Activities for Children & Young People

There is a range of activities for children and young people across the district, including:

  • sports and activity sessions held at the Stratford-on-Avon District Council (SDC) leisure centres
  • free outdoor gym equipment located in Stratford-upon-Avon (Recreation Ground and Orrian Close), Shipston and Bidford
  • sports and physical activity clubs - find local clubs on our online directory
  • junior parkrun - free 2km running event every Sunday morning at Stratford Recreation Ground
  • Change 4 Life - have various ideas for activities for children and young people
  • play areas - there are play areas across the district, information regarding SDC play area can be found here
  • find out more about our green spaces

Holiday Activities Programme

Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver holiday activities in person this summer.

Day Camps

Day camps take place during the Easter and summer school holidays and are delivered by trained activity leaders. The programme offers a wide range of activities including sports and arts for children aged 5-11. Leaders will supervise children throughout the day until they are collected by a nominated person. Each day, children will be offered a range of activities to ensure that all children can find something they will enjoy.

Free Sport Fridays

Free Sport Friday drop-in activity sessions take place every Friday for five weeks during the summer holidays.

These sessions are delivered by trained activity leaders who offer a range of sports and games including football, cricket, tug of war and giant snakes and ladders.

Sessions are free to children of all ages, but under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. No booking is required for these sessions.

National Playday 2020

This year's Playday (Wednesday 5 August) focused on encouraging children, young people and their families to enjoy home-based activities. Due to the social distancing restrictions that are currently in place there were no communal, park-based events organised.

Playday (co-ordinated by Play England) is a national event that celebrates children's right to play.

For more information, visit the National Playday website.

Frequently Asked Questions


All activity leaders have received emergency first aid training and child protection training. All leaders have also had an Enhanced DBS check.

How many staff will be in attendance?

Day camps operate on a ratio of one Activity Leader to eight children.

What should children bring?

Children should be dressed for activities such as painting, crafts and indoor/outdoor sports.

Bring a packed lunch and drinks (please pack plenty as it's a long day!)

Do the children need to bring money?

No. Children can bring money for vending machines (may not be available at all venues), although staff will not be responsible for this.

Please note: We are unable to accept childcare vouchers.

For more information on Hi-5, please call the Leisure team on 01789 260115 or

Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People

The NHS recommends that children and young people (aged 5-18) complete:

60 minutes of physical activity everyday, this should be a range of moderate (e.g. playground games) and vigorous intensity activities (e.g. running or playing tennis). Activities that strengthen bone and muscle should be completed three days per week (e.g. gymnastics, swinging on playground equipment or hopping).

It is also recommended that children and young people minimise the time spent sitting. Visit the NHS website for further information about the physical activity guidelines for children and young people, including recommendations for children under 5.

The 'Change 4 Life' website is full of ideas on how to help your children be more active.

Last updated on 25/08/2020

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