Free children’s Summer fun activities

First published: Tuesday 13 Jul 2021

Darlington Borough Council are providing a summertime of free activities for children aged 8-12 years.

To encourage children to move more and enjoy the outdoors, as part of the childhood healthy weight plan to support every child to feel emotionally and physically healthy, by providing opportunities to play and have access to and enjoy healthy foods, Darlington Borough Council’s public health team is working together with Outdoor Ambition Limited, to provide free children’s summer activities to all children, living in Darlington, aged 8–12 years.

Children benefit from moving more. Playing, walking, running, jumping, dancing, riding bikes and scooters* all help to improve behaviour, attention levels, self-confidence, social skills, health and fitness, mood, sleep and maintain a healthy weight and strengthen muscles and bones.

Whether it’s a game of rounders, a kick about or trying a team challenge, free summer fun activities are on offer during every weekday of the summer holiday, Monday 19 July – Friday 27 August.

See the timetable below to find out where the summer activities will take place:

All activities are free and will run at the same time each week for the full duration of the

school summer holidays. There’s no need to book, children can just turn up and join in but please make sure they wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water to drink.

Councillor Jon Clarke, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for children and young people said “We are delighted to work with Outdoor Ambition Limited to offer every child aged 8-12 years, living in the Darlington such a fantastic opportunity. We hope the activities will encourage children to enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new talents, and loves of sport.”

“If you have loved the Euros, Wimbledon, the Olympics, or other sporting events are inspiring you to try something new, visit the Council’s Move More webpage to find details of fun activities. Moving more improves our physical and mental wellbeing and there’s no better time to start than now!”

Lloyd Murray from Outdoor Ambition Ltd. added “These activities offer fantastic opportunities for young children to get outdoors and have some fun!         

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone and get moving… Here’s to a fabulous summer of fun.”

A healthy diet and regular exercise have been medically proven to help us live healthier lives, reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast, and colon cancer as well as boost low mood and help improve sleep quality and concentration levels.

There are many ways to move more – take the stairs rather than the lift, walk rather than drive or catch the bus. Lovely parks and open spaces; great walking and cycle routes and a new indoor bowling alley are in easy reach, so why not get those trainers on, embrace the healthy you and move more to reap the health benefits?

For health information visit to find out how to get active in Darlington and for health and wellbeing tips.

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