Thousands enjoy Family Learning Festival event in Wiltshire

Thousands enjoy Family Learning Festival event in Wiltshire

Thousands of children and their families have been participating in a host of activities, from creating bug homes to learning new cooking skills as part of Wiltshire's Family Learning Festival.

Tidworth & Melksham Area Boards, along with the Army Welfare Service, arranged a wide number of events between 14 and 29 October, with more than 3,000 people taking part.

The festival aims to stimulate more family learning at home and further learning within the community by inspiring children to develop their learning skills and habits. The activities help parents to confidently support their children's education, and adults to find new hobbies and take their first step to realising their aspirations.

Rhys Schell and Marc Read, Conservative-run Wiltshire Council's Community Engagement Managers for Melksham and Tidworth Community Areas, and Wiltshire Family Learning, worked with local partners including Spurgeon's Children's Centres to bring the festival to Wiltshire.

Marc said: 

The Family Learning Festival has been a huge success and we are grateful to the organisations who provided the activities and venues, as without them we wouldn't have been able to make it happen. It was amazing to see so many families trying something new and learning together.

Laura Mayes, Conservative Cabinet Member for Children said: 

So many young people and families will have been inspired by these activities and I'm so pleased to see how communities have come together to work and promote learning for all. The festival has clearly been a huge success.

The events and activities included circus skills workshops, bug house building, open days at Ludgershall and Melksham fire stations, dance sessions, archery, theatre performances, arts and craft sessions, local history talks, a radio station open day, and family cookery classes.

Juliette Collier, National Director, Campaign for Learning and expert on family learning said: 

Learning together as a family is not only enjoyable and fun. Our families help us develop important life skills and understanding, and support us to develop the abilities and attitudes to become confident, motivated lifelong learners. The festival is a time to celebrate and value family learning and what we learn from each other, and a great opportunity to start new learning adventures together.

by Hollis Butler,