Summer Activities

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 14:29


Young people in Dumfries & Galloway will have the chance to take part in a wide range of free activities over the Summer Holidays taking place in local communities across our region.

Activities are available from Saturday 2nd July until Sunday 21st August and are specifically aimed at children and young people aged 5-14 years old who are within the priority groups. The activities on offer will give young people the opportunity to meet with their friends, make new friends, and to take part in fun and free activities and new opportunities. This provision throughout the duration of the school summer holidays will provide support to children and young people who may otherwise struggle to access experiences during the holidays, giving them the opportunity to play, socialise and get to know organisations within their local community.

There are activities for all ages, and all interests including sports sessions, arts sessions, free leisure facility access, Summer Camps, workshops on different topics, day trips and creative and performing arts sessions and much more.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has awarded funding to local Third sector organisations and private childcare providers from across our region to give children and young people a Summer to remember.

Councillor Archie Dryburgh, Chair of Communities Committee said: “There is something for everyone as part of this fantastic summer programme of activities that are on offer. All activities are entirely free to attend, and this further emphasises our Council’s commitment to tackling and alleviating child poverty across our region. I would encourage all young people who are aged 5-14 to make the most of this opportunity and to try something new this Summer.”

Councillor John Campbell, Vice-Chair of Communities Committee said of the Summer Programme Fund: “The young people who were involved in the Summer Programme Fund through the co-production group have done an excellent job in ensuring that the activities on offer across Dumfries and Galloway have been designed by young people, for young people, through effective co-design and that they are spread the length and breadth of the region. The group also helped to set the fund’s priorities and sat on the independent scoring panel, ensuring that the activities will make a positive difference to young people in communities across Dumfries and Galloway.”

Elli Wadsworth, Chairperson of Dumfries & Galloway Youth Council said: “We received an extremely high number of applications for this funding, and it was a difficult job in making sure that the right activities were made available to young people. This is a great programme of activities, and we cannot wait to see young people across Dumfries and Galloway having an amazing Summer with their friends. Make sure you visit the Youth Enquiry Service website for full details of what is on near you, and how you can sign up.”

To see all that is on offer, and how to sign up for an activity, visit

Summer Programme Fund: Activities





Youth Work Service

Summer Camps & Youth Cafes / 12 – 18 years


Children & Families Social Work

Family Days Out to regional/national attractions


Arts & Museums

Themed Art & Craft Days: stained glass, ceramics etc. / 13 – 17 years


Disability Sport

Various Sports sessions, trip to Loch Ken, Family Fun Day / 8 – 18 years


Leisure Facilities

Paid memberships for young people in priority groups / 5 – 18 years


Lifelong Learning

Family Activity Packs & sessions in parks / P1-P7


DG Youth Council

Residential on youth leadership and activism programme / 11 -18 years


Parents Inclusion Network

Live the Adventure, Barcaple outdoor activities / 5 – 14 years


Let’s Get Sporty

Summer Sports sessions / 5 – 14 years


RH Youth Organisation

Activity Day Lockerbie / 5 – 14 years


A&E Youth Group

Themed Workshops & Activity Days / 11 – 14 years


Sports Driving Unlimited

Carriage Driving with Ponies / 5 – 14 years


St. Andrews Church Moffat

Wiston Lodge Residential


Wise Owls Nursery

Outdoor Activities and Learning


Creation Mill

Textile Workshops / 5 – 14 years


Mid & Upper Nithsdale Youth Forum

Fun Days; Young Parents Days; Family Fun Day; Workshops & Activities / 11 – 14 years


Queen of the South

Football Camps & Family Fun Day / 5 – 14 years


The Attic Youth Group

Themed Workshops & Family Fun Event / 11 – 14 years


Heathhall Community Centre

Arts & Crafts Workshops, Family Ceilidh Night / 5 – 14 years


YMCA Dumfries

Day Trips, Art Sessions, Workshops, Forest Walks / 10 – 14 years


Include Us

Creative Outdoor Activities, Plantasia


Lochside Community Association

Fun Day, Film Day, Art Activities, Themed Clubs


Dumfries Cricket Club

Themed Cricket Sessions: Disability Cricket, Females Cricket, Kids Cricket / 5 – 14 years


Summerhill Community Centre

Activity Days, Environmental Awareness, Day Trips, Glamping / 5 – 14 years


Theatre Royal Guild of Players

Drama sessions, Costume, Make-up, Set design, Workshops / 7 – 14 years


Youth Enquiry Service

Issue based workshops for low level mental health support / 11 -14 years


Johnston Nursery

Outdoor Learning @ Barrhill Woods Outdoor Classroom / 5 – 9 years


Homegrown Childminding

Day Trips within the region, Experience Days / 5 – 14 years


Kirkcudbright Dark Space Planetarium

Planetarium sessions with ceramic painting; Planetarium sessions with cosmic storytelling; Planetarium sessions with

craft workshops / 5 – 14 years


Local Initiatives in New Galloway

Galloway Activity Centre, film-making, Loch Ken Ranger workshops / 7 – 14 years


Stewartry Youth Work Steering Group

Foot Golf; Inflatable Theme Park; 3 R's Horse Rescue Centre; Breakfast Sessions; Mabie Forest / 11 – 14 years


Stranraer Community Events Group

Food provision for Day in the Park and Football Tournament / 5 – 14 years


Stranraer Youth Café

Fun Days; Workshops; Issue based work; Experience Days / 11 – 14 years


YMCA Stranraer

Swimming, Cinema, Sports Activities / P1 – P7


Newton Stewart Initiative

Sports Day, Outdoor Cinema, Picnic in the Park / 7 – 14 years


Wigtown Bay Coastal Rowing Club

Sports Sessions, Cooking & Baking, Arts & Crafts / P1 – S1