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June 2017

When school’s out for the summer an action-packed summer scheme provides the perfect opportunity to keep the kids happy learning a new skill or enjoying full days of an activity they love…

Every parent wants their child to have an enjoyable break away from the classroom and a positive summer scheme experience offers many additional benefits above the childcare aspect. Taking part is fantastic for their self-development, such as making new friends, gaining confidence and giving them a sense of self-achievement to the experience of trying out something new and having that all important sense of independence. Of course with such a wide selection available, it’s important to make sure that you choose a scheme that is right for your child. Age, personality and experience will all be big factors in your decision.

Most camps are run by seasoned professionals with many years’ experience, but do ask them some of the questions that we have listed here to make sure you and your child are happy and that you know exactly what to expect. Location is another aspect to consider. You might want to think about the time it would take to get there in the case of an emergency or how the drop off and pick up will affect your normal daily routine. Other aspects that you might wish to consider and discuss with the supervisors are what you would like your child to gain from the experience and do take the opportunity to highlight any special interests that your child may want to explore so that they get the most from their time there.

So, if you want to avoid the dreaded summer holiday lament of ‘I’m bored’. Take a look at what’s on offer for a sensational summer 2017…

Questions to Ask:

*What is the ratio of staff to children?
*What does my child need to bring each day?
*Are there any additional activity fees not included in the quoted weekly rate?
*Do the instructors have the necessary qualifications and how are staff and visitors screened?
*Is there supervision at all times?
*What is your policy on bad behaviour and bullying should it occur?
*Are there trained first aiders on site at all times?
*If it’s an outdoor activity what are the bad weather plans?
*What does a typical daily schedule involve?
*If I am late to collect my child will they still be supervised and is there a late collection charge?


SUBWAY Franchisees are committed to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle through the support of youth sports in Northern Ireland.

They recently announced their partnership with Ulster Rugby as title sponsors of Ulster Rugby Camps. The Subway Ulster Rugby Camps summer schedule will feature 24 camps at 22 venues throughout the Province from July 3 until August 18, offering a fun-filled programme of rugby training and games for boys and girls of all ages and abilities.

Commenting on the announcement, Ulster Rugby's Domestic Rugby Manager Chris Webster said: "We are delighted to launch our Ulster Rugby Camps summer schedule and also to welcome SUBWAY on board as our new sponsor. The Ulster Rugby Camps have gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that we have been able to increase the number of camps on offer this year, in particular building on the success of our popular Schools of Excellence and Special Needs camps.”


Twenty five years. That’s how long the Paul Acheson Summer Sports Weeks have been providing summer programmes for children, a record which few other summer camps, if any, can rival. Twenty five years – that’s almost 30,000 children coached and cared for. So what has contributed to this incredible longevity? That’s not difficult. First of all, the staff – carefully chosen, dedicated, simply superb.

Secondly, the venue. Campbell College has arguably the best facilities of any school in the country with a large swimming pool, three sports halls and dozens of acres of grass and trees. And finally, the activities. For children aged four to 14 there’s sport, art and drama, rock school and special programmes for the four to six age group.

And the daily BBQ is legendary thanks to Farmgate Meats, Maralin’s fabulously tasty burgers, and the best sausages from Cookstown. Check out the ad and join the 25th anniversary celebrations. Find out more at


Due to the growing demand for their unique approach to drama to build life skills, the multi award-winning Bright Young Things Summer Drama Camps is expanding and will be running in 12 locations across Northern Ireland this summer.

The uniquely programmed summer camps include all of the key features of their renowned term time drama workshops, squeezed into one unforgettable action-packed week of summer drama and fun. BYT summer camps are offered in two age appropriate groupings, BYT Juniors for three to seven-year-olds and BYT Seniors for eight to 15-year-olds. Each week will run from a Monday to a Friday, 10am to 1pm for Juniors and 10am to 3pm for Seniors culminating in a sensational showcase performance for family and friends on the Friday afternoon.

BYT’s theme for summer is Disney’s critically acclaimed animation, Inside Out. Juniors will explore this through drama, games, music & song, role play, dance, storytelling, costume and mask making, all wrapped up with a big helping of BYT fun. BYT Seniors will learn about acting from the professionals and make new friends who love the same things they do. They will explore animation, character development, improvisation, games, dance, music and script writing. A personalised and enriched drama experience is paramount to the Bright Young Things ethos, and they employ a strict staff to child ratio of 8:1 to ensure this is achieved, with a team made up of the most highly trained actors and arts education facilitators in the business.

For more information or to book your child’s place visit, email or call Tel: 07993 683456 but hurry as places in each camp are filling up fast.


Bright Sparks is W5’s unique and exciting weeklong summer camp for inquisitive young minds aged eight to 11.

Participants in Bright Sparks will get hands-on in a range of exciting, science-based activities such as crime labs, rocket races, animation and building challenges. Each day will have its own theme and young experimenters will be encouraged to explore and learn in a fun and positive environment.

What W5 Offer
• A fun-filled programme of hands-on activities, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
• Exciting and engaging topics covering a wide range of STEM disciplines
• Opportunities to explore W5, including Climbit
• Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced staff
• Drop-off and pick-up times designed to accommodate working parents
• A free ‘Bright Sparks’ T-shirt

The programme of activities at the summer camp will be exciting and varied. To give the week a unique structure each day will follow a specific theme. W5’s Bright Sparks will also get to explore and enjoy W5’s shows, workshops and supervised exhibition floor visits. Throughout the week participants will also keep a record of their activities through a student-driven digital portfolio, which will allow them (as well as parents!) to look back on their summer camp achievements.

Dates & Costs
Bright Sparks Summer Camps is running on the following dates:
Week 1: Monday 3 – Friday 7 July
Week 2: Monday 17 – Friday 21 July
Week 3: Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August
Week 4: Monday 7 – Friday 11 August
Week 5: Monday 14 – Friday 18 August

The total cost for one week is £125 per child (with a reduction for additional children). Numbers are limited, therefore please book early to avoid disappointment.

Visit for full information and to download a booking form.


The summer kicks off at Ards Leisure Centre on July 3 and at Comber on July 17 this year with organised schemes running weekly until August 18 for children from four to 14 years.
Both centres will be running morning, afternoon and all day sessions with children grouped by age taking part in a range of appropriate activities.

Children (11 to 17 years) keen to keep fit through the summer can take out a special two month membership allowing them to use the gyms at all three centres as well as swimming at Ards.

Crash course swimming lessons start at Ards from July 3 for children aged five years or over with classes for beginners up to advanced.

Full details of the above activities are available at or by contacting the centres: Ards on Tel: 028 9181 2837, Comber on Tel: 028 9187 4350 and Portaferry on Tel: 028 4272 8833


Colin Glen is offering four different Summer Schemes throughout July and August for Children aged five to 16. Their Belfast Based weeklong activity programmes are the best way to make new friends and meet like-minded people in a fun environment.

Cheaper than a childminder and more fun than you can cram into a holiday in the sun! With at least two to three activities per day, your child will have the opportunity to try new sports and learn new skills.

•Adventure Camp – (Ages 12 – 16) SKYTrek, kayaking, archery, lazer tag, bushcraft, mountain biking etc.
•Golf Camp – (Ages 7 – 16) Putting, chipping, short games, criving range, competitions, ctiquette & rules
•Multi Sports Camp – (Ages 5- 11) Tag rugby, football, mini olympics, street games, golf, bubbleball & nerf
•Summer Scheme – (Ages 8 – 14) Games, cooking, sports, trips, activities, forest walks, arts & crafts
Early drop off is available for working parents (£10 per week). Discounts available for siblings (10%). Range of dates available for each camp however there’s limited availability, so places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Booking is available online at or by calling Tel: 028 9061 4115


Debutots Fun Weeks will provide an exciting, challenging, rewarding and fun way for children aged four to 12 years to spend their summer holidays.

It is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time in a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in.
Fun weeks are in Antrim, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Belfast and Bangor.

Each session has four elements. There is a gentle performance class with songs, dances and drama games. Next is craft time where the children create all sorts of wonderful things – lots of glue, glitter and colour! After snack time try some indoor or outdoor games depending on the weather (all outdoor activities are within grounds of venue).

And then there is the show, usually based on a children's classic tale but given a special flavour, which is put on for family and friends at the very end of the week. But the show is just a small part of a week bursting with energy, fun and friendship.

Early booking is advised as spaces for each session are limited. The cost is £54 per child with discounts available for siblings and multi week bookings. Please contact


Do you want your kids to have an exciting adventure this summer? Do they spend too much time indoors attached to technology? Mobile Team Adventure can change that!

Mobile Team Adventure is Adventuremark accredited, specialising in outdoor pursuits – safety is paramount for a fun summer adventure.

The 12th annual summer scheme will run at Shaw’s Bridge, Monday to Friday, from July 17 through to August 18. Activities, to name a few, include canoeing, kayaking, climbing, archery, Mountain Biking, laser tag, river tubing, slippery slope, blind trail, team games, raid the island, orienteering, assault course, raft building...

Age from five to 15, book all five weeks, or just one day – whatever suits you.

For more information check the website, email, or chat on Tel: 028 9064 6695

Mobile Team Adventure bring adventure to you!


Summer Drama Activity offers young people aged eight to 18 a stimulating and fun holiday as they act, sing, dance, film, with a company of new found friends some from overseas, towards an end of week show for parents and friends.

“We have been running for over thirty years,” says actress Roma Tomelty, “The Daily Telegraph Magazine and The Independent have rated us in the top ten of the best cultural holidays for children.”

Summer Drama takes place in Slemish Barn, under the slopes of St Patrick's Mounain in Co. Antrim in select weeks in July and August and can be residential or non-residential.

Drama can help develop communication and confidence skills for life – but they NEVER forget it's a holiday!

For details and more information contact Centre Stage (freefone) Tel: 0800 3247046, Tel: 028 9077 8099, email; or, where online booking is now available.


STARCAMP runs 18 camps across Northern Ireland throughout the months of July and August. The camps run from Monday to Friday for five days from 9.30am to 2.30pm. It continues to offer an unequalled experience, as the large, incredibly talented teamwork all year round to create the dream camp.

STARCAMP founder, Aideen O Grady, who won the hearts of all the Dragons on Dragons’ Den and who is also a regular TV3 and radio panellist says, “Show me a child who does not love some sort of music, they all love the freedom of dance and they always come out of their shells while pretending to be someone or something they are not (acting!).

“This combined with some wonderful camp games, some arts and crafts, a superhero visit and other little fun surprises is simply what children’s dreams are made of It. Most importantly our whole emphasis is on making every child feel confident, to make them truly believe in themselves and in their own thoughts and abilities.”

STARCAMP has become a household name as parents ensure their child’s place as early as November of the previous year, so make sure to secure your child’s place as these camps book up early.

Book your place now at or call on Tel: 028 9073 0162. For further information check out the website, facebook page or feel free to give them a call.


Cinemagic has launched its annual call for young film enthusiasts to take on the role of ‘film consultants’ this July in Belfast, to help programme a series of films for the annual Cinemagic  Festival that takes place from October 6 to 29, 2017.

The participants will work with the Cinemagic team in Belfast to help steer the choice of films for the Festival, as they watch and critique films from around the globe! If you know a budding film critic who would enjoy the opportunity to spend time with Cinemagic, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet other likeminded young people and have fun deciding the content of the largest film festival for young people in the UK and Ireland.


Register by downloading and completing the registration form on the Cinemagic website and post to Cinemagic, Young Consultants, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL or email it to The cost to participate is £10 per person (if paying online there is a £1 booking fee) payable along with registration.

Young consultants will meet on the following dates in The Crescent Arts Centre, University Road Belfast, as per age category and participants must be available for both dates in their group. The young consultants programme is open to all young people from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

Age 8 – 11: Sun 23 & Mon 24 July, 10.30am – 4pm

Age 12 – 14: Tue 25 & Wed 26 July, 10.30am – 4pm

Age 15 – 18: Thu 27 & Fri 28 July, 10.30am – 4pm

The Cinemagic Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by the Department for Communities, and funded by Belfast City Council.

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