All systems go for summer fun activities!

Release date: 4 June 2014

The school summer holidays are approaching fast and children, young people and families across the Cotswolds will be looking for lots of fun things to do. 

With this in mind, Cotswold District Council, in partnership with creative arts and community organisation World Jungle, is offering a superb range of activities and events across the district over the entire holiday period. 

Now in its ninth year, the ‘Summer off the Streets’ programme provides activities for those of all abilities to have fun, learn some skills and make new friends – there really will be something for everyone! 

There are many free activities, including family fun days at Walnut Tree Field, Fairford on Thursday 30 July, Naight Park, Bourton on Friday 31 July, South Cerney scout hall on Friday 14 August, and King George’s Field, Stow on Friday 21.  Other free events include: activities organised by World Jungle at the Tetbury summer show, Memorial Ground on Sunday 9 August;  national play events at St Michael’s Park, Cirencester and Baden Powell Field, Chipping Campden on Wednesday 5 August;  circus and parachute fun at the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester on Wednesday 29 July; circus skills at Stow Youth Centre on Monday 17 August; a community football session for 8-15 year olds at Deer Park School on Friday 7 August (booking is essential); ‘Scratch and Skate’ festivals (skateboarding and DJ music plus ‘skater of the day award’) at Adam Philby Skate Park, Tetbury on Sunday 9 August and the Cirencester Skate Park on Sunday 16 August; and Get Creative drop-in arts and crafts sessions at Dolphins Hall, Tetbury on Friday 7 August, South Cerney Scout Hut on Thursday 13 August, and the Youth Centre, Stow on Thursday 20 August;

Here are some of the other attractions (fees payable) which kids can enjoy:

Take a Bow Drama Workshop – 2 pm to 4 pm, Monday 27 July at George Moore Centre, Bourton and 2 pm to 4 pm, Wednesday 5 August at Dolphins Hall, Tetbury. 

Fun drama workshop for 6-12 year olds.  (20 spaces at each event.)

Multi Media Workshop - 10 am to 1 pm, Wednesday 22 July at Cirencester College

Create interactive images and simple animations to populate your own self-published website! Age 8-12 years (10 spaces) NOTE: There may be another course at the same venue on the afternoon of 22 July if there is sufficient interest.

Touch Tennis - 10 am to 12 noon, Friday 24 July and also Friday 21 August at St Michaels Park, Cirencester

Played on a reduced size court, this is a game which relies on deft stroke play and chess-like manoeuvres. Once you try it you’ll be hooked! Ages 8 years upwards (12 spaces per session)

Cool Drawing/Get Arty – Tuesday 28 July, 10 am to 12 noon at St Lawrence Church Centre, Cirencester and 2 – 4 pm at Westwoods Centre, Northleach

Join artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis in this fast-paced, dynamic drawing session. Create, draw and then animate simple characters – you will be amazed by the results. Age 7-12 years (12 spaces at each event)

Let’s get cooking - 10 am to 12 noon, Thursday 30 July at Westwoods Centre, Northleach and 1030 am to 1230 pm on Tuesday 18 August at Stow Youth Centre Dolphins Hall, Tetbury

Learn how to make some delicious treats to take home with you  Age 8-12 years (10 spaces at each venue.)

Circus Skills – Monday 3 August, 1 pm to 3 pm in Dolphins Hall, Tetbury Stow-on-the-Wold and 2pm to 4pm in Lechlade

All the fun of the circus – wow your friends and learn how to juggle, use diablo, poi, devil sticks, hula hoops, unicycles and more! Age 8 years plus (20 spaces)

Woodland survival skills - Wednesday 5 August, 10 am to 2 pm, at Cotswold Forest School  

Set in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park, this course teaches you basic survival skills providing an opportunity to light fires safely, construct a woodland shelter, and pick up some tracking expertise. Age 9-16 years.(12 spaces)

Cheerleading – Monday 10 August, 10 am to 12 noon in Bingham Hall, Cirencester

These 'Ultimate Cardio' classes consist of stunting, jumps, motions, dance and gymnastics.  If you enjoyed 'Bring it On' or 'High School Musical' then you are in the right place to have fun with friends and get fit! Age 6-12 years. (20 spaces)

Felt Making –Tuesday 4 August, 10 am to 12 noon at Dolphin’s Hall, Tetbury and Tuesday 11 August, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Moreton Area Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh

Have fun with fibres and colour, making hand-rolled felt picture. Bring a photo to inspire you – or just use your imagination! , All materials and equipment are provided.
Wear suitable old clothes and bring a bottle of water. Age 7 years plus.(12 spaces at each venue.)

Brochures setting out all the details about this year’s attractions will soon be handed out to school children across the District, and there will also be a poster campaign.  Full details of the programme can also be found on the World Jungle Website:

Jane Manning of World Jungle said:

“Last year’s range of Summer off the Streets activities was impressive but 2015 is even better. We know what has worked well and the events on offer reflect the positive feedback we have received from across the District. The bookable events tend to fill up quickly, so I would urge everyone to look at the brochure and reserve spaces as soon as possible.”

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment and Communities has been impressed by the activities on offer:

“It’s good to see so many activities to choose from and I am sure that children across the District will enjoy them immensely. I am especially pleased that the programme is providing so many free events for families to just turn up at and participate.  It’s also worth pointing out that the sessions which carry a fee are very reasonable with several costing as little as £3.

“I am very grateful for the additional support from County and District Councillors – and Cirencester Town Council - who have contributed to the scheme from their individual funding allocations.  As a result there will be a full programme running throughout the school holidays at venues across the Cotswolds as well as extra week-long programmes of events and activities targeted at children and families living in Bourton and Northleach, Tetbury, Stow-on-the-Wold and South Cerney.”

To book and pay for activities, please go to the World Jungle website  or telephone 01285 623407. The website contains all the activities covered by the Summer off the Street programme.


World Jungle is an award-winning social enterprise which builds bridges between communities and cultures through music, arts, dance, play and education. We bring people together to promote health and wellbeing and to deepen our understanding and respect for each other and the environment.


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