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From a Hollywood stunt show, to animal petting or drama workshops, there is lots of on offer across the Vale and South Oxfordshire to keep children entertained over the summer – and much of it is free.

Events start on August 1 in Aylesbury’s Vale Park where there will be craft activities, sandpits and inflatables for national play day from 11am-3pm (pictured above).

Meanwhile each Thursday there is a free activity in the town centre, starting with an inflatable fun day on August 2 in Market Square. On August 9 a genuine Hollywood stuntman will be showing children how they create stunts for action films such as James Bond. On August 16 there will be an animal petting zoo in Kingsbury and on the 23rd there will be an eight lane giant Scalextric in Kingsbury (pictured below). The Thursday events finish with a magic show in Market Square on August 30.

On Friday’s activities take place inside Friars Square Shopping Centre. On August 3 there will be jugglers and stilt walkers teaching circus skills. Hawaiian themed hula dancing lessons are on offer on August 10, followed by a magic show on the 17 and an arts and crafts workshop on the 24th.

There are also lots of opportunities for youngsters to learn new skills over the summer, at a small cost.

Aylesbury Vale District Council is running a fashion design course for eight-12 year olds. There are also sessions in archery, singing and magic on offer.

For budding actors, the council is working with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to give children an opportunity to learn scenes and dances from musical 42nd Street – which comes to the town later this year. Sessions take place in Wendover’s John Colet on August 2 and 3 and Haddenham Village Hall on August 8/9.

The Aylesbury-based Bucks County Museum also has free entry and is offering a variety of Olympic-themed craft sessions for £2.50 per child.

The Queens Park Arts Centre has workshops in everything from drama to arts for around £18.

There are also fun days at Quainton’s Railway Centre.

At the weekend’s there is free live music every Saturday and Sunday in Aylesbury town centre.

For sporty children Haddenham Youth FC are hosting a one week football training camp by Watford F.C from August 6.

In South Oxfordshire the two district councils have unveiled a joint summer holiday programme, through working with leisure operators and sports clubs.

Activities range from monkey mayhem play sessions for the very young to kayaking and trail riding for oler children. There are also a various sporting sessions including athletics, football, netball and squash on offer.

Bill Service, cabinet member for leisure at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “If your child is looking for things to do this summer then why not check out our holiday programme which really has got something for everyone.

“But remember, these sessions always fill up quickly so make sure you get you booking in as soon as possible to guarantee a place.”