Outdoor Adventure - Acorn Travel Group

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Outdoor Adventure - Acorn Travel Group

Outdoor

Adventure

Courses for KS2, KS3 & KS4


Welcome

to your adventure with Acorn!

Contents

4-5 Learning outside the classroom

6-7 Exemplary safety management

8-9 Your adventure starts here

10-11 The Acorn Village

FRANCE

12-13 Ardèche - Labeaume

ITALY

14-15 Aosta Valley - Villeneuve

FRANCE

16-17 Mediterranean - Narbonne

18-19 Two Centre Adventure

20-21 Normandy - Hauteville-sur-Mer

22-23 Opal Coast - Ardres

SPAIN

24-25 Costa Brava - Cala Canyelles

WALES

26-27 Brecon Beacons - Tan Troed

28-29 Brecon Beacons - Royal Oak

ENGLAND

30-31 Lake District - Derwent Water

INDIA

32-33 Acorn in India

DIVERSE EARTH

34-35 Worldwide adventures

Party Leader Guide

36-37 Helpful planning guide.

Our staff

38-39 What’s included in your trip.

How to book

40-41 Your travel choices

Working with Action for Children

42-43 Booking conditions

Derwent

Water

WALES

ENGLAND

Brecon

Beacons

SPAIN

Ardres

Hauteville-sur-Mer

Cala Canyelles

FRANCE

Labeaume

Narbonne

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Villeneuve

ITALY

Welcome to Acorn, school travel specialist for over 27 years.

We have always believed passionately that learning outside

the classroom is vital to a well-rounded education.

The experiences gained through our adventure courses

achieve all the essential learning outcomes of high

quality outdoor education.

However, the Acorn experience stretches far beyond

the academic - raising self-confidence, motivation and

self-esteem. Our Outdoor Adventure is all about true

adventure, real outdoors, fantastic activities: screams of

delight, splashes of water, mud-angels and boundless fun!

All this is achieved by our committed focus on taking children

outside their comfort zones, challenging them, teaching them

about risks and how to manage them and ensuring they all

leave with achievements beyond their wildest imagination.

You will experience first hand the positive difference our

trips make to every child in your group.

Why choose Acorn?

• A simply unforgettable camping experience

• Extensive range of adventurous activities

• Nine outdoor adventure centres in France, Italy,

Spain and UK

• Dedicated and enthusiastic staff

• Highly personal service

• Exemplary safety record, members of BAHA and STF

• Fully licensed, accredited and bonded

• The most memorable outdoor learning experience!

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4

Learning outside

the classroom

Learning for life - The importance of outdoor education has

never been recognised more. The variety of Government initiatives

such as the “Learning outside the Classroom” manifesto, Quality

Badge Scheme and “Every Child Matters” reinforce the significance

of good quality outdoor experiences in the life of every child. Acorn is

fully involved with and supports these initiatives; our adventure

camps extend learning beyond the classroom, offering enrichment

opportunities and helping young people develop new interests, new

skills and new confidence in themselves and what they can achieve.

“We believe that every young person should experience

the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of

learning and personal development, whatever their age,

ability or circumstances.” “Learning Outside The Classroom” Manifesto

Acorn and ‘Every Child Matters’

Learning outside the classroom provides a powerful route to the ‘Every Child Matters’

outcomes. Our adventure trips contribute to each of the five key outcomes of

‘Every Child Matters’ in the following way:

Be Healthy

Acorn promotes

healthy choices

Models a healthy

lifestyle

Is physically

challenging

Is emotionally engaging

Stay Safe

Children and young

people are informed

about key risks and

how to deal with them

Acorn provides a

safe environment

Acorn staff are trained

in child protection

Every Child Matters

Enjoy and

Achieve

Acorn supports

enjoyment through

learning

Contributes to personal

and academic growth

Challenges, stretches,

motivates, engages,

raises achievement

Models quality

Make a Positive

Contribution

Acorn helps children

develop socially and

emotionally

Encourages pupils

to engage in decision

making and respond

to challenge

Helps build positive

relationships

Helps to develop

self-confidence

Teaches to show

initiative

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Achieve

Economic

Well-Being

Acorn promotes

life long learning

Raises ambitions

and expectations

Helps prepare

children to co-exist

in a community

Contributes to ‘a good

quality education’

Learning Outcomes of

Outdoor Education

Acorn’s adventure programmes achieve all ten learning outcomes

of high quality outdoor education, as highlighted by the English

Outdoor Council’s High Quality Outdoor Education guide.

Enjoyment as a motivator - the enjoyment our activities bring is

the strongest motivator and helps young people adopt a positive,

‘can-do’ attitude which transfers to other areas of their lives.

Confidence and aspirations - young people gain self-confidence

and self-esteem through tackling challenges and achieving

success.

Social awareness - developing self awareness and social skills

and appreciation of the contributions and achievements of oneself

and others.

Environmental awareness - learning to appreciate the natural

environment and understanding the importance of conservation and

sustainable development.

Activity skills - acquiring a range of skills in outdoor activities,

expeditioning and exploration.

Personal qualities - displaying increased initiative, self-reliance,

responsibility, perseverance and commitment.

Key skills - developing communication, problem solving,

leadership and team working.

Health and fitness - learning to appreciate the benefits of

physical fitness and the lifelong value of participation in healthy

leisure activities.

Increased motivation and appetite for learning - contributing

to raised levels of attainment in other aspects of their education.

Broadened horizons - becoming open to a wider range

of employment opportunities and life chances.

National Curriculum links

The nature of the outdoor experience, together with professionally

instructed activity sessions, can satisfy several requirements

of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 16+:

Personal, social and health education, Citizenship,

Physical Education, Extending opportunity.

Review and reflect

At the end of your Acorn Experience, students will participate in

our Review and Reflect session. These sessions are innovative,

fun, dynamic and are facilitated by fully trained staff. They are

designed to enhance the “experiential learning” that takes

place during an Acorn visit.

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6

Exemplary

Safety Management

Safety will always be our most important responsibility

- we set our standards at the highest level and never

compromise. Our unsurpassed Safety Management

System has been developed in conjunction with RoSPA,

following Health & Safety Executive guidelines.

What can you do to ensure your next school visit is

safe and secure? This simple checklist will help you

to choose a credible supplier:

Accreditation required Acorn

Licensed by the government AALA accreditation

Safety of activities and accommodation BAHA accreditation

Safety of watersports BCU and RYA approved training centres*

Transport safety STF membership

Financial security ABTA and ATOL bond

You can book in confidence with Acorn, the UK’s leading provider of real adventure to schools.

*Acorn managed centres only. Where activities are provided by 3rd parties in Europe, local regulations apply.

Look for the BCU & RYA logos on the relevant pages.

Safety of our centres and activities

Full implementation of our Safety Management System ensures that our

centres operate to the highest standards possible and are prepared for any

foreseeable eventuality.

All relevant activities at our UK centres are accredited by the Adventurous

Activity Licensing Service (AALA). Tel: 029 2075 5715.

We are members of the British Activity Holiday Association - an

organisation whose objective is to ensure high standards of safety, instruction

and quality of activities. Member companies abide by the BAHA Code of

Practice and are committed to high standards of safety, value for money and

customer service. BAHA covers areas that AALA and STF do not.

All our activities conform to the UK National Governing Bodies codes of

practice and we hold RYA and BCU accreditations for relevant centres and

activities, as indicated in this brochure.

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Governing bodies and accreditation

AALA: The Adventure Activities Licensing

Service inspects activity centres and

other activity providers on behalf of the

Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

ABTA: The Association of British

Travel Agents is the UK's premier trade

association for tour operators and travel

agents. Our ABTA bond guarantees your

financial security.

ATOL: ATOL is a protection scheme for

flights and air holidays, managed by the

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Most firms

who sell air travel in the UK are required

by law to hold a licence called an "ATOL".

Our ATOL number is ATOL 5525.

BCU: The British Canoe Union is the

governing body for the sport and

recreation of canoeing and kayaking

in the United Kingdom

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Reliable, reputable

and safe

School Travel Forum

We are assured members of the School

Travel Forum, dedicated to promoting

best practice and safety in school travel.

All full members of the STF adhere to a

rigorous code of practice and safety management

standards that are externally verified each

year by leading Health and Safety consultants.

All our procedures are in line with the Department for

Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) guide “Health

and Safety of Pupils on Educational visits” (HASPEV)

and our Health and Safety policy covers all aspects

of safety on your trip.

BAHA: The British Activity Holiday Association is the trade

association for private sector providers of activity holidays

and courses with the objective of ensuring high standards

of safety, instruction and quality of activities.

RYA: The Royal Yachting Association is the governing

body for dinghy sailing and windsurfing in the UK.

STF: The School Travel Forum is a group of leading

school tour operators that promotes good practice

and safety in school travel.

ROSPA: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

is actively involved in the promotion of safety and the

prevention of accidents in all areas of life. Acorn is a

member of RoSPA and our Safety Management System

has been developed in conjunction with RoSPA.

IOL: The Institute for Outdoor Learning encourages

outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and

opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and

by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those

who work in the outdoors.

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SCHOOL TRAVEL

FORUM

A S S U R E D

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Your Adventure

Starts Here!

Our Activities

Safe, secure and always fun – the sheer range of our challenging and

rewarding adventure activities is enormous. Always taking place outdoors,

in natural environments, from sailing to climbing, abseiling to zip wire, everyone

can have a go; there are activities to suit everyone: everyone can achieve

something new and unique.

Dry land Activities

New

for

2010

GIANT INITIATIVE

EXERCISES

BUSHCRAFT

WATER

SKIING

ADVENTURE

& DISCOVERY

ARCHERY

CAVING

TRAPEZE

ORIENTEERING

POWER

KITES

Watersport Activities

JACOB’S

LADDER

ZIP WIRE TENNIS

ALL-ABOARD

CHALLENGE

COURSE

KAYAKING

CLIMBING

TOWER

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

LOW ROPES

ABSEILING

TOWER

GORGE

SCRAMBLE

FENCING

KATA KANU CATAMARAN SWIMMING RAFT RIVER ARDECHE SAILING

SAILING

BUILDING TREK CANOE

DESCENT

BANANA

BOAT

CANOEING WINDSURFING

BIVOUAC

WATER

GAMES

FUNBOATS

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LOW LEVEL

WALKING

DRAGON

BOATING

WHITE

WATER

RAFTING

CLIMBING

ABSEILING HIGH ROPES

HILL

WALKING

AERIAL

ADVENTURE

SNORKELLING

Our Courses

Acorn’s adventure courses for KS2, KS3 and KS4 are designed to be the best

and most appropriate outdoor adventure learning experience. Our Multi-activity

Course is offered at all our centres and, in combination with camping, is the

perfect way for your group to have a real adventure, learn more about risk

management and live through experiences never had before. The new

PADDLEPOWER award scheme is available at all our watersports centres

and is a fantastic way to introduce a love of paddle sports in young people.

Finally, our Primary to Secondary School Transition course is designed to help

make the transition as smooth as possible and prepares children for dealing with

unfamiliar situations, building positive relationships and improving their confidence.

NEW PADDLEPOWER

Award Scheme

Acorn, in partnership with Canoe England, is pleased to launch the PADDLEPOWER Award Scheme at all our specialist watersports

centres. PADDLEPOWER is an exciting, young-people orientated scheme, comprising of 5 awards to support a young paddler’s

introduction to and progress in Paddlesports. Now every participant on an Acorn trip will be encouraged to make progress in the sport,

and to be rewarded for their achievements.

A Canoe England certificate for the entry level award will be issued free to all students upon completion of the entry level course.

To gain further competencies, skills and knowledge, students can enrol on the PADDLEPOWER Passport scheme for just

£14.50 per person. During their stay at an Acorn centre students can progress to Level 2 of the PADDLEPOWER Passport.

Please contact us to book the award scheme for your group.

Multi-activity Course

Acorn offers a huge range of fun, exciting and challenging

activities to suit all ages. Our multi-activity adventure course

is packed full with unforgettable experiences, exhilarating

thrills and opportunities for everyone to achieve something.

It is also, of course, a fully structured and supervised

programme with three activity sessions per day: morning,

afternoon and evening sessions. Sample itineraries for

each centre feature in the following pages - but these

only offer you a glimpse of the real adventure on offer.

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Transition Course

Acorn’s Residential Primary to Secondary School Transition

Course is designed to give students an exciting beginning to their

secondary school career - a beginning upon which they can build

with confidence. The course allows you to offer each pupil

an enrichment opportunity and addresses questions such as

• How can we make sure that the transition

process is a positive experience for every child?

• How can we accelerate this process?

• How can we teach young students how to develop as an

effective learner in Secondary School?

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The Acorn Village

Fantastic Camping

Experience

Real outdoors, Real adventure

A true outdoor adventure can never be more fulfilling

than when camping - it significantly heightens the real

outdoor experience and is always great fun! Young people

enjoy the unique experience which is so different from the

comfort of their home and it also helps them take more

responsibility for themselves. For Party Leaders it is a

relaxed (and surprisingly easy to monitor) environment.

To make camping particularly suitable for our groups we

have created the unique concept of the Acorn Village.

Enhancing community spirit and improving security

The Acorn Village is one of the main reasons behind the success. The Village provides you with,

above all, a secure environment. Our welcoming, comfortable and self-contained villages typically

consist of around 16 tents facing in to a village ‘square’ and an exclusive marquee for meeting and

eating. The village provides for a comforting setting - easy to monitor and control as you can always see

all your tents from any point in the village. However, it is also perfectly designed to assist groups to

develop quickly strong sense of community and team spirit, as repeatedly testified by our guests.

Our comfortable tents

Our tents are fire-retardant PVC with solid flooring and sprung beds

with mattresses. Party Leaders have their own tents with few extra

comforts including inner tents for extra privacy.

Other accommodation on offer

Benefits of the

Acorn Village

Fun for students!

Real outdoor adventure

A secure environment

Strong sense

of community

Easy to monitor

environment

Unique camping

experience!

Village Manager

(ViM)

At our Royal Oak centre accommodation is provided in purpose-built

cabins sleeping ten or twelve in two or four berth rooms, some include

small lounge areas. Meals are taken in an indoor dining room. Party Leaders

are accommodated in en-suite cabins with a lounge area and hot drink

making facilities.

Your Exclusive Acorn Village

Groups of 40 or more full paying people are always guaranteed exclusive use of

their Village. This means that they have sole use and control of their accommodation.

Our villages usually take 48 guests at a time, but can be expanded to accept up to 80.

Security and Safety of your village

One of the main strengths of the Acorn Village is the level

of security and safety it provides

Secure accommodation – your Village is well marked

and isolated from everyone other than your group and our staff

High adult to children ratio – there is a ratio of

approximately one adult to every four children at our centres

Night-time assistance – a member of staff is always

on duty throughout the night

Constant staff presence – staff members live on the

centre and are trained to be vigilant at all times

Constant lighting – the marquee is lit throughout the night

and other lights are placed strategically around the centre

REMEMBER: No one other than a member of your group or a

member of our staff is allowed on your Village. This is a simple

rule that makes it very easy to monitor security on the Village

compared to hotels, hostels or other camping centres.

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Healthy eating

Our daily menus are planned to be both tasty and nutritious and

include “5 a day” guidelines. We serve a wide variety of meals

from traditional favourites to local specialities, all prepared on

centre, using healthy cooking methods and served to you in

your village marquee. These menus are designed to provide you

with all the fuel you will need for your busy activity programme.

Special dietary requirements are of course catered for – please

advise us of any special requirements at the time of booking.

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FRANCE

Ardèche

Labeaume

BUSHCRAFT

RIVER TREK

ARDECHE

DESCENT

SWIMMING

BIVOUAC RAFT BUILDING

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

KAYAKING

CLIMBING

ABSEILING

CAVING

Breathtaking 2 day

Ardèche river descent

The unforgettable and exhilarating

2 day descent of the Ardèche River

by open canoe is the highlight of

adventure at Labeaume.

Navigating the river by canoe through

white and flat water stretches is always

relished by all who attempt the challenge.

The amazing and rewarding experience

of paddling through the rapids in small

teams takes you past some of the most

spectacular countryside in France,

with 300 metre cliffs riddled with

caves towering above the beautiful,

clear and warm waters of the river

- of course, it is only on the calmer

stretches of the water that you

get the chance to marvel at such

spectacular scenery. The night

of the 2 day descent is spent camping

on the banks of the river in the heart

of the gorge for a bivouac under

the stars. The choice and strength

of activities on offer at Labeaume always

keep our groups coming back for

Sample Itinerary. 9 days, 6 nights

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KS2, KS3, KS4

more. The descent of the Ardèche

is complemented by other fantastic

water-based activities such as kayaking

and river trek; and also a great range

of land-based activities.

We are carrying out on an ongoing

investment programme at our flagship

centre. Our exclusive, private and spacious

centre already offers excellent facilities

including a swimming pool, playing fields,

football pitch, a boules court and café /

bar. It is set in the heart of the Ardèche

region, famed for the magnificent

limestone gorge and beautiful river,

but there is also plenty to explore in

the surrounding areas which have

retained a strong Roman influence.

Fri Coach pick up. Channel Crossing

Morning Afternoon Evening

Sat Travel Arrive River Brief

Sun Ardèche Descent Ardèche Descent Bivouac. Games

Mon Ardèche Descent Ardèche Descent Quiz

Tue Bushcraft Climbing Disco

Wed Rivertrek Caving Acorn Olympics

Thur Excursion Excursion Talent Show

Fri Mission Impossible Kayaking Evening Meal. Departure

Sat Arrive drop off point

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Prices from £399

Departing

between

9 days

April 23rd

May 5th

£399

May 6th

May 12th

£439

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

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May 13th

May 26th

£579

May 27th

June 2nd

£419

June 3rd

June 16th

£479

June 17th

July 14th

£559

July 15th

July 28th

£539

July 29th

Sept 19th

£429

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ITALY

Aosta Valley

Villeneuve

BUSHCRAFT

WHITE WATER

RAFTING

RAFT BUILDING

CLIMBING

CANOEING

HILL

WALKING

ARCHERY

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

FENCING

KAYAKING

GORGE

SCRAMBLE

ORIENTEERING

HIGH ROPES

ABSEILING

Incredible alpine white

water rafting

The incredible alpine white water

rafting experience is the pinnacle

of an adventure trip to Villeneuve.

Nature has a lot to offer here. The

magnificent Dora Baltea River where you

raft the pounding white water through rapid

descents, past rocks and swirling eddies,

completing an invigorating course for team

and individual achievement. Beautiful lakes

offering the contrast of calm water to refine

your paddling skills in canoes. Tall trees

bordering the centre where our tough high

ropes course is housed.

All this, combined with a fantastic range

of other activities, adds up to a truly

adventurous experience for our groups.

Sample Itinerary. 9 days, 6 nights

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The exhilarating white water rafting

experience is led by expert local instructors,

familiar with every twist and turn of the river.

Our centre is near the town of Villeneuve

which lies on the banks of the Dora

Baltea River, seven miles from the beautiful

medieval city of Aosta. Our Alpine 'Villages'

with tented accommodation in the shadow

of Mont Blanc are surrounded by the

splendour of the Gran Paradiso National

Park. A short stroll along the river is a sports

complex and the town of Villeneuve,

with its vibrant cafés and shops.

Fri Coach pick up. Channel Crossing

Morning Afternoon Evening

Sat Travel Arrive Quiz

Sun Raft Building Canoe / Kayak Bowling

Mon White Water Rafting White Water Rafting Town Trail

Tue Excursion Excursion Team Games

Wed High Ropes Fencing Acorn Olympics

Thur Abseiling Hill Walk Talent Show

Fri Orienteering Mission Impossible Evening Meal. Departure

Sat Arrive drop off point

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

KS3, KS4

Prices from £399

Departing

between

9 days

April 23rd

May 5th

£399

May 6th

May 12th

£439

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

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May 13th

May 26th

£579

May 27th

June 2nd

£419

June 3rd

June 16th

£479

June 17th

July 14th

£559

July 15th

July 28th

£539

July 29th

Sept 19th

£429

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FRANCE

Mediterranean

Narbonne

BUSHCRAFT

BANANA BOAT

KAYAKING

DRAGON

BOATING

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

WATER

GAMES

RAFT BUILDING

ORIENTEERING

SWIMMING

LOW LEVEL

WALKING

CLIMBING

CATAMARAN

SAILING

WINDSURFING

DINGHY

SAILING

Superb adventure

on the water!

Narbonne Plage is home to our

superb French Mediterranean

watersports centre.

Set next to the Mediterranean Sea,

beside an impressive lagoon, we deliver

the most exciting water-based adventure

programme in a fantastic yet safe

environment. The protected lagoon

and the open sea are both used to great

effect to provide an excellent range of

watersports for all skill levels. Catamaran

sailing is always a firm favourite, but a

great balance of other activities allows

for a tremendously varied programme.

Sample Itinerary. 9 days, 6 nights

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The abundance of sunshine, adventure,

challenge and fun, in a typically French

Mediterranean location, always makes

for an unforgettable experience.

Narbonne Plage, with its wonderful sandy

beaches stretching for miles, is a great

place to be. It’s also an ideal base for

exploring many places of historical interest

and cultural appeal. The medieval cities

of Carcassonne and Narbonne both

offer a fascinating day out for groups

who look to add a touch of tourism and

culture to their visit. Visits to Aqualand

Waterpark, Espace de Libertè and

the African Nature Reserve are always

highly recommended.

Fri Coach pick up. Channel Crossing

Morning Afternoon Evening

Sat Travel Arrive Town Trail

Sun Kayaking Windsurfing Quiz

Mon Dinghy Sailing Raft Building Acorn Olympics

Tue Dinghy Sailing Catamaran Sailing Disco

Wed Excursion Excursion Beach Games

Thur Dragon Boating Windsurfing Talent Show

Fri Climbing Banana Boating Evening Meal. Departure

Sat Arrive drop off point

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

KS3, KS4

Prices from £399

Departing

between

9 days

April 23rd

May 5th

£399

May 6th

May 12th

£439

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

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May 13th

May 26th

£579

May 27th

June 2nd

£419

June 3rd

June 16th

£479

June 17th

July 14th

£559

July 15th

July 28th

£539

July 29th

Sept 19th

£429

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FRENCH MED / ARDECHE

High Adrenaline Watersports

Two-Centre Adventure

The two centre adventure is an

unmissable opportunity and the height

of true adventure. We offer you an

irresistible combination of Narbonne,

on the French Mediterranean and

Labeaume in the Ardèche.

This adventure is specially geared for

those wishing to pack full their trip with

the maximum burst of contrasting activities

and experiences.

The special combination of Ardèche /

French Mediterranean gives you the

opportunity to visit two very different and

Double the experience!

Twice the adventure!

very beautiful regions of France where

the adventure on offer could not be more

different. The outstanding combination

of thrills from the 2 day descent of the

Ardèche river in open canoes, with sailing

and windsurfing in the wide open spaces

of the French Mediterranean, is perfect

to satisfy all groups with the most vigorous

appetite for adventure.

Add to this a double selection of places of

historic and cultural interest and fun-filled

waterparks and leisure resorts, and this

trip is guaranteed to thrill everyone.

Sample Itinerary. 9 days, 6 nights

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The two centre programme is 3 nights

at each of the centres with a day allocated

for excursions and the transfer from one

centre to another.

You could also choose the Ardèche /

Villeneuve combination; a high adrenaline

watersports option for a two-centre

adventure. Please ask us for further details.

Fri Coach pick up. Channel Crossing

Morning Afternoon Evening

Sat Travel Arrive Town Trial

Sun Dinghy Sailing Banana Boat / Water Games Quiz

Mon Catamaran Sailing Dragon Boating Acorn Olympics

Tue Transfer/Excursion Transfer/Excursion Disco

Wed Climbing Kayaking River Brief

Thur Ardèche Descent Ardèche Descent Talent Show

Fri Ardèche Descent Ardèche Descent Departure

Sat Arrive drop off point

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

KS3, KS4

BUSHCRAFT

Departing

between

9 days

DRAGON

BOATING

Prices from £419

April 23rd

May 5th

£419

mi

ABSEILING MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

BIVOUAC

May 6th

May 12th

£459

May 13th

May 26th

£599

WHITE WATER

RAFTING

May 27th

June 2nd

£439

June 3rd

June 16th

£499

CLIMBING

GORGE

SCRAMBLE

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

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June 17th

July 14th

£579

RAFT BUILDING CATAMARAN WINDSURFING DINGHY

SAILING

SAILING

ORIENTEERING

July 15th

July 28th

£559

KAYAKING

July 29th

Sept 19th

£449

CANOEING

ARDECHE

DESCENT

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FRANCE

Normandy

Hauteville-sur-Mer

ADVENTURE

& DISCOVERY

ORIENTEERING

LOW ROPES

FENCING

BUSHCRAFT

ARCHERY MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

KAYAKING

POWER KITES

ABSEILING RAFT BUILDING

HIGH ROPES GIANT INITIATIVE

EXERCISES

AERIAL

ADVENTURE

mi

CLIMBING

TRAPEZE

www.acornadventure.co.uk

KS2, KS3

Prices from £169

Departing

between

Fri - Mon

Mon - Fri

Fri - Fri

Extra day

April 23rd

May 2nd

£169

£279

£329

£39

May 3rd

May 9th

£179

£309

£359

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May 10th

May 21st

£199

£349

£409

The best possible introduction

to multi-activities!

Our longest established centre at

the seaside town of Hauteville-sur-Mer

offers a well balanced programme

and wide range of activities.

The programme here is ideally suited as an

introduction to the delights of a multi-activity

adventure. A short distance away is a river

where our water based activities are held,

providing plenty of excitement and challenge.

An array of dry-land activities takes place

on the centre including our brand new

Sample Itinerary, Sunday-Saturday

May 22nd

May 30th

£179

£299

£349

June 1st

June 14th

£199

£349

£409

June 15th

July 18th

£199

£369

£419

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

July 19th

July 29th

£199

£339

£389

addition, the breathtaking Aerial Adventure.

There is a lot to do for all levels of ability,

which is whymany of our groups come back

here year after year. The lovely long sandy

beach is only a five minute walk away.

This is a well developed centre with good

facilities, a secure environment, and an

atmosphere charged with fun! There is

an adjacent football pitch and a French

cinema nearby. Our centre has been here

for many years and we have a very special

relationship with the locals who always

warmly welcome our groups, making

the town and beach front ideal for an

enjoyable visit.

The picturesque town of Hauteville-surmer

is situated between Coutances and

Granville on the west coast of Normandy.

The region is remarkably untouched by

foreign tourism so gives an authentic view

of French life and has a peaceful feel.

Normandy is the ideal location for an

Adventure and Discovery programme,

giving you an opportunity to explore an

area of France with historical significance,

including world war memorials and an

impressive selection of visits to local

towns, farms and artisans.

Morning Afternoon Evening

Sun Coach Pick Up / Channel Crossing Arrive Team Games

Mon Kayaking Raft Building Beach Fun

Tue Archery Bushcraft Quiz

Wed Excursion Excursion Town Trail

Thur Climbing/Abseiling Orienteering Acorn Olympics

Fri Mission Impossible / Low Ropes Fencing Talent Show

Sat Breakfast / Departure Packed Lunch Arrive drop off point

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

July 30th

Aug 27th

£179

£279

£329

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FRANCE

Opal Coast

Ardres

ADVENTURE

& DISCOVERY

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

CANOEING

FUNBOATS

HIGH ROPES

BUSHCRAFT

FENCING RAFT BUILDING

KAYAKING

ARCHERY

TRAPEZE

DRAGON

BOATING

French adventure and

discovery on your doorstep

Ardres is another of our premier

watersports centres and is located in a

delightful area of France, within easy

reach of the UK - only 43 miles away!

Our exclusive centre has a superb lakeside

setting just outside the town. The large

tranquil lake enables us to provide a

tremendously flexible watersports

programme, ideal for younger groups

and first-timers. The exciting activities

on offer range from kayaking and dragon

boating to canoeing and mini cats.

The charming town of Ardres is an unspoilt

old market town with many buildings of

historical interest. The centre is only 25

minutes away from the port at Calais and

is particularly popular for weekend visits

during which our groups manage not only

to try out key activities but also squeeze in

an educational element of sightseeing with

Sample Itinerary, Monday – Friday

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our adventure and discovery programme.

Within reach of the centre are plenty of

excursions including World War I

battlefields, Bruges in Belgium, and even

Disneyland and Paris which are only about

4 hours away - making them popular for a

full day out.

Morning Afternoon Evening

Mon Coach pick up / Channel Crossing Arrive. Bushcraft Acorn Olympics

Tue Raft Building Dragon Boating Town Trail

Wed Mission Impossible Sailing Quiz

Thu Kayaking High Ropes Talent Show

Fri Breakfast / Departure Packed Lunch Arrive drop-off point

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Prices from £129

Departing

between

Fri - Sun

Fri - Mon

Mon - Fri

Fri - Fri

Extra day

April 23rd

May 2nd

£129

£169

£279

£329

£39

May 3rd

May 9th

£139

£179

£309

£359

May 10th

May 21st

£159

£199

£349

£409

May 22nd

May 30th

£139

£179

£299

£349

June 1st

June 14th

£159

£199

£349

£409

June 15th

July 18th

£159

£199

£369

£419

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

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July 19th

July 29th

£159

£199

£339

£389

July 30th

Aug 27th

£139

£179

£279

£329

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SPAIN

Costa Brava

Cala Canyelles

DIVE TASTER

KAYAKING

TENNIS /

TENNIS GAMES

SWIMMING

SNORKELLING

WATER SKIING BANANA

BOAT

DINGHY

SAILING

CLIMBING

BEACH

GAMES

Minimum group size 25. Dinghy sailing is

only available in Jul/Aug.

This centre is locally owned and managed

and conforms to Spanish regulations and

is accredited by BAHA.

www.acornadventure.co.uk

KS3, KS4

Prices from £499

Departing

between

Tents

Dorms

En-suite Dorms

April 23rd

May 5th

£499

£539

£579

May 6th

May 12th

£499

£539

£579

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

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Fantastic purpose-built

watersports centre

The privately owned Cala Canyelles

complex is perfect for groups looking

for excellent facilities in a truly

international atmosphere. This is a

completely self contained centre, very well

suited to groups wanting to combine the

delights of a beach holiday with a terrific

range of watersports and dry land activities

taught by expert locally trained instructors.

This purpose-built adventure and activity

centre is one of the top centres on the

Costa Brava, located just 300m from the

major watersports base on the stunning

cove of Cala Canyelles. The friendly, fully

Sample Itinerary, 9 days, 6 nights

May 13th

May 26th

£619

£659

£699

May 27th

June 2nd

£549

£579

£599

June 3rd

June 16th

£549

£579

£599

June 17th

July 14th

£599

£659

£699

qualified local instructors lead the excellent

range of activities.

The site is truly designed with young

people in mind and there are floodlit

tennis courts, a 25m swimming pool,

an astro-turf football pitch, a climbing

wall, a gymnasium and superb facilities

for evening activities. There is a good

range of accommodation available -

a choice of modern 6-8 bed dormitories,

en-suite rooms, or large tents for those

who prefer the camping experience and

outdoor living.

Day 1 Coach pick up. Channel Crossing

Morning Afternoon Evening

Day 2 Travel Arrive Swimming Test

Day 3 Skibus / Kayaking Climbing / Tennis Evening Activity

Day 4 Boat Trip / 1st Dive Taster Aerobics / Swimming Evening Activity

Day 5 Excursion Excursion Evening Activity

Day 6 Astroturf / 2nd Dive Taster Snorkelling / Beach Games Evening Activity

Day 7 Water Skiing / Climbing Tennis / Swimming Evening Activity

Day 8 Kayaking / Skibus

Day 9 Arrive drop-off point

Depart after Lunch Travel

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

July 15th

July 28th

£599

£659

£699

July 29th

Sept 19th

£529

£579

£599

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WALES

Brecon Beacons National Park

Tan Troed

BUSHCRAFT

CHALLENGE

COURSE

HILL WALKING

TRAPEZE

KAYAKING

ABSEILING

JACOBS

LADDER

CLIMBING

TOWER

ARCHERY DRAGON

BOATING

ORIENTEERING

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

CANOEING

FUNBOATS

ZIP WIRE

HIGH ROPES

FENCING

RAFT BUILDING

Our UK flagship centre

Tan Troed, our fantastic exclusive

centre in Brecon Beacons, offers

an incredible variety of adventure in a

lovely setting with far reaching views.

Tan Troed is a 17-acre campsite, set only

one mile away from Llangorse Lake, the

largest lake in South Wales. The lake is

a perfect location for watersports such as

sailing and kayaking, to complement the

wide range of dry land activities available

on-site.

The centre offers some incredible

on-site facilities for land based activities

including: three high ropes course

elements, two climbing and abseil towers,

two sheltered archery ranges, and a

challenge course. We are continually

investing and improving our activities and

facilities at Tan Troed. Tan Troed boasts

Sample Itinerary, Monday-Friday

a tuck shop, toilet blocks (with disabled

access and a separate block for adults),

drying facilities, a teachers’ lounge, and a

first aid room. There is also an indoor area

ideal for discos, talent evenings and other

evening activities.

Our exclusive centre is located just

west of Abergavenny, near Llangorse

Lake. The surrounding area has a

justifiably great reputation. The Brecon

Beacons National Park is in a part of

Wales that is renowned for its outstanding

natural beauty and historical resonance.

The beautiful hills of the Brecon Beacons

provide a huge variety of walks, many

come with great reward as the views

from the ridges are truly spectacular.

Morning Afternoon Evening

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KS2, KS3, KS4

Mon Arrive. Bushcraft Team Games

Tue Raft Building Canoeing Acorn Olympics

Wed Sailing Hill Walking Quiz

Thu Climbing / Abseiling Challenge Course / Zip Wire Talent Show

Fri Breakfast / Departure

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Prices from £69

Departing

between

Fri - Sun

Fri - Mon

Mon - Fri

Fri - Fri

Exra day

April 23rd

May 2nd

£69

£79

£179

£229

£39

May 3rd

May 9th

£79

£89

£209

£259

May 10th

May 21st

£99

£109

£249

£309

May 22nd

May 30th

£79

£89

£199

£249

June 1st

June 14th

£99

£109

£249

£309

June 15th

July 18th

£99

£109

£269

£319

July 19th

July 29th

£99

£109

£239

£289

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

0121 504 2070

July 30th

Aug 27th

£79

£89

£179

£229

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WALES

Brecon Beacons National Park

Royal Oak

BUSHCRAFT

ABSEILING

CHALLENGE

COURSE

HILL WALKING

CANOEING

JACOBS

LADDER

HIGH ROPES

TRAPEZE RAFT BUILDING

CLIMBING

TOWER

ORIENTEERING DRAGON

BOATING

FENCING ARCHERY

KAYAKING

FUNBOATS

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

ZIP WIRE

www.acornadventure.co.uk

KS2, KS3, KS4

Fantastic

watersports

centre

The Royal Oak Watersports Centre is

our exclusive centre situated on the

shore of Llangorse lake, providing our

groups with direct access to the water.

The centre has magnificent views across

the lake towards the peaks of the

Brecon Beacons.

The lake is a perfect location for our

superb watersports programme which

includes activities such as sailing, kayaking,

dragon boating and raft building - so

many opportunities to get wet! These are

complemented by one of the widest ranges

of dry land activities we have on offer, which

take place at our Tan Troed centre, only one

mile away.

Royal Oak is our first centre offering hard

accommodation, which is provided in

purpose-built cabins. Children stay in

Sample Itinerary, Monday-Friday

Prices from £79

Departing

between

Fri - Sun

Fri - Mon

Mon - Fri

Fri - Fri

Exrta day

April 1st

May 2nd

£79

£89

£199

£249

£39

May 3rd

May 9th

£89

£99

£229

£279

May 10th

May 21st

£109

£119

£269

£329

May 22nd

May 30th

£89

£99

£219

£269

cabins sleeping ten or twelve in two or

four berth rooms; each cabin has a small

lounge area with the toilet and shower

block situated close by. Teachers’ cabins

have bathroom facilities within them.

Other facilities at Royal Oak include a

canteen, shop, drying room, playing field,

teacher’s lounge, meeting / entertainment

room ideal for evening activities and

outdoor basketball court.

Our exclusive centre is located just west

of Abergavenny. The surrounding area

has a justifiably great reputation. The

Brecon Beacons National Park is a

part of Wales that is renowned for its

outstanding natural beauty and historical

resonance. The beautiful hills of the Brecon

Beacons provide a huge variety of walks,

many come with great reward as the views

from the ridges are truly spectacular.

Morning Afternoon Evening

Mon Arrive. Canoeing Team Games

Tue Sailing Raft Building Acorn Olympics

Wed Challenge Course / Zip Wire Climbing / Abseiling Quiz

Thu Hill Walking Archery / Fencing Talen Show

Fri Breakfast / Departure

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

June 1st

June 14th

£109

£119

£269

£329

June 15th

July 18th

£109

£119

£289

£339

July 19th

July 29th

£109

£119

£259

£309

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38.

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

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Perfect Transition Course Centre

July 30th

Oct 30th

£89

£99

£199

£249

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ENGLAND

Lake District

Derwent Water

BUSHCRAFT

CANOEING

KATA KANU

KAYAKING

ARCHERY

CLIMBING FENCING

HILL WALKING

GORGE

SCRAMBLE

mi

MISSION

IMPOSSIBLE

ABSEILING

ORIENTEERING

Superb multi-activity centre

Our adventure centre on Derwent Water

is an excellent multiactivity centre.

The setting could not be more perfect -

the biggest of England’s National Parks,

the Lake District, is an ideal place to take

advantage of all natural resources on

offer. Our adventure programme includes

a good selection of watersports on the

lake which is perfect for kayaking and

canoeing and an impressive array

of dry land activities - with the famous

Skiddaw Mountain nearby there is never

a shortage of things to do. You take part

in a varied programme of activities, with

groups often spending whole days on the

water or in the mountains. An impressive

array of dry land activities takes place

within the centre including fencing,

mission impossible, abseiling and archery.

Our centre is in a secluded location set

amidst some of the Lake District's most

spectacular scenery, and is only two miles

from Keswick with its traditional street

market, innumerable teashops, cafés

and restaurants.

Sample Itinerary, Monday-Friday

www.acornadventure.co.uk

KS2, KS3, KS4

Morning Afternoon Evening

Mon Arrive. Orienteering Team Games

Tue Gorge Scramble Climbing / Abseiling Town Trial

Wed Canoeing Mission Impossible / Archery Quiz

Thu Fencing Sailing Talent Show

Fri Breakfast / Departure

This is a sample programme only. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Prices from £69

Departing

between

Fri - Sun

Fri - Mon

Mon - Fri

Fri - Fri

Extra day

April 23rd

May 2nd

£69

£79

£179

£229

£39

May 3rd

May 9th

£79

£89

£209

£259

May 10th

May 21st

£99

£109

£249

£309

May 22nd

May 30th

£79

£89

£199

£249

June 1st

June 14th

£99

£109

£249

£309

June 15th

July 18th

£99

£109

£269

£319

July 19th

July 29th

£99

£109

£239

£289

Prices based on 40 or more paying, see page 38

Add a PADDLEPOWER course for only £14.50 per participant when booked in advance

0121 504 2070

July 30th

Aug 27th

£79

£89

£179

£229

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INDIA

Let the Real Adventure begin

Acorn in India

India is the perfect destination for students. Its culture and people have

so much to teach us all but especially young people. India is a leading global player and

its culture and economy are becoming increasingly influential. The variety, colour and

vibrancy of life in India, and the warmth and example of its people are sure to have

a profound and positive effect on young people as they extend their horizons,

geographically, physically and emotionally. Each day brings new excitement and wonder;

India is so multi-dimentional and vibrant. Marvel at the magnificent temples, the

Himalayan mountains towering above, the eagles floating below and the Holy Ganges

at your feet. Let your senses and your emotions be stimulated by the fragrant spices,

the colourful saris, the festivals, fairs and bazaars and reflect. This is Acorn in India.

Strength in Depth

Taking pupils to India is a responsibility that needs to be considered carefully. Acorn has created programmes which have key

strengths: Acorn office and 24/7 staff in Delhi; free Party Leader inspection visits; audited accommodation; programmes tailored

for each group, Party Leaders will have Indian mobile phones; excellent local contacts; rigorous and site specific risk management.

Himalayan Adventure from £1250pp

Day 1 Fly to Delhi

Day 2 Training & Sightseeing New Delhi

Day 3 Night shelter & bazaar Old Delhi

Day 4 Travel to the hills & trek Mountain village

Day 5 First aid training & trek Mountain village

Day 6 Survival training & trek Mountain village

Day 7 Visit school & visit farm Mountain village

Day 8 Travel to Haridwar Ganges camp

Day 9 Rafting & Aarti Ganges camp

Day10 Relax and more watersports Ganges camp

Day 11 Rishikesh & travel Delhi

Day 12 Temples, Gandhi’s home Delhi

Day 13 Taj Mahal Agra

Day 14 Sightseeing & shopping Delhi

Day 15 Fly home

“I cannot thank you enough for the outstanding package you put

together for our trip to India. It was amazing and I have already

recommended Acorn to many colleagues... My group absolutely

loved this trip and many said it was a life changing experience

for them. I have led numerous trips before ... and I truly rate

Acorn as a fantastic provider in terms of value for money,

support and safety.” Maria Longman St Nicholas School

The Golden Triangle from £950pp

Day 1 Fly to Delhi

Day 2 Training & Sightseeing Delhi

Day 3 Explore Lutyens New Delhi

Day 4 Camel ride in Rajishtani Village Jaipur

Day 5 Elephant ride to Amber Palace Jaipur

Day 6 Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Agra

Day 7 Taj Mahal Delhi

Day 8 Explore Chandni Chowk & Old Delhi

Day 9 Fly Home

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“I have taken many trips, it seems like hundred in my 36 years as a teacher. This one appeared

to have a deeper and more profound effect on the youngsters than any other I have taken.

The staffing and leadership provided in India were tremendous... The attention to detail when it

came to safety was most evident...” Steve Gardner, Olchfa School

The Ganges Adventure from £950pp

Day 1 Fly to Delhi

Day 2 Training & Sightseeing New Delhi

Day 3 Night shelter & bazaar Old Delhi

Day 4 Travel to Haridwar Ganges camp

Day 5 Rafting & Aarti Ganges camp

Day 6 Relax and more watersports Ganges camp

Day 7 Rishikesh & travel Delhi

Day 8 Temples, Gandhi’s home Delhi

Day 9 Taj Mahal Agra

Day 10 Fly home

These and other itineraries are presented in greater detail in our full India brochure.

Please contact us on 0121 504 2047 if you would like to receive the India brochure,

discuss your requirements or arrange a meeting or a presentation.

Mountain Jungle Adventure from £950pp

Day 1 Fly to Delhi

Day 2 Training & Sightseeing New Delhi

Day 3 Night shelter & bazaar Old Delhi

Day 4 Travel to the hills & trek Mountain village

Day 5 First aid training & trek Mountain village

Day 6 Survival training & trek Mountain village

Day 7 Visit school & visit farm Mountain village

Day 8 Return to Delhi Delhi

Day 9 Taj Mahal Agra

Day 10 Fly home

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Educational adventure

worldwide

An educational trip to far flung destinations is an unforgettable experience

for students; in them a passion for exploration and discovery, and a thirst for

knowledge. At Diverse Earth we know that travel in foreign countries is an

education in itself; however, we always further enrich our trips with fantastic

learning opportunities, from biology to geography, history and ecology.

Where possible we combine travel with vital volunteer work to give students

the chance to gain experience in either community or conservation work.

Volunteering at an orphanage, rural school or national park is a life enhancing

experience that always brings home to the students the reality of life for others

less fortunate than ourselves, and how a little goes a long, long way. Students

gain skills such as teaching English as a Foreign Language, GIS mapping

or habitat surveying and will go home having contributed to something

exceptionally worthwhile.

Your school group will be fully taken care of by our experienced and professional

tour leaders as well as our most talented and entertaining local guides.

1 FREE place per 10 full-paying group members.

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0800 074 7007

Japan Express (history/culture)

This 10 day Japan programme is a fantastic whistle-stop tour of the highlights and history of

Tokyo and Kyoto.

Highlights include: - Ancient and modern sites of Tokyo - Full day school visit - Ride on the famous

bullet train - Imperial Kyoto - Tea ceremony in Nara

10 days from £1675 to £2393 per person including flights

Conservation in Sri Lanka (conservation biology)

We are proud to work in partnership with the award-winning Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

(SLWCS) to create this superb tour, specifically designed for schools and students with a passion for

conservation biology.

Highlights include: - Guided jungle treks - Game drives in Udawalawe - Village school visit - Tea picking

in the hill country - 4 days of hands - on conservation work

14 days from £1400 to £1850 per person including flights

Active Nepal (culture/conservation/activities)

This exciting tour sends students through a great cross-section of Nepal from the snow capped

Himalayas, to the bustling cities and the tranquil lowland forests.

Highlights include: - City tour of Kathmandu - Guided trek in the Himalayan foothills - River rafting on

the Seti River - Elephant safari in the jungles of Chitwan - Ox cart ride through the rural Tharu villages

12 days from £1350 to £1700 per person including flights

Nile Adventure (history)

6000 years of history are still evident today along the shores of the mighty Nile, students are always

astounded when exploring antiquity on this fabulous adventure through time.

Highlights include: The Pyramids of Giza - The Treasures of Tutankhamen - Donkey Trekking into Valley

of the Kings - Camel riding in the Nubian Desert - Sailing by Felucca on the Nile - Visiting the wonderful

Sunshine Orphanage in Luxor

10 days from £1060 to £1210 per person including flights

Andes to Amazon (ecology)

This incredible journey takes in the best of Peru. Starting in the Andean valleys, the tour travels through

the cloud forest to the Amazon Rainforest - the most perfect place in the world for a lesson in ecology!

Highlights include: - Discovering the lost city of Machu Picchu - Exploring the Sacred Valley of the

Incas - Train ride along the Urubamba - Journeying through the mystical cloud forest - Wildlife spotting

in the steamy Amazon lowlands.

11 days from £2630 to £2995 per person including flights

Bush Skills Safari - South Africa (field biology)

Where better to learn bush skills and field biology than out in the African bush! Our team trains students

at the amazing eco-camp in the heart of the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve.

Highlights include: Learning how to track animals - Game drive in Pilanesburg Game Reserve - Visiting

the Cheetah Sanctuary - Helping with vegetation surveys - Touring the Predator Park.

12 days from £1535 to £1885 per person including flights

A Taste of China (culture/history)

China is perhaps the best place in the world to take students if you want to immerse them in a culture

so different, rich and unexpected! Our friendly local guides bring ancient and modern China to life.

Highlights include: Climbing the Great Wall - Seeing the Terracotta Warriors - Cycling through the

Guilin limestone scenery - The Shanghai Acrobatic performance - Learning Chinese cookery

12 days from £1630 to £2030 per person including flights

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Party Leader guide

Helping you

every step of the way

When you book with Acorn you are choosing a reliable specialist operator with 27 years

of impeccable record and experience. Our expert assistance is essential in making sure

your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

No one can seriously doubt the value of adventure trips and outdoor education to the

personal development and education of young people, but they require a major amount

of planning and attention to detail by those in charge; responsibility for health and safety

and a familiarity with the laws and regulations that govern such activities.

That’s why Acorn, a fully accredited, bonded and licensed tour operator, with 27 years

experience of running active school trips, is with you every step of the way, providing

support, information and making all arrangements on your behalf to ensure your group has

the time of their lives.

In this brochure we provide you with detailed information to help you to organise

your trip, including safety, prices, booking conditions, travel,

booking and accreditation information.

Upon booking we will also provide you with

a detailed party leader pack to help you

with your parents’ evenings, to reassure

and enthuse parents about their children.

We pride ourselves on the level of personal

service we offer. We constantly collect and

review your feedback to ensure that our

service standards never fail.

Party leader inspection visits

We encourage first time party leaders and teachers

who are not familiar with Acorn experience to come

on an inspection visit at our centres. This will provide

you with an opportunity to visit your chosen centre

to see the facilities at first hand and also to ask any

questions you may have. You will be accompanied

by a senor member of Acorn staff. You will find our

staff knowledgeable and eager to help.

Please speak to your tour organiser who will be

happy to explain the details and arrange this for you.

Your stay at the centre is provided free of charge

and is available for up to 2 adults.

Our staffing policy

The success of any company depends on the enthusiasm,

skills and knowledge of its people so we always take special care

in recruiting and training our staff. Everyone who joins

our team has a real understanding of young people and what

makes them tick – they have a flair for bringing out the best

and are always prepared to go the extra mile to make a real

difference. And of course all our instructors are experienced

and trained to the standards required.

We are justifiably proud of the total commitment our

staff show every year to the enjoyment and security of

all our guests.

Recruitment and training

• All Acorn staff are employed and trained by us.

• Proof of all qualifications is obtained.

• At least two references are sought.

• All staff are subject to a police check for their suitability

to work with children.

• In addition to all previous professional training, we put our

staff through an intensive induction training programme

before they begin work. As a result the level of service

you receive is of a consistently high standard.

• Every member of staff is trained in our Safety Management

System and Emergency Procedures.

Head office staff

From the very first phone call you will deal with your own dedicated,

professional and experienced tour organiser who will always be on

hand to offer any assistance you require. Your personal tour

organiser will guide you through every stage of the process,

from the initial enquiry until you return home.

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Centre staff

Centre Managers

At all our centres you will find an experienced and professional

Centre Manager, in charge of centre operations and with overall

responsibility for the success of your trip and the performance

of our staff.

Activity Managers

The Activity Manager takes responsibility for the day to day running

of the activities including the ongoing training and assessment of

our activity instructors. They will be in charge of your action-packed

activities programme.

Activity Instructors

Our activity instructors possess exceptional enthusiasm for working

in the outdoors and with children. All our activity instructors are

thoroughly trained. They will make sure each activity session is

as safe and exciting as possible.

The VIM (Village Manager) – unique to Acorn

Your VIM (Village Manager) will be your main contact throughout

your stay, providing liaison between you and the centre

management, instructors and catering team. They will be on duty

to help you to supervise your groups between activity sessions and

at mealtimes. They will provide you with invaluable and energetic

support - particularly during evening entertainment activities.

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What’s included

All destinations

All mainland

European

destinations

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Groups of 40 or more

Exclusive use of Acorn Village

Full activity programme

Evening Activities

Instruction, supervision and equipment

Full-board accommodation

Comprehensive insurance cover

Free places for supervising adults (ratio 1:8)

Party Leader’s information pack

Party Leader’s information CD

All of the above plus: Free door to door transport

Exclusive use of coach

Free transport for excursions

All road tolls and taxes

* Door to door pick up service is only provided for UK mainland locations.

Benefits and offers for groups of 40 or more

We offer an exceptional combination of quality, first class service and value for money. Our competitive prices are all inclusive.

In addition we offer various benefits to our groups:

Early Booking bonus

Pay first deposits on or before the dates shown and receive

an early booking discount:

31 May 2009 £300 off

30 June 2009 £200 off

30 September 2009 £100 off

Free Insurance

Acorn prices include extensive insurance cover organised trough travel insurance specialists Fogg Travel Insurance Services Ltd.

The policy is underwritten by URV (Union Reiseversicherung AG). Full details of the policy will be sent to you with your booking

confirmation, the following is a summary of main elements of policy cover:

Organiser’s liability: up to £10,000,000

Cancellation charges up to £1,000

Emergency medical expenses: up to £1,000 per person in the UK and up to £5,000,000 per person outside UK

Personal possessions: up to £1,000 per child

Personal money:

emergency funds up to £500

up to £250 per child, party leader student money up to £1,000 and party leader

Curtailment: up to £1,000

Personal liability: up to £2,000,000

How to book

Booking an Acorn trip couldn’t be simpler.

Just follow our 3 step booking process:

Step 1

Make a

provisional

booking

Call us on

0121 504 2070

to make a no obligation

provisional booking.

Let us know your preferred

destination and dates.

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Step 2

Free supervisory places

We offer free places for supervising adults on a 1:8 ratio

(minimum group size 40 paying). Plus, if you have 42 full paying

members we offer you 6 free places - 1:7 free place ratio.

Concessionary places

For groups of 40 full paying people the partner and up to two

children of the Party Leader travel absolutely free!

Groups of fewer than 40

To keep the cost to you and the environment down, we do all we can to ensure as few empty seats on a coach as possible.

Therefore our brochure prices are based on a minimum of 40 paying members. Smaller groups however are very welcome and have a

shared use of Acorn Village and shared use of coach or will need to pay a small coach supplement from £14-£19 per person (depending of

group size). Please call us for details.

Promote your trip

You will have 3 weeks to confirm

your booking. To help you to

advertise your trip, we will send

you a Party Leader’s pack

containing your Booking Form

with all booking details and a

range of promotional material

(sample letter, poster,

parent/student information etc.)

to help promote your trip.

Step 3

Confirm your booking

Return your completed booking form with

first deposits of £25 per paying person for

coach trips of £100 for air trips within 3

weeks to secure your booking.

Acorn will take care of the rest!

A second deposit of 30% of the total

price is due 8 weeks later.

Final balance is then payable 10 weeks

prior to departure.

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Your travel choices

We have been organising school travel for over

27 years and have established a wide network

of contacts with coach companies and all

cross-channel operators.

Your coach

Travel by coach is a perfect option for groups – it offers superb value for money,

it’s flexible, safe and secure and the coaches are modern and comfortable. Your

exclusive coach (subject to minimum group size) will collect you from a pick-up

point of your choice at the start of your tour and will remain with you throughout.

We offer you a wide choice of coaches – executive, standard, double-decker and

air-conditioned. Wherever possible we use executive coaches for all our groups

without additional supplement.

Our suppliers

We take tremendous care over the selection of our

coach partners, paying particular attention to safety,

standards, and the experience and enthusiasm of

their drivers. Our Transport Manager vets their

operational procedures and vehicles to ensure that

our high safety standards are always met.

Coach Safety

• All coaches we use comply with strict UK

coaching regulations including:

• 24 hour breakdown assistance

• Full vehicle insurance cover

• Criminal Records Bureau check of all drivers

• Seat belts fitted on all passenger seats (UK coaches)

School Travel Forum

We are assured members of the School Travel Forum, dedicated to promoting

best practice and safety in school travel. All full members of the STF adhere to

a rigorous Code of Practice and safety management standards that are externally

verified each year by leading Health and Safety consultants. The STF Code of

Practice provides assurances on safety provisions made by tour operators in

connection with third-party accommodation, transport and visits.

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Adventure in France, Spain and Italy

Coach travel

For mainland European destinations door-to-door transport is

included in the price. Your own executive coach stays with

you throughout and can be used for excursions and visits

(drivers hours permitting). Please refer to pages 38-39 for

travel details for groups of fewer than 40.

*standard coaches are sometimes used for Northern France.

Coach air conditioning optional supplement

We try to provide air-conditioned coaches as often as possible but

cannot guarantee that this will be the case for each individual tour.

If you choose, a supplement of only £10 per paying person will

enable us to GUARANTEE this for your journey,

Please mention when booking.

Channel crossings

We work with the major cross-channel operators for convenience,

flexibility and choice. Our prices are based

on the Dover-Calais route.

Adventure in England and Wales

Our prices do not include travel between your base and our UK

centres, however many of our groups choose us to arrange

this for them and we are always happy to do so. Please call us

for a quote.

Action for Children

and Acorn Partnership

Acorn is very proud to support Action for

Children, the UK’s leading children’s

charity. Action for Children runs nearly

450 projects and works with nearly

170,000 vulnerable children, young

people and their families each year.

Action for Children is committed to

helping the most vulnerable children and

young people in the UK break through

injustice, deprivation and inequality, so

they can achieve their full potential.

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Air travel

Air holidays are becoming increasingly popular, particularly to

our destinations further afield, giving you the opportunity to spend

less time travelling and more time enjoying the adventure. We offer

competitive air travel prices from London airports (Heathrow,

Gatwick, Stansted and Luton). We can also include additional

services if requested such as coach transfers to and from the

airport in the UK and at the centre and use of coach during your

stay at Acorn centre. If you would like Acorn Adventure to organise

your flights and overseas coach transfers please add £225 per

person to the brochure price.

Own travel arrangements

If you would like to arrange your own travel to our overseas

centres, we will be happy to offer you a discount from brochure

prices. This is treated on a case-by- case basis, depending on

which centre you choose, and how many people are travelling.

Please call for more details.

Acorn is committed to changing children’s lives for the better, and

with a little help we can reach many more young people. If you wish

to contribute to our support for the Action for Children, a voluntary

donation of £1 per person will be added to your final invoice.

All money raised goes directly to Action for Children enabling

the charity to continue make a positive difference to the lives

of vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Your support can and will make a difference. Thank you!

Action for Children is a Registered Charity (No 1097940/SC038092).

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8. FORCE MAJEURE

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions,

we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where

the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations

is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage or

loss (as more fully described in Clause 9) as a result of “force

majeure”. In these Booking Conditions, “force majeure” means any

event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not,

even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war

or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute,

natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all

similar events outside our control.

9. Our Liability to You

If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly

performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate

compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel

arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in

the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party

unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and

where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and

unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences

of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been

exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due

care, could not foresee or forestall.

Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness,

shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your travel

arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with

and/or in an identical manner to:

The contractual terms of the companies that provide the

transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are

incorporated into this contract; and

Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal

Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in

respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel

by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of

accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you

can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and

delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any

limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions.

Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some

circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in

cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details

of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be

available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not

automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your

right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in clause 7.

If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you

by the airline will be deducted from this amount. If your airline does

not comply with these rules you should complain to the Air Transport

Users' Council on 020 7240 6061 www.auc.org.uk

10. If You Have A Complaint

In the unlikely event that you have any reason to complain or

experience any problems with your holiday whilst away, you must

immediately inform the resort representative, Centre Manager,

hotelier, carrier, or other supplier in question. Any verbal notification

must be put in writing and given to them as soon as possible. If the

complaint or problem is not resolved to your satisfaction straight away,

you must contact us with full details by telephone or fax as soon as

possible, or at least within 48 hours. Until we know about a problem

or complaint, we cannot assist and therefore cannot be held liable.

If you remain dissatisfied by our response, however, you must write

to us within 28 days of your return to the UK giving your booking

reference and full details of your complaint.

We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by

ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration

scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection

with this contract. Further information on the Code and arbitration

can be found on ABTA’s website www.abta.com

The arbitration scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered

independently by IDRS, part of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on

documents alone with restricted liability on you in respect of costs.

Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the

ABTA website.

The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than

£5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking

form. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of

physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can

however deal with compensation claims which include an element

of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,000 on the amount

the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element.

The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be

received by IDRS within nine months of the date of return from

the holiday.

11. Your responsibilities

Bookings are accepted on the understanding that all persons

travelling are normally in good health and able to fulfil the physical

demands of the chosen holiday. Please do not take risks while on an

activity or skiing holiday. In the interests of safety, you must follow the

guidance in our notes, as well as that provided by any of our staff,

agents, suppliers or indeed anybody on our behalf; comply with any

local codes of conduct, follow the Country Code, and act sensibly

and prudently at all times.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all

necessary travel and health documents before departure. All costs

incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you.

We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry

onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to

carry correct documentation such as a valid passport and relevant

visas. Please pay particular attention to passport and/or visa

requirements of countries through which you may be transiting.

If you or any member of your party is not a British citizen or holds

a non British passport, or holds a non machine-readable British

passport, you must check passport and visa requirements with the

Embassy or Consulate of the country(ies) to or through which you

are intending to travel. If failure to have any necessary travel or

other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial

penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for

reimbursing us accordingly.

For all travel abroad we recommend you take FCO

advice - www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo.

Information on health is contained in the Department of Health

leaflet T6 (Health Advice for Travellers) available from your local

Department of Health Office and most Post Offices. For European

holidays, you should obtain a completed and issued EHIC CARD

(details in leaflet T6 referred to above) prior to departure.

When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage

or loss caused by the actions or inactions of you or any member of

your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (including lost

keys) must be paid direct at the time to the accommodation owner

or manager or other supplier. If you fail to do so, you will be

responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us

(together with our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a

result of your actions.

12. Behaviour

The Party Leader is at all times responsible for the standards of

behaviour of all members of the party.

We expect all clients to have consideration for other people. If in our

reasonable opinion or in the reasonable opinion of any other person

in authority, you or any member of your party behaves in such a

way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to

any third party or damage to property, we are entitled, without

prior notice, to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned.

In this situation, the person(s) concerned will be required to leave

the accommodation or other service. We will have no further

responsibility toward such person(s) including any return travel

arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any

expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination.

13. Special Requests and Medical Problems

If you or any member of your party has any special request, you

must advise us at the time of booking and clearly note it on you

booking form. Although we will endeavour to pass any reasonable

requests on to the relevant supplier, we regret we cannot guarantee

any request will be complied with unless we have confirmed this in

writing. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or

passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on

your confirmation or any other documentation is not confirmation

that the request will be met unless and until specifically confirmed.

All special requests are subject to availability. If you or any member

of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect

your holiday, please tell us before you confirm your booking so that

we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen arrangements.

In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of

booking. If we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate the

particular needs of the person concerned, we must reserve the right

to decline their reservation or, if full details are not given at the time

of booking, cancel when we become aware of these details.

14. Conditions of Suppliers

Many of the services which make up your tour arrangements are

provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these

services in accordance with their own terms and conditions.

Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the

supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable

International Conventions, and may affect your rights to

compensation. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms

and conditions are available on request from ourselves or the

supplier concerned.

This brochure is our responsibility, as your tour operator. It is not

issued on behalf of, and does not commit any independent

organisations/suppliers/carriers whose services are featured in it.

15. Delay

On occasions flights, coach journeys, or ferry crossings may

be delayed or altered due to circumstances outside our control.

It will be the responsibility of the individual airline or cross-channel

operator to offer refreshments depending on the length of the delay.

Airlines and cross-channel operators do not offer compensation for

inconvenience, loss of holiday time or delayed arrival in the UK due

to flight delays. Similarly we are unable to make any compensatory

payments or provide refunds for any unused holiday accommodation

or facilities, missed connections or additional losses or expenses

due to an extended delay, including unexpected road traffic delays,

on the outward and/or homeward points of departure. Insurance

policies sometimes provide some cover in the event of such delays.

16. Safety Standards and excursions

The requirements and standards of the country in which any services

are supplied are those which apply to those services. As a general

rule these requirements and standards will not be the same as in the

UK and may sometimes be lower. Adventurous activities operated

by us will always comply with UK standards.

Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay

for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your package holiday

provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book,

your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not

with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or

tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by

the operator. For your convenience we may list in your itinerary any

of your own chosen excursions that you inform us of in advance,

and may arrange for your transport to and/or from such excursion sites.

This assistance is for your convenience only and does not suggest any

responsibility or liability on our part for any those excursions.

17. Flights

In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005 Article 9,

we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a

“Community list” which contains details of air carriers that are

subject to an operating ban with the EU Community.

The Community list is available for inspection at

europa.eu.int/comm/transport/air/safety/flywell_en.htm

In accordance with EU Regulations we are required to advise you of

the carrier(s) (or, if the carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s))

that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are

only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking,

we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as

we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s)

after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as

soon as possible.

We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm

the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight.

The flight timings shown on this website and in our brochures and

detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are

subject to alteration and confirmation. The latest timings will be

shown on your tickets which will be despatched to you approximately

two weeks before departure. You must accordingly check your

tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the

correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed

even after tickets have been despatched - we will contact you as

soon as possible if this occurs.

Any change in the identity of the carrier or flight timings will not

entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying

our normal charges except where specified in these conditions.

If an airline cancels a service on the route specified in your booking

we will attempt to make arrangements with an alternative airline

and/or an alternative route.

If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes

subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/the

carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions

of clause 7 (“Changes and cancellation by us”) will apply.

18. Insurance

All guests travelling with us are required to have valid travel

insurance in place which is suitable for the travel and activities

booked. If we are arranging your insurance, details of the policy

included in your price will be supplied at the time of booking.

Please read the details carefully. It is your responsibility to ensure

that the insurance cover is adequate for your needs, especially if

you participate in any activities not arranged by us.

19. Photography

We regularly take photographs and videos for promotional and

training purposes; if you do not want you and/or your group

members to appear in these you must inform us in advance

of your departure.

20. This brochure

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information

contained within this brochure is accurate and relevant to your

booking, however please understand that sometimes we print our

brochures up to 20 months in advance of providing the services.

We therefore may make changes to the brochure after its

publication. If we do so, we will communicate these changes

to you in writing.

If you wish to receive a copy of this brochure in another format

which is more accessible to you please contact us. For example,

we will be happy to provide the brochure in electronic format,

which will be scalable on screen or printable in a larger version,

and also which will be compatible with text-to-speech conversion

on a personal computer.

21. Data Protection

Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the

personal booking information held by us. This information will be

passed on to the principal and to the relevant suppliers of your

travel arrangements. The information may also be provided to public

authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them,

or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed to

security or credit checking companies. We will only pass your

information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements.

This applies to any sensitive information that you give us such as

details of any disabilities or dietary / religious requirements. If we

cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers we maybe

unable to provide your booking. In making this booking you consent

to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.

Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request.

We will never pass any of your information on to third parties for

marketing or other commercial purposes.

Acorn Venture Ltd. March 2009.

booking conditions

The following Booking Conditions together with the general

information contained in this brochure form the basis of your

contract with the Acorn Travel Group (a trading name of Acorn

Venture Ltd.). Please read them carefully as they set out our

respective rights and obligations.

In these Booking Conditions, “you” means the Party Leader and

“your” means all persons named on the booking including anyone

who is added or substituted at a later date. “Acorn”, “we”, “us”

and “our” means Acorn Venture Ltd; Registered in England No.

2319525; Registered address 10 Hagley Road, Stourbridge,

West Midlands, DY8 1PS.

1. Making your booking

To make a booking, an online booking must be made, or our booking

form must be completed. This must be signed by the first named

person on the booking (“the Party Leader”). The Party Leader must

be at least 18 years of age and the Party Leader must guarantee

that he/she has the authority to accept and does accept on behalf of

the party the terms of these booking conditions. The completed and

signed Booking Form must then be sent to us together with the

payments referred to below.

Once we have received your online booking or your Booking Form

and all appropriate payments, we will, subject to availability, confirm

your holiday by issuing a Confirmation of Booking. If your booking

was made within ten weeks of travel a contract will exist as soon

as we issue the confirmation. Otherwise, a contract will exist seven

days after we issue this confirmation, giving you time to receive and

understand in full these conditions. This contract is made on the

terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English

Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however,

choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if

you are resident in either of these countries and wish to do so.

Changes to these Booking Conditions or the General Information

shown in our brochure will only be valid if confirmed in writing.

If any information given on the confirmation or any other document

appears to be incorrect or incomplete you must inform us as it may not

be possible to make changes later. We regret that we cannot accept

any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies in any document

within ten days of our sending it out (or five days for tickets).

2. Consumer Protection

The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours

Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies

that you pay for the package holidays booked with us and for your

repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We provide this security

by way of an ATOL (number 5525) administered by the Civil Aviation

Authority. The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL

protected. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure

that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money

you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information,

visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

The price of our air holiday packages includes the amount of £1 per

person as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to

the CAA. This charge is shown separately on your confirmation invoice.

All other bookings are protected through the ABTA bond scheme.

We are a Member of ABTA, membership number v3629.

3. Payment

You are responsible for making all payments to us. Please note

that, if you are paying via your Local Authority, governing body,

central agency, or similar, it is important that you make any

necessary arrangements to ensure that all payments reach us

within the time limits below, and inform us immediately you

know this might not be possible.

In order to confirm your chosen holiday, a deposit of £25 per paying

party member for coach tours or £100 per paying party member for

air tours (or full payment if booking within ten weeks of departure)

must be paid at the time of booking. In order to secure particular

flight fares, or non-refundable elements of tour payable by us to

suppliers, we may require a higher deposit than normal to be

paid at the time of booking. We will advise you of this before you

confirm your booking. A second deposit of 30% of the total

booking price is due 8 weeks after confirmation of booking.

Deposit payments are not refundable, except where stated otherwise

in these booking conditions. However, in some circumstances they

can be reclaimed under the terms of some insurance policies,

less any excess which applies.

The full remaining balance must be received by us not less than

10 weeks prior to your departure date. This date will be shown on

the Confirmation of Booking. Reminders are not normally sent.

If you do not pay your second deposits or final payment by the

dates specified this will be a breach of the contract between us

entitling us to consider the booking as cancelled by you and to

apply cancellation charges as set out in these booking conditions.

This means that if we have not received your full payment before

the departure date you will not be able to travel.

4. The cost of your holiday

The prices shown in our brochure were calculated on 4th March

2009 on the basis of known costs and exchange rate of

£1 = Euro 1.1226, and £1 = $1.409 as shown in the

Financial Times Guide to World Currencies’ on that date.

We reserve the right to: (i) increase or decrease the prices of

unsold holidays at any time; (ii) correct mistakes in advertised,

quoted or confirmed prices;

Prices include VAT calculated under the Tour Operators’ Margin

Scheme (TOMS), the conditions of which do not permit us to issue

invoices showing VAT as a separate element, nor you to reclaim VAT.

The price of your chosen holiday will be confirmed at the time

of booking.

We reserve the right to make changes to, and correct errors in,

advertised prices at any time before your holiday is confirmed.

If there are any changes to the published prices, these will be

confirmed at the time of booking. We will advise you of any error of

which we are aware and of the then applicable price at the time of

booking. Once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed

at the time of booking then, subject to the correction of errors,

we will only increase or decrease the price, subject to the conditions

set out in this clause, if our costs increase or decrease as a result of

transportation costs (e.g. fuel supplements, scheduled airfares and

any other airline surcharges which are part of the contract between

airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator) or dues, taxes or

fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or

disembarkation fees at ports or airports increasing or decreasing.

We will absorb increased costs up to a total amount equivalent

to 2% of the cost of your confirmed holiday (excluding insurance

premiums and any amendment charges). Only if the increased

costs exceed this 2% will we ask you to pay the difference.

If any increase is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday

(excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges),

you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund

of all monies paid to us (except for any amendment charges)

or alternatively purchase another holiday from us as referred to

in www.inntravel.co.uk/conditions.htm clause 6 “Changes and

Cancellations by Us”. You have 14 days from the issue date printed

on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to cancel for this

reason. If you do not tell us that you wish to cancel within this

period of time, we are entitled to assume that you do not wish to

cancel and will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid

with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the

issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later.

A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds

2% as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you the

full amount of the decrease in our costs. Except as set out below,

we promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of departure,

nor will refunds be paid during this period.

5. Changes by You

Please read each of our booking documents carefully as soon as

received and contact us immediately if any information appears to be

incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later.

If you should wish at any time to change your arrangements in any

way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation,

we will do our utmost to accommodate your request(s) but this may

not always be possible. You must confirm in writing any requests

for changes to be made. We reserve the right to make a £25

amendment charge per change per booking form and will pass

on to you any costs we incur from our suppliers in making the

alteration(s) requested. You should be aware that these costs

are likely to increase the closer to the departure date that changes

are made. Please note that in some cases (e.g. budget airlines)

amendment charges (including ticket name changes) can

exceed the initial costs.

6. Cancellation by You

Should you, or any member of your party, need to cancel your

chosen holiday once it has been confirmed, you must immediately

advise us in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only be effective

when it is received in writing by us at our offices. As we incur costs

from the time we confirm your booking and may be unable to

re-sell your holiday, the following cancellation charges will always be

payable. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage,

this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the

person(s) cancelling excluding insurance premiums and amendment

charges. These cancellation charges are payable by you whether

or not you have already paid a sufficient amount to us in deposits.

Period before departure Cancellation charge

within which written per person cancelling

notification of cancellation

is received by us

70 days or more All deposits due only

22 to 69 days 75% of total cost

0 to 21 days 100% of total cost

Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be able to reclaim

these cancellation charges, less any applicable excess, under the

terms of an insurance policy. Claims must be made direct to the

insurance company. If any member of your party is prevented from

travelling, that person may transfer their place to someone else

providing we are notified not less than two weeks before departure.

Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs

and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of

our suppliers as a result must be paid before the transfer can be

affected. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges

levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit

name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason,

these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight.

7. Changes and Cancellation by Us

We start planning the arrangements for all tours many months in

advance. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct

errors in the brochure, website and other details both before

and after bookings have been confirmed, and cancel confirmed

bookings. Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and

cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so. Most changes

are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a “significant change”

before departure, such as: a change of accommodation to that of

a lower official classification or standard for the whole or a major

part of the time you are away, a change of accommodation area

for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change

of outward departure time or overall length of time you are away

of twelve or more hours, alterations to your confirmed place of

departure that add more than 100 miles to any single leg of your

journey. If we have to make a significant change or cancel,

we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before

departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:-

(a) accepting the changed arrangements or

(b) purchasing an alternative holiday from us, of a similar standard

to that originally booked if available. We will offer you at least one

alternative holiday of equivalent or higher standard for which you will

not be asked to pay any more than the price of the original holiday.

If this holiday is in fact cheaper than the original one, we will refund

the price difference. If you do not wish to accept the holiday we

specifically offer you, you may choose any of our other then

available holidays. You must pay the applicable price of any such

holiday. This will mean you paying more if it is more expensive

or receiving a refund if it is cheaper, or

(c) cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will

receive a full and quick refund of all monies you have paid to us.

Please note, the above options are not available where any change

made is a minor one. If we have to make a significant change or

cancel we will as a minimum where compensation is due pay you

reasonable compensation depending on the circumstances and when

the significant change or cancellation is notified to you subject to the

following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability

beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted

where (1) we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of

unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control,

the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with

all due care or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number

of bookings necessary for us to operate your holiday has not been

reached - in this case we will notify you not later than 8 weeks before

departure. No compensation will be payable and the above options

will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply

with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to

cancel (such as paying on time) or if the change made is a minor one.

A minor change is any change which, taking account of the

information you have given us at the time of booking or which

we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator,

we could not reasonably expect to have a significant effect on your

confirmed holiday. Except as set out above, we will in addition,

where appropriate, pay you any reasonable proven costs and expenses

you incur as a result of a cancellation by us. Very rarely, we may be

forced by "force majeure" (see www.inntravel.co.uk/conditions.htm

clause 8) to change or terminate your holiday after departure but

before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely

but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make

any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers) pay

you any compensation or be responsible for any costs or expenses

incurred by you as a result.

NB. If you have booked a flight through us and your flight is

cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding

is denied by your airline in circumstances which would entitle you

to claim compensation against the airline under EC Regulation No

261/2004 - the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004, you must

pursue the airline for the compensation due to you. All sums you

receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue

of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement

to compensation or any other payment arising from such

cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes

any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other

arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight

does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements

even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction

with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you

in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of

any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or

denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any

compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered

by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations.

If, for any reason, you do not claim against the airline and make a

claim for compensation from us, you must, at the time of payment

of any compensation to you, make a complete assignment to us

of the rights you have against the airline in relation to the claim that

gives rise to that compensation payment. If your airline does not

comply with these rules you should complain to the Air Transport

Users’ Council on 020 7240 6061 www.auc.org.uk.


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