our Tribe Travels and PGL social media platforms.
Members may be asked to provide examples of their writing.
Please note – your email address will not be shared with any third parties but may be used for Our Tribe Travels’ future correspondence.

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An Interview With Debbie North | Access TOG

Debbie North is a keynote speaker, has had two books published, founded Access the Dales and runs Access TOG, part of The Outdoor Guide.

A fearless adventurer, Deb’s mission is to make the inaccessible accessible for everyone.

A wheelchair user herself, Deb loves nothing better than being on top of a mountain and has carefully documented her routes to inspire others to follow with confidence.
Deb’s walking routes are stile free and therefore accessible for wheelchair users and parents with buggies.
Browse through hundreds of walks here 
Here’s an example of one of Deb’s videos in Rutland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7rFZ_Ma6mI&list=PLkKA6BJD9_YA3YyU-67HKtRcKGFTT67S1 
 

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An Interview With Stuart McDonald | Founder of Travefish | The Ultimate Guide to SE Asia

South-East Asia is the most popular destination for this group members, so you are in for a treat.

I chat with Stuart McDonald, co-founder of the incredible website Travelfish. If you haven’t seen Travelfish before, prepare to fall in love with the ultimate guide to this area of the world. This truly is the encyclopedia of what to see, how to get there, where to stay and what to eat.
 

Travelfish is the ultimate online guide to SE Asia

Travelfish uncovers destinations missed by the popular travel guides – perfect for families in this community. But the main thing I love is their ethos. EVERY homestay, eatery, or attraction is visited in person, AND Stuart and his team NEVER accept free accommodation, discounts or gifts. Every recommendation is shared from their unannounced visits, meaning it’s a true representation of what the reader can expect to find.

Pop over to the Travelfish website to start planning

 

These are the family locations places that Stuart recommends in our chat.
 

The Kampung in Amed
https://www.thekampung.com/

L’Petite Kepa in ALor
http://www.alor-diving-kepa.com/

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