Play time!

Children and adults at the OSCARS's play event
Children and adults at the OSCARS's play event

EXCITED youngsters have enjoyed a fun day out at a popular country park as part of their school holiday.

Staff at OSCARS, based at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, laid on a host of activities to prevent children being bored during the half-term break – including a trip across the road to Summerhill.

A total of 37 children, aged between three and 16, enjoyed a scavenger hunt and play time in the park.

Claire Gibson, assistant co-ordinator at Hartlepool Borough Council-run OSCARS, said: “All of the children really enjoyed the trip to Summerhill and had a great time.”

Youngsters were due to go for a nature walk around Burn Valley beck today before returning to school next week.

Meanwhile, one of Hartlepool’s top tourist attractions was also busy keeping youngsters entertained during half term.

Families with children played pirates and took a step back in time at Hartlepool’s Historic Quay.

The town’s Maritime Experience laid on extra displays of canon and musket firing as well as rope-making workshops throughout the week.

And despite the chilly weather, the quay, which is home to HMS Trincomalee, was a popular choice for families looking to entertain their children.

And at Hartlepool Museum, right next to the historic quay, visitors can still see an exhibition by well-known children’s author and illustrator Chris Mould.

Called Spineless – Dissecting the Art of the Children’s Book, the exhibition will be at the museum until Sunday, March 24.

For more information about OSCARS call 07771936968.