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Parents and Carers looking for activities to entertain, educate and occupy their children over the summer holidays have plenty of local options. Here are a few we know about. We will update this list as we learn of others.

Thame Lighthouse
Lighthouse Thame is a holiday week for children and young people in Thame and the surrounding villages that takes place in the summer holidays. This year it will be running from Monday 28th July — Friday 1st August 2014

It is a huge and extremely well organised event, run through a partnership of local churches and supported by hundreds of experienced volunteers. Thame Lighthouse has a very strong Christian ethic, and the organisers' objective is to create a safe, fun and enjoyable environment for everyone.

For more details, see here

Haddenham Playscheme
The Haddenham Playscheme is a community scheme run for local school children by volunteers for one week during the summer holidays. This year the Playscheme will take place from Monday 4th to Friday 8th August at Haddenham Community Junior School, from 9.00am-12.00 noon each day.

For more details, please see here

Soccer Coaching Courses
Courses run by fully qualified coaches.
Come and join in the fun at Meadow View Park (Thame United's ground)!
Soccer courses are being held over five summer holiday weeks:

  • July 28th to August 1st
  • August 4th to August 8th
  • August 11th to 15th
  • August 18th to 22nd
  • August 26th to 29th

All sessions are from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Important Information for parents: your child will need a packed lunch, a healthy snack & lots of liquid refreshment.
To book a place, simply complete the application form (see PDF below image) and return it to the Meadow View Park Office with your payment. Pre-booking is required for £12.50 day rate.
Special Offer: Book three weeks for just £150.
For more information, Tel: 01844 214401

Activities at Haddenham Community Library
Go along with your child on Tuesday and/or Thursday (10am-12noon) each week from 29th July and there will be helpers available to sit and listen to your child read.

Other holiday activities include free craft sessions every Saturday (10am-12.noon) on the theme of Myths and Legends — to tie in with the summer reading challenge — and an Animal Edutainment session on Friday, 15th August (11am-12noon). Tickets (£3.50) for this are available to buy at the library; the craft sessions are hosted on the basis of 'turn up and join in'.

A children's knitting group is running every Friday of the summer holidays, but unfortunately this is already fully booked.

Cycle Training Courses
Summer Holiday Courses (at Haddenham Junior School)

  • Tuesday 29th July 2014 9.30am — 3pm Biking Basics and Fun Day
  • Tuesday 29th July 2014 9.30am — 3pm Level 1and Fun Day
  • Wednesday 30th July 2014 9.30am — 12.30pm Level 2
  • Thursday 31st July 2014 9.30am — 12.30pm Level 2
  • Wednesday 20th August 2014 9.30am — 12noon Biking Basics
  • Wednesday 20th August 2014 9.30am — 12.30pm Level 1
  • Thursday 21st August 2014 9.30am — 12.30pm Level 2
  • Friday 22nd August 2014 9.30am — 12.30pm Level 2

Princes Risborough

  • Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd September 9.30am — 12.30pm

For more details, please contact
Helen Sutliff, Course Administrator
Haddenham Cycle Training
Tel: 07907 794633

Website: www.haddenhamcycletraining.org.uk/

Take the Bus!

Bucks County Council is keen to help promote the use of local bus services to help parents and carers get out and about over the summer. Here's their latest offering:

Hop on a bus with the family, have a great day out, and be one less car on the roads.

Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, is encouraging families to 'get out there' during the school holidays and explore Buckinghamshire's beautiful countryside and town attractions by bus.

It's all part of Ruth's team's continuing campaign to promote greener travel and reduce congestion on the roads. Many bus operators offer good value group or family day tickets, and during the school holiday several attractions will be offering discounts to bus passengers producing a valid ticket when they visit or book.

Ruth said: 'We've lots of routes in Buckinghamshire and many of them serve great places to visit: like Burnham Beeches, Hughenden Manor, Waddesdon Manor, not to mention walks in the Chilterns. The bus is a wonderful way to explore the county.'

Attractions offering summer holiday discounts to bus passengers from 23rd July to 3rd September include:

Swan Pool, Buckingham: Fitness membership sign up, with no contract or joining fee.

Aqua Vale, Aylesbury: Free upgrade from a small to a large slush iced drink in the cafe. Fitness membership sign up, with no contract or joining fee.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre: £5 off tickets for What the Ladybird Heard.

Hughenden Manor: £1 off entry fee.

Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, Aylesbury: 2 for 1 on entry, one free child with every full paying adult.

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden: 2 for 1 on entry.

For full offer details and inspiration about summer visits by bus please see the 'Great days out by bus' page www.buckscc.gov.uk/travelinfo which contains information about bus routes.

Or visit www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk to plan a journey.

Buckinghamshire County Council continues to work in partnership with bus companies to help increase passenger numbers, promoting a greener form of travel and reducing congestion.

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