The summer holidays are here and children everywhere are looking forward to six weeks away from school. But any parent will tell that it doesn’t take long for the novelty to wear off and boredom to set in.

Luckily for the young people (and their parents) of Burntwood in Staffordshire there will be plenty on offer during this year’s holidays.

Burntwood Town Council, working with Gemma Davis, who is part of the local Asset Based Community Development Project, along with other local organisations are running eight ‘Play in the Park’ events over the summer holidays.

Taking place in the parks of Burntwood, Chasetown and Chase Terrace the aim of the events is to bring the community together and build relationships with residents and improve community cohesion and pride in the area. Best of all, the events are free of charge!

Jennifer Knobbs is involved in the organisation of the events and she applied to the YouCan Foundation for a grant of £300 to help to fund some activities at the events including a fairground ride, bubble machine, badminton set, and quick cricket set.

Jennifer said: “This project is an excellent opportunity to build links with local community groups and in particular the young people of Burntwood through fun, engaging and healthy events such as bouncy castles, face painting, mini football tournaments, bubble football, sand pits, bubble play pit and rounders.”

The eight ‘Play in the Park’ events will be taking place throughout and you can be part of the fun by going along to any of the sessions listed below:

Elder Lane Park – Monday 1 August

Redwood Park  – Wednesday 3 August

Open House, Cherry Close – Tuesday 9 August

St Matthews Field –  Thursday 11 August

Chase Terrace Park – Monday 15 August

Redwood Park – Wednesday 17 August

Elder Lane Park- Tuesday 23 August

Chase Terrace Park – Thursday 25  August


If your community event could benefit from a £300 grant please get in touch.