Special events for Teenagers this summer in the Cotswolds


A series of youth events and activities targeted at teenagers and young people will take place at venues across the Cotswolds during the school summer holidays.  Activities include graffiti art, music, bushcraft, gladiator duel inflatables, African drumming, henna, unicycling, and juggling skills. Young people will also be given an opportunity to share their views about what it is like to live in the Cotswolds and what is important to them.

Local community and arts organisation World Jungle is organising the programme with support from Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council’s Youth Activities funding.  Events will be based around five locations across the district: Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Northleach, Tetbury and Fairford.

Young people have been consulted on the programme and involved in decision making around what activities should be included.   As well as incorporating events that have proved very popular in the past – including the ‘Scratch and Skate’ festivals in Cirencester and Tetbury and support for the popular Phoenix Festival in Cirencester – a series of special youth events will take place in Tetbury, Fairford and Northleach with lots of activities on offer.  Details of all the events can be found on www.worldjungle.org.uk   and are listed below.

  • SCOOTER JAM – Friday 5 August Kingshill, Cirencester  1pm-4pm
  • SCRATCH AND SKATE FESTIVAL Cirencester  Skate Park- Sunday 7 August, 1pm-4pm
  • YOUTH EVENT – TETBURY – Wednesday 3 August 6pm-9pm on the Recreation Ground (by Dolphins Hall)
  • COMMUNITY FUN DAY – CHIPPING CAMPDEN – Wednesday 10 August on the Recreation Ground, 1pm-4pm – There will be lots for all ages to enjoy at this community fun day – including special activities targeted at teenagers & young people.
  • YOUTH EVENT- FAIRFORD – Friday 12 August 6pm-9pm on Walnut Tree Field, Fairford.
  • SCRATCH AND SKATE FESTIVAL Tetbury – Sunday 14 August – Adam Philby Skate Park, 1pm-4pm
  • YOUTH EVENT – NORTHLEACH – Friday 26 August 6pm-9pm on King George’s Fields in Northleach
  • PHOENIX FESTIVAL – 27 and 28 August Abbey Grounds, Cirencester

At the events young people will also be invited to take part in a consultation exercise to help identify key issues and needs in order to inform future work and planning in this area.

Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“We hope that this programme gives young people access to some really great events to enjoy over the summer holidays – and importantly also gives them the chance to get their voice heard about the issues which affect their lives and the changes they would like to see happen.  We will be bringing along our “Ideas Pod” (I-POD) to the events, a quiet space people can enter to record their views and opinions on what matters to them. We hope some may be inspired to go on and join youth councils or groups to help make a difference to their communities.”

Cllr Alison Coggins, Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure at Cotswold District Council, has been impressed by the activities on offer:

“Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council’s Youth Activities support and fund this programme of events for young people. It’s good to see so many activities to choose from, and I am sure that children across the District will enjoy them immensely.  There is no need to book the many free activities – families just need to turn up and participate. It’s also worth pointing out that the few sessions which carry a fee are very reasonable with most costing as little as £3.”

As in previous years, World Jungle will also be running activities and events for younger children and families across the Cotswolds over the summer holidays.  Details of both programmes can be found on the World Jungle website with a link from the ‘What’s On’ page:  www.worldjungle.org.uk

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email ben@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit  www.worldjungle.org.uk.

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Summer holiday fun for children in Nailsworth

With the long summer holidays fast approaching, help is on hand to keep the children active and happy this summer with a series of FREE workshops and activities planned at the Arkell Community Centre in Nailsworth.

With a range of activities on offer throughout August including circus fun, African drumming, arts and crafts and cooking – organisers hope there will be something to appeal to everyone.

The programme has been put together by the Arkell Community Centre and creative community organisation World Jungle. Cllr Angela Norman Trustee of the Arkell Community Centre said,

“We are really pleased to be able to offer this summer programme to support children and families in Nailsworth this year.  Keeping the children busy during the long summer can be challenging and it is very important to be able to access a range of affordable activities on the door step.  We hope the programme will encourage children to get active this summer, try something new and most importantly, have lots of fun!”

All the activities are free of charge and for most you can just turn up on the day and join in.  Only the cooking workshop requires registering in advance due to a limit on numbers.   The sessions will take place at the Arkell Community Centre (Nympsfield Road, Forest Green Nailsworth GL6 0ET) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday  10th August,  10am-12noon:  African Drumming
  • Thursday 11th August, 2.30pm-4.30pm: Get Creative! (art & craft)
  • Wednesday 17th August,  10am-12noon:  Circus Skills
  • Thursday 25th August  2.30pm-4.30pm: Get Cooking! (limited spaces, please register in advance)

The activity sessions are aimed at ages 7 years and upwards and parents are asked to stay with younger children for the ‘drop in’ activities.  The Cooking Workshop is for children aged 8-12yrs and requires registering in advance by visiting the World Jungle website (www.worldjungle.org.uk).  For more information, please contact Jane Manning from World Jungle on 07889 512644 or email info@worldjungle.org.uk .

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Afternoon Tea Party & Summer Celebration in Berkeley

Everyone is warmly invited to an Afternoon Tea Party being held at Jenner Court, Salter Street, Berkeley on Friday 15th July from 2pm-4pm.  This special event is being organised by local community organisation World Jungle to celebrate the work of their ‘Full of Life’ project in Berkeley and Sharpness over the past few months.  It is open to everyone to come and enjoy afternoon tea and cake with entertainment and some stalls to browse too.

The ‘Full of Life’ project which was supported by Gloucestershire County Council’s Community Chest Fund, focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of older people, helping people to stay active and feel connected in their community. Activities have included regular sessions held at venues across Berkeley and Sharpness, supporting existing clubs and service providers, together with offering training for volunteers around supporting older people to maintain their independence and stay active in their communities.

Fiona Campbell from World Jungle said:

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to be able to extend the ‘Full of Life’ project to support people living in and around Berkeley and Sharpness.   We hope this event will bring together many of the people we have met along the way, including both those who have attended our events and sessions, together with volunteers who have got involved in supporting older people in our communities.”

For more information, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07474976403, email info@worldjungle.org.uk  or visit the World Jungle website: www.worldjungle.org.uk  .

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A summer of fun planned for children & families across the Cotswolds

Details of a fun packed programme of events and activities for children and families to enjoy across the Cotswolds during the school summer holidays have now been released.  Please look out for posters appearing across the area and brochures coming home with children from local schools.

‘Summer off the Streets 2016’ is made up of a wide selection of family fundays, skate park events, drop-in activity sessions and children’s workshops; with many of the events and activities being offered for free.  Local community and arts organisation World Jungle is running the programme again this year, with funding support from Gloucestershire County Council’s Children & Young People’s Activity Fund.

Activities will be taken in to the heart of communities with individual week-long programmes being delivered in South Cerney (week beginning 8 August), Stow on the Wold (week beginning 15th August), and Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach (week beginning 22nd August).

Each of these programmes will include a variety of activities ranging from cooking, circus skills, drama, arts and crafts, to sport, games and climbing sessions.  There will also be large Family Fun Day events on Friday 12th August in South Cerney and Friday 26th August in Bourton on the Water.

Details of the full  summer programme can be found on the World Jungle website under ‘Summer off the Streets’:  http://www.worldjungle.org.uk  – Those activities with limited spaces and requiring booking tend to fill up quickly, so organisers encourage people to visit the website and reserve spaces as soon as possible.

The programme also links in with national campaigns including Love Parks Week and Play Day 2016. There will be free circus and parachute fun with World Jungle in Abbey Grounds, Cirencester on Tuesday 26 July as part of Cirencester Town Council’s Love Parks Week programme.  National Play Day will then be celebrated the following week with a fabulous family event in St Michael’s Park Cirencester on the afternoon of Wednesday 3 August.

The funding was made available under the ‘Children and Young People’s Activity Fund’, a grant scheme from Gloucestershire County Council encouraging more sport and physical activity across the county.  The holiday programmes have the backing of the local councillors for each of the areas:  Cllr Nigel Moor (Stow on the Wold), Cllr Shaun Parsons (South Cerney) and Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach).  Councillor Paul Hodgkinson said:

“I am really pleased to be able to support this Summer Activity Programme which proved so popular with children and families last summer, providing a range of affordable activities in the heart of our community.  I am especially pleased that the programme is providing so many free events for families to just turn up at and participate.  We hope the programme will help families and encourage children to get active this summer, make use of our parks and green spaces and get involved and enjoy  a range of activities.”

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email ben@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit  http://www.worldjungle.org.uk  .

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