Summer of Play

Summer of Play - Get into Summer

Logo for Parent Club Get in to Summer Campaign

During the summer holidays, we will be running a Summer of Play programme along with other local agencies in order to support the wellbeing of children and young people across Shetland who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

There will be a huge range of activities for children and young people including sports, games, outdoor learning, arts and crafts and youth club sessions.   Many of these activities will be FREE!

Some of our activities will be targeted to support families on low incomes; children and young people who have additional support needs and/or a sibling with additional support needs; care experienced young people and young carers.

Please follow the the links below for further details on the range of activities on offer in Shetland throughout the summer holidays:


Bookbug received Summer of Play funding to run 4 outdoor walking story sessions on the following dates;

  • Friday 23rd July - Gruffalo storytime at Voxter House from 11am-12pm.
  • Friday 30th July - ‘Lighthouses and Whales’ at Sumburgh Lighthouse from 11am-12pm.
  • Friday 6th August - ‘Maisy’s Birthday’ is at the Lerwick Flower Park from 11am-12pm
  • Friday 13th August - Details to be confirmed.

Bookbug are also running free sessions at the library every Wednesday at 10:30am in the Shetland Library patio area, for more information click here, Young People – Shetland Islands Council

Booking is essential, to book your place, contact the Shetland Library on 01595 743868 or email at


Mareel have various free activities on offer over the summer holidays, please see links below for more information:

Playtime at Mareel (

Bookbug Storytime (

School's Out for Summer (


Open Door Drama Summer Schools 2021

Monday 2nd August - Saturday 7th August

For students already in or going into Secondary 1 & 2

GULBERWICK HALL 10am - 4pm Mon - Fri & 10am - 8pm Sat

Rules permitting, performances on Saturday 14th August at 2pm and 7pm.

£25 for the week thanks to Summer of Play funding

Need to bring a packed lunch


Monday 9th August - Saturday 14th August 

Primary 4 - 7

GULBERWICK HALL 10am - 4pm Mon - Fri & 10am - 8pm Sat

Rules permitting, performances on Saturday 14th August at 2pm and 7pm.

£25 for the week thanks to Summer of Play funding

Need to bring a packed lunch


To book/for more information contact Booking is essential


Other Organisations who have also received funding from Summer of Play:

Ability Shetland

Shetland Family Centre

Early Learning & Childcare

As part of the Get Into Summer initiative, the ELC team put together play packs for families.  The packs included:

  • Posters with suggested play at home activities
  • Loose parts (shells etc.)
  • Water play (syringes etc.)
  • A copy of “Shetland for Bairns” by David Cockayne and friends

Each item included within the bag aims to engage children in simple play activities, which can support them to develop skills in key areas such as literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. 

If your child/children received a bag, we would be very grateful if you could spare some time to complete a small feedback form


Support with Transport

If you need support with transport to participate in the Get into Summer activities, please get in touch with us and we may be able to provide assistance.  You can contact us by email at:


Early Help Team Support

Anyone who is experiencing some difficulties during the Summer Holidays can access the Early Help Team for support.  The team can help point you in the right direction for specific issues or help you directly, to overcome some of the challenges you are experiencing.  Over the last year they have helped a number of families to access food parcels, second hand clothing and access debt advice.  The staff also offer a listening ear when things seem to be getting on top of you, helping you to identify some goals and working towards them, one step at a time.  Reaching out early can help you get on top of things before they spiral out of control.  If you think the Early Help Team would benefit you and your family get in touch with them directly.  You can email them at or click on the webpage below for further information: