Ideas for independent holidays

Last updated at 10:40 28 November 2001

If your teenager has decided that they would far rather holiday on their own, or they want to take part in activities for which you have no interest, then an activity camp holiday in the UK may be the best answer.

They will be happiest travelling with a friend or in a group. Here are some recommended companies with qualified instructors: they are all in the medium price range.

Please mention This is Travel when you book:

* Camp Beaumont are one of the biggest organisers of children's activity camps in the UK, with purpose-built centres in Norfolk, the Isle of Wight, Staffordshire and Surrey. Activities range from climbing and archery to watersports. The Surrey camp also arranges trips to Disneyland Paris. For children aged 6-16, depending on the camp.

Camp Beaumont (tel: 020 7922 1234;

* Mill on the Brue have residential and day courses in canoeing, camping and outdoor activities in an idyllic location near to the River Brue in Somerset.

Mill on the Brue (tel: 01749 812307;

* PGL run activity holidays for youngsters aged up to 18 at 17 sites across the UK. Residential and day courses available.

PGL (tel: 01989 764211;

*3D Education and Adventure Ltd are a specialist summer camp operator, with a woodland site on the Isle of Wight and a seaside site in Dorset.

Activities include abseiling, archery, mountain-biking and trampolining. Age up to 16.

3D Education and Adventure Ltd (tel: 0800 1692606;

* Adventure and Computer Holidays Ltd offer outdoor activity, sports and computer skills tuition on residential courses in Cornwall and day camps in Surrey for children up to 15.

Adventure and Computer Holidays Ltd (tel: 01306 881299;

* Sunsail organises sailing courses from their base at Port Solent, including a Teenage Summer Cruising course for children aged 13-17.

Sunsail (tel: 023 9222 2224;

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