40 free places on the Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue Summer School activities are up for grabs thanks to funding secured through Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) and the ‘Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset’ scheme.

Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset provides funding to enable local groups to deliver a variety of holiday activities including food to children eligible for benefits-related free school meals across Somerset.

The Octagon and Westlands, with support from Somerset Council and Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership, are pleased to offer a limited amount of free places to children aged 7-18 in receipt of Free School Meals to take part for free in two of our action-packed summer school activities during the holidays. Possible attendees can choose to take part in the following activities:

Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Summer School: Puppet Cabaret
Dates: Monday 14 to Friday 18 August
Times: 10am – 4pm daily
Age: 12 – 18 years old
For full details, visit Westlands Yeovil – Stuff and Nonsense Theatre School: Puppet Cabaret

Somerset Youth Dance Summer School: The Greatest Show
Dates: Monday 21 to Friday 25 August
Times: 10am – 4pm
Ages: 7 – 16 years old
For full details, visit Westlands Yeovil – Somerset Youth Dance Summer School: The Greatest Show

Katherine Hoskins, Arts Engagement & Outreach Manager for The Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue, said:

“Thanks to SASP, we can offer 40 spaces on our Summer Schools to children who may not otherwise be able to have this type of opportunity. We are delighted to have once again been successful for funding and offer opportunities for children and young people to take part in our activities for free this summer. The arts help to engage young peoples minds and captivate them so our Summer Schools really offer an exciting opportunity for many to keep busy over the long summer holiday period.”

There are 20 spaces are up for grabs for both of the Summer School activities on a first-come first-served basis. Bookings go live on Wednesday 28th June at 10am. To book activities, parents and carers will need to have their unique booking code provided by their child’s school or referrer. Visit sasp.co.uk/happy-healthy-holidays to find out more.

The Octagon Theatre is owned and managed by Somerset Council, with Westlands Entertainment Venue being managed by the same team as The Octagon. For full details on all the different summer school activities taking place, visit the Westlands Yeovil Young People’s Activity webpage or call the Box Office on 01935 422884.

Happy Healty Holidays advert depicting children paddle boarding, making pizza and sittig outdoors on a multi-colloured blanket

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June 28, 2023

Matthew Auty

Children and Families

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