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MK’s biggest ever holiday camp was popular with families

Thousands of FREE activity sessions were made available to all children and young people in Milton Keynes last month. Funded and developed by Milton Keynes Council, the Summer of Play programme included 30,000 individual activity sessions across MK.

The wide range of activities included cookery, bush-craft, film-making, horse riding, performing arts, football, African drums and laser tag. Most of the activities took place within 4 hour sessions and included nutritious, healthy meals with a total of 28,000 free meals served throughout August.

The council’s Summer of Play is part of a wider drive to help children and young people to be more active during the school holidays whilst taking part in safe and engaging activities.

Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “We’re really pleased that so many children and young people were able to get involved with our Summer of Play. Young people have been some of the most affected by this pandemic and keeping children connected through learning and play is so important. We know from parents and carers that these sessions were really valued, and we are already looking ahead to future opportunities.

I want to say a big thank you to all the colleagues and local providers who ran events plus the hundreds of schools and settings that helped us to promote this incredible programme.”

Milton Keynes Council worked with a total of 30 local clubs, charities, and organisations to provide activities alongside its own provision via Children and Family Centres, the Youth Service and MKC Music Hub.