Free activities and crafts over the summer holidays – Thurrock – Barking & Dagenham


Enjoy the sunshine and see what Thurrock’s parks can offer in the school holidays with an action-packed programme of fun Active Parks activities.

Thurrock Council has organised a number of free sports and crafts activity sessions this summer until Wednesday, 28 August to boost residents’ links to nature, the outdoors and the borough’s parks.

All morning and afternoon events will be subject to weather conditions and demand on the day.

Art packs and pre-school kits will also be available at each session to help keep younger children entertained.

Activities will change each week and include the following:
• Week Two which runs from Monday, 5 August to Thursday, 8 August – blindfold football, timed races, nature crafts and art
• Week Three runs from Monday, 12 August to Thursday, 15 August – tag, rugby, basketball, rounders, water games
• Week Four will offer four longer sports day sessions running from 11am to 3pm on Monday, 19 July at Grays Town Park; Tuesday, 20 July at West Thurrock Memorial Ground; Wednesday, 21 July at Derry Avenue in South Ockendon; and Thursday, 22 July at Horndon Recreation Ground
• Week Five will conclude with a walk to Davy Down from the play area in Cruick Avenue, South Ockendon, on Wednesday, 28 August at 11am
An Active Passport Scheme will also be piloted in South Ockendon.

Participants will have an Active Passport stamped when they take part in an Active Parks pre-organised activity and those who attend eight park activity sessions will qualify for a medal.

Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for Environment and Sports and Leisure, said: “We really want to see children and young people getting out and making the most of Thurrock’s parks during the summer break.

“We are committed to this cause and £1.35million has been invested in parks between 2016/17 and 2021.

“Local friends of park groups also organise activities in parks, and our team will be supporting existing community groups’ events, including

South Ockendon Hub, Friends of Dilkes Park and Thurrock Play Network, during the summer.

“Keep an eye out for other events near you.”
No booking is necessary and residents can turn up on the day.

To volunteer at any events or to provide suggestions for future events, email [email protected]

For more information, including session dates and times, visit

Children and young people across Barking and Dagenham

Are set for a range of activities across the borough over the six-week holiday period.

The council has lined up a range of activities in the parks, libraries, museums, youth, leisure and children centres.

In addition, a full programme of multisport, basketball and cricket roadshows will be taking place in the parks. Attendance at the roadshows is free of charge but you will need to register before coming –

Most sports and physical activity sessions are £2 a session unless previously indicated. Bookings for these sessions will need to be made on Eventbrite using the links

Councillor Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration said: “We know that the holiday period is a time when parents are keen for their young ones to have activities to keep them occupied, so we have laid on a number of activities for the borough’s children and young people.

“Whether you are interested in futsal, healthy eating, cheerleading, cooking, karate, rugby or dance, there is something for everyone.”
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