MonLife is getting ready to welcome children and young people in Monmouthshire to its exciting wealth of activities and fun across the county this summer. The Monmouthshire Games, indoor play centres, theatre events and many more activities have been organised with the intention of keeping children and young people active and entertained during the summer break.

The Summer of Fun initiative, with the help of significant financial investment from the Welsh Government, will encourage young people to engage in social and cultural play and physical activities outside of formal learning.

Play provision, and creating spaces to play, is an essential element to support children and young people’s wellbeing. The Summer of Fun programme, supported by MonLife’s wider play offer, ensures a variety of activities are available for children and young people this summer.  Plus, with free activities available in both Welsh and English across the whole of Wales to support young people and help families with the rising cost of living over the summer months, there’s something suitable for everyone.

The Summer of Fun activities kicks-off with The Monmouthshire Games taking place between July 25th and August 26th, with action-packed days offering more than 30 different sporting activities that can be enjoyed by children and young people – aged 5-11 years old – at all four of the county’s leisure centres (Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth). The Monmouthshire Games (TMG) provides a unique opportunity for both children and parents. Participants can meet new friends, develop new skills and confidence, whilst parents are content knowing that their child is safe, happy and having hours of sporting fun.

The Summer play sessions will also be taking place to provide craft-based make-and-take activities inspired by the collections, themes and stories at Chepstow Museum, Abergavenny Museum and Castle, Caldicot Castle, Old Station, Tintern and Shire Hall, Monmouth.  The project will take place over 2 weeks focusing on the themes of Medieval mayhem and Playtime through the ages. You can find out more information here: https://www.monlifeholidayactivities.co.uk/monlife-heritage/

Open-air theatre events at Abergavenny Castle grounds have also been scheduled this summer, with Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare taking place live on stage on 29th July. There are other theatre events on at Abergavenny Castle throughout summer for all the family to enjoy, including The War of the Worlds (12th August) and David Walliams’ Awful Auntie (19th August). To book, click this link: https://www.monlifeholidayactivities.co.uk/theatre-events/

Families can also book a visit to MonLife’s indoor play centre at Monmouth Leisure Centre this summer, which features an exciting three storey, action-packed climbing maze and a unique ‘beat the clock timing’ system. All of Monmouthshire’s leisure centre swimming pools are open for the summer holidays, including family bubble sessions, junior swim lessons and aqua classes. Local swimming timetables can be found here: https://www.monlifeholidayactivities.co.uk/swimming/

Monmouthshire’s Leisure Centres have a packed pool programme including free swim, spin and gym sessions for young people aged 12-18yrs, as well as free access to 3G facilities and £1 pay and play sessions at designated times.

MonLife Connect’s Youth Work Team are hosting a five-week programme of activities for young people aged 11 plus which includes Skate Jam, football tournaments, swimming trips, plus much more.  Click here for further information: https://www.monlifeholidayactivities.co.uk/youth-service/

Cllr. Sara Burch, Cabinet Member for Inclusive and Active Communities, said: “MonLife has done a great job making sure there’s something fun for every child to do this summer. Whether you are sporty, creative or just like splashing about in the pool, there’s something for you. We know family budgets are tight, so we’ve kept costs down thanks to funding from the Welsh Government. And if you are looking for a low cost family day out, we can all head for the hills on Monmouthshire’s miles of countryside footpaths, visit the castles and museums or take a picnic to the park. Have a great summer holidays.”

For a full list of all the activities taking place across MonLife and for the Summer of Fun please visit www.monlifeholidayactivities.co.uk