If you’re local to Newham, spare your pockets this summer by taking the kids to take part in hundreds of free summer activities that are being held across the borough’s parks through ParkLives – a partnership between Coca-Cola Great Britain and Newham Council.

There are 31 different completely free activities – ranging from rounders, tennis and yoga to parkour or freerunning, Dj-ing, family hula hooping and Bollywood dancing – taking place every day, so there will be no need to worry about filling the summer holidays or straining the family budget.

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It’s a great way to keep the children entertained and active this summer, and maybe introduce them to some new sports that they might want to continue with after the summer is over. It’s great to have so much variety on offer to suit all children, and all ages.

The free sessions will be held between noon and 4.00pm, seven days a week throughout the summer holidays from Monday 27 July across the borough’s five main parks.

23/07/15. COCA-COLA PARKLIVES PROJECT 2015 IN CENTRAL PARK, EAST HAM, EAST LONDON. Credit: Daniel Lynch. 07941 594 556. www.lynchpix.co.uk

Each session will typically last around an hour and people can find a full schedule of the activities on offer and book a place by visiting www.parklives.com.

Parkfit session leader, Vicki Read, said:

“This summer we’re bringing some new quirky activities into the mix, offering everything from cheerleading to nostalgic family games, so there’s sure to be something to pique everyone’s interest. The sessions are designed to create a fun and encouraging environment so that anyone and everyone can get involved. We’re looking forward to welcoming new faces from across Newham – and remember, all our activities are free.”

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ParkLives is part of Coca-Cola Great Britain’s commitment to invest £20m between now and 2020 in programmes to encourage and support people to be physically active. The initiative is delivered in the London Borough of Newham by Newham Council and the council’s leisure trust, activeNewham.

ParkLives activities will take place in the following parks:

Central Park, High Street South, East Ham E6 6ET

Plashet Park, Plashet Grove, Forest Gate E6 1BT

Stratford Park, West Ham Lane, Stratford E15 4PT

Keir Hardie, West Ham Lane, Stratford, E15 4PT

New Beckton Park, Savage Gardens, East Ham E6 5NB

Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, E15 3NF

Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road E16 2QU

Hermit Road Recreational Ground, Hermit Road E16 4JT

Gooseley Playing Field, St Albans Avenue, East Ham E6 6HU

Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow E13

Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue, Stratford E13 0HQ

Priory Park, Grangewood Street, East Ham E6 1QZ

Forest Lane Park, Magpie Close, Forest Lane, Forest Gate E7 9DF

If you’re going along, I hope your kids enjoy the sessions and please do share this with any other local parents so that they can take part too. 


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