FREE Growing Up Wild family play sessions this summer
Chatelherault, Lanark, Lesmahagow and Motherwell
FREE Growing Up Wild events, offering children and their families the chance to get out and play in the Clyde Valley, are available this summer holiday and selling out fast!
Following the success of the fully subscribed Growing Up Wild play sessions in 2016, further funding has been secured to continue the outdoor learning and family woodland play project in RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Chatelherault Country Park, Lanark and Lesmahagow, with OutLET Play Resource. Associated volunteering opportunities are available and a Community Clean-up at Lanark Loch has taken place ahead of the sessions.
The sessions will be supported by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and the William Grant Foundation. CAVLP is supported by LEADER as part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme. LEADER is co-funded by the European Union and supports eligible projects in rural areas.
Tickets were released via Eventbrite at the start of the month, but limited tickets are available. Participants are encouraged to register on the waiting list as further spaces may become available and this will help secure funding for similar events in future.
Dates for the Growing Up Wild family play sessions are as follows:
RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Motherwell, Tuesday 11, 18, 25 July & 1 August, 1pm – 3.30pm, with an additional slot on 25 July at 10am – 12 noon
Chatelherault Country Park, Wednesday 12, 19, 26 July & 2 August, with an additional slot on Saturday 15 July, 10am – 12 noon
Lanark Racecourse, Wednesday 12, 19, 26 July & 2, 9 August, 1pm – 3.30pm
Birkwood Estate, Lesmahagow, Thursday 13, 20, 27 & 3 August, 1pm – 3.30pm
There are also additional Grow Wilder drop-off wild play sessions, taking place. Suitable for ages 5+, these sessions allow children the opportunity to try activities such as den building, making tree swings, exploring in streams, bug hunting, climbing trees, making bows and arrows, building and lighting fires, toasting marshmallows and much more – all without parent supervision. These are as follows:
Lanark Racecourse, Wednesday 19 July & 9 August, 10am – 12 noon
Birkwood Estate, Lesmahagow, Thursday 13, 20, 27 July & 3 August, 10am – 12 noon
Tickets can be booked through www.Growing-Up-Wild.eventbrite.com, but those interested in doing so are encouraged to do so quickly, following the popularity of the spring sessions.
A Community Clean-up Day at Lanark Racecourse also took place, ahead of the sessions to ensure the area is safe and usable on Sunday 25 June. Led by OutLET: Play, it was supported by The Wallace Tea Rooms, Scottish Equestrian Centre, BRAVEfaces Facepainting and South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers.
Karen Dobbins, Development Officer with CAVLP said, “I am delighted that CAVLP are able to expand the project to develop opportunities for outdoor play in new areas.” She added, “It is essential for our children’s wellbeing that we allow them the space and freedom to play.”
“We are very excited to be given the opportunity to bring this popular family play initiative back once again this summer,” says Jackie Meager, OutLET: Play Resource. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to play and explore in their local wild spaces and we hope it will help keep the benefits of outdoor play at the forefront of people’s minds.”
The summer play sessions are part of a wider programme promoting natural play through Forest School training, an Outdoor Play conference in 2016 and workshops in schools.