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Have a Real Family Holiday with the Field Studies Council

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 04:29 on Monday 09 December 2013

In an attempt to encourage youngsters out into the fresh air, the Field Studies Council has created a range of price-sensitive, UK-based family holidays at six rural locations in the UK.

The endless fascination of rockpools. Photo: Field Studies CouncilThe endless fascination of rockpools. Photo: Field Studies Council

Spurred on by reports and studies showing young people are spending too much time indoors and not benefiting from the physical activity and enjoyment of the great outdoors, the Field Studies Council (FSC) – an environmental charity which helps people to discover nature and explore the outdoors – has developed a series of UK-based family holidays to encourage kids back into nature.

Conquer the Leap of Faith in the Scottish Highlands. Photo: Field Studies CouncilConquer the Leap of Faith in the Scottish Highlands. Photo: Field Studies CouncilFocussing on traditional outdoor activities, such as den building, tree climbing and hunting for bugs in the undergrowth, the FSC's Real Family Holidays cost £20 per person per night, which includes accommodation, all meals (including unlimited drinks and afternoon tea and cake), and one free activity for the family each day. There's an early bird price of £16.50 per person for bookings made before the end of December, and a further discount of one free night for every three booked.

FSC Chief Executive Rob Lucas says: “Everything we do at FSC links back to our aim of helping people to experience the environment at first-hand. These holidays have been designed to reach as many families as possible and offer them an affordable way of spending time outside together, discovering a beautiful part of the UK and trying out some fun, different activities that they may not otherwise have had the chance to do.”

The holidays are located at six rural idylls across the UK, stretching from the Highlands of Scotland to the Devonshire coast. Families might wind up at a Georgian mansion or a sprawling country estate, but wherever you are, you're guaranteed to be surrounded by peace and quiet, and stunning scenery.

There are daytime activities to suit everyone, from wildlife safaris and rope courses, to den building and white water rafting – there's even an art course which encourages youngsters to use the surrounding woods, fields and shoreline to inspire artistic creations.

The Orielton Centre, Pembrokeshire. Photo: Field Studies CouncilThe Orielton Centre, Pembrokeshire. Photo: Field Studies Council

To book your own Real Family Holiday or for more information: www.real-family-holidays.org.

>> For more family-friendly holidays and green places to stay with children, and for tips for travelling with children and babies, see our guide to family holidays reachable without flying: Little Greentraveller

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