Holidays

Our Holiday Makers

Who comes on Single With Kids’ holidays?

We understand that it can be a leap of faith going on single parent group holidays, particularly when it’s your first time with us. We’re often asked “what kind of parents come on SWK holidays“, and the best way for us to answer this is to feature some of the Single With Kids Holidaymakers – families who’ve holidayed with us over the years.

Why choose single parent group holidays?

Divorced, bereaved or simply single, all of our families are single parents – you won’t be surrounded by traditional families in our groups. We have both single mums and single dads on the holidays with a wide range of parents and children’s ages – on average our holidaymakers range from 28-55, with children from tiny babies through to older teens. The parents come from a variety of backgrounds and professions : teachers and students; doctors and nurses; solicitors and social workers; accountants and aromatherapists; home makers and hairdressers. All however have one thing in common – they all head single parent families and instinctively know the challenges. Whether on a UK trip or overseas adventure we find our holidaymakers start their holidays as strangers yet leave our holidays with lots of new friendships as well as fond, fond memories.

Don’t just take our word for it...

Parent: Joy. 42, Project Coordinator
Kids: Emily 7, Louis 5

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I found it difficult going away with a baby and toddler on my own. Taking a toddler to the loo with a baby on my hip wa s abit of a nightmare!

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
New Year’s Eve 2010 in the Lake District. It was a really relaxed break and the children had a lot of freedom.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Being able to have a relaxing break with the children and also the circle of freindships that are built, both children and adults.

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Meet our Holiday team

Our holidays are accompanied by Single With Kids coordinators, who help bring the group together and organise the itinerary. Click on the photo below to meet our Holiday Team

Team photo

Meet more of our families


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Chris 43

Kids: Harvey 12

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
After spending a year or so chatting to Chrissie on Twitter, and looking at some of the amazing holidays on offer, I decided to take the plunge and book one for my son and I. I knew we needed a break, but didn’t want to be alone with him – as I had become pretty useless as an entertainment system and wanted him to meet new people.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
So far we have been to Dubrovnik and to Portugal. I can’t choose between them, as both were amazing places. Dubrovnik is beautiful, and I need to visit again – but the resort in Portugal was absolutely perfect and I have been recommending it to everyone who asks me about our holiday

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Being with a great group of adults, with whom you can share the time when your children abandon you to hang out with all their new friends. Harvey loved both holidays – and the chance to have a the occasional bits of freedom from me. We also really enjoy the chance to explore the countries we visit with a group.


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Jo 41

Kids: Natalie 12

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I wanted to have a relaxing holiday with like-minded people

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
New Years Eve in the Lakes

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Knowing that everyone is in the same boat is great. You all get there through different doors but you’re all in the same place which is why single parent breaks work so well. I’ve also made friends with people up and down the country who I would not have met any other way. It’s great that the children have new friends to play with and the adults have some much needed adult company.


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William

Kids: Christopher (19) Georgia (18) Scarlett (15) Thomas (8)

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
A series of random searches for Single Parent resources found SWK - we already go camping as a family with large groups and the SWK camping trips were a bonus ... and a chance to meet up with online 'friends' made on the SWK forum.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Each of the trips has something to recommend it but the favourite for all of us must be the August bank holiday camping trip to Wicksteed Park partly because it's a long weekend and a proper chance to relax.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
It was apparent from day #1 on our first trip that my children were going to fit in and find friends to play with - some days the only close contact I have with my children is when they need to eat, drink or sleep.


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Scholar

Kids: Chantelle 12

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I stumbled across SWK website as I was searching for an adventure holiday for my daughter and I. SWK was supposedly going to offer that and a sense of belonging, so we went for it!

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Dubrovnik in Croatia was our best one!

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Being able to go on a holiday with your child without the fear of being judged due to your status. Meeting new people! I have made friends through SWK whom i am still in contact with. It's great!


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Peter 51

Kids: Emily 13

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I was looking for somewhere to go for Emily & I in 2009 and I came across SWK holidays. We chose a local long weekend to try out and loved it. Have since been on many trips and holidays both UK and abroad.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Not sure hard to decide between Crete and Croatia. Both were great holidays but different but both were very enjoyable.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
We like them because the children have other children their own age to play with and the adults also have fun with other parents. They are very well organized and SWK pick some great locations for their holidays. We have met some lovely people who are now good friends who we see regularly.


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Amy 28

Kids: Patrick 9

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I was looking for single parent discounts for holidays when SWK popped up. After umming and ahhing I booked my first camping trip.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
I've loved all the camping trips but I think my fave would be Cotswolds - I liked the beautiful setting and as one of the smaller camps I got to know everyone better.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
For me it was the support from all the people in the same boat as you are. You are never alone there is always someone to chat to and offer advise. The children love the holidays and the extra freedom as much as the adults do. Having started the year never having camped to doing all the camps offered I think speaks for itself.


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Brian 35

Kids: Lucas (now) 6

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
After feeling a bit lonely one May Day, I decided to go on an SWK day trip and as they made me feel so comfortable I decided to go on one of the camping trips.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Shell Island – Lovely campsite and lovely weather

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
It’s great that these holidays bring people from what can be a really low point in their lives and help them become more confident and happy and then, when you come back again, you can help others on the same journey.


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Abi 37

Kids: Tilly 5

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
Shortly after I divorced, Tilly and I went on a holiday we had booked whilst still together. It was great to spend time together, but the night were lonely and strangers were uncomfortable around us, including the cottage owners. I was searching Gingerbreads' website and saw an advert for SWK and thought what an excellent idea. The first holiday we went on, when she was 2.5yrs was Fun on the Farm, especially for pre-school children, and it was so different to my previous experience, so many friends for me and Tilly who were all there to spend time as a group, but with the understanding of the importance of family time. After that I didn't look back, whilst still living in the UK we went on three further camps, and since moving aboard to the overseas trips.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Probably Peaks 2011, but it's hard to call. It was the first proper camp ever for us. Tilly took to it extremely well, and I got to meet so many new people. Highlights were, Sing-a-long Phil's concert followed by marshmallows, and lots of lots of chats and fun, and the trip to the pub/play ground through the sheep fields. As soon as I got back I signed up for more camps and bought a bigger tent.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
They are really flexible, you can spend as much or as little time with the rest as you want. The coordinators have trips and things to do, and are open to suggestions. There are a mix of different parents, and you'll always find someone you get on with, but more importantly, everyone is in the same situation, and understands the need to chat to other adults, but that kids come first. I think, the best thing for me was us not being different, the people I sat with don't look askance and be uncomfortable about how to talk to the single mother, and the kids don't have to explain the situation to their new friends.


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Single mum 43

Kids: Zak 6 (Daniel 20, Reece 18)

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I found Single With Kids on the internet as I couldn’t face having another holiday sitting on my own while the children played.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
New Year at Hawkshead – Well organised, great food all weekend, great party for adults and children and a good mix of families

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Holidays which give you other adults to socialise with rather than being sat on your own while the kids play


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Simon 40

Kids: Tom 14, Jacob 12, Ella 8

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
After feeling a bit lonely one May Day, I decided to go on an SWK day trip and as they made me feel so comfortable I decided to go on one of the camping trips.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Shell Island – Lovely campsite and lovely weather

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
It’s great that these holidays bring people from what can be a really low point in their lives and help them become more confident and happy and then, when you come back again, you can help others on the same journey.


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Sam 39

Kids: Josh 9, Bradley 21

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
Holidays alone with my 7 year old were a little lonely for both of us. A friend told me about SWK so I went on a few local meet ups and then booked a few trips.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
I can’t pick one. Shell Island was great as it was my first trip and I met some really nice people. Wicksteed was the first time I had taken Josh to a theme park so that was great too and Hargate Hall was a fantastic Christmas celebration.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Meeting new people from all walks of life and lots of company for Josh which means I don’t have to play football with him anymore! We’ve met some lovely people and Josh is usually in tears on the way home.


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Cliff 52

Kids: Rosie 14

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I love camping and SWK seemed a good way to enjoy camping but in a fun group.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Hard to choose but we come back on the same camps year and year again we have so much fun.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Meeting new people and also catching up with old friends we've met over the years. Everyone's in the same boat and keen to socialise.


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Single Mum 46

Kids: Son 6 & 18,daughter 22

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I went on a few local meets to find new friends and then plucked up the courage to go to the Christmas party at Hargate. It was such an eye opener seeing the group who there for the weekend all relaxed and happy together that I had to give it a go again.

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Hawkshead, December 2010. It was just such wonderful carefree fun for me and Connor and it really made me realise how much better my life had become and how lucky I am. Sounds corny but that break really did have a big impact on me.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
Without doubt SWK gives you the opportunity to meet people in a similar situation to you. For me I also love being able to take Connor on holidays where he hasn’t always got the 2.4 family unit shoved in his face as it shows he isn’t abnormal only having one parent.


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Beverley 39

Kids: Elisha 13, Lydia 8

Why did you choose an SWK Holiday?:
I’d had a recommendation from Netmums and once I saw the website and dabbled with the forum, I thought it looked like a great idea and great fun

Favourite SWK Holiday?:
Sherwood Forest – It was a great location, great food and great people. The hostel was really nice and the kids could run around outside. Great activities including an Easter Egg hunt on the Sunday morning for the kids.

Best thing about SWK Holidays?:
The people. It’s great to know there are so many fab, funny people out there all dealing with the same stuff that are all there to help, support and make you laugh.