Scintillating summer for Stevenage youngsters

20 Jul 2017

Stevenage Borough Council has organised a bumper line-up of summer holiday fun to keep the town’s young people entertained during the school holidays.

Activities on offer at Symonds Green play scheme include puppet making and tile painting, while Bedwell play scheme travels to The Dell, Town Centre Gardens and Fairlands Bandstand. The play centres at Bandley Hill, Pin Green and St Nicholas will be offering activities including pavement art, junk modelling, and mud monsters. All the centres and schemes will celebrate National Play Day on Wednesday 2 August.

Young people in Stevenage aged 11 to 19 (or up to 25 with a learning difficulty or disability) can get involved in activities ranging from archery and water sports to trampolining and  street art thanks to the Summer Fillerz initiative, which is led by the Young Engagement Team Stevenage and co-ordinated by the council. To take part in these activities contact 01438 843340 or email yc.stevenage@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Stevenage’s glorious green spaces are hosting a range of events for young people and their families to enjoy. A Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place in Hampson Park on Wednesday 26 July, The Big Green Event, with a falconry display, takes place on Wednesday 9 August at Shephalbury Park, and the Town Centre Gardens host Family Fun Day on Wednesday 30 August. No need to book, just turn up.

Stevenage Museum is also running special activities during the holidays on Wednesdays to Fridays. Sessions start on Wednesday 2 August and finish on Friday 25 August, and take place from 11am till 12pm, and 2pm till 3pm at a cost of £3 per child. In the first week, children can join in with crafts linked to their new exhibition, All the Fun of the Fair; then design their very own coat of arms at Medieval Madness; and get arty with Art goes Pop!, on weeks two and three before more Fair-themed crafts in the final week.

Stevenage town centre’s summer programme kicks off on Saturday 22 July with a Play in Stevenage event where children will be able to complete activity sheets, sand art, and join in with 360 Play, the soft play centre based on the Leisure Park, who are coming along. Animal Crackers Day, Stevenage International Day, and a Practice Roomz Live session all follow so follow so check out @lovestevenagetc on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with what’s planned.

Councillor Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children and Young People, said: “What a summer we’ve got in store for children and young people from Stevenage. Our holiday programme is always action-packed but this year there’s even more for young people to enjoy. If you’re having a staycation this year and are not sure how to spend those summer days then fear not as our play centres, play schemes, parks, town centre and museum have something for all young people in Stevenage to take part in.”

For more information on what is on at the council’s play centres, visit www.stevenage.gov.uk/play. For more information on what is on at Stevenage Museum contact 01438 218881 or email museum@stevenagegov.uk

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