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Find out about creative opportunities for children and young people in Corby, Wellingborough and beyond.

(Updated 15th September 2022) 

Summer activities

  1. Enjoy an interactive adventure with Outside In Theatre this summer – enjoy the digital and interactive Finding Robin’s Rainbow, or go outdoors for a Bramble Ramble in Corby or further afield.
  2. Groundwork Northants are running kids activities & food sessions all summer across Wellingborough, Corby & Irthlingborough.
  3. North Northamptonshire Council are running summer activities.
  4. The Chester House Estate are running a Summer of Fun throughout the holidays and a Kids Summer Festival on 6th & 7th August.
  5. Enjoy arts & crafts activities, circus skills and lots more on 3rd August at Corby’s annual Play Day at West Glebe Park.
  6. Corby Library and Wellingborough Library offer loads of fantastic opportunities for children and families all year round and run creative seasonal activities during school holidays, as well as the annual Summer Reading Challenge. which is Gadgeteers in 2022!
  7. Check out the Fantastic For Families website for events and activities (some to do at home).
  8. Find something to do at the Get Creative website.
  9.  Find the top 100 Stories to Share and join the Book Club on the World Book Day website.
  10. Apply to the Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2023.

Pre-school children and their grown-ups

  1. Try Mum Club for mums and pre-walking babies.
  2. Enjoy nature walks and crafts at East Carlton Park or Irchester Country Park.
  3. Try some fantastic crafts, indoor and outdoor activities and storytelling at home with The Wild Tribe.
  4. Enjoy nature walks and seasonal craft activities at Northamptonshire Country Parks.
  5. Explore the Superworm trail and visit the Gruffalo sculptures at Fineshade Wood.
  6. Take your little ones to Mini Musical Movers at The Core.
  7. Videos from Baby and Me sensory activities for you to do at home.
  8. Pen Green Centre are offering FREE online sessions for music, Songs and Rhymes. Follow them on facebook for updates.
  9. Find lots of online events and at-home activities on the Fantastic For Families website.
  10. Carbon Theatre have put their Sensory Adventures videos online for you to enjoy at home.

Primary school age children

  1. Enjoy interactive adventures with Outside In Theatre – try Finding Robin’s Rainbow, enjoy Bramble Ramble or go on a Sense Safari.
  2. An augmented reality Dinosaur Safari is live in East Carlton Countryside Park and West Glebe Park in Corby – just download the Love Exploring app to take part.
  3. Have a go at making puppets  with Josh Macrow.
  4. The Core at Corby Cube have regular creative sessions for children and young people and have a limited number of bursary places for those on a low income.
  5. Northants Music and Performing Arts Trust centres in Wellingborough and Corby.
  6. Storyline Online hosts a treasure trove of videos of children’s books being read by celebrated actors for children, parents, caregivers and educators to access 24 hours a day.

Primary/Secondary school age children

  1. Youth Works in Kettering offer a variety of creative groups.
  2. Every Thursday Glamis Hall Youth Club in Wellingborough run sessions with crafts, games and activities for children age 7-15.
  3. Children and young people in schools and clubs can access free films through Into Film and take part in the world’s largest youth film festival.
  4. Join Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts‘ Minecraft world of Rockingham Castle!
  5. Age 9 – 17? Join Writing East Midlands online Young Writers group with local writer Karen Rust, sessions are free, fun and very welcoming.
  6. Age 6 – 15 years old? Then you can earn yourself a Blue Peter badge to gain FREE entry into loads of great UK attractions! You can earn a blue badge by sending in a story, craft make, picture or poem. Or why not apply for a special music badge! Even if you don’t have a musical instrument at home you can use the Bring the Noise interactive tool!
  7. Visit the Scouts website for some great make and do activities to keep the children occupied during your time at home – these challenges can even count towards Beaver, Cub or Scout Activity Badges!

Young People

  1. Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust
  2. Project M – a youth music project in Corby.
  3. Writing East MidlandsYoung Writers groups and a Beyond the Spectrum ASD group.
  4. HD Media CIC on the job training/experience for future careers in film, television and web-casting.
  5. The Creation Station – varied opportunities for 12 – 18 year olds at the Core at Corby Cube.
  6. Oakley Rangers in Corby – Rockschool style music lessons.
  7. Corby Amateur Theatrical Society in Corby
  8. GLJ Theatre in Wellingborough
  9. Starlight Dance and Musical Theatre School in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough.
  10. Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough
  11. Melodies Theatre Academy in Rushden
  12. Screen Northants Academy provides young people with an enriching film industry experience.

Development opportunities

  1. Apply for funding from The Travers Foundation or apply for their annual Travers Rising Stars challenge – apply by 31st May 2022.
  2. The Core at Corby Cube and Royal & Derngate have bursary places available for their opportunities for young people as well as offering discounts on some shows.
  3. Dance4 has opportunities for young dancers across the East Midlands
  4. Emerging performers can register for Northamptonshire’s Rising Star competition.

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