Published Thursday, 14 October 2021
The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge is almost halfway through the challenges and activities for the month.
Thousands have already taken part in the Challenge itself along with attending the cultural weekend activities and visiting the participating cultural venues around the city.
As well as the 50+ parks around the city, there are also four major participating cultural venues; Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Transport Museum, Lunt Roman Fort and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.
The first free weekend of activities took place at Jardine Crescent, with a great turnout of families getting involved in clay sculpture making and tile painting with Culture Coventry.
There are still three more weekends of free cultural activity to get involved in.
16 October: Parkour and more at St Margaret’s Park, 11am-2pm.
Join the pop-up cultural activity in St Margaret's Park, where there will be free activities including parkour, skateboarding, storytelling and crafts.
Ascension Dance, Kate's StoryTree and the War Memorial Park skate group will descend on St Margarets Park to deliver free activity for those taking part in the Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge - City of Culture Special. Families will be able to scan the Go Parks QR code while they are there too, to ensure they don’t miss out on any point collecting for their school.
Children can learn the basics of parkour and skateboarding - with all equipment supplied. They can also enjoy some themed crafts activities and make something to take home on the day.
23 October: World War Two themed activities in Whitley Common, 11am-2pm.
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Transport Museum are taking over Whitley Common for a World War Two themed day filled with activities for all the family. Families will be able to handle real and replica WWII artefacts to learn about Coventry’s rich history. There will be crafts available to join in with and children will also embrace the spirit of ‘Grow Your Own’ as they plant their own vegetable seeds with the Land’s Army ladies.
To top off this activity packed afternoon, there will be two performances from the Wartime Wonders, singing famous songs from the 1940s.
28 October: Roman themed family activities in Longford Park, 11am – 2pm.
Join the Lunt Roman Fort’s Roman soldiers as they put families through their paces and train children to become part of the Roman legions. They will learn to march, follow orders in Latin and fight like a true warrior with replica swords and shields. Traditional Roman ball games will also be available to try along with learning about historical artefacts from the experts, finishing with storytelling sessions that bring Roman fables and legends to life.
The activities have been made possible with the help and support from Coventry Cultural Education Partnership, Culture Coventry – operated by CV Life – and City of Culture Trust.
The overarching Go Parks project and delivery has also been supported by Coventry’s School Games Organisers who deliver sporting activities and competitions in schools.
Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “I’m really pleased to be seeing cultural themes running through the Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge. It’s great that the Challenge is giving young people and families the opportunity to visit museums and historic buildings like Coventry Transport Museum and the Cathedral, especially during our year as UK City of Culture 2021. The Challenge is a great chance to see what Coventry has to offer and how brilliant the city’s culture really is."
Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member, Public Health and Sport, added: “The seamless collaboration of sport and culture within this challenge is brilliant. The free cultural activities at weekends look exciting, plus, we have cultural venues like Coventry Transport Museum involved too.
“It’s the perfect example of how sport, physical activity, culture and education can come together and be successful as one, while providing the best for our residents of all ages and abilities.”
A Go CV account is required to take part and vote in the Challenge. Go CV accounts can be created online via the Go CV website.
Lisa Ford, Learning and Engagement Manager for Culture Coventry and Coventry Cultural Education Partnership steering group member, said: “Having cultural venues including the museums and Cathedral as part of this challenge widens access to the rich offer of arts and cultural activity for children across Coventry.
“Taking cultural activity into local parks and green spaces with the free pop-up events allows communities to access unique and creative experiences on their doorstep. Our first weekend of Go Parks’ cultural activity earlier this month was a really fun and successful day and we look forward to supporting with the rest of the events throughout October."
Find out more about the challenge on the Go Parks website.
You can also hear more from Cllr Caan by watching the below video.