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Get out and about and have fun this summer!

Get out and about and have fun this summer!

SUMMERTIME is racing towards us and not everyone has the money to entertain youngsters day after day after day for weeks.

If you’ve got a family and are count-ing the pennies, here are some activities that definitely won’t break the bank!

Getting children away from their tablets and iPads is never an easy option, but most will respond to a stimulating challenge if you encourage them to take part in fun events.

For example the Alexandra Junior Parkrun is a 2k event for 4-14 year olds. If you aren’t a junior but like to get your blood pumping, try one of the weekly Saturday Parkrun events for adults instead – no experience necessary!

Parkruns are held every weekend at 9am in Alexandra Park, Oldham and are completely free to participants. More to the point, you can share a coffee at the famous Boathouse Cafe afterwards!

Alternatively, the world of (not-quite-competitive) running could see you galloping against the clock every Saturday in the Chadderton Hall 5k Parkrun (Chadderton Hall Road, Chadderton, OL9 0QB).

And if your kids are under school age, GO Explorers – Oldham Council’s weekly sensory session for children aged 2-4 and their families – is a happy alternative.

The sessions encourage the youngest participants to explore the world using creative methods  from singing, movement, play and… simply just getting messy!

Children sitting on log

Take them along and have some fun: everyone’s welcome. But make sure you all wear appropriate clothing. Aprons and gloves can be provided and there’s lots of wipes, towels and warm soapy water to make sure you don’t stay messy. Booking is essential, but that’s just £3.50 per child per session.

Call 0161 770 4741 or email for more information. Sessions run until September 27.

For something completely different, why not visit one of the borough’s animal farms? Lancaster Park and Animal Farm in Chadderton has more than 200 animals spread over 25 acres of scenic countryside in the valley of the River Irk.

And parents could have some (probably much needed) downtime by sending their offspring to Oldham’s SummerKids Camps, from Monday, 22nd July to Friday, 23rd August. Aimed at offering a huge range of activities for 6 to 12 year olds, those taking part get the chance to win great prizes too. Inquire on 0161 207 7000.

For a gentle trip to the countryside you don’t have to go too far – in fact just to Daisy Nook Country Park, 40 hectares of varied landscape, in the heart of the Medlock Valley.

There are waterways, a lake, a canal, woodlands and wildflower meadows to enjoy. The park is a great habitat for wildlife and bird-spotting, with an abundance of creatures, from great-spotted woodpeckers and owls to foxes and squirrels.

There are footpaths and bridleways for horse riding, which link to neighbouring countryside areas.

Day tickets for fishing at Sammy’s Basin, Crime Lake and Bardsley Canal are available at the waterside.

Take a look at what Oldham has to offer this summer – then get out in the fresh air and enjoy it!

Article written by Ken Bennett


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