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Inspire Summer of Fun

By Parish Clerks, Caron Ballantyne and Sarah Markall Collingham Parish

Monday, 2 August 2021


Collingham Parish Contributor


With the Summer Reading Challenge underway and a range of fabulous family theatre, exhibitions and events taking place in libraries and online, there's something for the whole family this summer with Inspire!

The Summer Reading Challenge is back and well underway, running until Sunday 5 September, at libraries across Nottinghamshire! Developed in partnership with the WWF, the world's leading independent conservation organisation, Wild World Heroes is a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment. The challenge, aimed at children aged 4 - 11 years, is to read six or more library books over the summer.

How to take part:

  • Sign up at the library to join in with the Summer Reading Challenge. Children pick up a special collector poster featuring a map of Wilderville, the hometown of the Wild World Heroes.
  • Borrow books to read from the library and get reading!
  • For every book read children collect stickers (some are smelly).(There's a bookmark and a pencil on offer too as children progress through the Challenge.)
  • Every child who completes the challenge, by reading 6 library books, receives a medal and certificate

Click here to find out more about this year's Summer Reading Challange

Online event We're going on a Story Hunt with storyteller John Kirk
Online event, delivered via Zoom

Tuesday 10 August, 10am - Ocean Story Hunt
Tuesday 17 August, 10am - Rainforest Story Hunt
FREE, spaces limited so booking advised

Join storyteller John Kirk for this interactive story-based scavenger hunt, perfect for ages 3-7.
Story hunters will need an internet-enabled device to connect to the event via Zoom, a piece of paper, crayons, pens/pencils to draw with and permission to turn their house upside down!

Click here to find out more about the storytelling event and book a place

Family Theatre Same Same...But Different

Beeston Library - Wednesday 11 August, 10.30am
West Bridgford Library - Wednesday 11 August, 3pm
Library members: £3 / Non-library members: £6

Same Same...But Different is a family show, mixing Kathak, Hip Hop dance, contemporary dance, hints of live music and physical storytelling.

Inspired by the well-known Anglo-Asian phrase ‘same, same...but different’, meaning "Yes, something kind of similar, but not the exact same thing”, 3 dancer-musicians conjure a magical atmosphere where we celebrate our individuality, diversity and the bonds which connect us all.

Click here to find out more and book tickets for Same Same...But Different

Family Theatre Upswing and the Spark Arts for Children present:
Beeston Library - Tuesday 24 August, 2pm

West Bridgford Library - Wednesday 25 August, 11am & 2pm
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library - Thursday 26 August, 11am &2pm
Worksop Library - Friday 27 August, 11am & 2pm
Mansfield Central Library - Saturday 28 August, 11am & 2pm
Library members: £8 per tent pod / Non-library members: £12 per tent pod

Click here to find out more and book tickets for Seasons

Online workshops
Wild Walls and Words workshops

Meet artist Alex Godwin (aka Billy) and author Caryl Hart, Inspire’s artist and author in residence and take part in a FREE online summer workshop. Book your place to collect a pack of materials from the library.

Click here to find out more and book your place for the Wild Walls and Words workshops

Contact Information


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71 High Street, Collingham, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 7LB