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Free summer activities are back

Posted by on 3 July 2019 | Comments

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Young people in Lowestoft and the surrounding areas can now sign up for East Suffolk Council’s popular programme of free children’s activities, which returns to Lowestoft this month.

Returning for a sixth consecutive summer, the School’s Out activities are designed for children aged between nine and sixteen with additional dates for five to eight year olds. The activities are organised by the East Suffolk Communities Team in partnership with Suffolk Positive Futures, with support from Suffolk County Council, Sentinel Leisure Trust, Norse and Lowestoft Town Council.

Beginning on Tuesday 30 July, the activities will take place each Tuesday and Thursday on Lowestoft’s award-winning South Beach. Running until Thursday 22 August, activities will include tug of war, netball, tag rugby, dodgeball, cricket, rounders, futsal, volleyball, American football, climbing, boxing sessions with Ultimate Boxing and drama and musical theatre with the Marina Theatre. On the final session, on Thursday 22 August, there will be an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style finale.

Activities will run from 1pm to 3.30pm. Children in receipt of free school meals will receive a free packed lunch and are invited to begin their activities at 11.30am. This is supported by additional funding from the Department of Education, through a successful bid by Suffolk County Council.

Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said:

“Our popular free summer activities are back for yet another year and offer local children the chance to get outside in the sunshine, be active and stay occupied over the summer holidays. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of local young people enjoying these activities on our beautiful beach this summer.”

As well as the activities on the South Beach, two other activity programmes will also run during the summer holidays.

Starting on Wednesday 31 July, activities for 5-16 year olds will take place at Normanston Park between 1pm and 3.30pm. The sessions will run until 21 August, when the climbing wall will be available. Children in receipt of free school meals will receive a free packed lunch and are invited to begin their activities at 11.30am.

At Britten Field, activities start on Friday 2 August. Sessions will run each week, from 3pm to 7pm, until 23 August. Children in receipt of free school meals (9-16 year olds) will receive a free packed meal.

For more details, or to sign up for any or all of the sessions, please visit facebook.com/eastsuffolkcommunities or call 01502 523111.