Clydebank kids are set for a summer of fun, courtesy of a programme of free activities to keep them entertained during the school holidays.

West Dunbartonshire Council, in partnership with local organisations and childcare providers, will offer a wide range of activities, with many including a free snack or even lunch, in July and August.

The scheme is aimed at those aged five to 16-years-old and will be held in various locations across the region, with a focus on learning, the environment and health and wellbeing.

Local groups such as the Awestruck Academy will be putting on classes in music, drama and art and Centre81 has a summer programme full of games and indoor sports.

West Dunbartonshire Youth Alliance is also planning some trips including jaunts to Mugdock Country Park and the Go Country Water Park at Aberfoyle.

Revealing the launch, Councillor Clare Steel, convener of educational services, said: “We know how difficult it can be to keep young people entertained over the summer holidays. Every year this is a very popular programme and free lunches and snacks are available at many of the activities.

“Our summer programme will ensure children and their families have fun activities they can do over the holidays and I’m sure these will prove to be really popular with young people, parents and carers.

“I am particularly pleased to see activities for children with additional support needs being built into the programme. The summer holidays can be a challenging time for parents, particularly when money is tight, and these sessions are an opportunity for all young people, regardless of their family’s financial position, to have fun, learn and spend time with their friends.”

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Families are being encouraged to sign up and there is a programme of fun and learning planned for children and young people with severe and complex needs, based at the Kilpatrick school campus.

Councillor Michelle McGinty, chair of the health and social care partnership, added: “These activities will be a real benefit to the summer calendar for parents and carers who can sometimes struggle with the cost of keeping children entertained.

“We are committed to supporting our residents with the rising cost of living and this programme means that no matter your situation, your child will be able to have a fun and memorable summer holiday packed with opportunities.

“I would like to thank our partners who are supporting us this year by providing such a varied programme of events. We are very grateful to them for their support and I’m sure families will have a great time over the summer holidays.”

More information on the council's programme is on its website

The West Dunbartonshire Youth Alliance programme can be found online.

Spaces are limited so families are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.