Children add new string to their bows at Hartlepool archery day

Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.
Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.

Keen youngsters added a new string to their bows during the school holidays thanks to a popular archery day.

Children aged between eight and 12 took aim during the sessions held as part of a series of half term activities at Summerhill Country Park in Hartlepool.

Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.

Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.

They were on target as they lined up and fired arrows into balloons under the guidance of staff.

The park and visitor centre has been busy all week with children enjoying climbing, spring crafts and orienteering.

Outreach worker John Swallow said of yesterday’s archery sessions: “We had a really good turn out.

“Some of the children are certainly coming back for our Monday afternoon archery sessions for children.

Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.

Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.

“We have obviously got some budding archers there. We are already looking at putting on archery again in the summer holidays and again over the winter.”

Summerhill runs regular archery sessions on the first and third Saturday of the month.

The centre’s half term programme finishes today with a Sounds of Summerhill event for children aged four to nine.

The youngsters will be making their own animal ears and venturing out into the country park to see how many different sounds they can hear.

On Saturday, Summerhill is holding the first of a new summer programme of car boot sales.

They will be held on the last Saturday of the month until September from 10am to 1pm.

There is a charge of £8 for sellers in cars and £12 for vans, while admission for buyers is 20p.

Adam Reah, from Summerhill Country Park and Visitor Centre, said: “The monthly car boot sales provide people with the ideal opportunity to have a clear out and make some extra cash, or people can just come along and grab themselves a bargain.”

Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.

Youngstars taking part in a archery session at Summerhill Country park, Hartlepool on Thursday.