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Summer Holiday Saviours

Still not sorted your summer hols childcare? Pack 'em off on one of these super duper jaunts..

The summer hols is a long stretch of time to fill, but luckily for kids in Warks there’s wonderful week-long workshops, camps and courses to be found at some of the county’s top cultural and sporting venues…

Youth Summer Sailing courses, Draycote Water, Dunchurch, nr Rugby

Draycote Water Sailing Club offer all 4 stages of the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme (YSS) over a 3 or 5-day course running each week Monday to Friday of the holidays for 8-15-year-olds and do not need to be a member of the club to take part. There are also limited places on a 2-day Start Windsurfing course on the weekend of Aug 19-20.

Star Track Athletics Holiday Summer 2017 Courses, across Warwickshire

Jessica Ennis started her athletics career taking part in Startrack as a 10-year-old!

A British Athletics’ flagship grassroots athletics programme, aiming to give 8-15-year-olds real athletics experiences and help them to develop skills during school holidays. Courses are run by Rugby and Northampton Athletics ClubStratford upon Avon Athletic ClubSpecialising in Sport: Let’s go.. Run, Jump, Throw, University of Warwick Athletics Track, Coventry, Edmondscote Athletics Track, Leamingon Spa and Norman Green Athletics Centre, Solihull.

Belgrade Theatre Summer School, Coventry, Mon Aug 7-Fri Aug 11

Belgrade Theatre Drama worker Leon Phillips leading a drama workshop session.

You think you know who invented the light bulb… discovered penicillin…powered the first plane…? Think again! Over 5 days children and young people will learn about famous inventions claimed by other people and use these stories to create their own piece of theatre to perform in front of family and friends. A week of jam-packed drama activities, split into two groups for ages 8 – 11 and 11 – 16 exploring the theme of Hidden Histories through a series of fun and practical theatre workshops. Led by experienced practitioners in the Belgrade’s safe and professional theatre. No previous acting experience necessary.

££: £126 per child for the full week, with discounts available for two or more siblings from the same family. Tel 024 7655 3055 to book,

Playbox Holiday Projects, The Dream Factory, Warwick

Places are still available on the Sherlock Holmes Academy for 9-15-year-olds on Thurs Aug 10 & Fri Aug 11 and the Technical Gallery workshop for 14-19 years, Wed Aug 16-Fri Aug 18 focusing on: Lighting design; Lighting Operation; Rigging & Focusing; Sound Design & Operation and Sound Effects.

The RSC’s Play in A Day, Clore Learning Centre, Stratford  

Photo by Sara Beaumont

Create your very own shortened version of a Shakespeare play in just one day with help from an RSC expert. Young people can attend without their parents or carers: King Lear, 9-10 years, Tue 22 Aug
King Lear, 11-12 years, Thur 24 Aug
King Lear, 13-14 years, Fri 25 Aug
As You Like It, 9-10 years, Tue 29 Aug
As you Like It, 11-12 years, Thur 31 Aug

10am-4.30pm, £28,

Activate Sport Holiday Camps, Aspire Active CampsKings Camps (Bablake School, Coventry)  & Camp Energy (Rugby School)

Multi-sport and activity holiday camps for children aged 5 to 16.

Powerleague Football Camps, Woodlands School, Coventry & Go4goals,  across Warwickshire

Run by qualified and background checked coaches, football camps will keep kids active this summer.

Warwick Sport Holiday Camps: Climbing, Tennis & Badminton, Warwick University campus, until Fri Sept 1

Ring o24 7652 3011 or email:

Horse-riding Holiday and Day Camps

Stables and riding schools across Coventry & Warwickshire run horse-riding camps including Castle Hill Riding School in Brandon which also runs Own a Pony for a Day courses (£45), Warwick International School of RidingRedhouse Farm Riding School, Leamington, Radway Riding School, Warwick and Featherbed Stables, Wilmcote, Stratford.

RSC – One & Two-Day Animation Courses, Stratford

Want to create your own animated RSC Julius Caesar style gif? A 2-day animation course for 13-16-year-olds (£55) runs Thurs Aug 17-Fri Aug 18, 10am-4.30pm. There’s also one-day courses (£28) for 10-12-year-olds, Wed 9 Aug & Wed 16 Aug to create a digital flicker book filled with their own costume drawings inspired by the RSC’s costume store and archive photos.  Spend the day drawing designs for your favourite Roman Shakespeare characters. Family and friends will be invited to join you at the end of the day to share your work. Each participant will also be sent a link to their work to keep after the event,  10am-4.30pm (lunch and accommodation not included),

Let’s Animate Summer Workshops, Unit 2K, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, every Wed until Aug 30.

A 6-week animation club for mini animators aged 7+ who will produce short animation clips to later become a show reel. Workshops include Plastercine Character Animation, Filmmaking Animation and Cut Out Character Animation.

Make it Reel Summer Film School for 12-15-years, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Jul 31-Fri Aug 4


5 days to make a 5-minute film and show it to friends and families. Films will be devised, storyboarded, scripted, rehearsed, shot, edited, sound tracked, mixed, mastered and premiered in the arts centre’s Cinema – all in a week! Led by local film makers Dom Breadmore and Jon Randle, £150.

Jungle Run Summer School for 7-11-years, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Aug 7-Fri Aug 11

Fun and games at every turn led by Coventry’s Highly Sprung Performance Company – experts in imagination, play and physical performance. Imagine crash landing in the middle of a dense jungle with no map, no plan and only one mission: to get out in one piece! Party with the jungle monkeys and build your own jungle den. Throughout the week the adventure will unfold as you make choices about which path you take through this unknown environment. At the end of the week children will stage a thrilling performance, 10am – 4pm.


School Holiday Workshops, Art Group Studios, Leamington Spa, Tue Aug 22-Thur Aug 31

Art workshops for 4-14-year-olds ranging from Chinese Silk Painting to Clay Sculpture Cats and Dogs and Decorative Painting on Pebbles & Shells, 10am-2.30pm

££: £25 includes materials and refreshments Advanced booking essential! Packed lunch required.

Ski and Snowboarding School Holiday Camps, Snowdome, Tamworth & Snozone, Milton Keynes

Stay cool this summer with ski and snowboard summer camps. Suitable for recreational standard skiers and snowboarders from 8-15 years.

Wasps Summer Rugby Courses, Coventry

Aspiring rugby players (aged 13-18) can spend a week training like a pro player on this 5-day residential course, which also includes various Wasps merch to take home, the chance to meet the team’s players and two tickets to a Wasps game at the Ricoh Arena.

The Summer Zoo Club & Zooniversity, Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Warwickshire

The Summer Zoo Club offers multiple wildlife and conservation activities for 8-14 year-olds until Sept 1 9am-4.30pm, wrap around care is also available 8.30am-5.30pm. Children can either drop in just for a day, or spend the week at the zoo. Zooniversity, aimed at 15-18 year olds, runs from Aug 21-25 and is perfect for any young adult interested in conservation, captive breeding and veterinary science.


Young Film Academy Summer Courses, London, throughout August

Budding movie mavens (actors and film-makers) can pick from various options which span making a film in a day to a fully immersive two week residential course (better get saving though – it’s  £2388!). Just make them promise now that you’ll be their Oscars +1 in 2027.

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