Holiday clubs for summer 2014

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The summer holidays will soon be in full swing, and whether you're looking for activities en famille or full-time childcare, there are clubs to suit all tastes running at venues across the country.

Our Local editors have rounded up the best of the bunch in their areas.






Enterprising Minds BirminghamEnterprising Minds

Is your 11-16 year old a budding entrepreneur or future leader, or do they have a general interest in business? Encouraging young people to think about how to be entrepreneurial and financially independent is the main objective of Enterprising Minds. During the week-long camp, young people will get the opportunity to work on a real-life business scenario, meet and listen to guest speakers, learn how to give great presentations, gain knowledge of how they could set up their own enterprises and more.


Gold Medal Academy Camp Long EatonGold Medal Academy

This camp is designed to inspire children to develop a lifelong passion for sport. Each course includes a visit from a sporting role model and allows children to try new Olympic and Commonwealth Game sports, receiving specialist age and ability-appropriate coaching.


Mumfit Summer School SolihullMumfit

Mothers and their children can get fit together at this summer school, with indoor and outdoor activities both during the day and in the evening.  As well as activities for teenagers and older children there, babies from six weeks are welcome too.


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East of England




Barracudas CambridgeBarracudas

These multi-activity day camps are suitable for children aged four and a half to 16 years old. With more than 100 activities to choose from, there should be something to suit all tastes, and there are also skills-building courses to take part in.


One Day Activity Experience DanburyOne day activity experience

The One Day Activity Experience offers young people aged eight and above the chance to enjoy up to four new and exciting activites in, you guessed it, one day. Working in groups of around 10, your child will have the opportunity to take part in everything from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.


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Fit for Sport Activity Camp WillesdenFit for sport

Fit For Sport has been running activity camps for children aged between three and 12 years old for more than 20 years. The camps are a great way for your child to be active, have fun, make new friends and experience new challenges.


Bear Grylls Kids Survival Day Courses EalingBear Grylls

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy and Fit For Sport will this summer be running a series of Kids Survival Day Courses, which offer children aged eight to 12 from across the UK a rare chance to learn Bear's extreme survival techniques. The courses will consist of a combination of survival skills and adventure tasks set by Bear and his team. These are designed to put kids to the test and inspire the next generation of adventurers. Techniques taught will include learning how to build a fire, navigate in the wilderness, rescue techniques, and about natural foods and building a shelter.


Project Haekon at the Hive ElthamProject Haekon

After centuries building mega-cities, the plant and animal life on Haekon began to die off. Once-common species became extinct or close. Desperate for help, Chief Haeko gathers an emergency council. He offers to lead a team to explore the universe far and wide, sending out radio signals everywhere they go, in search of natural life with which to renew their planet.

A secret radar facility off the coast of northern Scotland picks up a faint signal. It's a message. The League for Extraterrestrial Assistance and Friendship (LEAF), which runs the facility, springs into action, led by Agent Adams.

From this brief communication, LEAF learn about the Haekon peril. To get some expert advice on how they can help, LEAF enlist a natural habitat and plant specialist, Heather Huntingdon. Together, Heather, Agent Adams and the rest of the team get to work on helping the Haekos...


Circus Summer Schools Hoxtoncircus summer schools

Try circus this summer at the National Centre for Circus Arts. Over this week-long summer school you'll be able to try a range of circus skills, including rope, static trapeze, flying trapeze, juggling, diablo and acrobatics. On the last day you will have the chance to show others your new skills in a fun, informal showcase for friends and family.


Super Camps: A Passion for Food - bake-off HarrowPassion for food

This course will allow children to bake a variety of delicious sweet goods, with different take-home food every day. There will be plenty of opportunities for young chefs to be creative, with a focus on educating children in the art of presentation as well as great taste.


Mad Science Summer Camp Isleworthmad science

Mad Science will be running its much-loved camps at Worple Primary School, Isleworth for two weeks over the summer break. Every day is a mix of dynamic demonstrations and exciting hands-on experiments with an out-and-out emphasis on fun! You'll be building radical robots, defying gravity, launching rockets, constructing and demolishing buildings, dissecting human bodies (not real ones!), growing bacteria - and that's just for starters.


YMCA Summer Camp MordenYMCA

YMCA programmes are a mix of sporty activities, trips out and creative projects for four to 11-year-olds. Every Wednesday the group heads out on day trips to local attractions where children are sure to have fun.


Kids Art Room PurleyKids' art

Learn drawing skills and get to grips with watercolors, ink and paper collage among many other invaluable graphic skills. Sessions are three hours long, with a snack break, and all materials are provided.


Osmani trust logoOsmani Trust Youth Club Holiday Project Whitechapel

The Osmani Trust is running a Holiday Project for Tower Hamlets and the surrounding areas. Over the years, the club's projects have grown to offer regular youth club sessions, a football project and holiday schemes thanks to its work with local schools and organisations.

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South East




Swings and Smiles Special Needs Place to Play NewburySwings and smiles

Swings and Smiles is a place for children with special needs to play and their whole family to come and join them. During the summer holidays the soft play and art room will be open throughout the day (as well as normal opening hours). Be sure to book as spaces are limited.


Peter Pan Summer Holiday Experiences WinchesterPeter Pan

Brilliant summer holiday courses based on Peter Pan for 4-8 year old children. With colourful costumes, original songs and live music, the children will enjoy a fun-packed week making new friends, stretching their imagination and putting together a lively show that will delight family and friends.


Art Camp MaidstoneArt camp

Throughout the summer holidays children aged 7+ can take part in Summer Art Camp, an exciting programme of art and craft workshops. Come along for a day or a whole week. There's fashion week, jewellery workshops, animation workshops, textiles and clay classes and young artists week. Children will have a brilliant time learning new things, making new friends and developing their artistic skills.


Holiday activities at Fort Purbook, CoshamFort Purbrook

Are you looking for some fun and excitement to keep your children busy during the holidays? Peter Ashley Activity Centres have a great school holiday activity programme at the Fort Purbrook Centre overlooking Portsmouth.



YMCA Day Camps SholingYMCA day camps

Southampton Sholing day camps for various age groups, starting from 4 years. Activity sessions run throughout the day, with a range of options for children to take part in - a mix of physical games, craft activities, cookery and much more. Plus, at the end of each day there's opportunity to play with a selection of play and sports equipment


Summer Shakespeare: Twelfth Night Workshop Epsomsummer Shakespeare

Join Pull the Other for a five day Twelfth Night TheatreLab that introduces one of Shakespeare's most loved comedies in a fun fuelled, highly energised and imaginative environment. Meet new friends, learn about making a play and create a work-in-progress performance for family and friends.


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South West




AFC Bournemouth Disability Summer Camp KinsonAFC Bournemouth

Football sessions for children with any form of learning and/or physical disability taking place every Thursday for the six weeks holiday. At two venues: Pelham's Park Leisure Centre, Bournemouth or Ringwood Leisure Centre, Ringwood. The final session on 28 August is a World Cup tournament day at Littledown Centre, Bournemouth where both groups will come together.


Summer Surf Course Trurosummer surf

Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves! Providing the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to ensure all the family have the time of their lives, safe in the knowledge that fully qualified and expert staff will get you cruising on clean Atlantic waves and feeling the rush that only surfing can bring. At Falmouth / Porthtowan Surf School, all equipment is provided. The six week summer course is for novice or inexperienced young surfers and aims to boost confidence, increase awareness of safety and eco issues - while having a great time in the water!


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North West




Sport Blackpool Blackpoolsport Blackpool

Sport Blackpool provide a wide range of activities during the holidays, for children, young people and families alike. There's multi-sport camps offering a choice of activities including climbing, swimming, badminton, basketball and lots more. Three venues: Palatine Leisure Centre and Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre, as well as more sports and dance camps available at Blackpool Sports Centre.


Two children doing craftsSummer Splash Art and Dance Course Sale

Spend five exciting days exploring dance, art and media. Differently themed creative workshops will lead up to a sharing of everyone's work to be performed on Friday 8 August. Concessions apply to siblings who book on the same course and children who do both courses.


Activate SportAndrew Flintoff Cricket Academy Cheadle

The UK's biggest coaching organisation for boys and girls aged five to 15. Every Academy features a visit from an international cricketer. Run by Activate Sport, which is passionate about children leading an active and healthy lifestyle.



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