This July, in celebration of Love Parks Week, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a range of free activities for all the family to enjoy in some of its local picturesque parks and green spaces.
The annual UK wide Love Parks Week campaign, runs from 22 to 26 July 2019 and offers plenty of entertainment across the parks to keep the whole family entertained.
Kicking off the fun on Monday 22 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get their hands dirty and learn about bugs, butterflies and creepy crawlies during Little Green Fingers at Lurgan Park from 10am to 12noon. In the afternoon, children of all ages can let their imagination run wild with the den building session at Lurgan Park from 2pm to 4pm.
On Tuesday 23 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get the chance to go pond dipping and take part in a bug hunt and nature walk during the Mini Park Ranger Club in Portadown People’s Park or take part in more den building in the park that afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.
On Wednesday 24 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get a taste of the great outdoors and learn adventurous new skills with Bushcraft activities taking place at Edenvilla from 10am to 12 noon and Tannaghmore Gardens from 2pm to 4pm.
For those that missed the Little Green Fingers earlier in the week, you can catch a session on Thursday 25 July at Edenvilla Park from 10am to 12noon. Also on Thursday, children aged 4 to 8 can enjoy some traditional playground games including skipping, hopscotch, hoopla and beanbag races at Tannaghmore Gardens from 2pm to 4pm.
Rounding off the week, children aged 6 to 12 years can enjoy a multi sports session delivered by Everybody Active coaches at Tannaghmore Gardens from 10am to 12noon and Lurgan Park from 2pm to 4pm.
As places are limited, booking is essential.
For more information or to book a place please call 07766 740427.
Little adventurers can get back to nature this May and enjoy some fun-filled outdoor activities at Portadown People’s Park ‘Park Explorer Club’!
Kicking off on Tuesday 21st May from 3.30pm – 5.30pm and taking place each Tuesday for 6 weeks, the club is the perfect opportunity for 6-11 year olds to discover the natural wonders of the park through a range fun outdoor play activities, environmental arts and crafts and exciting games!
Activities will include pond dipping, bird watching, identifying butterflies, mini beasts search and scavenger hunts!
It’s the perfect chance to enjoy the great outdoors, meet new friends and explore all elements of this fantastic green space!
Cost is just £15 per child for six weeks. Children should wear old clothing, some sturdy footwear and bring a snack and a drink. Places are limited so book your place early!
To register your child’s place visit getactiveabc.com or for further information call 028 3831 2597.
Join the ultimate fitness boot camp this summer at Portadown People’s Park!
Taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.00am – 7.45am, the course will run for six weeks.
The high paced fitness workout will get the heart pumping as all sessions will be led by a qualified trainer who will push the participants to the limits through a series of inspired exercises.
With a combination of intensive weight training, running and core exercises the course is guaranteed to be fun, energetic and will take your fitness to the next level.
So come along and experience a new fitness challenge! Cost is £35.00 for six weeks.
Organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Every Body Active 2020 is supported by Sport Northern Ireland.
To register your place visit getactiveabc.com or for further information call 028 3831 1690.
Young people aged 12 to 17 years looking for something fun and different to do over the summer should check out the exciting new FREE Sportz and Beatz Zone in Portadown People’s Park!
Starting on Friday 7th June and running until Friday 30th August, you and your friends can drop in anytime between 6.00pm and 8.00pm to take part.
Try out a variety of different high energy sports such as football, tennis, American football and basketball, learn some of the latest djing techniques before having a go at mixing some tunes – or mash it up and try a mix of sportz and beatz!
There is something for everyone so come along have fun with friends, enjoy good music and exercise all at the same time!
The Sportz and Beatz Zone programme is organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in association with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership. For further information contact Portadown People’s Park on 028 3831 2597.
LORD MAYOR EASTER EGG HUNT
Peoples Park Easter 2019
Young fitness fans are in for a sporting egg-stravaganza this Easter thanks to a marvelous Multi-Sports Camp taking place in Portadown Peoples Park.
Running from 24 – 26 April 2019, 10am – 1pm daily, this hi-energy sports scheme offers a multitude of fun activities for kids aged 5 – 12 years delivered in a friendly and safe environment under the guidance of expert professional coaches.
The cost is £15 per child for the three days and £12 per each additional child from the same family. Participants are asked to wear trainers, appropriate sports clothes and bring a snack and a drink each day.
So whether you are a fitness fanatic keen to get to grips with new sporting activities or simply want to combine exercise with having fun with your friends, why not get the ball rolling and join the winning team at the Easter Multi-Sports Camp.
To book your place please visit getactiveabc.com or call 028 3831 2597.
The Easter Multi Sports Camp is organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and is being run as part of Sport NI’s Everybody Active 2020 project.
Parks Development Officer (West)
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
: 028 38 312597 / 07425 632 172
FREE SPORTS IN PEOPLES PARK
This half term give the kids a few days of physical fun at Portadown People’s Park with their multi-sports activity camp!
Taking place from 18 to 20 February from 10am to 2pm, children will enjoy a variety of different sports, have fun with friends and exercise all at the same time.
Children are asked to wear trainers, appropriate sports clothes and bring a snack and a drink. Expert coaches will be on hand taking each session, ensuring all children get involved and have fun!
The camp is suitable for children aged from five years old to 12 years old and costs £15 per child for the three days and £12 per each additional child from the same family.
To book your place please visit getactiveabc.com or call 028 3831 2597.
This camp is organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and is being run as part of Sport NI’s Everybody Active 2020 project.
Santa in Peoples Park 16/12/18 REGISTER FOR A PLACE
Play Awareness Sessions For Parents
PlayBoard NI’s Play Awareness sessions for Parents are designed specifically for parents and carers. This half-day Play Awareness session will strengthen parents understanding of play and its importance to the growth and development of their children. They will also gain practical ideas which they can incorporate into their homes or local community to enhance opportunities for play.
The session aims to help parents:
Better understand the importance of play for children and young people’s holistic health and wellbeing.
Explore how play facilitates attachment and builds relationships between children and parents.
Have a greater understanding of the range of play types, their importance in terms of supporting growth and development; and how children and a variety of play types can be supported within home/community settings.
Explore the role of the adult parent/carer in the play process and how parents can best facilitate play in a way that meets their child’s needs.
Understand the importance of risk and challenge for the development of resilience, independence and life skills.
Gain practical play ideas that can be applied within the home and/or local community to enhance opportunities for play.
Play For Parents Programme
The Play for Parents programme is part of the overall ‘Play Matters’ initiative which is being facilitated by PlayBoard NI in collaboration with the Department of Education.
The programme is funded by the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP).
The aim of the programme is to provide parents and the professionals who work with them, the knowledge and understanding of the many benefits of play in relation to children’s growth and development through play.
In addition to the areas identified above, sessions can explore a range of issues pertinent to the specific needs of each group i.e. inclusive play etc.
What are the benefits of the session?
The session covers a wide variety of topics and participants will gain practical tips and ideas for play opportunities for their children.
The Play Training sessions are delivered by a group of occupationally competent Playwork Tutors from Belfast Met and People 1st.
To find out more information please visit:
Should you have any queries or wish to discuss the Play for Parents programme further, please don’t hesitate to contact Karen Witherspoon at: