An egg-cellent way to keep children active and entertained this Easter
Film-making, music, creative arts, sports, swimming, and outdoor cooking, are amongst the fun activities on offer from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and partners during the Easter school holidays.
The councils are working with a range of partners to deliver the varied programme of activities to help families through the Easter period as part of the Government’s holiday activities and food programme.
Abbeycroft Leisure are once again offering outdoor cooking masterclasses to families in need during the school break in several locations across the districts – cementing the councils’ commitment to reducing health inequalities, as part of its Wellbeing Strategy.
Families are given the opportunity to learn how to cook a hearty and nutritious meal in the outdoors. In addition, they receive a free box of ingredients and recipe cards so they can prepare healthy, tasty food at home – supporting the councils’ ongoing ambition to combat holiday hunger.
There are also sessions for budding scientists, free swims and lunch at a number of council leisure centres, football fun factories, arts and crafts sessions, sports or dance sessions, and even workshops for youngsters interested in filmmaking and animation.
Various activities and sessions are on offer across both districts, in and around Claydon, Eye, Stowmarket, Stowupland, and Stradbroke in Mid Suffolk and at Great Cornard, Hadleigh and Sudbury in Babergh.
Although free places are allocated on a needs basis – with local schools identifying families in receipt of free school meals or eligible for other reasons – children not meeting this criteria are also welcome to participate in many of the events for a small cost.
Mid Suffolk’s cabinet member for Communities, Cllr Julie Flatman, said:
“As someone who works in education, I understand the critical role that schools can play in helping to keep children safe and fed during term-time – but we also want to make sure that no child is left hungry or lonely during school holidays because of their family finances.
“I am delighted that our council continues to work closely with a range of partners to offer an ever expanding range of ways for children to beat the boredom – whether their interest is in science, arts or sports.”
Babergh’s cabinet member for Communities, Cllr Derek Davis, said:
“Families are facing ever tougher challenges as the cost of living increases and school holidays can be a particular pressure point. We want to help everyone to be able to be active, eat healthily and take part in fun activities to help their overall wellbeing. For some, this is simply fun during the holidays, for others it’s a real lifeline.”