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Fun for all ages as families come together for free play day in Hartlepool

Summerhill Country Park, fun day
Summerhill Country Park, fun day

All ages came together to celebrate National Play Day by enjoying a host of fun activities at Hartlepool’s Summerhill Country Park Yesterday.

Children and their families enjoyed a host of free activities from archery and climbing to karting and crafts.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

The day also marked the official launch of the cafe in Summerhill Visitor Centre which is under new management.

National Play Day is an annual campaign highlighting the importance of play in children’s lives.

The free taster sessions and activities at Summerhill were suitable for all ages and abilities.

Outreach officer Claire McDonald said of the day: “It has been amazingly successful, the busiest play day we have ever had.

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the new cafe at Summerhill Country Park, on Wednesday, by Jill Harrison (centre) Director of Adult & Community Services, Hartlepool Borough Council, helped by cafe staff Robert Leighton (left) and Faith Featherstone (right).

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the new cafe at Summerhill Country Park, on Wednesday, by Jill Harrison (centre) Director of Adult & Community Services, Hartlepool Borough Council, helped by cafe staff Robert Leighton (left) and Faith Featherstone (right).

“Everyone had a fantastic time and the weather was brilliant.

“We wanted to thank the people of Hartlepool because without them it wouldn’t be a success.

“We had everyone right from grandmas and grandads to babies in prams, children’s nurseries and members of the public.”

With the launch of the new look cafe visitors got to try a selection of snacks, cakes and drinks and watch as the ribbon was cut.

Climbing  at Summerhill Country Park, fun day

Climbing at Summerhill Country Park, fun day

Afterwards there was face painting and Xplorer map reading activity sessions from 10am onwards, while Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sports and Physical Activity Team hosted a range of sports sessions in the paddock in the afternoon.

They included slack lining and a visit by Cleveland Fire Brigade in an engine for budding firefighters to explore.

Indoor there was arts and crafts led by Artrium, fruit snacks from Tesco, bird-feeder making with the RSPB, and activities with EDF Energy and Heugh Battery museum.

Animal fans also got to see and hold a variety of exotic creatures with Jay’s Animal Encounters including a meerkat, skunk, scorpion and tarantula.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

There are lots of opportunities for family fun at Summerhill right through the school summer holidays.

Claire added: “A full holiday programme is available from the office or our Facebook page.”

Hartlepool council recently secured a £280,000 grant to deliver a four-year project to bring families closer together through sport and physical activity.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the new cafe at Summerhill Country Park, on Wednesday, by Jill Harrison (centre) Director of Adult & Community Services, Hartlepool Borough Council, helped by cafe staff Robert Leighton (left) and Faith Featherstone (right).

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the new cafe at Summerhill Country Park, on Wednesday, by Jill Harrison (centre) Director of Adult & Community Services, Hartlepool Borough Council, helped by cafe staff Robert Leighton (left) and Faith Featherstone (right).

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday. Trying their hand at tennis, watched by coach Becky Robinson are Hunter Preston (4) (left) and Beau Winspear (6)

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday. Trying their hand at tennis, watched by coach Becky Robinson are Hunter Preston (4) (left) and Beau Winspear (6)

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday. Crafty girls l-r Grace Mulvihill (6) and her sister Mia (5) and Olivia Clark (4) of Hartlepool.

Summerhill Country Park, fun day on Wednesday. Crafty girls l-r Grace Mulvihill (6) and her sister Mia (5) and Olivia Clark (4) of Hartlepool.