Summer fun for children and young people
As the school year draws to a close, children and young people are set for a Summer of fun in Sefton.
Summer of Golf
School holidays will not yet be in full swing as The Summer of Golf takes over Southport during the week of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Families can enjoy a huge range of golf themed activities, from playing some of the world’s most famous holes in the golf simulator to competing on the putting course and more…
Head to the Coast
Sefton’s beautiful coastline will be a hive of free activities for the whole family, whether hunting mini-beasts in woodlands or going wild on fun days, there is lots to enjoy. You can discover what is happening on Sefton’s coast by visiting 2017 The Year of Sefton’s Coast.
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will be helping young people to harness their skills on the water with the KIDZ H2O programme. During the Summer school break, they can take part in Adventure Days where they will enjoy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, bell boating, open canoeing, climbing, raft building, rowing, problem solving and stand up paddle boarding. Adventure Days take place Monday-Friday, 9.30am -4.30pm, with wraparound care for working parents from 8.30am – 5.30pm. Adventure Days are priced
Splash World in Southport is offering visitors a free splash every fourth visit from 1 May – 30 September. Find out more about this fantastic offer and admission prices at the Splash World website
The coast is not the only place where children and young people can let off steam, as the Be Active summer programme gives them lots of fun physical activities and some respite for parents too! This summer’s programme includes gymnastics, archery, Rampworx, Judofit, Born to Move music classes, carnival themed dance classes, baby ballet and fitness bootcamps.
Be Active will again be hosting the very popular football camps, which will be in partnership with Everton FC.
Out and about in Sefton’s parks
There will be lots of excitement in Sefton’s parks at the Community Fun Days where families can enjoy bouncy castles, go-karts, fairground rides, circus skills workshops, face painting, crafts and more. Fun days take place 22 August, Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, 25 August, South Park, Bootle, 29 August, Hightown and 1 September, Rainbow Park in Melling.
Outdoor Cinema Screenings
Southport’s King’s Gardens will be hosting another series of the popular outdoor cinema screenings, showing Hairspray (21 July), Grease (16 August) and Pete’s Dragon (2 September). While the screenings are free, the Friend’s of King’s Gardens ask that visitors consider a minimum donation of £2. Food is available on site but visitors can bring their own. It is also recommended that visitors bring their own seating and blankets.
Cultural pick ‘n’ mix at The Atkinson
The Atkinson in Southport will he hosting another cultural pick ‘n’ mix for families during the summer holidays.
The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show takes place 31 July and is for children aged 2 years and over. It is a magical performance that combines music and singing with children’s favourite Hairy Maclary tales.
The popular family film showings will be returning throughout August, showing every Wednesday at 2.30pm. This summer, families can enjoy Finding Dory (2 August); Sing (9 August); Jungle Book (16 August) and Beauty and The Beast (23 August). Tickets for these films are priced at £3 per person.
Create your own story with Sefton’s libraries
Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be able to write the story of their own Summer by getting involved in a rich variety of activities and events, including: The Summer Reading Challenge, mobile zoo, Sefton Rangers wildlife sessions, print workshops with artists from Liverpool’s Bluecoat, Lego club, arts and craft sessions, family fun days and more.
Aim High with Family Fun Days for disabled children
Sefton’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service will be giving children and young people in Sefton a fun summer of engaging activities. In order to take part in this fantastic short breaks programme, children need to be registered with Aiming High’s Short Breaks team.
For those not already registered with the service, they will be hosting a series of Family Fun Days at Christ the King High School in Southport and Rowan Park School in Litherland. These special events are a great chance to find out more about the service and register your child(ren) with them while enjoying activities such as the mobile zoo, bouncy castle, face painting and more.
To find out more, contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email
Young people look North for a unique summer arts project
Young people in Sefton will be using their creativity and artistic talents to think about their place in the world as part of a special exhibition during the school holidays.
The Our North project is a series of workshops and culture walks at The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, created especially for young people in Sefton to work toward an Arts Award accreditation.
Derived from the North exhibition at The Open Eye, the workshops look at issues of identity, discrimination and culture through photography and fashion, especially through the lens of young people and their identity.
The workshops take place 1, 8, 10, 15, 22 and 29 August and are a partnership between Sefton Council’s youth services, the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool John Moores University, FACT and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To take part in this unique opportunity, contact Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Service on 0151 934 4899 or by email