Top 10 things for young people to do this summer

There are lots of things going on in the borough this summer for young people to get involved in.

Here are our top choices!

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The Turnpike
The Turnpike

There's always something creative going on at The Turnpike in Leigh. From artist led workshops, a secret writers’ club (19 August), the Young Creatives project for 13-17 year olds (regular opportunities) and Creative Club for 6-12 year olds (summer activities on 27-29 August), plus free family friendly tours, projects at The Turnpike run over summer and during term-time and can help develop skills and build confidence.

2
Kicks football and dance sessions
Kicks football and dance sessions

Wigan Athletic Community Trust run free football, sports and dance sessions for 8-18 year olds in venues across the borough. See the latest sessions.

3
Stand for election
Stand for election

If you’re aged 11-17 and like to have your say, you could put yourself forward to be the next member of the UK Youth Parliament for Wigan and Leigh. If successful, you’ll get to represent young people in the borough at a regional and national level.

Training sessions start in September. Email tyssweb@wigan.gov.uk for more information.

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Youth voice groups in your community
Youth voice groups in your community

Youth voice groups give young people the chance to build your confidence, meet people your own age, do positive things for your community and get rewarded with trips out.

  • For young people aged 11-17.
  • Groups meet in Wigan, Leigh, Ashton, Abram and Tyldesley
  • Free.

There are free youth groups for young people in care aged 8-17. And if you’re aged 11-17 and would prefer to meet in a group that’s just for young women, for young people who are LGBTQ+ or young people who come from different cultural backgrounds, there are weekly youth groups available.

Email tyssweb@wigan.gov.uk for meeting times and venues.

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Inclusive activities for young people with disabilities
Inclusive activities for young people with disabilities

This summer there’s a whole programme of activities for young people aged 5-19 with a physical or learning disability, sensory impairment and/or autism. Siblings and family members are also welcome on some sessions.

Activities include multi-activity camps, rebound therapies, wheels for all and inclusive swimming and orienteering sessions.

See a full list of activities (external link), email activeinclusive@ihlmail.org or go to @ActiveInclusive on Facebook. 

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Activities in parks
Disco dome and zorb balls

Disco dome and zorb balls in Mesnes Park, Wigan

Open seven days a week over the summer holidays. 10am-5pm in the sports zone near the bowls pavilion, £2 for each activity.

Haigh Woodland Park

Perfect for picnics, amazing for adventurers, fantastic for foodies. Golf of all kinds. Kitchen Courtyard full of boutique food and drink stores. High Ropes for aerial adventures. And miles and miles of walking trails.

Find out about more activities in the borough’s parks, woodlands, wetlands, canals and green spaces (external link)

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Wigan Youth Zone
Wigan Youth Zone

Wigan Youth Zone provides all kinds of different activities for young people aged 8-19.

  • Membership costs just £5 per year.

The summer holiday club for 8-12 year olds offers sports, games, arts and crafts and cookery club for £12 a day over the holidays 8am-6pm.

Find out more information or book a place on the holiday club (external link).

8
Learn to canoe
Learn to canoe

Everyone aged 6 and above is welcome to come along to Saturday canoe groups run by the Canal and River Trust, including a group that’s just for young women.

No experience is needed and all kit is provided.

The groups run from Canal Cottages in Wigan, WN3 4EH. Email vicki.birch@canalrivertrust.org.uk for more details.

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Improve your fitness and train for a 10K
Wigan 10k

Leigh Community 10k

Be part of this superb 10k in Leigh Town Centre, now in its third year. Suitable for ages 15 and above.

Wigan 10k & Family Mile

Whether you’re a runner, a walker or even part of the crowd, come and join the magni­ficent Wigan 10k or the Family Mile fun run.

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Friday night youth club
Friday night youth club

Golborne youth club at Heath Street Methodist Church in Golborne runs activities including pool, badminton, computer games, music and cooking and a safe place for young people aged 11-16 to meet on Friday evenings.

From 6.30pm every Friday night.

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