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We're the experts in adventure

We deliver life-enriching adventures, create memories that last a lifetime and inspire a love for the great outdoors with the next generation.

Specialising in residential adventure camps, activity holidays, overseas expeditions and ski trips, we’ve delivered inspirational learning to millions of children and young people helping them discover their potential .

But our real secret is our incredible people. We love what we do, and it shows.

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Two children climbing the Jacob's Ladder
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It all started with a canoe and a dream

Our story began all the way back in 1955 when a young engineer named Peter Gordon Lawrence embarked on his first canoe holiday down the River Danube. He was so inspired by his experience that he was determined to share the life-changing benefits of adventure with others.

In 1957 he formed ‘PGL Voyages’ and began leading canoe trips for young adults along the River Wye, sharing his passion for the great outdoors. Fast forward to today and many things have changed, but one thing remains the same… our purpose of enriching young lives through adventure.

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Children canoeing at PGL
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Where we are today

We’ve come such a long way since that first canoe holiday in 1957. Over six decades we’ve grown enormously because we’re passionate about what we do.

Today, our activity centres span across the UK, France and Australia, and we take pride in being the UK’s number one provider of outdoor education, hosting hundreds of thousands of young people every year. Our newest centre, Newby Wiske Hall in Yorkshire, showcases the ground-breaking innovations we’ve made to elevate activity centre design, as we continue to raise the bar, and share the life-changing benefits of outdoor adventure with even more of the next generation.

As we grow, our culture evolves too. It’s difficult to put into words (we’d prefer you to experience it first-hand!), but our company values guide all our decisions, define our beliefs, and underpin everything we do. Though simple on the surface, when combined, these values create the exceptional experience that sets PGL apart for both our guests and colleagues.


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Children on a raft on a lake, splashing water
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Be a part of our exciting future

This isn’t the end of our story. We’re not ready to stand still. We’re committed to our future growth, to even bigger and better adventures, to enriching more lives, and together with the other sector-leading brands in our family;  NSTEuropean Study Tours and StudyLink we’ll continue to be trailblazers in the in educational travel industry.

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Every child deserves adventure

Introducing our ‘Breakthrough Fund’ Initiative

Now more than ever, we believe that enriching outdoor experiences should be available to all, but sadly not all have access to it. This is why we have launched our Breakthrough Fund, providing hundreds of free and discounted places every year to pupils and families those who are most in need.

We are committed to playing a part in creating a brighter future for all, regardless of socio-economic background.

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Better Beyond Adventure

We care for our places and planet. We champion wellbeing and play our part in society by acting progressively for the betterment of our colleagues, customers and communities.

Our pillars of Better Beyond Adventure are:

Environmental responsibility is always central to our thinking. We’re taking important steps to minimise our impact on the pl aces in which we live and work, and on the precious planet we all share.

We’re a people business and supporting the health and wellbeing of our employees and guests is at the heart of everything we do.

We want to help make a better, fairer world. Through governing progressively and acting as a force for good, we ’re determined to play our part.

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