Children use holidays to make the most of the great outdoors

(l-r) Sophie Hawkins and Charlotte Dunne. 

Picture: Allan Hutchings (142301-030)

(l-r) Sophie Hawkins and Charlotte Dunne. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142301-030)

In the grounds of Portchester Castle, children enjoyed a medieval day.

Play rangers from Fareham Borough Council entertained a group of 180 children at the medieval mayhem day yesterday.

Children built their own castles, made stained-glass windows and then raced their own hobby horses.

They also had a chance to taste some unusual medieval-themed snacks.

Janie Millerchip is the community development manager for Fareham Borough Council.

She said: ‘The focus of the play rangers is to get children outdoors playing.

‘It’s not about sitting in front of a computer screen, it’s about getting fresh air and getting out in the great green areas of the borough.

‘It’s natural activities that encourage young people to engage in the environment around them.’

And Janie said families always appreciate the activities laid on by the play rangers.

‘The children love it,’ she said.

‘We get a lot of parents who bring their children here to do the messy crafts outdoors and not at home. It’s important that they do that.

‘They like the variety. The feedback we have had is really positive because not only is the service free, we try to accommodate the needs of everybody and we try to have a wide range of different activities. It’s open to everybody and anybody.’

The play rangers sessions take place throughout the summer holidays. They are aimed at children aged 12 and under.

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