BIG Summer sizzles with success

BIG Summer, like the recent temperatures, sizzled this holiday, as over 1,000 children and young people enjoyed the successful festival of fun in Welwyn Hatfield between 25 July and 14 August.

Kid on BMX using pump track

Around 90 activities - most free - took place at indoor and outdoor venues across Welwyn Hatfield, including everything from Basketball to Booster Cushion Theatre, and Xplorer, Graffiti Art and BMX Pump Traxx.

Sarah, whose daughter and grandson attended a Graffiti Art session, said: "They really enjoyed the experience to use the paint and being outside with other kids.  I know that paint is not cheap, and we are on a low income so to provide the session for free was amazing and we are really grateful.

"Both the children are autistic/ ADHD neurodivergent and we found the session fully inclusive - this can be hard to find with events not specifically targeted to SEN (special educational needs) - so was a relief to us.

"The added bonus of a water bottle and notebook and pen was something so kind, they will be gratefully used."

Cllr Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member, Leisure and Community, said:

The fact that around 500 people attended the Fire Service open day event on 30 July is testament to how much the community embraced BIG Summer this year!

It was wonderful to see so many children and young people having a ball - pardon the pun - at the activities on offer throughout the three weeks. I'd like to congratulate the council officers involved for their hard work in coordinating this and thank our amazing partners for showcasing some really great events for our community.

The council is asking everyone who attended for their feedback on their experience. This information will then be used for the planning for the next BIG Summer. Please go to