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An exciting programme of summer fun events is taking place at Strood Youth Centre throughout August. All the activities are free and aimed at eight to 19 year olds.

Climbing – Monday, 5 August 3pm – 6pm

Archery – Tuesday, 6 and Tuesday, 20 August 3pm – 6pm

Trampolining – Wednesday, 7 August 3pm – 6pm

Cake decorating – Tuesday, 6, Wednesday, 7 and Monday, 12 August 3– 6pm

Jewellery making – Monday, 12 and Tuesday, 13 August 3pm – 6pm

Wet and Wild (water fights, slides and play) – Wednesday, 14 August 3pm – 6pm

Inflatable activity fun (gladiator style challenge) – Monday, 19 and Wednesday, 21 August 3pm – 6pm

All the workshops listed above take place at Strood Youth Centre, Montfort Road, Strood, ME2 3ET

1 – 15 August, Charlton Football Club will be running a summer slam football activity week from 10am – 4pm each day in Northcote Rec, Northcote Road, Strood. For more details about any of the activities and workshops, phone 07789 988165 or email patricia.houssein@medway.gov.uk

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Image by kind permission of Simon Kelsey

Gallant knights and fair maidens will roam the castle gardens at Medieval Merriment, a free family event taking place at Rochester Castle Gardens during the weekend of Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 September.

The gardens will be transformed into a medieval encampment with a whole array of themed activities, including re-enactments, cooking demonstrations, have-a-go archery, stalls, traders and living history displays.
New features for this year’s event include a medieval fashion show depicting changes in dress through the years, and there’s even the chance to have a personal meeting with the King himself between 12noon and 3pm each day in the castle keep. More

Shane from Strood having fun at last year's English Festival: picture Simon Kelsey

Build sandcastles, dance to big band sounds and even rub shoulders with Shakespeare at Medway’s third annual English Festival, taking place on Saturday, 21 April at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham. More

Spend a day in the company of gallant knights, medieval maidens and falcons in flight… Medieval Merriment, a free family event, returns to Rochester Castle Gardens on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September.

Once again the castle grounds will be transformed into a vast medieval encampment, taking visitors back to the time when the castle was built and used as a residence.

There’ll be living history displays from Anglo-Saxon and Norman times through to the 15th century, battles, archery displays, cookery, minstrels, birds of prey, storytellers, crafts, games and stalls.

The event will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days and admission is free.

Admission prices for the Castle Keep, within the Castle gardens are £5.50 for adults and £3.50 for children and concessions, and £14.50 for a family ticket. For further information phone 01634 338141

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is holding a major Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 11th September, as part of the Forestry Commission’s national celebration of UN International Year of Forests. As well as creating a fun day out for everyone, this is a chance to show how trees, woods and forests play a vital role in everyone’s life. More

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