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.”