Over 200 free summer activities for families

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This summer, families and young people can take part in over 200 free online and outdoor activities organised by the council and voluntary organisations, including sports, music, reading, virtual baking and much more.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “I’m pleased that yet again as a council we are offering activities for families and young people over the summer. This year’s summer events offer new ways to connect through a range of activities that can be done at home or outside, with others. As some of the lockdown restrictions are eased, I hope our residents, young and old, will be inspired to try something new.”

The council’s Idea Stores are inviting children in the borough to register for ‘The Silly Squad’ Summer Reading Challenge to take part in games, collect rewards and earn badges as they read new books.

This August, the council’s youth arts scheme – ‘A’ Team Arts – will run an exciting online programme for young people between the ages of 11 - 19. They’ll be invited to think about how they can use the arts to help shape a greener future after Covid-19.

Under the theme of ‘What Next?’, aspiring designers, artists, musicians, writers and actors can participate in free sessions to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Starting on Monday 27 July, the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is working to create opportunities for residents around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will run its online EAST Summer School. The programme for 12 - 17 year olds in east London boroughs is free with one-off classes and full week courses from the likes of the BBC, University College London and the London College of Fashion.

Many of the council summer programmes include free nutritional meals to help children through a day of active fun.

Councillor Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member, for Culture, Arts and Brexit, said: “We’re really proud of our offering this year, in particular the way that it has been adapted to deliver hundreds of activities through a combination of online and socially distanced indoor and outdoor activities with an emphasis on the physical and mental health of our residents.”   

Visit  www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/summerevents for more information.

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For more information about this release contact the London Borough of Tower Hamlets communications team on 020 7364 4389 or email communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Notes to editors 

All events will be virtual or socially distanced.

‘The Silly Squad’ Summer Reading Challenge

For more information on The Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020, visit www.ideastore.co.uk/src. Children can borrow books remotely, using the council’s e-library and collect their medal from their local library or Idea Store when it reopens in the future.

EAST Summer School

For more information on EAST Summer School, visit: www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/summerschool
Posted on Tuesday 14th July 2020