10 summer camps for kids & teens in Coventry and Warwickshire
It's been four long months with the kids at home - and now the summer holidays are here. Step away from the gin and read on for 10 fun, active and creative holiday camps in a safe environment near you.
Belgrade’s socially distanced acting summer school for kids aged 8-16, Aug 10-13 & Aug 17-20
Kids climbing up the walls after lockdown? As restrictions start to lift, the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry is running its annual Summer School for kids aged 8-16.
Adapted to meet the latest Covid health and safety guidelines, these socially distanced sessions will run for four days each for families from Coventry and Warwickshire. This year kids will be divided into two separate groups, with the first Summer School running from Aug 10-13 and the second from Aug 17-20
The theme for this year’s programme is Coventry Talking Heads, drawing inspiration from the many actors and artists who have created characters within the walls of the Belgrade.
Practical, hands-on sessions will include drama games and acting workshops, led by the Belgrade’s team of expert theatre practitioners. By the end of the four days, participants will have created their own original performance, which they’ll be able to share digitally with family and friends.
No previous drama experience is necessary to take part – just lots of enthusiasm and comfortable clothes and shoes for moving around in. Lunch is not provided, so please bring either a packed lunch or some money to buy food from the café, as well as plenty of water to drink throughout the day.
Sessions run from 10am-4.30pm, with early drop-off and late pick-up options available for an additional charge and booked in advance.
Not available this summer but still keen to get stuck in? The Belgrade will also be bringing back its Youth and Adult Acting Classes in the autumn, with weekly sessions due to start on Sept 26 and 25 respectively, running until the first week of December.
North Warwickshire Football Summer Camp for ages 7 – 12, Snowhill Recreation Ground, Victoria Road, Hartshill, nr Nuneaton, Aug 3 – 18
Run by The Positive Impact Foundation there are places still available running between 9am – 3pm at Snowhill Recreation Ground, Victoria Road, Hartshill, CV10 0LS.
Kings Camps, Bablake School, Coventry for ages 5 – 17, dates remaining August 17 – 21
More than 30 sports and games for children split into three age groups: 5 – 7, 8 – 11 and 12 – 17 held at this top city independent school offering a range of facilities including sports hall, squash courts, swimming pool, tennis courts and outdoor areas.
Complete Cricket – Professional Cricket Coaching Holiday Camp/Academy Camp, all ages 4+, Balsall Common, various dates
21 professional cricket holiday schemes for children aged 4+ in cricket clubs across Warwickshire and the West Midlands including Stratford-upon-Avon, Blossomfield CC in Solihull, Berkswell, Knowle & Dorridge and Exhall & Wixford. Holiday camps are geared toward beginner – intermediate level focusing on technical cricket skills across all areas of the game, plus fun cricket-based activities, game play and competitions (£25 per day). Academy camps are aimed at intermediate – advanced level cricketers who have experience of hard ball cricket. Recommended for ages 10+, it delves deeper into the technical aspects of the game through implementing a higher intensity and level of training but having fun remains a core element of this camp (£50 per day).
Both run 10am – 3pm, with £5 extra per session for wraparound care.
Star Track Holiday Athletics, Years 2-9, Ashlawn School, Hillmorton, Rugby. Remaining weeks available: Aug 3-7 & Aug 17-21
A fun sports programme is designed to give children in years 2 – 9 a taste of a full range of athletics events, suitable for beginners and experienced athletes.
Aspire Active Holiday Camp for ages 5 – 11, North Leamington School, Leamington Spa,
Active holiday scheme for children aged 5 – 11. Children have to be booked onto a full week. An Ofsted registered childcare provider.
Cool Sportz, multi-sports and games holiday club for ages 5-15, Henley-in-Arden & Warwick Tennis Clubs, various dates
These Warwickshire-based camps are held at either Henley or Warwick Tennis Clubs. During the day the children can participate in a variety of different activities, including tennis, football, cricket (Kwik cricket), badminton, extreme dodgeball, uni hoc, basketball, and parachute games. Henley Tennis Club also runs Tennis Camps. OFSTED registered, and accept child care vouchers.(£54 for a three day week).
Two Stagecoach summer performance musical workshops for ages 4-6 & 6-18, Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Aug 17-21
Two devised productions –The Little Mermaid by Hans Cristian Andersen for 4-6-year-olds (£80) and T. S. Eliot ‘s Old Possums book of practical cats for 6-18-year-olds (£135) – in just 5 days in a safe and fun environment. Ask about wrap around care.
Go Go Makers Holiday Camp, Priors Field Primary School, Kenilworth
Silly Squad Digital Summer Reading Challenge, Warwickshire & UK wide
With the closure of libraries, the Reading Agency has re-designed this popular annual challenge this year to work online, with a special website where families can join their 4-11-year-olds securely and the children download the activities that will keep them going. Children can join, take part and collect digital rewards online. Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love all sorts of funny books!
Warwickshire Libraries will deliver the Summer Reading Challenge through its virtual services and e-lending platforms, and a new ‘Click and Collect’ service means people can now pre-order books online free of charge at http://library.warwickshire.gov.uk and pick them up from selected library locations at a pre-arranged time.