FAMILIES can enjoy free play activities this summer.

South Somerset District Council has launched a new PlayBox scheme - providing young people in the area with a host of activities to take part in over the summer.

The new scheme comes after the council had to cancel the Playdays, YouthDays and School’s Out summer activities, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But PlayBox means the council is still able to provide South Somerset families with play alternatives this summer.

PlayBox is a free activity box including arts and crafts, baking and outdoor play idea, and environmental activities.

The PlayBoxes will be given out at collection points across South Somerset on the following dates, between 11am and 2pm:

• August 4 – Kingsbury Episcopi Recreation Ground

• August 5 – Cale Park, Wincanton

• August 6 – Jocelyn Park, Chard

• August 7 – Yeovil Recreation Ground, Mudford Road, Yeovil

Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing at South Somerset District Council, said: “We have to think about the safety of our communities at this time and although it was a difficult decision to cancel our PlayDays and other events, it was the right thing to do.

"I’m delighted, however, that our fantastic team is going to be able to provide safe alternative play opportunities to our communities through the PlayBox initiative.

“We look forward to providing great activities to families and bringing Playdays back next year if it is safe to do so.”

To receive a box, people will need to visit one of the collection points. There is a limited stock and boxes will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

One box will be given to each child aged between five and 11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be different PlayBoxes to choose from covering a range of activities.

There will be a booklet listing the activities featured in each box to help you make your decision before reaching the collection point.

PlayBox is accompanied by a booklet of activities and online resources which can be found on the council's website.