A lot of big organisations like Scout and Guide troops, churches, schools, student societies and other similar groups have started undertaking big group outings and excursions to various locations around the UK in order to broaden their horizons and get out of their home towns for a bit. The big advantage of these kinds of group activities is the reduced cost and improved feasibility, particularly for societies with many members who may not drive or have equal access to public transport facilities.
One of the most common types of group outings are camping or picnic trips. Large outdoor areas are easily accessible even for very large groups, and areas like National Parks are usually free or very cheap to enter, and many such locations offer discounts for bulk bookings from large groups of visitors. In fact a lot of camping sites will offer bigger discounts the more campers there are, which is immensely valuable for joining up with other groups – such as for Scout jamboree celebrations or regional gatherings of the same group of churches from different congregations.
Catering for large parties can be easily laid on at the site, although some groups prefer to take food with them for day trips and picnics (try something like the mini mobile cold store from www.crscoldstorage.co.uk – not as small as the name suggests, this can be provided on a towable trailer which is great for day trips or camping expeditions).
Specialist educational groups can also benefit from these kinds of bulk and block booking deals, especially over the summer period. While conventional schools are off, holiday courses often run for foreign students who come across to improve their language skills at English summer schools run by institutions like Concorde International. In fact a lot of popular destinations make a great deal of money from schools, nurseries, holiday student groups and other bulk clients in the education sector, so many of them invest in dedicated activities to promote seasonal special offers using specialist education marketers like Jem Education Direct.
So whether you are a language school, a Scout pack, a church group, a student society or just a member of a local social club, make the most of the quiet summer period when you won’t have to contest with the normal bulk bookings from conventional schools that ordinarily tie up the most popular destinations. Get in touch in advance and you may even find that some places are quite happy to offer you discounts or bonus offers as they will be eager to keep their business levels up over the summer when the normal large group bookings tend to disappear until mainstream students get back to school in September!