All play and no work for Hartlepool youngsters

Oscars playgroup
Oscars playgroup

A council-run summer playscheme is proving to be a big success with Hartlepool youngsters.

A whole host of full-day activities have been enjoyed by children aged between three and 16 at the Oscar playscheme.

Parents are able drop off their children from 8am with breakfast provided for them on arrival at the Catcote Road base. Kids then embark on an action-packed day of fun and thrills prior to being collected by parents before 5.45pm.

Sandra Robinson, the council’s out-of-school coordinator, said: “The playscheme has been really successful this year and on some of the days we have been full to capacity.

“The older children thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Hartlepool Power Station. They had chance to walk around the plant, wear specialist safety equipment and see how electricity is generated. The younger children also greatly enjoyed the Mister Twister visit which took place at the same time.

“The children were also greatly excited about the visit of the Rugby World Cup and had their pictures taken with Jason Leonard, one of the players from the successful 2003 England World Cup team.”

There are plenty of other activities planned before Oscar’s draws to a close on Friday, August 28.

These include art and craft, a princess and pirate day, cookery, kite making, sports plus visits to the beach, cinema and local parks.

Parents are welcome to view the facilities and meet up with staff but should do so via prior appointment. This can be arranged by contacting the Oscar Play centre on 07771 936968 or by e-mailing

For a full programme or further details telephone the OSCAR Play centre on 07771936968 or e-mail