Spike Island at Friary Grange Leisure

From the district’s first Festival of Sport through to Beacon Park’s free entry Fun Day, Lichfield District Council has a packed summer holiday programme for all.

The council is kick-starting the summer break with a Festival of Sport, in which free taster sessions are on offer at venues across the district to showcase a huge range of activities. From 24 to 30 July, people of all ages are invited to take part in drop-in taster classes and activities. There are more than 50 sessions to choose from, including aqua aerobics, parkour, multi sports, dodgeball, tennis, golf, judo, archery and many more.

The Festival of Sport will take place at Friary Grange and Burntwood leisure centres as well as in local parks, including Beacon Park and Burntwood Park.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We’re all really excited to launch our first Festival of Sport this summer. The week is packed with a variety of free drop-in sessions, which is a great way to have a go at something you might be interested in, but haven’t tried. There is something for everyone, whatever fitness level, age or interest, so come and take part.” To see what’s on offer, go to www.activelichfield.co.uk/festivalofsport.


Following hot on the heels of the Festival of Sport is the council’s Summer Holiday Fun coaching course programme.

From tennis, gymnastics and multi sports, through to dance, trampolining and football, Friary Grange and Burntwood leisure centres have plenty to keep children entertained and active this summer holidays. And, if booked before Sunday 9 July, there is £5 off the cost. There are also lots of swimming lessons to choose from at the two leisure centres, and there are early bird prices at Burntwood and five lessons for just £15 at Friary Grange.

“Booking onto a coaching course is good way to get children and teenagers off their screens over the long summer break. We have a mixed line-up of activities on offer and are reminding parents to book by 9 July to benefit from early bird prices,” continued Cllr Eadie.

The council’s holiday programme also includes family fun over at Beacon Park in Lichfield. The main event is the Fun Day on Wednesday 2 August, with teddy races, games, stalls and activities offered between 11am and 3pm. There will also be children’s Xplorer orienteering challenges and a series of pond dipping sessions at the Lichfield park over the summer. For the full Summer Holiday Fun programme, visit www.activelichfield.co.uk/holidayfun

In partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, this year will also see the return of the SPACE scheme. This is where 11 to 17 year olds can buy a summer pass for £20 for unlimited access to a programme of Getin2it activities, off peak court hire, public swimming and giant inflatable pool sessions, Glow Active UV sport sessions, as well as crazy golf and bowls.

The passes are on sale now for £20 at Friary Grange and Burntwood leisure centres. To find out more about the Getin2it programme, visit www.activelichfield.co.uk/getin2it