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Top 10 UK Summer Camps - Hand Picked for 3 to 18 Year Olds


UK Summer camps have become an extremely popular activity for families over the last few years, where children and young adults discover new places, learn new skills and make life-long friends, outside of their immediate circle. It's a growing experience, and creates wonderful memories of their school holidays. At Carfax Education, we have a dedicated summer course specialist, with many years of experience. We've hand picked the top 10 summer camps around the UK, that are absolutely worth a visit - from sports camps and art schools, to academic and language programmes, there is something here for everyone aged between 3-18 years. What you may not know is that over the summer, children lose up to an astonishing 3 months worth of learning, and it can take up to 2 months for them to get back on track once at school.


Bridge the summer gap with these wonderful summer camps...

1. Summer Boarding Courses

For 4 - 17 years

Award-winning residential summer courses that unlock your child’s potential. Hosted at the UKs most acclaimed schools and universities, including Eton College, University College Oxford and Headington School, the courses are supported by a wonderful team of inspirational teachers. Summer Boarding Courses is one of the leading multi-campus summer school's for children aged 4-17, and subjects include art & design, business, law, medicine, science & engineering and even a dedicated University preparation course. Website: https://summerboardingcourses.com/

2. Discovery Summer

For 8-17 years

A family owned company, Discovery Summer runs short, intensive English summer courses across the UK. Courses are available as residential camps (in five well known independent boarding schools), day camps (at teaching centres in Kensington, London), and they also have an online learning option (available 1-1 or 2-1). Their ethos combines learning with a great 'British' experience, where children can develop their english language skills. You'll learn new skills, enjoy new experiences, and discover talents you never thought you had. You'll be surprised at the range of activities, sports and entertainments available. Website: https://www.discoverysummer.co.uk/

3. Super Camps

For 4-14 years

SuperCamps has been entertaining children across Easter, Summer, Winter and Half-Term holidays for over 20 years. An Ofsted-registered provider for children aged 4- 14 years, they offer a range of Multi-Activity camps where children can uncover new-found hobbies. Meanwhile, their specialist courses are perfect for budding adventurers, athletes, bakers, builders and scientists! They work with partner companies such as The LEGO® Group and Chelsea Football Club, and operate in over 40 venues - a great day camp option for families already in the UK. Website: https://www.supercamps.co.uk/

4. Oxford Royale Academy

For 8+ years For nearly two decades, the Oxford Royal Academy provides global students a taste of life around Oxford’s dreaming spires or Cambridge’s Mathematical Bridge. Walk the same corridors, read in libraries that spawned world-changing ideas, feel the history. Backed by their faculty staff, you'll get an all-round authentic taste of university life. They offer a range of academic subjects - from architecture to coding, there are inspirational courses for all tastes and preferences. Website: https://www.oxford-royale.com/

5. Oxford Summer Courses

For 9+ years Create life-long friendships as you meet and study alongside students from across the world. With over 50 university-style subjects available for teenagers and young adults, they have a perfect summer course for everyone. Apply now for an award-winning learning experience in 2022. For children aged 9-12 years, this provider hosts Enterprise, Maths and Science Explorers - focused on interactive and task-based learning, and taught by experienced teachers. Children will develop their subject knowledge through multimedia presentations, group work, games, problem-solving and project work with a meaningful real-life focus. Website: https://oxfordsummercourses.com/

6. Oxford Scholastica Courses

For 12-18 years Transformational courses for 12 to 18 year olds, combining university-style teaching with academic challenges, Masterclasses, and cultural adventures. It's a leading camp for career experience, available at their summer school on the prestigous Oxford University campus, or online. Taught by tutors from world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge, and designed to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – whatever your subject knowledge. Website: https://www.oxfordscholastica.com/

7. Exsportise

For 9-17 years Founded in 1988, Exsportise offer an summer camp programme which includes a English language learning with a specialist academy of either sport, music or dance. They welcome students from all over the world with over 65 different nationalities, and runs as a residential camp, where all staff live on site to offer an excellent staff to student ratio.

Each student receives three hours of English Tuition as well as three hours of specialist coaching or tuition in their chosen academy, each week day. They provide an environment where students improve not only their skills and technique in their chosen specialist academy, but also grow their self-confidence and social-skills. Website: https://exsportise.co.uk/

8. Camp Beaumont

For 3-16 years

Camp beaumonth is an award-winning adventure day camp, offering 50+ activities including archery, football, and tennis. With over 40 camps across London, the camp will help your child learn new skills, makes new friends and enjoy their summer break. Their camp locations are specially selected for it's fantastic facilities and sports grounds, providing fun, safe and confidence-building experiences for 3 to 16 year olds. Each camp programme is tailor made by age group. Website: https://www.campbeaumont.co.uk/

9. OISE

For 7+ years

OISE is one of the top language schools, with a worldwide network across the UK, Europe and the United States. They provide language courses that can be adapted for all learners. The fully tailored framework allows students to choose between private 1-1 tuition courses, and collaborative group classes - available online or in-person at one of their centres. Website: https://www.oise.com/

10. SEVENOAKS SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMME

For 13-17 years

This programme is a two week academic enrichment course for ambitioius students aged 13-17 years, with a strong level of English. The academic side of the course involves four modules: Critical Thinking, Social Leadership, Creativity and Digital Skills. Each module is a 10-hour course and the variety on offer gives students a taste of what academic life is like at Sevenoaks School. The School prides itself not only on being a centre for academic excellence, but also for its rich and varied educational atmosphere. The aim is that students should become well-rounded individuals, and a key to this is participation in co-curricular activities. In addition to the academic modules, the students participate in interesting and challenging activities, during the afternoons and evenings. Website: https://www.sevenoakssummerprogramme.co.uk/ _________ If you would like to learn more about these programmes, and discover which camp is the best option for your child, get in touch with our summer course specialist today. Click here to send an enquiry.

“My Maths summer course was really useful. The course helped me gain insights into studying Maths at university level. I am now more certain about pursuing Maths as my undergraduate study. And I want to thank you for helping me plan my summer.” – Year 12 student

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