Residentials' FAQs

Residential holidays offer the chance to have new experiences, improve social skills, gain independence…and have lots of fun away from Mum and Dad!

All your questions answered below – if you require any further information please contact Emily.

Who can go on holiday?

Our children’s residential holidays are open to any member of Yellow Submarine aged 11 – 18 years. For information about 18+ holidays please click here.

If you are not yet registered with Yellow Submarine, please contact Emily for more information.

How do I find out about holidays?

Once you are a registered member you will be sent the annual holiday itinerary, either by email or post.

You can also view details of all forthcoming holidays here.

How do I book?

Places on residential trips are limited and unfortunately we are not always able to offer a place to every child.

Once you have received the holiday programme, we ask that you ‘request a place’. This can be done by returning a booking form to:

12 Park End Street, Oxford. OX1 1HH, calling 01865 236 119 or contacting Emily.

Once we have received all requests. we will allocate spaces as fairly as possible.

Once your child has been allocated a holiday, we will send you a booking form to complete.

How are holidays allocated?

We do not offer holidays on a first come first served basis – we make allocations based on various criteria designed to ensure that the holiday is as valuable and enjoyable as possible:

We take family’s needs into consideration and priority will be given to existing members, who may not be able to access a holiday without support of the charity; who’s family are in need of respite, or those in financial difficulty.

We group children who have a similar level of need and know each other where possible. We look at individual interests and try and match them to the most appropriate holiday.

How much do they cost?

The price of a UK holiday is £195. Funding support may be available to families on a low income – please let us know if you would like help applying.

The Euro Disney trip for students from Abingdon & Witney College (aged 16-18), is priced at £800. A £200 Respite Grant towards this is available to young people still living at home with their parents.

What does this include?

The cost covers everything, from full support, accommodation and transport, to activities and all meals.

You are more than welcome to bring pocket money, but this should be a modest amount. As a guide, we wouldn’t recommend more than £5 per day, for a souvenir or ice cream.

How do you get there?

We usually meet for departure at designated points in Oxford, Witney and Abingdon, returning to those points at the end of the holiday.

What happens on a holiday?

Before the holiday you will be sent a list of activities and we ask that you look through these with your child and select their favourites. We use this information to put together an exciting holiday timetable, which may include; theme parks, swimming, bowling, visiting a football ground, climbing the Blackpool Tower or exploring an aquarium.

We will send you a colourful pictorial timetable before the holiday, so your child can see what will be happening each day.

What is accommodation like?

We stay in a range of beautiful, self-catering houses around the UK and in France, these are carefully researched in advance and offer fantastic facilities.

Several of our homes are on working farms which offer fabulous opportunities to meet the animals. Some boast games rooms and large gardens for playing in.

We also offer stays in alternative accomodation – including a fabulous Yurt Village!

Individual details of these venues will be provided when booking.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Young people generally share a room with a person of the same gender, unless their needs mean that this is not appropriate.

We allocate rooms based on existing friendships, similar interests or sleeping patterns! This is something which can be discussed at the time of booking.

How are holidays staffed?

Holidays are led by a trained Yellow Submarine Holiday Leader, who will be supported by a small team of staff and volunteers. On average there will be four adults to five young people.

All staff and volunteers have undergone the appropriate checks and hold DBS certificates.

Holiday leaders are trained in First Aid and Medication Administration.

My child takes medication…

If your child takes medication, or has any health needs that require additional assistance we ask that you mention this on the booking form. We will then contact you to discuss their requirements.

All medication must be handed over to the holiday leader at the beginning of the trip and signed for. If you have MAR sheets we ask that you send these too.

Please ensure that all medication is clearly labelled and complete with administration instructions.

Medication will be stored in a lock box for the duration of the holiday and administered and recorded by the holiday leader.

If your child self-medicates they will be supervised to do this.

Food & Drink

All food is provided, including a meal out in a restaurant to celebrate the final evening of the holiday.

Children are involved in writing the menu, shopping and food preparation. We eat all meals together at a large dining table, which is a great opportunity to make plans and share stories.

You will be asked to list any dietary needs, or support surrounding mealtimes on the booking form. Please let us know your child’s likes and dislikes and we will do our best to cater for them.

Regrettably we cannot prepare individual meals for each child, but we will ensure that they are offered choice and variety at mealtimes – no one goes hungry on a Yellow Sub holiday!

We try to ensure that everybody eats healthy, balanced meals…as well as a few holiday treats of course!

This is my child’s first time away from home…

We recognise that being away from home can be daunting for those not used to being away from their family and can be equally stressful for parents. We work closely with families throughout the process to help allay any fears and provide reassurance.

Our aim is to ensure a fantastic first time away from home experience for your child, whilst offering you the time to spend with other siblings and recharge your batteries.

We make daily contact with parents and encourage children to call home regularly.


What should we pack?

Before each holiday we will send you a packing list, as a guide we usually suggest:

  • Enough clothes and underwear for the duration of the trip
  • Pyjamas or a nightie
  • Waterproofs
  • Slippers for wearing in the house
  • Swimming kit
  • 2 towels (one for bathing and one for the beach or swimming pool)
  • Toiletries (tooth brush, tooth paste, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen etc.)
  • A teddy or something familiar from home
  • Reusable drinks bottle
  • Any CD’s or DVD’s they wish to bring (please label)

We are happy for children to bring iPads, cameras, mobile phones, hand held games consoles etc. but cannot guarantee their safety. We are not responsible for any loss or damage, so please consider what you pack carefully.

If bedding (e.g. pillows/sleeping bags) is required we will let you know in advance.

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