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Summer activities in Herefordshire

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If you’re looking for ideas to help you and your family stay active and entertained during the summer holidays, there's lots of different activities taking place across Herefordshire, even during the ongoing coronavirus situation.

Don't forget to also check our what's on calendar and stay at home exercises and activities page, for even more ideas and inspiration!

Activities and entertainment

Arts Alive
Free screenings of films, plays and performances

Everyday PLAY
Outdoor family play sessions at Villa Street Garden in Hunderton, Hereford

Hereford Football Club
Free downloadable activity pack full of Hereford FC related games

Herefordshire Board Gamers
Borrow a free board game to help keep you and your family busy and active (a small deposit is required) or take part in virtual games days / groups

Herefordshire Libraries
Borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks with your library membership card (join online today, if you're not already a member!)

Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers
A free weekly online club with activities ranging from cooking to arts and crafts

Jesters Holiday Camps
Running throughout August at Ledbury Primary School for 4 to 11 year olds with sports, games, cooking, crafts, and much more

KoKoro Collective
Free online relaxation, meditation, bedtime stories and mindfulness resources / sessions for children and adults

Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre
Summer Activity Club for 6 to 14 year olds from 17 July to 28 August with morning and afternoon sessions

Look
Free online Find Your Calm Workshops for young people with visual impairments, focussing on how to cope with anxiety and tips for exploring wellbeing and mindfulness practice

Marches Family Network
Allinteractive Inclusive Family Visits at Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre, throughout the summer holidays, with Woodland Way, Busy Bubble and Adventure days available (costs vary and booking is essential)

Open Air Film & Chill Hereford
The Lion King will be showing at Hereford Racecourse on Monday 17 August at 7pm

Ross Children's Projects
Summer Play Days every Monday to Wednesday during the summer holidays, for children of key and critical workers aged 6 to 11.  There'll be lots of games, challenges, crafts and exploration for only £10 a day (bookable via Facebook)

Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre
The centre is open every day from 10:30am to 5pm with restrictions and conditions in place.  It costs £10 for adults, £7 for children and under two’s go free

Summer Reading Challenge 
Join The Silly Squad this summer and discover awesome books to read, games to play and badges to unlock throughout the challenge!

The Cart Shed (New addition!)
Free four week Escape to the Woods course for children of armed forces veterans living in Herefordshire (aged 5 to 10), from Monday 3 to 24 August.  Booking is essential via info@thecartshed.co.uk  

The Viking Games
A fantastic range of Viking inspired games and activities, including axe throwing, archery and bullrings, available for private groups with social distancing measures


Arts and crafts

Hereford Cathedral
Try the cathedral's adapted Sensory Trail, which you can complete with things you find around the home

Mess Around
Order a range of different Messy Play Kits to keep the kids entertained at home

The Cart Shed (New addition!)
A Creative Craft and Wellbeing Course for 15 to 24 year olds, who are unemployed, struggling with their education or mental wellbeing, runs every Friday throughout August from 10am to 4pm.  Transport can be arranged, but you must book in advance via info@thecartshed.co.uk  

Babies, toddlers and young children

Baby Sensory
Live online sensory classes for babies aged 0 to 13 months, every Thursday at 10:30am throughout the summer

NCT Hereford & District
Free virtual Bumps and Babies Group every Wednesday morning at 10am on Zoom

Wyldwood Arts Playing Together
Free online sessions every Tuesday at 10:30am, for pre-school children and older adults to explore different ways to play together through fun and creative activities
 

Cooking

Kids Kitchen
Free, fun virtual cookalong sessions on Zoom, every Tuesday from 11am to 12pm
 

Learning

Mission Me
Online tutoring and mentoring for 15 to 21 year olds, including a two week GCSE Bootcamp starting on 20 August  

Sport, exercise and dance

3Degreez Allstarz
Summer cheerleading sessions at Hinton Community Centre in Hereford for children aged 6 to 16 (£20 per child, per session with Covid-19 secure guidelines in operation)

Dancefest
Free virtual mini Chance to Dance sessions on YouTube

Everybody Dance
Bespoke at home dance sessions for disabled children and young people and their families in their own gardens

Fit and Fed
South Wye Police Boxing Academy is offering an hour of free outdoor boxing, with qualified coaches, for 8 to 16 year olds, followed by a packed lunch.  It runs from Monday 20 July to Friday 28 August, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, sessions will be limited, so you must book in advance by e-mailing PCSO Hayley Warne

Herefordshire Football Association
A series of free football games, activities and challenges for all the family to enjoy together in the garden

Hinton Football Club
Free football training for girls aged 6 to 9, every Thursday from 9am to 10am.  To find out more, e-mail stevehintonfc@hotmail.com

Kingsland Tennis Courts 
The courts are now open and available for anyone to use for free and you don't need to book

Matt Hudd Martial Arts
Free daily live virtual classes for children and adults, including tai chi and kickboxing

Melody Dance Company
Weekly online dance sessions for 3 to 5 year olds, 6 to 10 year olds and teenagers, costing £3 a session (sibling discounts apply)

Stride Active
PE sessions and games challenges for children and families

The Starlight Company
Free and paid for online classes for children and families
 

Volunteering

Avenbury Care Farm
Volunteers are needed to help with a range of different tasks on the farm, which offers activities for adults with additional needs, such as animal care, woodwork, gardening and cooking
 

School clubs and activities

A number of schools across Herefordshire are also running holiday clubs and activities, some of which are only for their pupils, but some of which are open to members of the public.  To find a school near you, please visit Herefordshire Council's website.



COVID-19 guidance for organisations

If you’re looking to organise holiday clubs or activities during the summer holidays, there's a range of guidance available to help you get started and ensure you're COVID secure.

Club Matters
Run by Sport England, they offer advice, tips, tools and ideas to help you restart sport and physical activities 

National Youth Agency 
Offer guidance around opening and managing youth sector activities and spaces

UK Government
Provide guidance around the protective measures you’ll need to have in place and information for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation and the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

COVID-19 guidance for families

UK Government
Offer guidance around children attending summer holiday clubs or activities, along with questions and answers


This page was last updated on 10 August 2020 (4:15pm)