Keep children occupied this summer with a range of fun-filled activities.
The Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University is offering a series of summer school opportunities for creative, art, design and technology students studying at school and college as part of its Creative Experience Summer School programme.
From 20th-24th July year 12 and 13 students can take up a Three Dimensional Design course. A Design to Sell Project for year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students will take place from 3rd-7th August, while a Creative Courses Experience Week for year eight – 11 students is being held from 10th-14th August.
All experience weeks run from 10am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday costing £75 per week per pupil including materials.
Parents searching for ways to keep young children’s diaries busy this summer will be pleased to know that the ‘Saddleworth Handmade Festival’ is returning on 26th July. The Princess & Pirate Party event, from 12pm until 4pm, is a free to enter handmade market dedicated to children with a private party room for ticket holders.
Ticket price of £20 includes entry for one child and an accompanying adult to the event and access to the party area, all the party activities, a child’s picnic lunch, a party bag and three princess/ pirate pounds (equal to £3) to spend on the stalls selling homemade items by local artisans. Dressing up is of course encouraged. Face-painting, tombola and a lucky dip are also available.
OneLoveDance ‘Annie’ and ‘Frozen’ Holiday Clubs hosted at Z-arts in Hulme are sure to be a huge hit this summer, with children spending a week learning songs, dances and scripts from some of their favourite musicals.
From 10th-14th August children aged six to 15 can enjoy the ‘Annie’ programme and the ‘Frozen’ sessions will take place from 17th-24th August.
Throughout the week they are provided with professional singing, dance and drama tuition. This includes activities that work on their confidence and team building skills, learning to work together as a team to produce a musical theatre performance at the end of the week.
The holiday clubs run for one week from 10am to 5pm costing £75.
A Splash of Colour
Manchester’s Heaton Park is well-known for its popular events. Students looking to celebrate the end of their A-Level exams can make the most of the summer by attending the Holi One Colour Festival on 15th August.
Bringing an unforgettable experience – inspired by the original Indian Holi Fest – to cities worldwide, the festival from 12pm to 10pm sees attendees dressed in white come together to enjoy music, dance and performance art. Day Pass prices start from £27 and Colour Day Passes from £37.
For families not wanting to stray too far from home, the Duck Race & Fun Day at Chadderton Hall Park offers something for everyone. On 22nd August thousands of rubber ducks will be released into the River Irk, each with the chance of winning their owner a prize.
The Duck Race & Fun Day, from 12pm to 3pm, is in aid of Doctor Kershaw’s Hospice – Oldham’s only specialist care facility for adults with life limiting illnesses.
Alongside the excitement of the races, there will be a host of attractions and entertainment on the day, including live performances and music, inflatables, carnival stalls, food, drink, and much more.