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Kids On Holiday
There's Something To Do In Caithness 2005

Schools Out and "nuthin" to do? forget that old saying.  Caithness has a massive amount for the kids to do this summer.  On this page will be features some of the activities for children and young people over the summer holiday period.   If you are visiting Caithness with children check it all out and you will be made most welcome.  Some events may require advance booking so get the pen and paper out and note down activities of interest and get on the phone. Some you can just turn up or you can take pot luck on the day.  If your organisation is arranging activities for children or young folk over the summer holidays then let us know to add to this page - Its FREE.  Send to bill@caithness.org

Light Factory - Thurso - 8 - 12 August
Light Factory Holiday Club presents "Landlubbers" - what happens when pirates don't want to be pirates any more? Fun for any children who were at primary school this year. It's on 8th - 12th August, 10am - 12 noon, Thurso High School, cost 50p per session. Contact Helen McLaren on 831353 for more details.

The Community Programme
Thurso Swimming Pool – FREE
swimming on Monday mornings from 9am – 12noon for all school pupils during the summer holidays.

OCTOPUSH on Wednesday 13 July at 10am – 12noon for 12 – 16 year olds - 50p. Limited numbers.

Wick Swimming Pool – FREE swimming on Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 4pm for all school pupils during the summer holidays. (The usual Swimming Pool rules apply during the free swimming sessions.)

MONDAY 11 JULY – FRIDAY 15 JULY – 10am – 4pm
“Macbeth in a Week”
(film making) with Lorna Sutherland (Eden Court Theatre and Arts in Motion) at Wick High School 12 years and upwards.

Castletown Primary School
Tuesday 5 July
Sports Session (for Castletown Gala Week)
5 – 8 years - 10am – 12noon 9 – 12 year - 1pm – 3pm £1 per session
The following activities are offered in partnership with CASPER Club Tel: 01847 821500
Friday 8 July Gymnastics 10.00am – 12noon
Sports 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday 11 July Sports 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday 12 July Circus Skills* 10.00am – 12noon

Saturday 9 July
Capoeira* (Primary School)
12 – 18 years 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Wednesday 13 July – Sports Session (Community Centre) 2.00pm – 4.00pm £2 per session

ORMLIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION – in partnership with The Highland Council
For booking and availability of places Tel: 01847 891789
Thursday 7 July African Drumming* 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday 8 July Circus Skills* 10.00am – 12noon
Tuesday 12 July Football Coaching (High School Gym 2)
Under 9s – 11.00am – 12.30pm
Over 9s – 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Circus Skills* 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday 14 July Sports Activities and Games 11.00am – 12.30pm 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Check Out The Full Ormlie Holiday Programme Here and Head Over To Sign Up

Monday 18 July, Wednesday 20 July, Friday 22 July, Monday 25 July, Wednesday 27 July and Friday 29 July
Multi Sports 10.30am – 12.30pm £2 per session or £3 per day 2.00pm – 4.00pm

PULTENEYTOWN PEOPLES PROJECT – in partnership with The Highland Council
For booking and availability of places Tel: 01955 606950

Tuesday 5 July, Wednesday 6 July and Thursday 7 July
Art 9.45am – 11.30am
Dance* 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 6 July Sports 11.45am – 1.15pm
Thursday 7 July Sports 11.45am – 1.15pm
Friday 8 July African Drumming* – Steve Sharpe 9.00am – 12noon
Circus Skills* 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday 11 July – Thursday 14 July
Art 9.45am – 11.30am
Dance* 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday 11 July Sports 11.45am – 1.15pm
Wednesday 13 July Sports 11.45am – 1.15pm
Friday 15 July Art 9.30pm – 11.45pm

THURSO YOUTH CLUB – in partnership with The Highland Council
12 – 16 years – 50p a session
Tuesday 5 July
Hip Hop Dance* 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 6 July Tae Boa* 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday 7 July Jewellery Making 2.00pm – 4.00pm
African Drumming* 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Tuesday 12 July Body Combat* 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 13 July OCTOPUSH 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday 14 July Dance Workshop* 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 9 July
Circus Skills* Thurso Town Hall – 10.00am – 1.30pm
Masterclass 9 years upwards with previous circus skills experience

Sunday 10 July Capoeira* – Thurso High School 12noon – 2.00pm 12 – 18 years
Tuesday 19 July, Thursday 21 July, Tuesday 26 July and Thursday 28 July
Multi Sports – Thurso High School 10.30am – 12.30pm
£2 per session or £3 per day 2.00pm – 4.00pm

WICK YOUTH CLUB – in partnership with The Highland Council
For booking and availability of places Tel: 01955 603174
Wednesday 6 July African Drumming* 10.00am – 12noon
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday 11 July Circus Skills* 10.00am – 12noon  1.00pm – 4.00pm

Friday 15 July
Sports Sessions 10.00am – 12noon  £2 per session or £3 per day 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Reading Voyage Reading Scheme Friday 1 July – Saturday 20 August
Wednesday 6 July Reading Voyage Activity
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Summer Fun
Wednesday 13 July Pre-school Storytime
2.00pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 20 July Reading Voyage Activity 2.30pm -3.30pm
Card Making
Wednesday 27 July Pre-school Storytime
2.00pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 10 August Pre-school Storytime 2.00pm – 2.30pm
Reading Voyage Activity 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Making Music
Saturday 27 August “Award Presentation”

Reading Voyage Reading Scheme Friday 1 July – Saturday 20 August
Thursday 7 July – Thursday 11 August
Every Thursday Pre-school Storytime
2.00pm – 2.30pm
Craft Activities for 5 – 10 years 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Unless otherwise specified please complete the enclosed booking form and return to –
Community Learning Office Community Education Centre
Princes Street Ackergill Street
Thurso Wick
KW14 7DH KW1 4DT

Tel: 01847 895782 Tel: 01955 605423

MULTI SPORTS – Wick and Thurso Games Halls
For children 5 – 14 years. No supervision over lunch time.

Costs of activities vary according to partnership arrangements with community organisations and specific funding streams which have reduced costs for participants.
* Denotes activity funded by New Opportunities Fund Lottery Funded.


Highland Council Countryside Rangers
Summer holiday fun with the Caithness Rangers! - 2005
5th July
–Pond dipping, bird watching and mini beasts! Explore the wild life around Dunnet. Dunnet pavilion 11am - 1pm. 8-11 yrs.
7th July - Woodland treasure hunt, Newtonhill wood 11am-12.30pm, 8-11years.
12th July –Sea shells and seabirds
Duncansby Head lighthouse carpark, stout footwear and warm clothes. 11am - 1pm. 8 yrs upwards.
14th July –Rock pool exploring, Stains carpark, Keiss beach. 11am-12.30pm. 8 - 11 yrs. Booking recommended.
19th July – Dragon Walk
Dunnet forest, discover the mystery of damsels and dragons that live in this forest 8 - 11 yrs. 11am - 1pm.
21st July –Bonkers about birds
Lybster heritage centre 11am-12.30, 8-11yrs.
26th July – Animals through games Dunnet bay childrens group. 11am, 7-11yrs
28th July –Wick river Come and dip for mini beasts, Somerfield carpark, boating shed end. 11am-12.30pm, 8-11yrs.
2nd Aug –Treasure hunt, 11am onwards, Achvarasdale forest (near Reay), 7-11yrs.
11th Aug -Sand sculpture contest
Reiss beach 11am-2pm.
£1 per family group.
Please dress suitably (wellies, etc) and bring along a snack.
Further information 01847 821531
Booking Advisable

Are you 8-12 & interested in nature & the outdoors? Why not join our holiday club this summer?






For full details or to book a place, please contact Marina Swanson on 01955 607758 or e-mail marina.swanson@highland.gov.uk

Organised By The Highland Rangers

Galas Highland Games

Why not enter some of the art competitions for children at these events or take part in the Highland Dancing competitions.  Just check out with organisers how to enter.  Many folk enter but if you have never gone in for them before check out how you do it and then enter them a few on the day. 
Many of the vents have fun sports - mainly races for children and anyone can enter on the field. Fun and you might win a small money prize.

Did you know you can rent the badminton rooms in the Wick Assembly Rooms.  Worth while if you a have few children to amuse for a couple of hours. Contact the Service Point to book.

Other Activities
Check out the local parks for -
Crazy Putting

Caithness has lots of them and if you want to go a little further so has Sutherland.  Pick your day and head out for a day at the beach.

Check it out at the Surf Shop in Thurso.  Lessons are available locally.

More Suggestions
The Quad Bike Center

Freedom Charters
Get a group of the family and friends together to hire the boat from Wick.  Boats are also available from Scrabster.  Take a site seeing trip.

High Speed Boat Trip
From John O'Groats

See the coast and head over to Stroma in the fast rib.  An exciting trip. Or take one of their slower tours to see the birds and the coast

So You Want To Be an Archaeologist?
4 - 22 July 2005
Older teenagers interested in Archaeology might like to head out to see if they can volunteer to join the archaeological dig at Battlemoss.  Will need willing parents to drive out to the dig every day.  Anyone with an interest in Archaeology might like to take part in this dig and find out how it is all done with experts on hand to help you  The dig is on a cairn found two years ago and being dug for the first time.  You never know what will be found.  the dig will be open to the public to see round and ask questions. Open Days are planned.

  Watch Out For Holiday Clubs
A few places have holiday clubs lasting  a few days or a week
Popular ones include
Pultenetown Church
Casper Club