The long hazy days of July and August are the perfect time to encourage your child to develop a hobby or learn a new skill. Maybe you have a potential pop star or drama diva on your hands? Your kids are rugby mad, budding Commonwealth Games competitors or your little one just loves to get arty and create something special? Whatever they’re into, there’s a whole world of choice out there to make this summer one to remember!

Keep The Kids Active All Summer Long

Help make summer easy by kicking that holiday boredom before it hits! At your local Better leisure centres in Belfast, they know just how to keep the kids active all holiday long with a wide range of activities, lessons and summer schemes. And with the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning.

Their holiday programme is perfect for letting the kids burn off some energy, make new friends, try new sports and have a lot of fun. Highly qualified staff will keep them engaged with a variety of sports and leisure activities, while giving parents and guardians peace of mind that they’re in safe hands.

Summer schemes and Sunrise Clubs start in July for five weeks from as little as £41 per week*. Contact your local Better leisure centre to find out more or visit

*NB- Places are limited and terms and conditions apply

Subway Ulster Rugby Summer Camps

This summer, rugby is on the menu with the Subway Ulster Rugby Summer Camps, featuring 21 fun-filled programmes including Junior Camps, Disability Camps, School of Excellence Camps and the all-new Digital Skills Camps. From July 2 until August 17, across the province, boys and girls of all ages and abilities will learn from IRFU qualified coaches and professional Ulster players.

They’ve drop-kicked amazing giveaways into every participant’s goodie-bag, from T-shirts and rugby balls to mouth-watering Subway Meal Deal vouchers. Plus, get a free junior ticket to an Ulster home game and a free Kingspan Stadium tour including a visit to The Nevin Spence Centre.

Mark your calendar for the ‘Give it a Try’ Roadshow, offering free taster sessions for female players, the young (and not-so-young), who want to get involved in the game.

Summer Camps spaces are limited, so get your young sports stars signed up early and avoid a summer in the sin bin! Sprint on over to

Step Into The Spotlight With Starcamp

STARCAMP is Ireland’s award-winning No 1 summer camp experience! This year, it promises to offer the absolute best, most exciting and varied activity programme to date and you do not want your child to miss it.

Aimed at all boys and girls aged four to 12, Starcamp offers a mind-blowing array of activities for boys and girls including a superhero masterclass (taught by real superheroes), new camp games, arts & crafts, news & weather reporting, Starcamp Band for older age groups,  singing, dancing and drama. The week is scattered with new and exciting surprises and a Friday finale showcase for all. All STARCAMPERS receive a free T-shirt, star award, Starcard, arts & crafts and surprises. This year you will find Starcamp at Ballymena, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Armagh, L/Derry and Enniskillen.

Makesure to secure your child’s place as these camps book up early.

Plus, everyone booked into Starcamp 2018 will be in with a chance to Win your SUMMER OF DREAMS! Prize includes a holiday, vouchers and a free Starcamp place. Find further details and book your place now at or Tel:  00353 (21) 4377 900.

For further information check out the website, Facebook page or feel free to give Starcamp a call.

Have A Ball This Summer At A Paul Acheson Sport’s Week

2018 promises to be a great year for sport; already the Ireland rugby team has won the Grand Slam for only the third time and lots of Northern Ireland athletes came home from the Commonwealth Games in Australia with a wealth of medals – including a fantastic gold for 18-year-old Rhys McClenaghan in the Men’s Pommel Horse. This month (June 14) the 2018 FIFA World Cup starts in Russia featuring many of the world’s best players.

Children who enjoy sports themselves can have a ball this summer by making new friends at the Paul Acheson Summer Sports Weeks camps at Campbell College. With sports ranging from swimming to dodgeball and tennis to hockey, there are six weeks in total to choose from, so there’s bound to be one to suit everyone (min five days attendance but can be spread out). There’s also an art/drama/sport option for creative youngsters, and special fun-filled programmes for those aged four to six.

Celebrating 26 years of sensational summer camps for kids in 2018. Weeks commencing July 2, 16, 23, 30 & August 6 & 13 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Tel: 028 9754 1752  M: 07767 271144 or visit

Sign Up For An Active Summer

Kids across Mid Ulster can now be signed up for an active summer with the release of a new programme of arts, crafts, sports and summer schemes running throughout June, July and August by Mid Ulster District Council.

Featuring more than 70 separate activities across the summer months across the district in leisure centres, arts venues and sports arenas, the programme includes a range of sports and activities tailored at children and adults, including those with disabilities, as well as leisure-centre schemes where kids can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, along with arts and crafts and trips to attractions in the area.

This year, many of the summer schemes also provide early drop off and supervised lunches for children attending. Swimming, tennis, golf, canoeing, soccer, Gaelic games, athletics, rugby, golf and gymnastics, are all on offer in venues across Cookstown, Dungannon, Maghera, Magherafelt, Ballyronan, Moneymore and Tobermore.

Go to for more information or to book.

Debutots Fun Weeks: Bursting With Energy, Fun And Friendship

Debutots Fun Weeks will provide an exciting, challenging, rewarding and fun way for children aged four to 11 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.

Debutots have fun weeks in Antrim, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Maghaberry and Belfast. Each session has three 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 your child will enjoy some indoor or outdoor games (depending on the weather all outdoor activities are within grounds of venue).

This is a week bursting with energy, fun and friendship. Early booking is advised as spaces for each session are limited. The cost is £55 per child with discounts available for siblings and multi-week bookings. 10am – 1pm daily. You can also give them a like on Facebook-DebutotsNI to keep up to date and to view photos of previous fun weeks.

Tel: 07595 261 253 or Email

Colin Glen: The Best Way To Make New Friends This Summer

Colin Glen is offering four different summer schemes throughout July and August for children aged five to 16. Their Belfast-based, week-long activity programmes are the best way to make new friends and meet like-minded people in a fun environment. Cheaper than childcare 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.
  • Football Camp– (Ages 4-13) Coaching from IFA pros, dribbling, shooting, tackling, set pieces, games and more.
  • Golf Camp– (Ages 7-16) putting, chipping, short games, driving range, competitions, etiquette and rules.
  • 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) and discounts available for siblings. Range of dates available for each camp, however there is limited availability and places are strictly allocated on a first come, first served basis. Booking is available online at or by calling Tel: 028 9061 4115.

Nadia Duncan

Author: Nadia Duncan


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