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Summer of play returns – low cost activities for west Norfolk residents

Summer of play

Published: Wednesday, 19th July 2023

Summer of Play, the initiative between the borough council and Alive West Norfolk, is returning to west Norfolk for the third year in a row.

Children and young people in the area can take advantage of several free and low-cost activities through the summer holidays.

More funding has been allocated by the borough council this year to fund an extensive programme of activities from general swimming in Downham Market to soft play in Hunstanton and much more.

The following activities have been reduced to as little as 50p with an Alive Concession card or £1 with an Alive Card* and are available to all west Norfolk residents:

  • General swim sessions at Alive West Norfolk pools in Downham Market, Hunstanton and King’s Lynn.
  • Soft play at Alive Adventures at the Alive Oasis in Hunstanton.
  • KASET skatepark in King’s Lynn.
  • Tumble Teds (pre school, aged under 5) and Tumble Tykes (5-7 year olds) at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn.
  • Alive Fives Football in King’s Lynn.
  • Soft archery in King’s Lynn.
  • Tennis club in King’s Lynn and Downham Market.
  • Skateboard skills in King’s Lynn.
  • Family climb time in King’s Lynn.
  • Fun time climb in King’s Lynn.
  • Go Karty Party in King’s Lynn and Downham Market.
  • Trampolining in King’s Lynn.
  • Ninja Warrior in King’s Lynn.
  • Roller skating in King’s Lynn and Downham Market.
  • Archery in King’s Lynn.
  • Get Arty in King’s Lynn.
  • Bootcamp fitness in Downham Market and Hunstanton.
  • Pool party in Downham Market and Hunstanton.
  • Family fun swim in King’s Lynn.
  • Water fight in King’s Lynn.

Cllr Alexandra Kemp, Cabinet member for People and Communities, said:

“Summer holidays can be costly for families and the increased pressure on people’s budgets can put leisure activities out of reach for many.

“Trips out and other leisure activities are vital for people’s physical and mental wellbeing and I'm delighted that we can continue to support residents this year by keeping the cost of these activities as low as we possibly can. I’m particularly pleased that as well as offering activities at Lynnsport, Oasis, Downham Leisure, St James and the Corn Exchange, there will also be things for families to do at South Lynn Community Centre this year.

“Third party funding for many of these activities is no longer available, so the borough council is this year increasing its financial support for the scheme so that this extensive programme can be offered across our Alive West Norfolk venues.”

Tommy Goode, Alive West Norfolk Director of Business Development, said:

“Alive West Norfolk aims to provide opportunities to all and with the support of our partners we have been able to put together a package of activities that will make sure young people across the borough can have fun, socialise and be active.

“Last summer’s programme was a huge hit and hundreds of sessions were enjoyed by children, teens and families at a significantly reduced cost.”

These activities will be in addition to the usual holiday clubs that run through the summer and the free opportunities available through the borough’s network of open spaces, beaches and more than 80 play areas.

Alive concession card holders can also attend free holiday clubs that include fun club, football, gymnastics, elite gymnastics and cricket.

Booking has now opened for Summer of Play and Holiday Club sessions and is essential as there are only a limited number of spaces in some sessions.

Activities vary in each location. See website for details and booking arrangements, plus information on what to wear and what to bring. Age limits and terms and conditions apply which can be viewed on the Alive West Norfolk website.

* The charge for an Alive Card is £10 for a junior. To get your Alive Card please visit one of the Alive West Norfolk sites – Lynnsport, St James, Downham or Oasis. Alive Concession Card is free. Both cards allow access to the Summer of Play discounted rates as well as reducing the cost of activities at Alive West Norfolk venues for residents.

Eligibility for concession cards is:

  • State Pension Age (66 years of age and over)
  • NHS Tax Credit Exemption, Income Support Claimant
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Housing Benefit Claimant
  • Incapacity Benefit Claimant/Employment Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment/Attendance Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Full time student over 18 years of age
  • Children living with and dependent of anyone in the above categories (excluding State Pension Age)
  • Pupil Premium

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