Summertime in Hammersmith means joining the circus. Or it did for a group young people in Hammersmith last week who honed their strength and balance in one of our many summer activities.

The circus skills workshop, which included youngsters balancing from hoops suspended in the air, was run by circus and performance school Aerialand, which is based in Dalling Road, Hammersmith.

The school’s owner, Valentina Candiana, said the activities are packed full of benefits for youngsters. “It’s great for co-ordination, focus, fitness, strength, confidence, responsibility, and managing risk.

“It’s important to get these kind of experiences at an early age. They might not be confident at first but they are helped by our instructors and once they get up there, they fly!”

Summer in the City

The circus workshop is an example of how Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Summer in the City programme of free and low-cost fun is helping prepare children for fulfilling lives, says academic and education expert Samah Alsafadi.

Her 11 and 13-year-old children took part in the circus skills held in Galena Road, Hammersmith. “When I heard of Summer in the City, I thought: ‘finally someone thinking of the 11-19-year-olds! I’m an education consultant and I know how important these experiences are,” she added.

“Children need an outlet for their energy and these experiences will stay with them as they make the transition to young adulthood. We were kayaking this morning and now we’re here which is lovely,” said the mother-of-four from West Kensington.

“They’ve also done a comic session in Hammersmith Library. These help them grow into well-rounded personalities, more peaceful selves.”

There are many more activities being held for 11 to 19-year-olds as part of the Summer in the City programme, as well as those for Disabled people aged 25 and under.

Families will also find events for under 11s. Most of them are being run by well-known youth provider Let Me Play, who are based in West Kensington.

Why not go online and find inspiration for your family this summer? Here are some of our other highlights this summer to keep youngsters engaged:

  • Football fans aged nine to 16 will be able to learn from QPR’s FA accredited coaches at a free skills camp on Friday 10 August. It runs from 10am to 3.30pm at the Westway Sports and Fitness Centre in Crowthorne Road near Shepherds Bush.
  • Young people aged 11-18 can learn to find their rhythm in a free dance workshop at the Bayonne Estate in Hammersmith. Come along and join the fun which runs from 11am to 1pm on Friday 17 August.
  • Create a collection of crazy cartoon characters at Hammersmith Library’s Art Attack! workshop on Thursday 30 August. All ages are welcome to the activity at the library in Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith. It runs from 2.30pm to 4pm.
  • There will be a whole host of games and activities at Little Wormwood Scrubs Adventure Playground, as well as exciting trips away to Chessington World of Adventures, Southend-on-Sea and more. The activities for four to 16-year-olds run at different times throughout each week at the playground in Dalgarno Gardens.