We set up this business in 2011 - I can't believe it! This will be our 6th summer. We've watched children grow up and seen them leave us once they go to Secondary school.
Some have stayed with us beyond Secondary age, and taken on a kind of helper role. It's so lovely for the new young children who are filling up our ranks now, to have that kind of support. Some of these children weren't even born when we first opened our doors.
Last year was a turning point for us. It was full of surprises. Children drifted away as they got older, children joined us for the first time, and we saw lots of old faces returning again and again. We still managed to present our happy little clients with a different experience every day. In five years we have always tried to be original every day. Apart from of course, the old favourites - the migration game, capture the flag, and such like.
We have had a long think about things this Christmas. We had to cancel a couple of days this holiday due to lack of interest. It was a real shock, and made us a bit sad... but I know how fortunes change, plans for families are different every year, so we hope that this was just a blip.
We have , in the light of this, decided to reward the people who book early (up to 3 weeks before the next holiday) by reducing our hourly rate. People can still book up right up until the day itself (if we still have spaces available), but it will cost more. We see this as a way of rewarding people who book and pay early. It helps us to manage our time and activities better.
Once you book in you will get a swift invoice, and as long as it is paid by the 3 week timescale, your reduced rate will stand.
But we've always been flexible. Those of you who have regularly been fantastic customers will continue to have the option to experience our more flexible terms. Just ask if you wish to know more.
So there we have it peeps. The cost of living has gone up, we are all feeling the pinch, but you can send your child to the best little holiday activity centre for less than ever before, if you plan in plenty of time, and snap up an early space.
My new year has already seen a full update of our website, our terms and conditions, and our fantastic activities for February are already being planned. All I can say to you is 'Use us or lose us' - we run these activity days in our own holidays, and will continue to do so as long as you want and need us. So come along, bring your friends, shout about us all over the school playground at home time. Show us you love us! We'll return the favour tenfold, and be at your service - for as long as you need us.
Happy New Year. This is our 6th - lets make it our best ever!!
Very best wishes from Jules and the whole team!