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Packed summer holiday programme of boredom-busting activities for kids

18 July 2017

From assault courses to junior sports camps and a summer reading challenge, there’s a huge range of boredom-busting activities lined up to keep kids happy, healthy and active during the school holidays in Bridgend County Borough.

‘ParkLives’, a national project funded by Coca Cola and supported locally by Bridgend County Borough Council, will be providing FREE activity sessions at several local parks.

‘Mini Gladiators’ for little ones, ‘Gladiators’ for older kids aged 7+, zumba for teenagers, bubble football and parkour are just some of the FREE ‘ParkLives’ activities taking place every Thursday at Newbridge Fields in Bridgend from 27 July to 31 August.

During the school holidays there will also be FREE ‘ParkLives’ family tai chi and wellbeing sessions every Thursday at Newbridge Fields, every Monday at Porthcawl Wilderness Lakes, every Tuesday at Kenfig Nature Reserve, and every Friday at Maesteg Welfare Park.

Brackla Sports Centre will be hosting its largest ever summer programme with plenty on offer for all ages including Balance Bikes, Junior Sports Camps, Disability Activity Camps, Family Badminton, and Fundamentals – multi sport sessions for kids aged 3-6.

The popular Active 4 Life sessions are also back at nine venues across the county borough from Monday 31 July to Friday 25 August (10am – 2pm). Active 4 Life offers youngsters aged 8 to 12 the chance to enjoy sports, games, arts and creative activities. All of the sessions are FREE and parents/guardians will need to complete registration forms on each day.

The Active 4 Life scheme is co-ordinated by Bridgend County Borough Council together with partners including Halo Leisure, and is supported by town and community councils.

There are also FREE Mini Play 4 Life sessions for younger children aged 0-6 at the Flying Start centres in Blaenllynfi, Plasnewydd, Cefn Glas, Bettws, Wildmill, Brackla, Blackmill, Lewistown, Afon Y Felin and Sarn.

Elsewhere, families can make a splash at Halo Leisure Centres thanks to the Welsh Government’s FREE swimming initiative for under 16s. The free swimming sessions will be at certain times, while other pool-based activities will include snorkelling, water polo, water safety and swimming lesson crash courses taught in both English and Welsh.

Communities First are running a series of health and learning events, Urdd Gobaith Cymru have organised several Welsh-language sports camps for youngsters, while further fun activities through the medium of Welsh are being organised by Menter Bro Ogwr.

Bridgend County Borough Council’s partners, ‘Awen Cultural Trust’ also have plenty going on. At local libraries, The Summer Reading Challenge invites youngsters to read six books of their choice over the holidays, and collect exclusive rewards along the way. This year’s challenge has an ‘Animal Agents’ theme, supported by original artwork from celebrated illustrator Tony Ross, the man behind Horrid Henry.

The Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 22 July, with children invited to bring a book along to Newbridge Fields in Bridgend between 1pm – 3pm to help build a massive book tower!

Other summer fun at local libraries includes reading clubs, lego clubs, film clubs, coding clubs and storytime sessions.

There’s puppet shows, panto auditions and much more at Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion and Maesteg Town Hall while Bryngarw Country Park will host outdoor theatre performances including ‘Billionaire Boy’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Alice through the looking glass’.

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations said: “There are a vast number of activities and events taking place that will help you to keep your children inspired, entertained and energised throughout the summer break.

“We’re particularly excited that the ParkLives initiative is coming to the county borough, offering physical activity sessions that are not only free, but also really accessible for a large number of residents.”

Full details of all the summer programme activities can be found at

Last Updated: 18/07/2017
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