Children's summer holiday activities in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 13:10 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:44 24 August 2018
Children's summer holiday clubs and playschemes are a boon to working parents during the long school break. As any parent knows, the novelty of not going to school soon wears off, and children get bored all too easily
So it’s a good idea to plan a variety of things to do in the summer holidays, particularly if you’re a working parent, needing to know that your child is being looked after as well as having a good time. There are plenty of summer camps, clubs and activity programmes, including ideas for teens as well as younger children.
Summer day camps and holiday clubs
Many schools run holiday clubs, or allow other organisations to use their school buildings for holiday activities. Some summer holiday clubs are run by Surrey’s borough councils, such as Shout in Elmbridge and FISH in Guildford, generally offering days of play and sport. Other specialist summer camp companies provide courses in activities such as cooking, outdoor adventure skills, and arts and crafts. Some also offer day trips.
These clubs and camps can be booked by the day or the week, and can be a good option for summer childcare, sometimes offering early opening and late collection times for working parents. They can be expensive though, with the costs mounting up over the days and weeks.
Wildlife and nature
The Surrey Wildlife Trust runs a children’s summer holiday club which organises adventure sessions in the woods during the first three weeks of August. Children are supervised as they play games, build shelters and try cooking on an open fire; they also explore the natural habitat and learn about the creatures living in the woods. The adventure sessions are based at the Nower Wood Education Centre near Leatherhead.
Elmbridge Council’s summer activities include a session with its Countryside Learning Officer who will lead a bug hunt and teach natural crafts.
Sport and athletics
Many of the summer holiday clubs and playschemes mentioned above offer day camps for sporty kids. The Guildford Leisure Emporium’s Xtreme Activate programme offers summer holiday day camps for children aged 5-8 and 9-12, with activities including ice skating, bowling, and swimming. Working parents have the option of an 8.30am-6pm day, for extra payment.
Many local football and rugby clubs have summer camps for young players.
Fun sporty activities
Children who are not keen on traditional games or sports often love something a bit different, such as trampolining. Indoor centres with a huge range of trampolines and other bouncy activities for kids have become increasingly popular. AirHop is a large trampoline park in Guildford which runs a summer holiday club for 8-13-year-olds, with half-day sessions on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
The holiday club offers trampolining games and other sports and activities, along with arts and crafts in the party rooms. “Leave your kids with us for half a day, and we’ll ensure they burn lots of energy and make new friends!” promises the AirHop website. For more flexibility, AirHop also offers a Summer Season Pass which will give children unlimited trampoline sessions throughout the month of August.
Arts and performing arts
Arts and crafts are among the options in many of the multi-activity summer camps and holiday clubs. In addition, many theatre and dance companies, and music schools, offer summer courses for children and young people; these include the Guildford Shakespeare Company and the Showshack Dance and Theatre Company in Farnham.
Further children’s summer holiday camp tips
Knowing the great British summer weather, it’s advisable for parents to have a range of outdoor and indoor options when it comes to their children’s summer clubs. Some of the camps and courses have to be booked in advance but others may take bookings nearer the time, depending on how full they are. Buying a summer season ticket, like the ones offered by AirHop and Guildford Lido, means your children can take advantage of facilities whenever they like, rain or shine.
With the right mix of activities – educational, sporty, fun and challenging - your children could end the summer break fitter and healthier, with new friends, new skills and perhaps a new hobby which they will continue enjoying after the break.
This article is sponsored by AirHop Guildford