Local organisations are being urged to help put on a summer of fun for children and young people in Wolverhampton by submitting details of their events for inclusion in the first-ever Yo! Summer Festival by the deadline of Monday (28 June).

The inaugural festival will take place during the school holidays and offer a wide range of events for younger Wulfrunians and their families.

And the City of Wolverhampton Council is calling on organisations to submit details of their activities so they can be included in the plans.

The Yo! Summer Festival will showcase hundreds of events across the city, many free of charge, designed to keep children and young people active and entertained over the holidays. 
It builds on the council’s commitment to create more opportunities for children and young people, backed by multi-million-pound investment.

A dedicated Yo! Summer Festival website will be launched shortly featuring arts and crafts, holiday clubs, sports, outdoor activities, family fun days, digital events and much more – including a range of activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Getting an event featured on the website is free and easy. Organisations simply need to visit Yo! Summer Holiday Activities Form and submit details for their events, which, if suitable, will be included on the website.

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “Given the impact the pandemic has had, we want to make this summer the best it possibly can be for our city's children and young people. That means making sure they have plenty to keep themselves busy throughout the long school holidays.

"The Yo! Summer Festival will bring together the very best activities taking place in Wolverhampton for children and young people – both paid for and free of charge – and I urge local organisations to submit details of their events as soon as possible.”

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “The Yo! Summer Festival promises to deliver an incredible range of activities to our children and young people during the holidays. 

"We have already received details of many fantastic events to include on the website, but we want even more so we can ensure the Festival is as programme as is varied as possible, so if your organisation offers events which cater for our city’s young people, please submit details before the deadline of Monday.”

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organisers are asked to ensure that their events and activities are held in a Covid-secure manner.