Date Days

Date days to offer families the chance to learn languages, crafts and circus skills in exciting new pilot

Families in the Vale are being offered the chance to do something different together this summer as part of a pilot scheme being run by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Creative Rural Communities Team.

The team are piloting ‘Date Days’ offering activities for school-aged children and their parents or guardians to try out together. These include French language classes, crafts, cooking, outdoor learning, relaxation, dance, circus skills and even military fitness sessions.

Cllr Jonathan Bird, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “The feedback our Creative Rural Communities team received from residents made clear that children in rural communities need more opportunities to do activities. That’s why we are now piloting this new scheme.

“As well as the chance to try something new, we hope it will offer a break from the stresses of everyday life and allow families to spend some quality time together. It could even be the start of a new lifelong family hobby!”

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the Welsh Government and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The pilot will run from April until October. The activities will take place in four communities in the rural Vale: St Athan, Wenvoe, Rhoose and Ystradowen. There are a range of activities in Wenvoe including French language classes, Indian / Chinese cookery, circus skills, fitness and teambuilding challenges , forest school taster session and a stained glass workshop.

Families can find more information and book places at or via the ‘Creative Rural Communities’ Facebook page.