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Unplug & Play heats up!

Crowds party in the park at summer campaign event launch

Go Golborne’s Unplug & Play campaign launched on Friday 20 July with an action-packed event in Emslie Hornimans Park. Hundreds of children and families came along to join in the fun and find out about local play and leisure activities available over the holidays to help children keep active and away from screens.

Super-sized board games, mini-tennis, cycling workshops, arts and crafts, trampolining and African dancing were just some of the activities on offer. Music was provided by a pedal powered Boogie bike and Ebony Steel Band plus there was a performance of the catchy Unplug & Play song by Alexander D Great, which has now been brought to life in a new video performed with local children from the Notting Hill Adventure Playground at the Venture Centre.

The Unplug & Play campaign continues over the summer holidays by challenging children to try and stick to a maximum of two hours on screens per day. Thousands of booklets filled with screen-free activity ideas have been distributed across the area. Local organisations including libraries, leisure and play centres are organising special activities and distributing reward stickers to encourage children to tick off as many of the activities as they can.

Commenting on the event and launch of the campaign Christine Mead, Public Health Community Resilience Manager said: "What fun it was to see all the children running around enjoying playing games and activities, the last day of school and the beginning of the holidays. Alongside the event the Unplug & Play video and activity booklet are a fantastic way to inspire parents and children to try out new screen-free activities and keep busy over the summer."

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