Packed summer of fun in store for Newham's young people

23 June 2016 in 2012 Games and legacy and Events and Mayor and Young Mayor and Young people
A feast of fun and excitement is on offer for Newham’s young residents this summer with the launch of the biggest ever Newham Council annual summer activity guide.
The brochure is packed with 100 pages of activities, many of which are free, available to children and teenagers between July and September. These include summer school courses, sports taster sessions, summer reading challenges, events in the borough’s parks and community centres, as well as activities for the whole family.

It also contains information on the range of free annual community events put on by the council to bring people together, including the Mayor’s Newham Show in Central Park, East Ham, on Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July, and the four-day music extravaganza Under The Stars from Thursday 18 August to Sunday 21 August.

A host of activities including street dance and acting classes will also be on offer at the first ever Young Mayor’s Summer Festival, at Timber Lodge, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 27 August.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “With so many activities available this summer there is something for everyone - there is no excuse for any of our young people to be bored over the summer break.

“As well as being able to enjoy themselves they may also be able to learn a new skill or hobby. The wealth of events we stage each year are enjoyed by thousands of people and with this year’s guide being bigger and better than before this summer promises to be no different.”

Young Mayor of Newham, Alex Jarret, added: “Newham is a great place for young people to get involved in new opportunities, get active, and make new friends. Every young person in the borough should grab a copy of the brochure and join in the fun this summer.”

Children will be able to find out how to grow their own vegetables, write poetry, and play chess at a range of special workshops run through the council’s eight Community Neighbourhood Teams. They will also be encouraged to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2016, to  improve reading skills, which this year features the stories of Roald Dahl.

Young people will also be able to try new sports with swimming, cricket, rugby, football, basketball, table tennis and martial arts among those available. Special supervised gym sessions are also being held at Newham and East Ham leisure centres to teach young people how to use the equipment properly.

Special summer school courses will allow young people to learn a range of new skills including Bollywood dancing, circus skills and street dancing, computer skills and horse riding. A range of opportunities for young people to volunteer are also detailed in the guide.

Every primary and secondary school pupil across the borough has been given a brochure. Additional copies are also available in Community Neighbourhood Centres and Youth Zones. It is also available online and can be found here