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Bridgend’s schools started their summer holidays this week. That means 6 weeks of children complaining that they’re bored, parents trying to find childcare….alongside me struggling for ideas for articles.
Summer playschemes have always seemed popular in Bridgend and they’re scheduled to start again soon under Bridgend Council’s “School’s Out” programme. Here’s a rundown of some of the main ones but there’s a full list of schemes and activities available here.
Active 4 Life
Active 4 Life is run in partnership between Bridgend Council, town & community councils and Halo Leisure. There are no details on what specific activities will be available, but it mentions sport, games and arts. The venues include:
- Brackla Sports Centre
- Bridgend Life Centre
- Caerau Primary School
- Garw Valley Life Centre
- Heol-y-Cyw Welfare Hall
- Len Evans Centre, Aberkenfig
- Llangynwyd Pavilion
- Maesteg Sports Centre
- Ogmore Valley Life Centre
- Pencoed Comprehensive School
- Porthcawl Comprehensive School
The scheme’s open to children aged 8-12 and is free, though I’ve seen advice that children should take some money with them and/or a packed lunch. It’s probably best to check beforehand.
Active 4 Life starts on 31st July and will run from 10am-2pm every weekday until 25th August. Children will need to take a completed registration form before attending – available here – and can join in at any time.
Play 4 Life
Free mini play sessions for children aged 0-6 years held at Flying Start centres in the county. They’re run in the mornings and afternoons for about an hour with the venues changing each day. There’s a full list of events and times available here.
Urdd & Menter Bro Ogwr (Welsh-medium)
Urdd Gobaith Cymru will hold 5 sports camps at varying venues between 24th July and 4th August, some taking place across multiple days. There are charges depending on age and event – a full list is available here.
Menter Bro Ogwr will host various holiday activities for children aged 4-12 in Maesteg, Pontycymer, North Cornelly and Bryncethin – with the venue changing each week (details here). The playschemes run during weekdays from 10am-2:30pm, starting on July 24th and running until August 18th. There’s no mention of any costs, so I assume it’s free, but children have to book in advance as places are limited.
B-Actif will be holding different activities every day for children aged 3-14 (as well as some all-family activities) at Brackla Sports Centre (based in Archbishop McGrath School) between July 24th and August 25th.
The activities includes balance bikes, activities for the disabled, badminton and other sports-related fun. The sessions run from around 10am to as late as 8:30pm in some cases. It’s recommended under-8s are accompanied by an adult.
B-Actif charges for many activities with prices ranging from £2-5 per session, though Active 4 Life sessions at the centre (mentioned earlier) are free of charge. A full timetable and list of prices is available here.
ParkLives is a free scheme sponsored by Coca Cola taking place at parks across the county. The activities are aimed at families, so adults can take part in some activities as well.
Once a week Tai Chi and movement sessions will be held between 25th July-1st September at Kenfig Nature Reserve (Tuesdays, 11am-12pm), Maesteg Welfare Park (Fridays, 10am-11am) and Porthcawl Wilderness Lakes (Wednesdays, 10am-11am).
Newbridge Fields in Bridgend will host events every Thursday from 27th July-31st August between 10am-5pm for children aged 3-14. This includes “mini gladiators” (whatever the hell that is), Zumba, bubble football, parkour and balance bikes, as well as race running which is a sport using modified tricycles designed for the disabled and people with balance problems.