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Join the
fun during
the holidays
SCHOOL’S out and summer starts
here! That’s the message to all
                                       Once again Wolverhampton City
                                     Council have laid on a feast of
                                                                                 venues in Wolverhampton that are
                                                                                 staging a huge variety of activities over
                                                                                                                                           Wall planner

Wolverhampton youngsters who         entertainment to keep children happy        the coming two months.
can look forward to enjoying six     and busy over the summer holidays.             There’s something for all ages
weeks of fun and activities across     Inside our 4-page Summer Special          happening every day – including a wealth
                                     you’ll find full listings of all the play   of events that the whole family can join
the city thanks to this year’s
fabulous summer line-up.             groups, adventure playgrounds and other     in.
                                                                                                                                 Enjoy summer in
                                                                                    Every summer Wolverhampton hosts
                                                                                 an array of playschemes, holiday clubs,         Wolverhampton
                                                                                 youth groups, adventure playground
                                                                                 activities, fun days and regular arts and
                                                              Pop Art                                                            Supported by Tourism and Children
                                                                                                                                 and Young People services
                                                                                 crafts groups – and 2009 is going to be
                                                            Gallery, City
                                                                                 bigger and brighter than ever.
                                                              Centre.                                                            WOLVERHAMPTON has lots going on
                                                                                                                                 for all the family to enjoy this summer.
                                                                                      A lot of events are free to join or        Many of the events are free and there is a
                                                                                      attend, although some require places       fantastic choice of places to visit, offering
                                                                                         to be pre-booked beforehand. Full
                                                                                                                                 family facilities, family concessions and
                                                                                           details of dates, times, costs and
                                                                                                                                 free admission.
                                                                                             venues are contained inside.
                                                                                                                                   We have made it easy for you to see

                                                                                                 So this summer there’s no
                                                                                                                                 what is going on already by highlighting

                                                                                                excuse to be bored over the
                                                                                                                                 events and activities that are taking place
                                                                                                                                 across the city.Why not add your own
                                                                                                 holidays – turn to our full     dates such as holidays, appointments,
                                                                                                  listings of events to find     parties, days out and anything else you
                                                                                                   out what’s going on in        have in your diary?
                                                                                                    your area during July and
                                                                                                                                   Put your wall planner (available from
                                                                                                                                 the Visitor Information Centre, Queens

                                                                                                       On the back page you’ll
                                                                                                                                 Square) up today and start preparing for

                                                                                                    also find a list of useful
                                                                                                                                 what you and your family could be doing

                                                                                                    telephone numbers to
                                                                                                                                 over the school summer holidays.

                                                                                                    contact participating        Look out for our competition
                                                                                                   venues for more               It’s simple.Whenever you take part in an
                                                                                                  information on events, or      event or visit one of the attractions
                                                                                                 to pre-book your place for      included in your wall planner,
                                                                                                activities.                      colour in one of the sun shapes
                                                                                                                                 and write on it where you
                                                                                                                                 went and what you did.
                                                                                                                                    Those who colour in the
                                                                                                                                 most sun shapes will be entered
                                                                                                                                 into a free prize draw to win a
                                                                                                                                 top prize of £50 worth of WH
                                                                                                                                 Smith vouchers and a family
                                                                                                                                 entertainment pass.
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                                               For the latest information on Summer in Wolverhampton visit
 Holiday Clubs
                                                Play Service Summer 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Youth Service Activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Aug 25: Prepare the fire bin then cook your chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jul 13: Mod Roc modelling – make a            burgers, toast your toast or cook your potatoes over
                                                Play Ranger Service                                     Gatis Street Adventure Playground                                                                                                 G HEATH TOWN
 Are you trying to juggle work and home         Play up with… The Play Rangers                          Gatis Street Adventure Playground provides many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wicked Wednesdays all                     G   Off-road mountain biking
 life? Do your children get bored in the                                                                                                                                                                                                    cast of your hands.                          an open fire, or give marshmallows a turn.
                                                The Play Rangers will be providing outdoor play         activities for children aged 5-12-years old to take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    summer long, brought to                   G   Archery
 long summer holidays?                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jul 20 onwards: various activities.        Aug 26 & 28: Create a tile mosaic picture out of
                                                for 5-12-year-old children in local parks and open      part in.This includes various indoor and outdoor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you by Wolverhampton                      G   Basketball
     Schools in Wolverhampton are                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jul 23: Celebrating Haile Selassie’s      tiles – it can be shapes, your name or scenery.
                                                spaces throughout the city. So come along and join      activities.You could have a go at making a wooden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Youth Service                             G   Dodge ball
 working with local groups and agencies                                                                                                                                                                                                         Birthday. Celebrate with food and
                                                in some exciting activities this summer. Have a go      bench for around the fire area, help paint the play                                                                                     music.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         To find out more call (01902) 552335.                                                                G   Boxing
 to provide access to a range of extended       at den building, make a rope swing, learn how to        structures or build your own den.There are lots                                                                                          Jul 28: Time to work together to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soundz Cool!                              G   Circus skills
 services for families – many are offering      light a fire and cook outdoors or build and launch      of other activities to get involved in this summer                                                                                       overcome obstacles in ‘Team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday July 29: 12noon to              G   Climbing Wall
 holiday activities this summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         G HEATH TOWN
                                                your own rocket. Our Play Rangers have a van full       including fun and games, creative arts, cooking                                                                                          Building Day’.                          Aug 6: Celebrate Jamaica Independence Day with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4pm, Newhampton Arts Centre,              G   Nintendo Wii area
     For more details, get in touch with        of equipment to keep you busy all summer long, so       and sports.We will be making a huge model of                                                                                                                                     music, arts and crafts and celebrations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jul 30: Map reading and                                                                                                                       You will also get the chance to try
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dunkley Street,Whitmore Reans
 your local school, children’s centre or        keep an eye out for the Play Rangers in a play space    the adventure playground out of Mod-Roc and                                                                                                                                      Aug 10: Fire play – create your own mini fires and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                orienteering. Find your way around a                                                                Soundz Cool! is a citywide event          out Sumo wrestling, bungee jumping
 community venue. Here are some                 near you.                                               junk, so come and help us if you are feeling                                                                                                                                     keep them burning on the adventure playground.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               map and around the playground.                                                                       dedicated to music and performing         and the bouncy castles in the
 examples but check the website for up                                                                  creative.                                                                                                                                                                        Aug 19: Wet Wednesday is back again. Get ready to
 to date information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               arts.There will be a wide variety of      bouncing area, as well as street dance,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         get soaked – come over and play some of our                different activities for you to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more call (01902)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         fantastic water games.                                                                               aerobics and dance mats in the dance
                                                Playday ‘Make Time’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    involved in including computer music,
                                                                                                        To find out more call (01902) 552335.                                                                                                552337.
                                                Wednesday August 5, 11am-3pm: Bantock Park.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   area.
 Running for the first four weeks of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Aug 27: Celebrate the end of summer with our End
 Woodthorne Holiday Club
                                                This Playday we’re asking everyone to make time                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     African drumming, steel drumming,           Some of these activities will require
 summer holiday (we are hoping to run
                                                                                                        Heath Town Adventure Playground                                                                                                                                                  of Summer Bonanza Jam.
                                                for play. From parents, carers and teachers to policy   It’s summer again and at Heath Town Adventure                                                                                                                                                                                               dance/cheerleading, DJ sessions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           G OLD FALLINGS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jul 4: Children’s meeting – come and have                                                                                                             pre-booking so please talk to your
 for the full six weeks this year).We           makers and planners – everyone can make time to         Playground we have loads of fantastic things for you                                                                                                                                                                                        various activities with Zip Rock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     your say.What would you like to do on the                                                                                                                youth worker for more information.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         To find out more call (01902) 552337.
 welcome children from Reception to             support children’s right to play.                       to do. It’s going to be a jam-packed summer this                                                                                                                                                                                            School.
 Year Six.                                        Wolverhampton will be celebrating Playday at          year, so cross your fingers and wish for the sun to                                                                    Jul 9: Enchanting melodies whistling through the                                                                        All of these activities will require
    Doors are open from 8am until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         G OLD FALLINGS
                                                Bantock Park, so come down and join in the fun. Let’s   shine.We have got lots of activities for you to join                                                                   playground – chance to make wind chimes for the           Aug 3: 101 ball games – how many different                 pre-booking and there are limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It’s A Knockout Challenge
 5.30pm.                                        make this year’s Playday the biggest and best yet!      in – orienteering, den building, water games and fun                                                                   outside play space.                                       ball games do you know how to play?                        spaces available.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday August 19: 11am to
    We charge just £15 per day – children                                                               on ‘Wet Wednesday’s’ along with making your own                                                                        Ju 13: Let’s go fly a kite – how high will yours go?      Aug 6: Fun Day event. Fun for all the family.                 Talk to your local youth worker for
                                                                                                                                                                       The Scotlands Adventure Playground                                                                                                                                                                                     4:30pm, Bantock Park, Finchfield
 bring their own packed lunch.                                                                          mini camp fires. Come to the playground and tell us            It’s that time of year again and hopefully the sun is   Jul 17: Clay modelling – make a pot, an animal or a       Aug 10: Pond dipping – grab you jam jar and net to         more information.
    The children enjoy a wide range of                                                                                                                                 shining. Summer time is a time for fun and the          model of yourself.                                        discover what’s in the pond.
                                                Play in the Parks
                                                There’s a fantastic range of open access play           what you think about it and how we can make it                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you don’t manage to get on to       In this team challenge over inflatable
 activities: arts and crafts, cooking,                                                                                                                                 Scotlands Adventure Playground’s aim is to ensure       Jul 18-19: Drama Workshops. Have you got talent?          Aug 11: It’s a Knockout water games. Bring your                                                      obstacle courses, the emphasis is on
                                                activities in parks and open spaces across the city     even better.We value your opinion. Don’t forget to                                                                                                                                                                                          any of these sessions don’t worry, you
 gardening, sports, indoor & outdoor                                                                                                                                   that you have an enjoyable time while you are here.     Come and show us your skills.                             towel for some water fun.
                                                this summer.With so many activities – including         come along to our ‘End of Summer Bonanza Jam! as                                                                                                                                                                                            will still be able to come along and      fun – with some competition to make
 games and visits from the animal man,                                                                                                                                 We have a fun-packed summer planned, with games,        Jul 22-23: Giant Mod Roc modelling. Chance to join        Aug 14: Make a pot from clay, then help us build an
                                                earth balls, juggling, giant games, face painting,      well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       participate in some of the drop-in        it interesting.
 fire service etc.                                                                                                                                                     trips and much, much more. Our wide range of play       together and make a giant model.                          underground firing kiln and fire them.
                                                puppet making, dressing up, den building, parachutes,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               activities.                                  Two rounds will be held (round one
    To apply for a place, all you need to do                                                                                                                           structures provides you with the opportunity to                                                                   Aug 17: Bug hunt in the secret garden. How many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There will be a Consoles zone with     in the morning) with the winning
                                                                                                        To find out more call (01902) 552337.
 is email                                       mask making, group games, arts and crafts and much                                                                     participate in risky play.This helps you have a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To find out more call (01902) 552303.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         bugs will you discover? or           more – you’ll be spoilt for choice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PlayStations, Xbox’s and Nintendo         team from each round completing a
                                                                                                                                                                       challenging physical experience within a safe play                                                                Aug 18: Woodwork – engrave or chisel your name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              final challenge to decide an overall
                                                                                                        Old Fallings Adventure Playground
 telephone the school on 01902 558544           G Bantock Park, Finchfield Road, Bradmore.              At Old Fallings Adventure Playground we are happy              environment. So come along and join in the fun.                                                                   on wood plaques.                                           Wii’s kitted out with fun exciting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               G PHOENIX
                                                G Wednesfield Learning Centre, Lakefield Road,          to say that our secret garden is ready and open.                                                                       Jul 5: Come and join us at Graisley Park for the          Aug 21: T-shirt Printing – design and make your own        music software, such as Guitar Hero,
                                                   Wednesfield.                                                                                                                                                                ABCD Fun Day.There’s lots going on and it’s all free.     T-shirt.                                                   Sing Star and Wii Music.                     For spectators and supporters, a
                                                                                                        Included in the re-modelled Secret Garden are the
                                                                                                                                                                       To find out more call (01902) 552468.
 Warstones offers youngsters a host of
 Warstones Holiday Club
                                                G East Park, Hickman Avenue, Bilston.                                                                                                                                          Jul 10: Cooking outdoors.We are trying out our new        Aug 24: Music sessions – have a go at making your             A dance mat zone will also be          wide range of games/activities will be
 activities to fill up those long summer                                                                following areas:
                                                G Woodcross Park,Woodcross Lane,Woodcross.                                                                                                                                     outdoor pots. Nettle soup on the menu today.Also          own music or just make a noise.                            available which can accommodate up        available for young people to test
 days once school term finishes, including
                                                                                                                                                                       Adventure playgrounds
                                                G Ashmore Park, Ashmore Avenue,Wednesfield.                                                                                                                                    come and tell us what you want to do in the summer        Aug 25: ‘Anti-Bullying’ – Create a play to perform to      to eight players at a time.               their skill – including giant Jenga, lawn
                                                                                                           these can be climbed on and around.
                                                                                                        G Giant rocks in a sand pit
 outings, cooking, crafts and lots of play.                                                                                                                                                                                    holidays.
                                                                                                                                                                       opening times
                                                G Warstones Green, North Green,Warstones.                                                                                                                                                                                                everyone.                                                     You will also be able to access the    darts, a mobile team challenge, Sumo
 Running from 8am to 6pm Monday to                                                                                                                                                                                             Jul 16: Big Clean Up Day,We are getting ready for                                                                                                              wrestling and laser combat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Aug 26: Craft session – design and make your own           chillout zones, which will be run by
                                                                                                                                                                       Summer Holidays, Monday July 20 to Friday
                                                These venues will run Monday to Friday every week          vegetables, flowers and a sensory area.
                                                                                                        G Planting boxes
 Friday at Warstones Primary School, a                                                                                                                                                                                         the summer holidays and need to cut down a dead
                                                                                                                                                                       I Monday: 10.30am-5.45 pm                                                                                         pencil case just in time for school.                       your fellow young people and will            Only pre registered teams can take
                                                                                                                                                                       August 28:
 fully trained team provides care and fun       from Wednesday July 22 to Friday August 21.                                                                                                                                    tree.What can we do with it then?
                                                                                                           an area of imagination and creativity.                      I Tuesday: 10.30am-5.45 pm                                                                                        Aug 28: Let’s make and fly kites – whose will fly the      have the latest sounds from different     part in the Knockout challenge.
                                                                                                        G Storytelling area
 in equal amounts.                              G Dovecotes, Ryefield, Pendeford.                                                                                                                                              Jul 20-24: A week of activities involving Earth. Make a
                                                                                                                                                                       I Wednesday: 10.30am-5.45 pm                                                                                      highest?                                                   genres of popular music.                  Register at your local youth club and
    Charges are £15 for a full day, £10 for     G Northwood Park, Northwood Road, Bushbury.                                                                                                                                    wormery or a time capsule.
                                                                                                           for baking spuds and toasting marshmallows.                 I Thursday: 10.30am-5.45pm                                                                                                                                                                                             book early to avoid disappointment.
                                                                                                        G Fire pit area
 a half day and any brothers and sisters        G Cedar Grove, St Chad’s, Bilston.                                                                                                                                             Jul 27-31: This week of activities is about Wind.
                                                                                                                                                                       I Friday: 10.30am-5.15 pm                                                                                                                                                                                              Teams must be registered by July 31.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         To find out more call (01902) 552303.
 are charged at a cut rate of £12 for a full                                                                                                                                                                                   These include making dream catchers, wind socks,
                                                These venues will run on Mondays and Tuesdays                                                                          I Saturday and Sunday: closed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Creative Arts Day
                                                                                                           a camp in side-weaved willow trees.
                                                                                                        G Willow Dome area
 day and £8 for a half.                                                                                                                                                                                                        kites and playing parachute games.
                                                every week from Monday July 27 to Tuesday August                                                                       We operate free open access adventure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday August 5: 11am to
    For more information, telephone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         G PHOENIX
                                                18.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3-7: A week of Fire activities including candle making,
                                                                                                                                                                       playgrounds throughout the year for children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3pm, Bushbury Community
 Warstones Primary School on (01902)                                                                       build a dam or float a mini boat.
                                                                                                        G Hand water pump and river
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         setting things on fire using a magnifying glass, cooking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To find out more call (01902) 556324.
                                                G Rocket Pool, Rocket Pool Drive, Rocket Pool.                                                                         and young people aged 5 to12. Under 5s are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Centre, Northwood Park Road,
 558787 during school hours or 07837                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     projects, making bread and den building.
 268756 between 3.15pm and 6pm                  G Shelley Road Playing Fields, Shelley Road,                                                                           welcome but must be supervised by a
                                                                                                           has frogs galore. Come and do some pond dipping.
                                                                                                        G Pond area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         10-14: The last of the elements is Water.Activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Will include photography,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               G THE SCOTLANDS
 weekdays or during holidays.                      Fordhouses.                                                                                                         responsible person of 18 years or over.                 Jul 16-17: Garden Project – have a go at growing
                                                                                                        There is also space to do arts and crafts.                                                                                                                                       include a waterslide, ice-lollies, water fights and den
                                                G The Lunt Community Centre, Lunt Road, Bilston.                                                                       Registration is necessary on arrival at the             your own vegetables and herbs.                                                                                       drumming, ceramics and teepees.
                                                                                                        Many more activities are available and we have a                                                                                                                                 building.
                                                These venues will run on Wednesdays,Thursdays and                                                                      adventure playgrounds for all newcomers.                Jul 20-24: Designing adventure playground                                                                               Come along and get creative at
                                                                                                        large amount of play equipment to play with every                                                                                                                                17-21: All week we will be knocking down the old
 ‘Amigos Holiday Club’ runs at the school                                                                                                                                                                                      structures. Swings, slides or towers to climb. What
 East Park Infants School
                                                Fridays from Wednesday July 22 to Friday August 21.                                                                                                                                                                                      fire hut and moving it.We need your help to build a        Bushbury Community Centre.This
 from Tuesday July 21 to August 14 from                                                                 day.                                                                                                                   would you build?
                                                All schemes will operate from 10am- 4pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                 new one.We will also be making scrambling nets and         is an opportunity for you to find
 8am to 6pm each day. Charge is £20 for                                                                                                                                                                                        Jul 27-31: Building new play structures from the
                                                                                                                                                                       Play Space website –
                                                                                                        To find out more call (01902) 552303.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         rope walkways.                                             the creativity within you.
 all day or £12.50 for half a day. Contact                                                                                                                                                                                     designs. Come and help use the tools to make the                                                                         There are many different
                                                                                                                                                              lets you search for adventure                                                                        27: End of Summer Party. Join us to celebrate the end
 the school office on (01902) 558899                                                                                                                                                                                           new structures.                                                                                                      activities you can get involved in
                                                Adventure Playgrounds                                                                                                  playgrounds, playgrounds, parks and open spaces,                                                                  of a fantastic summer of fun at Phoenix.
 during school hours or Jenny Church and
                                                                                                        Phoenix Adventure Playground
                                                                                                                   This summer holidays we have lots of                skate parks and games areas.You can search to                                                                                                                                from creating a design with mosaic
 Carol Cockayne on 07791 867329 after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To find out more call (01902) 552468.
                                                                                                                             fantastic activities on offer. Our        find out where the Play Rangers will be and                                                                                                                                  on a picture frame or mirror to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         To find out more call (01902) 556324.
 3.30 pm or during holidays.Age range is
                                                Ettingshall Adventure
                                                                                                                                  theme this year is the four          have a look at the new natural play areas we                                                                                                                                 ceramic painting.You can take a cup
 3-14 years.
                                                                                                                                      elements – Earth, fire,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               G ETTINGSHALL
                                                During the summer months at                                                                                            are building across the city.                           Jul 20: Collage pictures – Feathers, sequins and tissue                                                              home with you with your design or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         G THE SCOTLANDS
                                                                                                                                         Water and Air. Each                                                                                                                             Aug 4: Den building – build your own secret den at         customise clothes, shoes and bags
                                                Ettingshall there will be lots of                                                                                      Click on any play space to see up coming events         paper – use all of these and more to create a picture.
                                                                                                                                            week will be packed                                                                Jul 22: Puppet making. Make a puppet and put on a         the playground.
 St Lukes C of E Primary School,
                                                games and activities available.                                                                                        and news.You can also leave feedback and tell                                                                                                                                with various bits of material, paints
                                                                                                                                              full of fun activities                                                           show.                                                     Aug 14: Bike riding – join us on a bike ride.
 The holiday playscheme runs from 8am
                                                So if you would like to join                                                                                           us what you think about the play spaces.                                                                          Aug 17-21: Sports week. Have a go at football,             and sequins.
 to 5.20 pm each day. Charge is £12.50          us, come along – you                                                                            for each element.                                                              Jul 24: Sports day. Join in all the different races and                                                                 Have a go at graffiti art, fantasy
                                                                                                                                                 We kick off with                                                              you may even win a medal.                                 basketball, tennis and much more.
 per day. Contact the school office on          won’t regret it! Den                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                films, painting, enamelling,
 (01902) 558992 for more information.                                                                                                              Earth, so come      Key Events at the                                       Jul 28: Kite making and flying. Design and make your                                                                 photography, drumming and cake
                                                building, face painting and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         To find out more call (01902) 552468.
                                                                                                                                                    and make a                                                                 own kite and watch it fly.                                                                                           decorating to name a few of the
                                                challenging yourself and
                                                                                                                                                    time capsule       Adventure Playgrounds                                   Jul 29: Basketball. Hotshots and one-on-one. Perfect
                                                others on the assault                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               other activities.
 Wilkinson Primary School, Bradley,
                                                                                                                                                    and bury                                                                   way to stay active.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         G ETTINGSHALL
 Wilkinson Summer Holiday Club runs             course are just a few of                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Aug 6: Bug Hunting – how many bugs can you find in            You could leave with a
                                                                                                                                                    them. Or you
                                                                                                                                                                       Summer 2009                                             Jul 30: Milkshake making – tasty and loads of fun to
 from Tuesday July 21 to Wednesday              the things on offer.You                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the trees and bushes?                                      henna design and some great
                                                                                                                                                    could make a                                                               make.                                                     Aug 7: Clock making – Make your own clock and
 September 2 from 8am to 5pm each day.          and your friends will be                                                                            wormery? You                                                                                                                                                                                    designs on your nails, along
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         you will always know the time.
                                                                                                                                                                       What’s on in July
 Charge is £1.75 an hour. If your child         so busy there’ll be no                                                                             can dig holes on                                                                                                                                                                                 with all your creative work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To find out more call (01902) 552331.
                                                time for boredom. If                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aug 10: Den building – build your own den using
 stays all day then the charge is £1.50 an                                                                                                                             Jul 21: It’s time to look after the garden. Join in
                                                                                                                                                                       G GATIS STREET
                                                                                                                                                 the playground                                                                                                                          hammers, nails and planks of wood.
 hour.There is also a 10 per cent discount      there is something else                                                                         and get some           with den building out of a variety of materials                                                                   Aug 12: Assault course – how quickly can you tackle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               What’s on in August                                                                                                  Sports Zone
 if more than one child from a family           that you want to do or play                                                                   juicy worms. Air         and enjoy toasting marshmallows on the fire.                                                                      all the obstacles?
 attends. Contact during school hours is        feel free to speak to one of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday August 12: 11am
                                                                                                                                            week will hopefully        Jul 22: Come along, take part and have a game                                                                     Aug 17: Pavement art – let’s get the chalk out and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               G GATIS STREET
 on (01902) 558973.Age range is 3-11                                                                                                                                                                                           Aug 5-8: Come and create a picture out of clay. It
                                                our friendly members of staff.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to 4pm, Aldersley Leisure
                                                                                                                                         see some windy days           of cricket or take part in a variety of sports.         can be of animals, flowers, the seasons (summer,          create some artwork on the floor.
 years                                            When the summer fun is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Village, Aldersley Road
                                                                                                                                      so we can make and fly           What are you good at?                                   autumn and winter) or your own ideas.We will also         Aug 19: Mosaics – make a coloured mosaic from              The Sports Zone is a city-wide day
                                                eventually over we hope you continue                                              kites. Fire is probably one of       Jul 24: Take part in enamelling, create your            be making slab pots and coil pots.                        broken tiles.
                                                to use the playground.The fun doesn’t end                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that will give you the chance to take
                                                                                                                            the most exciting elements. See if         own designs.                                            Aug 10-14: How would you like the playground to           Aug 21: Mod Roc – Make a Mod Roc model, it may
 Parkfield Bilston High School,
                                                just because it’s time to go back to school. Many                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   part in a number of current and
 The summer holiday club runs from                                                                                you can start a fire with a magnifying glass         Jul 29: It’s time to show us your football              look? Come together and design Gatis Street               be messy!
 Bilston site
                                                more activities take place during the winter. Our       or cook on the open fire. For water week we plan                                                                                                                                                                                            alternative sporting activities.
 Monday July 20 to Friday August 7 from                                                                                                                                skills – join us in a match.                            Adventure Playground out of Mod-Roc and junk.             Aug 24: Badge making – have a go at making your
                                                camp fires when the weather starts to get chilly, are   to have lots of water fights and make some                                                                                                                                                                                                     On the day you will have the
 10am to 3pm each day. Charge is £3.50                                                                                                                                 Jul 30: Healthy eating time.Try something different     Aug 18: Time to get wet. Bring your water guns and        own badge.
                                                always fun, especially when we toast marshmallows       refreshing ice lollies. Come down and make this                                                                                                                                                                                             chance to take part in:
 for all day. Contact Tanja Korfkamp or                                                                                                                                come and have breakfast – you can have cereals, toast   a towel!                                                  Aug 27: Juggling and ball making – make your own
 Michelle Hollyhead on (01902) 558794           over the flames or cook some tasty soup.                summer your best summer yet!                                   or juice.                                               Aug 24: The big hunt.Time to search for a variety of      balls and then learn how to juggle.                        G A competitive football
 for details.Age range is 8-13 years.           To find out more call (01902) 552331.                   To find out more call (01902) 556324.                          To find out more call (01902) 552335.                   items. How good are you at working things out?            To find out more call (01902) 552331.
                                                 Useful Information                                                                           Key Events
Wolverhampton Visitor                                     Aldersley Leisure Village                         21 Bilston Craft gallery summer workshops
                                                                                                                                                    start. Call about sessions and book
Information Centre                               Explore the secrets of Wolverhampton’s        Admission costs apply to events and                  places for the kids.Admission cost
01902 556610                                     history at Bantock House or venture           sport sessions, open daily.                          applies.                  outdoors to the gardens and park                                                                22 Set a date to go and see the ‘Look At Me
                                                 where there is a children’s play area,                                                             Now’ exhibition! Grand Theatre. Free.
                                                 putting green, football pitches and           This multi-events arena offers a number of
Family Information Service                                                                     community and family facilities covering          22 stART (family art session), Newhampton
                                                 plenty of space to walk and play games.                                                            Arts Centre, 10.30am.Admission cost applies.
0800 294 9939                                                                                  more than 20 different sports.All age                                                                              groups are catered for with a variety of          23 History of the Valley. Smestow Valley Nature
                                                 Bilston Craft Gallery                                                                              Reserve, 2pm. Free.
                                                                                               games programmes, fitness sessions and
                                                 Free entry,Tuesday to Saturday, 10am          national, regional and local events.              23 Soccer Coaching 2000 Programme starts. Check for all
Children and Young                               to 4pm with late night opening on                                                                  dates,Aldersley Leisure Village.Admission cost applies.
People Services                                  Wednesday until 7pm, early closing on         Bilston Leisure Centre                            23 Art and Craft sessions start at Bantock House. Request
Free centres and activities across               Fridays at 1pm and late opening on                                                                 a brochure on activities.Admission cost applies.
                                                 Saturday at 11am.                             Participant in the National Swim
Wolverhampton. Opening hours and                                                                                                                 24 Printing Patterns.Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Free.
                                                                                               for Life campaign
time of events vary.                                                                                        27 Wolverhampton Art Gallery summer sessions start.
                                                                                               Admission costs apply to events and
Local information:                               Learn more about contemporary crafts                                                               Contact them about times and dates.
                                                                                               sport sessions, open daily.                      and take part in a variety of family                                                            27 Chitty Adventure Summer School starts. Grand
                                                 events at Bilston Craft Gallery.Wonder                       Theatre. Check on times.Admission cost applies.
Event information:                               around the gardens and bring children         Both young and old can enjoy Bilston              28 Mini-beasts of Smestow Valley. Smestow Valley                             to one of the many creative workshops.        Leisure Centre’s main swimming pool                  Nature Reserve, 10am. Free.
Contact Numbers:                                                                               or take part in supervised lessons in             29 Wicked Wednesdays. Soundz Cool! Teen music
                                                 West Park                                     one of the two teaching pools. Facilities            event, Newhampton Arts Centre. Free.
Aldersley Leisure Village     01902   556200                                                   also include a fitness suite, squash
                                                 Free access, 8am until dusk everyday.                                                           29 Opening night for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Grand
Bantock House and Park        01902   552195                                                   courts, children’s play area and                     Theatre. Evenings and matinees.Admission cost applies.
                                                       extensive activities programme.
Bilston Craft Gallery         01902   552507                                                                                                  30-31 Multi-sport programme.Aldersley Leisure Village.
                                                 West Park boasts many beautiful flower                                                             Admission cost applies.
Bilston Leisure Centre        01902   552430     displays and a varied collection of trees     Central Baths
Central Baths                 01902   552150     and shrubs.There is a large children’s play                                                     30 stART (family art session). Newhampton Arts
                                                                                               Participant in the National Swim                     Centre, 10.30am,Admission cost applies.
Central Library               01902   552025     area, a boating lake and all-weather tennis   for Life campaign
                                                 courts, plus acres of space for walking,
East Park                     01902   551155                                                   Admission costs apply to most swim              AUGUST
                                                 cycling, running and family picnics.
                                                                                               sessions, open daily.                           1&8 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Singalong session. Grand
Grand Theatre                 01902   429212
                                                 Hickman Park (Bilston)                                     Theatre,Admission costs apply, 1pm.
Hickman Park                  01902   551155
                                                 Free access, 8am until dusk everyday.         Staging national, regional and local galas,        1 Saturday craft play sessions at Bilston Craft Gallery
Light House                   01902   716055                                                   Central Baths is widely used by schools              are still on. Remember to call and book sessions.
Newhampton Arts Centre        01902   752090                and the local community. Its busy                    Admission cost applies.
Northycote Farm and           01902   397906     Major restorations on East Park in 2008       programme attracts families from across            1 Tennis for 50p during August.Aldersley Leisure Village.
Country Park                                     have meant that the space is now a green      the Black Country and it has                       2 Late summer stroll. Northycote Farm, 2pm. Free.
                                                 haven for those living nearby.The park is     refurbished facilities including a fitness         3 Victorian Toy Extravaganza.Wolverhampton Art
Pendeford Mill                01902 397640       surrounded by idyllic flowerbeds and is       suite and steam room.
Nature Reserve                                                                                                                                      Gallery. Free.
                                                 home to an open air theatre that hosts
                                                                                                                                                3-4 Video production workshop. Light House.Admission
Play Services                 01902 552170       many family events throughout the year.       Central Library                                      cost applies.All day.
Smestow Valley Local          01902 552351                                                     Free entry, Monday to Thursday 9am to            3-7 Play in a Day. Newhampton Arts Centre.Admission
Nature Reserve                                   East Park                                     7pm, and Friday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.              cost applies.All day.
Wolverhampton                 01902 552055       Free access, 8am until dusk everyday.             3&28 Victorian Toy Extravaganza.Wolverhampton Art
Art Gallery                                            Central Library offers a lending service             Gallery. 11am. Free.
Youth Services                01902 551352       Now over 100 years old, many of the           for books, CDs, DVDs, videos and                 4-5 Bikeability course.Aldersley Leisure Village.
                                                 original features at East Park have been      cassettes for adults, children and young             Admission cost applies.
                                                 retained. Still standing proud is the clock   people. Regular events for children and            5 Playday 2009 ‘Make Time’. 1 1am to 3pm. Bantock Park.
Youth Service                                                                                  families take place in Central as well as
                                                 tower and in addition there is now a                                                             5 Wicked Wednesdays. Creative arts day.Teen creative
01902 551352                                     paddling pool, children’s play area and an    at the many branch libraries found                   Arts Event. Bushbury Community Centre. Free.
Wolverhampton Youth Service has over             avenue dominated by mature trees.             across Wolverhampton.                              5 stART (family art session). Newhampton Arts
thirty youth projects and clubs across the                                                                                                          Centre. 10.30am,Admission cost applies.
city open this summer as well as exciting,       Northycote Farm and                           Newhampton Arts Centre                             5 Garden Party. Bilston Craft Gallery. 2pm. Free.
city wide,events . Our 'Wicked Wednesday'                                                      Free entry but admission costs apply to
events feature full days of music, sports,       Country Park, Bushbury                                                                         6-7 Multi-sport programme.Aldersley Leisure Village.
                                                                                               various activities. Facilities open daily at         Admission cost applies.
creative arts and 'It's a knockout' team         Free access, 9am to 4pm daily.                varying times.
competitions . Full details at your local club                                                                                                    7 Wildflowers and Grasses. Northycote Farm, 1pm. Free.
or                                                                                                                           8 Kids 16 and under swim for free. Central Baths and
                                                 With a varied selection of animals,           Newhampton is a centre specialising in               Bilston Leisure Centre.
                                                 informal walks through the country            performing arts and community activity.
Play Service                                     park and a historic farmhouse,
                                                                                                                                                 10 Printing Patterns.Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Free.
                                                                                               It hosts regular classes and holiday           10-1 Video Production workshop. Light House.Admission
01902 552170                                     Northycote provides a great day out for       workshops in dance, drama and creative               cost applies.All day.
The Play Service have six fully staffed          children and adults.The park is               arts.There is a dedicated theatre staging
adventure playgrounds open all year, a           brimming with wildlife and the house                                                         11-12 Bikeability course. Graiseley Community Healthy
                                                                                               a programme of family and music                      Living Centre. Contact Aldersley to find out.
Play Ranger Service in local parks and           runs regular tours for all to enjoy.          performances.                                        Admission cost applies.All day.
open spaces as well as a twelve special
                                                                                                                                                 1 Nature's Guardians. Smestow Valley Nature Reserve,
'Play in the Parks' play schemes this            Smestow Valley                                Light House                                          10am. Free.
summer. Don't forget 'PlayDay 2009' at
Bantock Park on August 5.
                                                 Local Nature Reserve                          Free entry but admission costs apply to           12 Wicked Wednesdays. Sports Zone.Teen sports
                                                 Free access, open daily.                      various activities, open daily.                      event,Aldersley Leisure Village. Free.
Full details at your local playground or                                                                       17-18 Tweenies Live! Grand Theatre.Admission cost                                                                                        applies. Check for times.
                                                                                               Wolverhampton’s answer to all forms of
                                                 The only designated local nature                                                             18-19 Parent and child Bikeability course.Aldersley Leisure
                                                                                               digital art.This hub for media activity
Wolverhampton                                    reserve in Wolverhampton, Smestow is
                                                                                               includes two cinema screens and a                    Village.Admission cost applies.
Art Gallery                                      a sanctuary for wildlife with its                                                               19 Wicked Wednesdays. It’s a Knockout Challenge.
                                                                                               collection of gallery spaces for
                                                 meadows and over 150 acres of                                                                      Teen challenge event, Bantock Park. Free.
Free entry, Monday to Saturday,                                                                photographic exhibitions.Young adults
                                                 woodland. Pathways are flat and well          can thrive on the creative workshops           20&21Sports programme.Aldersley Leisure Village.
10am to 5pm.                                     surfaced, making it easy to take a family
01902 552055                                                                                   and training courses.                                Admission cost applies.All day.
                                                 stroll or bike ride.                                                                                                                      23 Insect Houses, Northycote Farm. 1pm. Free.
                                                                                               Grand Theatre                                     25 Children’s birdwatching. Smestow Valley Nature
Wolverhampton Art Gallery has                    Pendeford Mill                                Admission costs apply to performances,               Reserve, 10am. Free.
dedicated family facilities including            Nature Reserve                                family tickets available, box office open         25 Make a peg doll. Bantock House Museum Free.
high chairs, a buggy park, colouring
                                                 Free access. Pre-bookings only.               daily, theatre open for shows.                 27-28 Bikeability course.Aldersley Leisure Village.
sheets, a family activity trail and
children’s area.Within the gallery                                          Admission cost applies.All day.
there are fascinating exhibitions for            Pre-book your family visit to Pendeford       Families can enjoy leading productions            27 Wetland Wildlife. Smestow Valley Nature Reserve,
your family to discover together.                                                                                                                   2pm. Free.
                                                 Mill Nature Reserve and learn more            or the latest kid’s entertainment.The
                                                 about its 24 hectares of naturally            Get In! Youth Theatre Scheme is a                 28 Victorian Toy Extravaganza.Wolverhampton Art
Bantock House and Park                           managed countryside and endangered                                                                 Gallery. Free.
                                                                                               perfect way for children and young
Free entry,Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to            species with a guided walk accompanied        adults to enjoy theatre and learn more            29 Family Focus.Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
5pm (summer only).                               by one of their experienced rangers.          about the world of performing arts.                  Remember to book, 11am. Free.
                                                                                                                                                  I For all Central Library summer events
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