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Summer in the City – top picks of the fun to come

The coming days are still packed with fun activities all either free or at a low cost as H&F’s Summer in the City programme continues.

The holiday fun is open to all local young people aged up to 19, plus disabled people aged 25 and under.

“The summer holidays might be nearly over but there’s still so much to fit in before the school term begins,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“Why not look online and see for yourself? You don’t even have to book for most activities – just turn up. Everyone will make you feel welcome.”

Summer in the City website

Grace Mortlock, holiday provision manager for local youth activity provider Let Me Play, has organised many of the activities.

“It’s all about providing enriching activities so young people are not just sitting around at home watching TV or hanging around a park just to get out the house,” she said.

“They enable young people to meet others who they wouldn’t meet at school, mixing with different age groups. And parents know they can give children the independence they need, that they can go off and do something for themselves.

“I would say to anyone thinking of taking part that if you see something you’re interested in - even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally think you’d want to do - then just come along. You might love it!”

Grace’s top picks of upcoming free fun

  • Design and create your own autumn wardrobe at Hurlingham Academy. The fashion design workshop takes place at the school in Peterborough Road, Fulham, from 1pm to 6pm on Tuesday 28 August.
  • Comic book fans of all ages can create their own Beano character dioramas at Shepherds Bush Library in Wood Lane. It runs from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on Tuesday 28 August.
  • Two separate football tournaments, one for 11 to 14-year-olds, and another for older children aged 15 to 18-year-olds, are taking place on Wednesday 29 August. The junior competition takes place from 1.30pm to 4pm while the senior competition takes place between 3.30pm to 7pm. If that wasn’t enough, while not playing, teams will get the chance to design their own football kit. It takes place at the Linford Christie Sports Centre in Du Cane Road, White City.
  • Inspired by BBC Bake Off? Well ahead of the new series this month, you can try your hand at cake-making at Becklow Gardens Community Centre in Becklow Gardens, Shepherds Bush. The baking lesson runs from 12pm to 5pm on Thursday 30 August.
  • Youngsters aged 11 to 18 will be able to grab a racket and take to the court for free with tennis sessions on Friday 31 August. They are taking place in Brook Green in Hammersmith from 11am to 1pm.

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