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What's on in Wirral this summer!

With the long summer holidays just around the corner, you might be wondering how you’ll fill the time until the kids go back to school. Check out our ideas below – there’s more in the July issue of Wirral View.

For children aged 6-13, Wirral Play Council will operate 10 free holiday playschemes this summer (annual membership is £20). Children can come and go as they choose and parents / carers do not need to stay with their child, although they will need to provide transport. Sessions are held Monday-Thursday – visit the Play Council website for locations and times.

For children aged eight and under, Wirral Children’s Centres are hosting a number of FREE activities in Birkenhead Park Visitor’s Centre. Each event includes face painting and arts and crafts relating to the theme on the day, and park rangers will be involved with the activities. You might want to take a picnic along, as events are held between 10am and 2pm!

  • August 9: Sports Day
  • August 16: Pirates and Princesses
  • August 23: Woodlands and Fairies
  • August 30: Superhero Day

Central Park in Wallasey will also host activities for children under eight in its Walled Garden every Thursday from 10-11.30am. Events include:

  • August 3: Pirates – dress up as a pirate and enjoy crafts and face painting
  • August 10: ‘Let’s Get Physical’ – with parachute games, ball games, skittles and obstacle courses
  • August 17: Gruffalo Trail, with bird feeders, fun and games
  • August 24: ‘people who help us’ roleplay, with the fire service and the police

For members of The Hive Youth Zone aged 8-12, the Holiday Club provides daily activities including sports, games, arts and crafts – plus a cookery club! A full day (8am-6pm) costs £10 and includes breakfast and lunch, and a half day (8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm) costs £5.00 and includes breakfast or lunch.

For teens, visit teenwirral.com to see what’s on near you, including activities for young people with disabilities.

For arty types aged 8-15, the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum is running free pop-up art workshops at different locations across Wirral from Tuesday, August 1. There will also be a drop-in arts and crafts pop-up shop at The Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead from 1-4 August between 1pm-4pm.

For tennis lovers, there’s tennis coaching at The Oval and free tennis sessions at Birkenhead Park.

Get up-close with exotic animals, including snakes, tarantulas, frogs and scorpions at Exoteach in Wirral Country Park on Sunday 30th July and Sunday 27th August.

Wirral Libraries is running its Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11, alongside Kids’ Animal Painting, Animal Charm Bracelets, a Film Club at Bebington Library, and loads more! See what’s on at a library near you.

An afternoon at the theatre is always a weatherproof failsafe option for the holidays. Try The Tiger Who Came to Tea or Dick and Dom at The Floral Pavilion in August.

Cyclists can enjoy free bike checks at Birkenhead Park Visitor’s Centre on Monday, July 31, plus Wheels for All will provide a range of adapted bikes on Thursday, August 10, so that anyone can experience cycling regardless of age or disability. Booking for Wheels for All is essential – please call 01925 234 213.