BIG Adventure Weekend 2021

Online booking for this event is now closed. We do have a limited number of rooms still available for a few more weeks only - please contact us (phone the office or email to enquire about availability.


The BIG Adventure Weekend provides an adventurous experience for parents and children, taking part in outdoor, physical activities, and making friends with other Potential Plus UK families. It is a very sociable weekend. Families usually do the activities together in groups of no more than 12. The actual activities are not decided until closer to the weekend. Please note that to secure the room availability and ensure we have sufficient families for the weekend to go ahead there is an early booking deadline of 5pm on Friday 16th April 2021. If we do not have sufficient families booked by this date, the event will not go ahead. Please see the Minimum Booking Numbers, Refunds and Covid Secure Booking details further below.


PGL Liddington is an outward bound facility about 10 minutes from junction 15 (Swindon) on the M4.  The accommodation is in 4-bedded ensuite rooms (2 x bunk beds).  Families do not share, so a family of 2 would have a 4-bedded room to themselves. All of the outdoor activities are on site.  We also have use of a dedicated room as a 'hub' for Potential Plus UK families. For anyone who has joined us before, we aim to have sufficient families to request the King Edward house again. More information is available to view here.

This is a weekend experience.  Families can only book for the whole weekend.  There are no 'day' tickets.


Children and parents do the activities together in family groups.

Children up to and including 3 years do not take part in the PGL activities. PGL is unable to provide activities for this age range and the weekend is aimed at the older children.  However, parents can bring a child this age if they are happy to look after them at all times.

Children aged 4-6 years have a programme of outdoor activities specifically devised for them, as PGL do not usually cater for this young age range. Specific activities will be decided closer to the date, but they are likely to include things like problem solving, orienteering and low ropes. Please do not book a child under 7 years onto the 7+ activities as some of the equipment is not suitable for the younger children and equipment is such that they would not be able to take part.

Children aged 7+ years can take part in a full programme of outdoor activities. Activities will be decided closer to the date, but are likely to include activities such as abseiling, raft building and tree top trail! If there is anything you would particularly like to do, please email with suggestions but there will be no guarantees of activitiies.  You can see all the available activities here.

Parents - most parents take part in the outdoor PGL activities together with their children or simply accompany their children outside for the weekend. However, parents can also opt not to do this. 

Skills Builder

Potential Plus UK are working in partnership with The Skills Builder Partnership aiming to build the essential skills which children and young people need for success. Our annual programme of events offer opportunities to help children and young people develop their abilities in the eight key areas - Teamwork, Leadership, Creativity, Problem Solving, Aiming High, Staying Positive, Listening, Presenting. Our Big Adventure Weekend is a particular opportunity for children to challenge themselves outside an academic setting and is a chance to test resilience and risk-taking (within a safe setting, of course!).


Please note that this is for guidance only.

Friday 20th August 2021           

17.00 to 21.00           Arrival at PGL Liddington

18.00                          2 course evening meal

19.30                          Evening activities

Accommodation in a 4 bedded ensuite room

Saturday 21st August 2021        

8.20                        Breakfast

9.00 to 10.30          First activity 

10.30 to 12.00        Second activity

12.30                      Hot or cold lunch

14.00 to 15.30       Third activity

15.30 to 17.00       Fourth activity

18.00                      2 course evening meal

19.30                      Evening activities

Accommodation in 4 bedded ensuite room

Sunday 22nd August 2021             

8.20                       Breakfast                                                                       

9.00 to 10.30         First activity

10.30 to 12.00       Second activity

12.20                     Hot or cold lunch

14.00 to 15.30       Third activity

15.30 to 17.00       Fourth activity

17.20                     2 course evening meal

18.00                     Depart



Children and parents do the activities together in family groups where appropriate.  This should allow for sufficient adults to be alongside their children and still allow other parents to be with an older or younger child or not take part outside.  We will work out the groups closer to the date of the weekend, but we try to keep similarly aged children together.   


All children MUST have a responsible adult staying on site.  When the children are in their groups during their activities, the activity leaders have responsibility for them in relation to the activity itself, whilst parents have general responsibility for them e.g. regarding behaviour.  Parents have responsibility for their children at all other times i.e. during meals, breaks, overnight. 


Members please note that the non-member fee will show as you book. When you have registered all participants please apply the member discount code that has been supplied in Focus on Potential to all members. If you are not in receipt of the member code, please email or phone the office on 01908 646433.

The prices shown below include 20% VAT and are the final prices payable. On registering ticket prices show as price + VAT.                                                                                 

TYPE Member Price Non-Member
W/E adult with activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £210.00 £240.00
W/E 7+ child with activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £210.00 £240.00
W/E adult NO activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £170.00 £225.00
W/E 4-6 child with activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £170.00 £225.00
W/E 0-3 child NO activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £30.00 £60.00


The price includes all meals, accommodation and activities as highlighted in the above schedule.  Accommodation is in 4 bedded ensuite rooms (2 x bunk beds) - a small number of 6 bedded rooms are available.  Bed linen can be included for an additional £15.00 (inc VAT) per person - this can be booked as an optional extra, but please note that towels are not included.

As this experience is delivered by PGL we are not able to provide Scholarship Funding for this event.

However, a separate charity, The Potential Trust, does provide bursaries for families struggling financially to attend events suitable for young people with high learning potential. Please contact them directly for further information 


All bookings are made online at this website. 

There are no additional booking or card fees; however, you can choose to make a voluntary donation towards this.

If you do not have access to the internet please contact Potential Plus UK during office hours on telephone number 01908 646433 and we will make the booking online for you.  


The booking deadline is 5pm on Friday 16th April 2021.


You will receive an immediate email confirmation.


Minimum booking numbers are required for this event to go ahead. If there are insufficient bookings by 5pm on Friday 16th April, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with the event and a full refund will be made. 


Full payment is required on booking by the 5pm deadline on Friday 16 April.

After that, if there are sufficient numbers to proceed with the event,  then the Covid Secure Booking comes into effect.

If you cancel the booking before 1 August for any reason, you can expect a refund of the full amount paid minus a charge of £70 per person to cover non-refundable deposits.

Cancellations made on after 1 August will receive no refund, excepting in the following circumstances. 

If a cancellation is needed within 14 days prior to travel because your family cannot travel due to COVID illness (where you or a member of your family is symptomatic, is diagnosed or if you are required to isolate by track and trace, and this can be evidenced) or because of national/local restrictions, you will receive a full refund. 



The evening meal on arrival is included in the Booking Fee.  However, families can opt to arrive later and miss the meal.


It is advised that children and adults taking part in outdoor activities have swim wear and clothes with them that they don't mind getting wet or dirty.  It is also advised to have plenty of spare clothing. Some activities need specific clothing e.g. covered arms and legs. Once we have the programme of activities we will let families know what is required.


Potential Plus UK will take photographs of this experience for future publication in its blogs and on its website.  Names are not given.  Please refer to the parental permission when booking.


PGL Liddington has a standard no smoking policy within all buildings.  There are designated smoking areas outside.



TYPE Ticket Price Non-Member
W/E adult with activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £210.00 £240.00
W/E 7+ child with activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £210.00 £240.00
W/E adult NO activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £170.00 £225.00
W/E 4-6 child with activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £170.00 £225.00
W/E 0-3 child NO activities, Friday dinner to Sunday dinner, B&B £30.00 £60.00