Thursday 14 July

Don’t know what to do over the summer holiday? Parents relax – this summer holiday will kick off to a great start as the CU Festival of Fun 2016 is launched this weekend.

A free event will be taking place in the Winter Gardens this Saturday, 16 July. Parents and children can have a taster of some of the activities that will be taking place over the summer holiday thanks to Sheffield City Council’s Children’s University.

Between 10.00am and 4pm the launch will see around 15 different Learning Destinations each with a stall to promote themselves and their activities. The official launch of the CU Festival of Fun 2016 will be led by Cllr Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at 10.30am.

The highlight of the event will be a parade around the city centre led by the Razzamataz Theatre School (Sheffield). They will be spotted wearing the Children’s University caps and gowns.

This is just the first of over fifty activities and events that are planned for the three-week long Festival of Fun led by Sheffield City Council, conveniently timed to take place at the start of the summer holidays. The Festival of Fun launch will give families a taster of some of the exciting activities on offer, as well as signposting them to over 190 Learning Destinations where children can take part in even more activities throughout the rest of the summer and beyond. Summer holiday activities sorted!

Activities planned for this summer’s CU Festival of Fun include woodland fun, roller hockey, music, climbing and high ropes, archery, canoeing and kayaking, martial arts, science, dance, drama, gaming and a special Herd of Sheffield trail.

Children attending Sheffield schools can access any of the CU Festival of Fun activities for FREE by buying a Children’s University Passport to Learning from any library across the city for just £2 and booking their place. The passport can then be used at Learning Destinations across the city after the holidays.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “The aim of the Festival of Fun is to provide as many activities across as many communities as we can and the vast majority of these will be free at the point of delivery to children and young people with a Passport to Learning. We know from our research that taking part in extra learning activities has a positive effect on attendance and achievement at school, which is of course a key priority for us.

“The Sheffield Children’s University is a really inspiring initiative and there’s sure to be something to interest all children in this summer of activities, whether they like arts and crafts, outdoor activities, sports or learning new skills. This is also a great opportunity to push forward the success of previous festivals but in a sustainable event. The focus of previous festivals has shifted over the last few years towards family activities and this Festival of Fun takes this element forward. I hope as many children and young people as possible take part in what I am sure will be an excellent and exciting summer of fun!”

The Sheffield’s Children’s University is part of a national initiative which encourages and celebrates participation in a wide range of learning opportunities outside normal school hours. It tracks and rewards Sheffield children who take part in voluntary learning activities including breakfast and after-school clubs, and activities in the evenings, at weekends and in holidays. If they have a Passport to Learning they can collect the CU credits (one per hour), which lead to a range of 30 certificates and badges from 30 credits right up to 1,000 credits.

Since the Sheffield Children’s University began nine years ago 34,316 children and young people have taken part – earning more than 1.8 million credits so far. There are 70 schools subscribed to the initiative and over 190 learning destinations across the city.

To discover the full list of free, exciting activities on offer this summer visit, or email or call 0114 2813761.