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Summer Staycation 2021

From Thursday 5th August to Wednesday 1st September, in partnership with our friends at YWAM the Kings Lodge, we ran a free programme of food and fun for the whole family to enjoy!

With funding obtained through Warwickshire County Council's 'Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)' Programme, we were able to run the Staycation for four days a week, with a focus on supporting local families who would normally receive free school meals during term time. Wednesdays and Fridays were located here at Saints in the town centre, and Tuesdays and Thursdays were over at the incredible Kings Lodge, with 13 acres of green space.

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Pulled pork batches and burgers at The Kings Lodge

Free lunch for every family

As part of our Staycation events, we were thrilled to be able to offer free lunch to both children and parents, as well as healthy snacks throughout the day - including some the whole family could get involved in making! Snacks included smoothies, fruit kebabs, milkshakes, rainbow pizzas and more.

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A tasty buffet from Anthonys Bistro at Saints
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Making banana splits with lots of yummy fruit

Getting moving with sports and outdoor games

As part of our events we wanted to give children the opportunity to get moving in a fun way. We had plenty of inflatables, team sports, active zones with skipping and hooping challenges, and lots of outdoor games.

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Getting creative with craft activities

Across the weeks we had different creative activities on offer, giving opportunity for the whole family to get involved in making.

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Having a go at origami
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A collaborative willow sculpture!
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Designing street art plaques

Unique Experiences

We were eager to provide experiences that were memorable, exciting and educational for the children. We organised a variety of workshops and experiences, from mobile animal farms, exotic animals and petting experiences, to mad science sessions and music workshops.

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Meeting a leopard gecko
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Science workshop
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Furry friends
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A visit from an alpaca!

Inclusivity

We were keen to ensure our events could be accessed by every family - we created a special chill out zone with sensory play, had noise reducing headphones on offer, and a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities.

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The Chill Out Zone
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We had an absolutely wonderful time this summer, and we cannot wait to see what's in store for later this year - keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for announcements about Christmas 2021!

Thank you to every volunteer who helped make this summer happen - you guys are heroes.

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