A summer of fun does not have to break the bank

Canoe Lake in Southsea''''Picture: Sarah Standing (112935-6)
Canoe Lake in Southsea''''Picture: Sarah Standing (112935-6)
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KEEPING a family entertained over the summer can be expensive.

But The News’ Summer of Fun guide will be listing a whole range of free activities for the family to enjoy.

From theme days at adventure playgrounds to crabbing at Canoe Lake, Portsmouth and the surrounding area has a host of free days out.

Fareham kicked off with its free summer activities with its Access All Areas event yesterday.

Young people were invited down to Cams Alders Recreation Ground to have a go at rugby, archery, DJ skills, scuba diving and much more.

The scheme comes as Fareham Borough Council aim to keep young people busy over the summer holidays.

In Portsmouth, when the sun is shining, families can walk from Gunwharf Quays to Southsea, enjoying the boats at Camber Docks.

The walk through Old Portsmouth gives a great view of the coastline and children can peer over the walls and watch the boats and the ferries as they come into Portsmouth.

But families can also come inland to have fun, free days out.

Portsmouth City Council has arranged for adventure playgrounds throughout the city to have themed days to keep the kids entertained.

Under the sea, cartoons and a fun fair are just some of the themes included.

Joan Fisher, play service manager, said: ‘The playgrounds have come up with some great themes this year for the summer festivals.

‘Kids can enjoy all the regular action plus themed activities, food and music.’

This Friday, from 12pm, Landport Adventure Playground, on Arundel Street, is having a Monopoly theme.

Children can enjoy the classic board game but with a surprise twist.

More free activities include a visit to Canoe Lake.

The popular park is home to swans, a cafe and a children’s play area.

During the summer months, the lake is home to crabs and children can spend a couple of hours sat by the lake searching for the creatures.

With just a piece of string, bacon, a weight and a bucket, crabbing is a great source of fun.

MORE activities are available for parents and their children this week to ensure this summer is full of memories.

Sporty families can enjoy a free penalty shoot out at the Portsmouth City Museum against the Pompey mascot, Nelson. The event is this Friday at 10am.

There is also a free summer art club at the Aspex gallery in Gunwharf Quays. Children aged eight to 13 can let out their creative side in this three-day workshop starting today at 11am.

If you know of an event contact reporter Ellie Pilmoor on (023) 9262 2138 or at ellie.pilmoor@thenews.co.uk