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Teenage post-GCSE breaks (UK) - any ideas?

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Wordsmith Thu 07-Apr-16 08:48:35

My 16 year old DS wants to go away with his mates (probably about 5 or 6 in total) after GCSEs finish - so late June, before the main school summer hols. Just camping or caravanning somewhere by the sea, nothing 'challenging' or sporty (they're not that type!) but not too remote as they don't have transport. Somewhere like Newquay in Cornwall would be ideal but I'm aware that a lot of campsites and the like don't welcome groups of teenagers. They're nice kids and not troublemakers, and wouldn't like anywhere with a reputation for trouble/drugs etc. We're based in the West Midlands so would have to be reasonably easy to get to by public transport. I don't fancy driving hundreds of miles to take them there (although would if absolutely necessary).

Any ideas?

Wordsmith Thu 07-Apr-16 14:09:48


Savagebeauty Thu 07-Apr-16 14:12:04

Ds and mates went to Blackpool. They had a ball. Stayed in a B and B, went to Manchester to do stadium and Corrie tours and played bingo in the evening.
It was cheap as chips.

specialsubject Thu 07-Apr-16 14:13:01

I'm sure they are good kids but you will struggle to find anywhere that accepts them without an adult. Sorry.

Wait4nothing Thu 07-Apr-16 14:15:33

At that age five friends and I booked a youth hostel in Edinburgh, we were able to book it ourselves (no issue with young group) and had a lockable private room so 3 bunks and an ensuite so felt safe. We took the train (easy from where I was living) and spent a few days chilling out in the sunshine around the city (plenty to do).

Might be worth looking if any cities nearby have that option - less expectation of family groups in the accommodation.

Savagebeauty Thu 07-Apr-16 14:29:18

Yes we had to act as guarantor in case there was any damage. B and B was £30 each for 3 nights. It was a bit basic smile but they didn't care

specialsubject Thu 07-Apr-16 15:38:10

Op said camp or caravan - that will be difficult. But yha will indeed work. And they can also book a Travelodge, bizarrely.

leonardthelemming Thu 07-Apr-16 15:59:28

Not so sure about the Travelodge, looking at their website, but Premier Inn accepts bookings from 16-year-olds. Youth hostel would be cheaper, I think.

Whitby seems to be a popular destination for all ages, although I'm not sure what there is for teenagers to do. Bit remote though - 3.5 hours on the Coastliner 840 from Leeds, about £13.50 single.

Wordsmith Thu 07-Apr-16 16:38:36

Thanks all. At 16 I did youth hostelling with friends but this was the 1970s and it was all dorms and chores. I don't think it's like that now but DS has that idea in his head and nothing I can say will change it!

mouldycheesefan Thu 07-Apr-16 16:42:32

Another vote for YHA

Or they could do national citizenship programme or PGL

I would avoid Newquay it is a Mecca for teen drinking etc
How about London?

I would let them choose, organise and get themselves there. Give them some responsibility and independence

Wordsmith Fri 08-Apr-16 07:48:08

Mouldycheesefan they are going to organise it themselves (if they get their act together) but I was just wondering what was feasible for groups of 16 year olds.

parissont Fri 08-Apr-16 07:54:44

Dd wants to go to boardmasters festival.

spababe Fri 08-Apr-16 08:17:20

I've not had DCs go but heard from other mums that Oceanfest in Croyde is great and one of the campsites is very friendly for teens and they are looked after in a family sort of way.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 08-Apr-16 08:22:00

youth hostels are great now! I've stayed in a few abroad recently,

Wordsmith Mon 11-Apr-16 14:55:52

Oceanfest looks WONDERFUL. Unfortunately just realised their GCSEs don't end until a week later sad...

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