27 October 2015

From ghost walks to bug hunting, traditional crafts to rounders, children from across the city are invited to take part in Activity Sheffield sessions throughout the school half-term holiday.

Following on from the successful “Your Summer Holiday in the Park” events which were held during the summer break, Activity Sheffield is continuing to make the most of Sheffield’s beautiful parks and green spaces during October half term.

Venues for the largest sessions, which run until Saturday 31 October, include Hillsborough Park, Concord Park, Greenhill Park, Norfolk Park, High Hazels Park and Devonshire Green.

Each of the parks is holding a different themed day, with themes ranging from a scary Halloween disco and ghost walk to traditional games and learning more about the outdoor environment.

Councillor Sioned-mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield’s 95 parks are beautiful all year round, but autumn is a particularly stunning time to get outdoors and enjoy sports and games.

“I would encourage families to come along, join in and try something new – whether it’s den building, bug hunting, traditional crafts such as basket weaving, games such as hopscotch, or sports including rounders and rugby.

“There really is something for everyone, and it’s all free of charge.”

Today (Tuesday, 27 October), a traditional games day is being held at High Hazels Park.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, 28 October) is a spooky Halloween-themed day at Hillsborough Park, with fancy dress, a ghost walk and a disco, and on Thursday 29 October Greenhill Park will host a “Love the Outdoors” day with traditional crafts and outdoors activities such as den building.

Norfolk Heritage Park will hold a Play Day on Friday 30 October, with activities such as collage-making, and on Saturday 31 October it’s Services Day at Devonshire Green, where families can meet the fire service, police and sea cadets – with activities including an assault course.

All sessions run from 11am to 3pm and are free of charge. For full details visit the Activity Sheffield Facebook page, which will be regularly updated throughout the week.

In addition to the themed days, smaller “Activities On Tour” events are also taking place at parks across the city throughout the week, including Jordanthorpe Park, Parson Cross Park, Mount Pleasant Park, Longley Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Mather Road Playing Fields, Mortomley Park, Batemoor Open Space, Manor Park Fields, Edward Street games area, Wensley Green Space, Tunwell Park, Cookson Park and Herdings Park.