Thousands of children and young people across Wolverhampton are enjoying an action packed school holiday thanks to the city's inaugural Yo! Summer Festival.

Creating opportunities for young people is a major priority for the City of Wolverhampton Council and the 6 week long celebration features nearly 500 free and paid for activities for youngsters and their families, ranging from sports and holiday clubs to fun days and arts and crafts. 

Over 9,500 residents have been playing the unique walking, running and rolling game Beat the Street and, together, have travelled nearly 60,000 miles – the equivalent of more than twice round the world.

Nearly 2,000 places have been available on events and activities specifically for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities while the Yo! Relight Festival, which begins this weekend, features 19 events and shows for children and young people under a big top in West Park, including Jurassic Earth, Fireman Sam Live! and CBeebies stars. Tickets are available now at Relight Festival.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, joined children and parents at a Family Summer Fun session at Bantock House Museum last week, and took part in craft activities with local youngsters.

She said: “We’ve created an exciting summer of opportunities for our children, young people and their families with over 490 events supported by 60 partners and funding from the council and Department for Education, and it’s brilliant to see so many people enjoying everything that the Yo! Summer Festival has to offer.”

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, added: “Having fun is a really important part of the learning process and we have worked hard to deliver a full programme of activities and opportunities for children and young people which is keeping them educated, entertained and active over the summer holidays. 

“There are plenty more events scheduled over the coming weeks, so please make sure you join in the fun by being part of the Yo! Summer Festival.”

For full details of events which are still to take place, please visit the Yo! Summer Festival website

As well as details of festival activities, the new online platform also offers children, young people and families support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.