HEY CU in the Holidays

This summer, thanks to Hull City Council's Healthy Holidays Programme, we were able to take 15 local children on six trips in and around Hull. To begin with we had another successful outing to Goxhill Meadows, one of the staples of our Holiday programme. The unique animal handling experience is always a hit with the children and homemade pizzas for lunch just tops the day off nicely!

Next up we headed to Hull’s Museum Quarter, after our planned trip to Beverley to explore the Westwood was rained off. Thankfully our partners KCOM were on hand to open up the city centre Learning Zone as a dry base and we were able to explore the various museums and all that Hull’s history has to offer.

Week 3 saw us head down to the East Hull Community Farm where Les and the team at Rewilding provided us with lots of fun. We learnt to create, control and be safe with fire, cooked our own pancakes and Quesadilla’s and foraged for wildlife, there was also time to relax in a hammock, build a den and enjoy a campfire in the site's very own roundhouse.

The following week we rocked up to Hessle Foreshores nature reserve situated beneath the Humber Bridge, where we built dens, played games (including a very competitive game of rounders) and had a nice stroll across the bridge itself. For most of the children this was their first time being on the Humber Bridge and seeing their faces light up at the views was wonderful to see.

Welton Waters was week 5's home for a day of fun, learning to paddleboard and lots of games in which there is no option but to get wet, for many of these children paddleboarding would be something they would never otherwise experience, and it was clear to see how much all of them enjoyed it. At the end of the day there was just enough time for a jetty jump before heading home.

And lastly, we headed to Hall Road Academy, who kindly allowed us the use of their facilities to host Sarah and the team from Cook Stars. This experience showed the children how simple it is to cook healthy food and how they are able to include everything the body needs into one meal. Each child was able to take home what they had made which included a delicious strawberry and banana crunch.

We finished off with one last game of rounders and had an awards ceremony for all the children involved. It’s safe to say we’ve all had a busy and exciting summer holiday! Thanks again to Kirsty Leake and team at Healthy Holidays.