Get ready to enjoy a great summer of family fun

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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Summer is finally here – and we want to make sure that you have plenty to shout about.

That’s right, the schools have broken up, the promise of a well-deserved holiday is on the horizon, and even the weather looks like it might be about to make a change for the better.

There are so many interesting and exciting things to see and do around the area and we’re determined that you should know all about them.

So today we launch our annual Summer of Fun campaign, dedicated to bringing you the best and most comprehensive guide to what’s going on across our communities.

We can’t always rely on the sun to make an appearance but there’s no shortage of activities on offer if you know where to look.

The point of our crusade couldn’t be simpler. All of us here at The News want to make sure that you and your family have a memorable summer.

Look on the page opposite and you’ll see that we’ve made a start by listing 10 top things you can do tomorrow.

We’ll continue to bring you a daily guide to what’s going on across our area right up until the end of summer.

And the best thing is you won’t need to have a never-ending supply of cash to give your children a good time because we’ll make sure we look at ways to keep the costs down.

Many parents find the school holidays stressful. We understand that, for lots of people, July and August marks the start of a complicated juggling act as parents attempt to cope with work and their family’s needs.

But with a little bit of inspiration and a nudge in the right direction, we’re sure that there’s plenty of fun and games to be had.

If you know of an event that you think we should be telling people about, get in touch. Parents are often the best people to give others in the same predicament the best advice, so if you’ve got a good idea feel free to share it with us and we’ll pass it on to our readers.

If we’re lucky, the long-awaited sunshine will finally start to shine. But even if the warm weather doesn’t materialise, let’s make sure we have a summer of fun.