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Spring into action at Easter hubs

Parents can book an active school holiday for their children from next week, when the Easter activity hub booking lines open.

Cherwell District Council's activity hubs provide a healthy blend of sports, arts, crafts and games to keep young people happy and healthy while they are off school. Parents can phone the council to make reservations from Monday, 20 March.

They take place at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury, Cooper School in Bicester, and The Warriner School in Bloxham, during the weeks beginning Monday, 10 April and Tuesday, 18 April. Each day the hubs offer a varied programme which includes arts and crafts, sport and games along with a 'guest' activity - such as dodgeball, dance badminton and table tennis - that changes on a daily basis.

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell's deputy leader, said: "Now that spring is here, we are encouraging the district's children to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and there is no better place to do that over the school holidays than the activity hubs.

"For parents who are out at work, childcare can be a challenge during the holidays. By booking their children into the hubs, mums and dads can be sure that their children are not only in safe hands but keeping fit and having fun.

"The most recent edition of the hubs, last half term, enjoyed a near-capacity attendance, so we are encouraging people to book early to avoid disappointment."

Sessions run on weekdays, excluding the two bank holidays, which are Friday, 14 April and Monday, 17 April. They are open to boys and girls aged from five to 15 years old and are split into two age groups.

All staff are DBS checked (formerly CRB) and time for lunch is provided and supervised each day, although not catered for.

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