Your guide to summer activities for the kids

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Activities during the school summer holidays include:

l A two-day wordplay workshop for children aged eight to 14 years will be held at Stamford Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 2.

Led by Stamford Poet Laureate Darren Rawnsley, participants will be able to perform their creations on Thursday afternoon for friends and family. The sessions run from 10am to 4pm (performance at 3.30pm on Thursday) and costs £15 for the two days. Other workshops at the Arts Centre next week include flag-making and Olympic felt workshop, both on Thursday and suitable for children aged five to 12. For details of all the events at the arts centre call 01780 763203.

l Ringstone Players’ youth drama workshop led by Rob Anderson takes place at Edenham Village Hall from Monday, August 20, to Friday, August 24, 9am to 12.30pm. On Saturday, August 25, there will be a performance for family and friends. For details contact Kay Williams on 01778 570650 orr al.kay@tiscali

l Clare Cottage in Helpston has activities for children aged seven to 12 including Glug! An aquarium without the mess on Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm; Magnificent Mobiles: Insects and other flying beasties Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm, and Beautiful Bakes on Tuesday, August 7. Contact 01733 253330.

l Multi-sport activity sessions are being held by Activ8 at Copthill School in Uffington. Children under five will be able to attend from 9am to 9.45am, with sessions for ages five to seven from 9.45am to 10.45am, and for ages seven plus from 11am to midday. A week of day sessions, from either 8.30am to 5.30pm or 9am to 3.30pm, will run between August 13 and 17. Activ8 will also hold a session to coincide with the Burghley Horse Trials on August 30. To book places, call Mark Brice on 07843 109792.

l From Monday next week Wildcats Theatre School is running a full week of gymnastics and dance at Copthill School, Uffington.Children can take part in a Cirque du Solei-style performance of the Jungle Book, using moves taught by qualified British gymnastics teachers. The sessions run from 9.30am to 4pm.

Wildcats is also running a week- long “Wicked Musical” Summer School. Each week works towards a showcase performance of songs from the West End Musical. The event will be at Stamford Arts Centre from August 13 to 17.

Finally, during the week of August 20 there will be day workshops at Stamford Arts Centre. Children can choose from Street Dance, 13 Musical, Muppets and Puppets, Angelina Ballerina and Prince and Princesses.

For more information, prices or to book any of the activities go to

l Stamford Town Council is running a playscheme from Monday, August 6, until Friday, August 17 (excluding August 11 and 12). The cost is £11 per child for under eights and £16 for children aged eight to 11 per session. Sessions run from 9.30am until 11.30am and 1pm until 4pm at Stamford Queen Eleanor School. To enrol call 01780 753808.

l Rutland County Council is organising a visit to Skegness on Friday, August 3, and a trip to theme park Alton Towers on August 9.

Both events are available to children aged 11 and over and can be booked by visiting or on 01572 722 577.

l In Empingham the Rutland Wanders mobile youth club will be open on Wednesdays between 6.30pm and 9pm and will offer a variety of activities, ranging from fun sessions to educational activities, advice and more. To find out more contact Jules One Stop in Oakham on 01572 756 655 or visit

l Genesis Theatre Schools is running a summer school at Catmose College in Oakham from August 6 to 10. The children will be involved in acting, singing and dancing and will put together a musical show which will be performed on the final evening. For more information call 01536 460928 or visit

l Uppingham Community College will again be running its Sporting Fun Holiday Programme for children aged five to 11. Activities include football, tag rugby, tennis, rounders, athletics, mini hockey, basketball and Kwik Cricket. The scheme runs from 10am to 3pm daily and is running on various dates throughout July and August. To book a place contact Rob Lewin on 07902 243405 or e-mail

l People will be able to work alongside archaeologists for the first time ever in a public dig at Flag Fen, near Peterborough, this summer. For information visit For information on the summer school for children and events for families at Flag Fen visit

l Sports development organisation Sports Xtra is hosting a series of events for children aged five to 11.

Youngsters can become a special agent for the day at Spy Xperience at Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (July 30 - August 1) and at Casterton Business and Enterprise College on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (July 30 - August 1). Children can explore crime scenes in Detective Xperience at Catmose Sports Centre on Thursday (August 2) and Friday (August 3) as well as Casterton Business and Enterprise College on Thursday (August 2) and Friday (August 3). Small sided football game the Futsal Xperience will also be at the two venues on the same dates. Children can get moving at Dance Xperience at Casterton Business and Enterprise College on Monday (July 30) and Tuesday (July 31) and on Thursday (August 2) and Friday (August 3). Sports Xtra will also be running a three-day sports camp at Bluecoat Primary School, Green Lane, Stamford, from August 20 to 22. To book a place, call Sara on 0770 3030711, or e-mail

l Bourne Outdoor Pool is open daily from midday to 5.30pm during the holidays. The opening time may be extended to 7pm on a day-by-day basis if the weather is good. Under-15s fun nights are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 8.30pm. For more details go to

l Peterborough Lido has reduced its prices at selected times. Until August 31 children can swim for £1 from 9am to 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and families will be charged £5 from 3pm until closing time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are three outdoor heated swimming pools; a 50m pool, a teaching pool and a paddling pool plus a large lawn with play facilities; a balcony for sunbathing and refreshment area. It is open daily 9am to 8pm in July and August For details visit

l The RSPB is holding bug quest sessions at Top Lodge, Fineshade Wood on Tuesday next week, Tuesday, August 7, Thursday, August 16, and Thursday, August 30.

The sessions start at 10.30am and the cost is £4 per child and £2 per accompanying adult (half price for RSPB members). Advance booking is required. Contact 07912 667734 or

l Activities organised by Not All Bad at Bourne Youth Centre and Bourne Outdoor Pool during the school holidays include crafts, football, water polo and volleyball. For more information call 01529 240340 or 07956 151688 or visit

l One Touch Football will be holding sports sessions throughout the area.

Mini Olympics courses for children aged four to 12 will be held at Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham on August 20, 21 and 22; Deepings Leisure Centre from August 6 to 10 and Spalding Parish CE Day School from August 13 to 17. The sessions include various sports and activities such as hockey, tennis, basketball, volleyball, track and field. Football fun days for children aged four to 14 years take place at Stamford Queen Eleanor School on August 6, 7, 8, 29 and 30; Bourne Recreation Ground on August 9, 10, 22, 23 and 24; Deeping Leisure Centre on August 6, 7, 8, 29, 30 and 31 and Spalding Parish CE Day School on August 15, 16 and 17.

For more details contact 07880 703784, e-mail or visit

l Children in Market Deeping will be attending the town’s playscheme running for a week from Monday at Market Deeping Primary School and for a second week from August 6 at the same venue.

The event has been organised by Sue Bell, of Madcaps Out of School Club. For information or an application form call 01778 344896.

l Summer holiday events at Elsea Park Community Centre, Bourne, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (July 31 - August 2) between 2pm and 4pm, including sports and arts and crafts. Open to children aged between five and 11. The cost is £1 per child per session.

l Two musical theatre students are presenting Willy Russell’s Our Day Out as a free community theatre project at The Red Hall in Bourne.

Robbie Logue and Rosie King, both 19 and from Langtoft, are offering youngsters between 12 and 18 the chance to develop their skills.

There will be an open session of drama and singing tomorrow at 11am for youngsters to come along and find out more Auditions will be held on August 11.

There will be one Saturday workshop covering the songs and choreography for the show on August 18 and then an intensive week of rehearsal from August 20.

The show will open for two performances on the Friday, August 24, a matinee and an evening performance, at The Red Hall in Bourne.

Former tutor and choir director Andrew Clingo will musically direct the project.

Call Robbie on 07907148836.