FAMILIES who attend drop-in play sessions run by Tamworth Borough Council enjoyed a free fun and educational day out, giving them the opportunity to learn about nature and conservation in the great outdoors.
Around 50 parents, carers and children from the Stay & Play educational play sessions were taken by coach to Rosliston Forestry Centre near Swadlincote, where they enjoyed falconry, den building, leaf collecting, bark rubbing, exploration, games and activities. The younger children also got to have a play in the ball pit.
The event was organised by the council’s Sports Development team to give families a fun day out together.
It was made possible with funding from Staffordshire County Council’s Community Fund, which gives each councillor a £10,000 pot of cash to spend on community-based projects.
The contribution from County Councillor Chris Cooke, who represents the Stonydelph Ward, covered the cost of a coach to Rosliston and entry to the centre.
Cllr Joy Goodall, Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said:
“Our Activity Sessions and Fit Tots groups provide fun, educational play sessions for parents and carers with children from birth to six years old. They run in various locations across the town and enable people to get together with their children for fun and exercise in a safe environment.
“We thought it would be nice for those who attend the drop-in sessions to come together for a fun and educational day out in the countryside, while promoting conservation of nature and the environment. A total of 46 people of all ages attended. The day was a great success and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.”
The Stay & Play educational play sessions take place at:
- Monday: 1pm-3pm – Glascote Library
- Tuesday: 9.15am-11.30am – St Martin’s Church, Stonydelph
- Tuesday: 1pm-3pm – Sacred Heart Church, Glascote
- Wednesday: 9am-11am – St Martin’s Church, Stonydelph
- Wednesday: 12.30pm-2.30pm – St Francis Church, Leyfields
- Thursday: 9.15am-11am – Tamworth Community Fire Station, Marlborough Way, Belgrave
- Thursday: 12.30pm-2.30pm: Activity Centre, Tamworth Castle Grounds
- Friday: 9.15am-11.30am – Glascote Library.
All of the drop-in sessions are open to any parents or carers with children from birth to six years. Sessions are priced at £2 for the first child and £1 each for any additional children; under 1s can attend free of charge. The session at the Activity Centre in the Castle Grounds costs £1.50.
Sessions include a healthy snack, play, crafts, parachute games and song time. For more information, contact Jayne Allen at Tamworth Borough Council on 07972 638145 or 01827 709311.