Youngsters enjoy urban art and summer fun at Ankerside

July 29, 2014

Dozens of families took part in street art workshops and summer fun activities at Ankerside Shopping Centre last week.

The busy shopping mall is turning into a Friday fun-day zone for the classes.

Bowling, arcade games and a disco will be among the activities on offer each week until August 15.

An shop unit at the centre has become the urban teen base, packed full of funky games aimed at parents and children, aged from early years through to 16.

The activities on offer include electronic basketball, racing simulators, table football, a bowling alley plus giant themed games. The sessions have been put together in conjunction with Namco Funscape at Strykers Bowling in Castle Grounds alongside Ankerside Shopping Centre.

The fabulous fun also includes sphero-electronic robotic racing balls – controlled remotely from smart phones through an obstacle course – plus a disco to round off the week.

In addition, each week the youngsters will be invited to take part in an art project with urban artist Steve Edwards. The artworks will go on show in the shop unit windows, so friends and family, along with shoppers, can admire the creations.

There will also be a competition to design a T shirt. At the end of the school holidays,  the designs will be judged and the winner will see their artwork made into a T shirt.

Ankerside Shopping Centre Manager Pete Barber said: “We’ve had a great response to the first of our Friday summer fun sessions, with three more lined up for the coming weeks

“These free, fun activities that should help keep youngsters busy and burn off some energy, plus learn some new skills along the way. The activities will be targeted at different age groups to ensure everybody has a great time.

“The drop-in sessions are open to everybody, and are popular with adults just as much as youngsters.

The activities take place on August 1, August 8 and August 15 from 11am to 4pm. The sessions are free and are being run by Tamworth-based Flamingo Entertainments, which is working New Urban Era (NUE) community art group.

Ankerside Shopping Centre, open daily, is home to 60 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink, and has more than 700 parking spaces. More details about the Friday Funday sessions at www.ankerside.co.uk

 

Five-year-old Grace Moore tries out the surf machine

Five-year-old Grace Moore tries out the surf machine

Youngsters enjoy summer fun at Ankerside Shopping Centre, Tamworth

Youngsters enjoy summer fun at Ankerside Shopping Centre, Tamworth

One-year-old Lexi-Mae Curley looks at some of the T-shirt designs, drawn by the other children

One-year-old Lexi-Mae Curley looks at some of the T-shirt designs, drawn by the other children

Emma Moore (10) tries out the surf machine

Emma Moore (10) tries out the surf machine

 Joshua Finch (10) tries out the surf machine

Joshua Finch (10) tries out the surf machine

Five-year-old Grace Moore tries out the surf machine

Five-year-old Grace Moore tries out the surf machine

Street artist Steve Edwards, helping youngsters Jake Baxter (11) (Left) and Oliver Chapman (10) design their street art T-shirts

Street artist Steve Edwards, helping youngsters Jake Baxter (11) (Left) and Oliver Chapman (10) design their street art T-shirts