From scuba diving to art, there’s lots on

Children from the Fareham area enjoyed the Access All Areas event which was held at Cams Alders recreation ground in Fareham. (left to right). Harrison Ward (11), and George Wiltshire (15), enjoy the scuba diving facility.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132107-3)
Children from the Fareham area enjoyed the Access All Areas event which was held at Cams Alders recreation ground in Fareham. (left to right). Harrison Ward (11), and George Wiltshire (15), enjoy the scuba diving facility.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132107-3)

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HUNDREDS of young people turned up for a free activity day to kick off their summer of fun.

Fareham Borough Council organised Access All Areas, featuring a wide range of free activities for the holidays.

It started earlier this week with three days of events and there are another six planned for the remaining weeks of the summer.

Councillor Arthur Mandry, chairman of the Fareham Community Safety Partnership, said: ‘Despite the variable weather, the launch of Access All Areas was a great success.

‘Over 200 11 to 17-year-olds took part in fun activities like rugby, scuba diving, DJ skills, pamper sessions and got to meet the Heart FM Angels. We’ve had 720 young people register so far.

‘If you haven’t registered yet, you can still turn up on the day, register and take part in as many events and activities as you like.’

The next day of activities is on August 5 at Castle Street Recreation Grounds, Portchester.

There will be human football, American football, cake decorating and remote control models starting from 11am.

At later dates, activities include a climbing wall, laser clay pigeon shooting and circus skills.

The summer event finishes with Whestival which has similar activities as before but with live music too.

It is set to be held on August 14.

Fareham is also continuing its Play Rangers scheme, offering free fun for five to 12-year-olds.

The free sessions are being held right through to the end of August and offer activities from art to backyard beaches.

Today, Hollybrook Gardens, at Locks Heath, is having a pirates and fairy themed day with tomorrow being a fun football and messy art event.

Caricaturists and small arms demonstrations are on offer for families this week.

Children can be entertained at Gunwharf Quays with funny pictures and a balloon modeller.

Both will provide fun souvenirs to help the children remember their summer holidays.

There will also be a temporary sand pit perfect for building sand castles and moats.

For a little more action, families can visit HMS Warrior at the historic dockyard and enjoy a small arms demonstrations.

With several showings throughout the afternoon, from today till August 5, visitors will have the chance to learn about naval weaponry in Victorian times including guns, cutlasses and swords.

Also onboard the ship is a family activity area.

Running every day, the Warrior’s gunroom is open for children to take part in role play, games and colouring.

If you know of an event for the Summer of Fun guide contact reporter Ellie Pilmoor at (023) 9262 2138.