Wolverhampton’s new Yo! Summer Festival is officially launched today, offering over 300 activities and events for the city’s children and young people and their families during the long school holidays.

The activities, many of which are free, include sports, clubs, fun days, arts and crafts and more, and begin next week. Full details are available at Yo! Wolves.  

Highlights include free swimming lessons from WV Active, sensory sessions with animals at HugglePets in the Community, sculpting, painting and drawing classes from Real Arts Workshops and the return of the innovative walking, running and rolling game Beat the Street.

Central Youth Theatre will be holding drama days, Wolverhampton’s Libraries have a wide range of interactive learning events and there are activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities from organisations across the city.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton's Relight Festival, taking place from 20 August to 5 September, features a range of comedy, music and entertainment for all the family.

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, said: 
“We’re thrilled to be offering the city’s children and young people over 300 brilliant events and activities organised by a host of fantastic organisations this summer. 

“One of the council’s top priorities is to give children and young people the best possible start in life and a big part of that is to ensure that there is a comprehensive offer during the school holidays.

“So we’ve been working with city partners to ensure opportunities are available and accessible in every area of Wolverhampton, with hundreds of them free of charge. 

“There’s a lot going on, so please take a look and get involved in the Yo! Summer Festival.”

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “After the success of WV Virtual Squad last year, we knew that we just had to ensure we were able to continue to offer a wide range of activities to our children and young people, and the Yo! Summer Festival will do exactly that.”
As well as details of festival activities, the new online platform which has been launched as part of the Yo! brand also offers children, young people and families support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.