Book online for fun in the sunshine

As schools break up, parents are reminded that they can book places on the council’s summer holiday activity hubs online and around the clock.

Published: Tuesday, 24th July 2018

Cherwell District Council runs the summer hubs to keep kids happy and active during the long summer holidays, starting Thursday, 26 July. So far 1,020 places have been booked, with some days already completely sold out. Parents can reserve places online any time before 5pm on the day before they want their children to attend.

The hubs boast a vibrant range of sports and arts and crafts sessions to elevate kids’ confidence and foster team spirit. There will also be a range of guest activities supported by local sports clubs, such as tennis, Glow Kids and table tennis.

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “The long summer holidays are best enjoyed outdoors, and the hubs are the perfect way for young people to do that.

“We’re expecting the hubs to run close to capacity as bookings come in thick and fast. The Eventbrite booking system means that you can check availability in real time and even book at short notice if your plans change last minute.

“The hubs feature a healthy dose of sports, but it’s not all about competition. Friendship is a central element of the offering, and one of the key reasons we have so many happy, returning customers.”

Of the bookings made to date, only three were made over the phone, showing that parents appreciate the convenience of the online booking system introduced last year.

The hubs run from 26 July to 31 August, and all the staff leading the sessions have passed Disclosure and Barring Service checks. The activities are open to children aged five to 15 years old and are split into two age groups, five to seven-year-olds and over-eights.

Full day sessions, from 8.45am to 5pm, cost £19.40 while the shorter session, 8.45am to 3pm, costs £15.30. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on a first-come-first-served basis.

The venues for the summer activity hubs are: North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury; Cooper School Sport Facility, Bicester; and Warriner School, Bloxham.

For further information and to book, visit: www.cherwell.gov.uk/holidayactivities