Summer Fun Quest

Summer Fun Quest is a free programme and offers 6 weeks of exciting interactive activities designed to improve your health and wellbeing. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and even offers the chance to win some great prizes. Each week there will be 3 different challenges to take part in as well as a number of All Summer Long Challenges.

We hope that you will find the activities in the programme fun and engaging, that you learn some new information and enjoy the prizes if you are one of the lucky winners. For more information contact the Communities Team on 01775 761161 or email community@sholland.gov.uk.


All activities are described on this web page, but you can also view or download our Icon for pdf Summer Fun Quest brochure [6.42MB]. Follow the latest event information on our social media channels: Facebook.com/SHDC_Communities and Twitter.com/SHDC_CommDev.

How to get involved with the Summer Fun Quest

Our Summer Fun Quest programme includes two types of challenges:

  1. the 'All Summer Long Challenges' can be completed between 27 July and 6 September 2020. The details for each challenge and how to enter the prize draw are explained under the All Summer Long Challenges heading
  2. the weekly challenges, along with videos and challenge details will be posted on The Communities Team's social media channels every Monday, with entries for each competition closing the following Sunday at midnight.

Not all challenges have prizes on offer - some are just for you to challenge yourself and improve your wellbeing. You can sign up for weekly emails to remind you to take part in the challenges by emailing community@sholland.gov.uk. We will send you an email each Monday explaining the challenges for that week and how to enter the prize draw. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose.

Please note: we have also included some activities that external providers are running over the summer, which aren't part of the competition and aren't run by our Communities Team. See safety advice and competition terms and conditions.

All Summer Long Challenges

Wildlife treasure trail
Take a journey on our Nature Trail at Vernatts Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Spalding and discover the wonders of our natural surroundings. There is an abundance of wildlife and nature to find. We have hidden 10 wildlife plaques around the reserve with clues on the map to help you find them. For a chance to win a prize, make a note of what is on each plaque and when you have all 10 answers, please email them to community@sholland.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 6 September 2020. The trail can be started at any of the entry points of the reserve. Walk and explore whilst respecting the environment so others can also enjoy it. Please take care in wet conditions as some areas may become muddy and slippery. 

South Holland nature trails
To take part in this challenge take a stroll in our beautiful district and use the 'South Holland Nature Trail Checklist' on page 6 of the brochure to record what you see. Send a photo to us via our Facebook page or email it to community@sholland.gov.uk by Sunday 6 September 2020 and we will randomly select a winner to receive a prize at the end of the summer. You can increase your chances of winning by completing as many different walk locations as you can. You can explore anywhere within our district to complete your nature trail or you can try out one of our walks

Cycle selfie safari
Cycling is a wonderful way to have fun around the district this summer! Follow the Spalding cycle trail on page 7 of the brochure or explore anywhere within South Holland, taking photos:

  • from a quiet country lane, near a field or on a bridge
  • with a duck, swan or any type of bird
  • next to a street sign
  • with some wild flowers.

Once you have taken all four types of photos, please send them to community@sholland.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 6 September 2020 where you'll be entered into the competition. We will randomly select a winner, who'll receive a prize. Always ensure your family are confident on their bike before taking them out on any road. It is important to only take your photos whilst stationary and in a safe place away from moving traffic.

Green thumbs challenge
For this challenge you need to pick two options from the list below and grow them according to the instructions. Send us a picture of you with your plants before midnight on 6 September 2020 and you'll be entered into a random prize generator draw for your chance to win:

  • Option 1 - Lettuce, Bok Choy and cabbage can be grown from your scraps! Instead of throwing out those leftover leaves, place them in a bowl with just a bit of water in the bottom. Keep the bowl somewhere that gets good sunlight and mist the leaves with water a couple of times each week. After 3 or 4 days, you will notice roots beginning to appear along with new leaves. When this happens you can transplant your lettuce or cabbage into soil.
     
  • Option 2 - Did you know you can grow your own pineapple even though we don't live in the tropics? Simply cut the top off your pineapple and insert a few toothpicks to hold it above a container filled with water. Keep the container in direct sunlight. If it is warm outside, sit it on the porch or patio during the day and bring it in at night. Remember to change the water every other day or so and keep the container filled so that it reaches just about the base. You will notice roots in about a week or so and once they are formed you can transplant into potting soil.
     
  • Option 3 - Carrots, turnips, parsnips and beets can all be grown from left over scraps too! You just need to save the tops of the vegetables and place them in a container of water. You should notice new green tops growing in just a few days. Just allow the root to continue growing until it's ready to be transplanted in the ground.

    Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August

    • Be active - Our 'Be Active' Challenge this week is a dance challenge. On Monday we will post a video of us doing the challenge via our Facebook page, along with an instructional video. Your challenge is to learn the dance. To be entered into the competition, you need to send us a video of you doing the dance by midnight on Sunday 2 August 2020. Our Communities Team will then shortlist their favourite entries and post them on our Facebook page on Monday 3 August. The video with the most likes and reactions by 9am on Thursday 6 August will win the prize.
       
    • Be creative - This week we are trying our hand at 'Nature crafting'. This is when you make something using things from nature. You could use things from your garden or go for a walk to see if you can find something to inspire you! We will post some examples to our Facebook page on Monday. To be entered into the prize draw send us a picture of your crafted item by midnight on Sunday 2 August 2020 to be entered into the randomly generated prize draw.
       
    • Be well - The NHS's Five Steps to Wellbeing tells us that the first step is to "Connect with other people". Below we have come up with some suggestions on how you can stay connected with your friends, family and community. How many can you tick off this week?
      • Make the effort to phone someone it's all too easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people
      • Switch off the TV and play a game or just talk
      • Arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while. Make sure you follow social distancing guidelines
      • Check in with your neighbours, say hello and ask how they are doing. Make sure you follow social distancing guidelines
      • Visit a friend or family member who might like support or company. Make sure you follow social distancing guidelines
      • Take the time each day to talk to or spend time with someone who matters to you
      • Volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. You can find out about volunteer opportunities in the area by contacting Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service on 01205 510888 or via their website
      • Send someone you care about a hand written note or a letter.

    Monday 3 August to Sunday 9 August

    • Be active - This week we are working on our flexibility. On Monday we will post a video to our Facebook page showing you how to do a 'sit and reach' test. We will also post some exercise videos that are designed to help you improve your flexibility. The challenge is to complete the test at the beginning and then again at the end of the week, after you have done some of the exercises to see how much your flexibility has improved. To be entered into the randomly generated prize draw for this challenge you just need to send us a picture of yourself doing the test at the beginning and end of the week and let us know the difference in your score.
       
    • Be creative - Our creative challenge for this week is a spoken word, song or poem writing competition. The theme is 'Summer in South Holland'. We are separating prizes this week into age groups and there will be a prize available in each of the following categories 0 to 7 years, 7 to 11 years and 11 and over. To be entered into the competition you need to either send us; your words or a video of you performing them, by midnight on Sunday 9 August 2020, along with your age. Our Communities Team will shortlist their favourite entries and post them to the Facebook page on Monday 10 August. The post or video with the most likes and reactions by 9am Thursday 13 August will win the prize.
       
    • Be well - Being physically active is the NHS's second step to wellbeing. Physical activity is not just great for our physical health but can help to improve our self-esteem and make us feel good by releasing hormones that make us feel happy.
      Your challenge this week is to try and do the 150 minutes of recommended physical activity this week. Remember you don't have to be sweating and struggling for breath, you are working hard enough if you can talk but can't sing and it includes tasks like gardening and cleaning the house! We have included a tracker diagram on page 10 of the brochure to help you monitor your activity levels. Each of the sections on the diagram represents a day in the week. Each smaller segment equals ten minutes of activity. For every ten minutes that you've been active on any given day, colour in a section. Fill in segments on the outside of the circle first, then work inwards. Your aim is to do enough activity to hit the bullseye each day.

    Monday 10 August to Sunday 16 August

    • Be active - This week we are taking on the 'Cha Cha Slide' Plank Challenge. We'll post a video of us doing the challenge to Facebook on Monday, along with some exercise videos to help improve your core strength. Your challenge is to try the video at the beginning of the week and see how far you can get through the routine before you need a rest and then to try it again at the end of the week after you have done some of the exercises. To be entered into the randomly generated prize draw for this challenge, please send us a video of you doing the challenge by midnight on Sunday 16 August 2020 and tell us how long you could do the challenge for at the beginning and the end of the week.
       
    • Be creative - This week we want you to make something beautiful from your rubbish in our 'Recycling Challenge'. It could be a sculpture, 3D picture, functional item like a bird feeder or anything you can think of. We will post some examples to our Facebook page on Monday along with some links to some crafting websites. To be entered into the competition for this challenge send us a picture of you with your creation by midnight on Sunday 16 August 2020. Our Communities Team will then shortlist their favourite entries and post them to the Facebook page on Monday 17 August. The post or video with the most likes and reactions by 9am on Thursday 20 August will win the prize.
       
    • Be well - The third step in the NHS's 5 steps to wellbeing is to learn new skills. Learning gives us a sense of purpose, helps us connect with others and builds our self-esteem. This week, the Communities Team have tried learning some new things themselves and have written a blog about their experiences. We will post it to Facebook along with some links to websites with new things for you to try. Your challenge this week is to learn something new. We'd love to hear how you get on, please send us a message or post on our Facebook page!

    Monday 17 August to Sunday 23 August

    • Be active - Our active challenge this week is to create your own obstacle course! You can do it indoors or in your garden. Please be careful when creating your courses, your safety is the most important thing. We'll post a video of the obstacle courses we have made to Facebook on Monday, to give you some ideas. To be entered into the randomly generated prize draw send us a video of yourself completing your obstacle course by midnight on Sunday 23 August.
       
    • Be creative - This week's creative challenge is to make a marble or ball run from things around your home - the more creative the better! Send us a video of your run in action by midnight on Sunday 23 August 2020 for your chance to win a prize. Our Communities Team will then shortlist their favourite entries and post them to our Facebook page on Monday 24 August. The post or video with the most likes and reactions by 9am Thursday 27 August will win the prize.
       
    • Be well - Acts of giving or kindness. Research has shown that acts of giving or kindness can improve our wellbeing by making us feel a sense of purpose, self-worth and a connection with others. The NHS's fourth step to wellbeing is Give To Others. This week we would like you to think about a kind act you could do and we'd love to hear what you did. Please see below for some of our ideas for things you could try and maintain social distance:
      • saying thank you or sending a note to someone for something they have done for you
      • spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company
      • volunteering in your community
      • get some flowers for someone you know could use some cheering up
      • let someone go ahead of you at the supermarket
      • take the time to go for a walk with a friend who needs to talk
      • put together a bag of clothes you no longer wear and send it to a charity shop.

    Monday 24 August to Sunday 30 August

    • Be active - Your active task this week is to practice the 'crossed legged sit to stand challenge'. We will post a video of us doing it on Monday along with exercise videos to help build strength and balance. To be entered into the randomly generated prize draw for this challenge send us a video of yourself completing the challenge, or getting as far as you safely can, by midnight on Sunday 30 August 2020.
       
    • Be creative - This week we would like you to create "a thing I love" art piece. You can use any medium or materials you like. We will post our examples to our Facebook page on Monday. To be entered into the randomly generated prize draw for this challenge send us a picture of your art work by midnight on Sunday 30 August 2020.
       
    • Be well - Mindfulness. The final step in the NHS's five steps to wellbeing is to pay attention to the present moment, also known as mindfulness. It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much and to get caught up in a web of our own thoughts. When we take the time to become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted. Your challenge for this week is to make time each day to notice what is going on around you and the thoughts and sensations you experience. This could be as simple as stopping to think about how delicious your food tastes, rather than eating thinking about something else, or noticing the feeling of the sun on your skin when you go outside, or just taking a minute to think about how you are feeling that day rather than just rushing from task to task. For more information about mindfulness visit the NHS website.

    Monday 31 August to Sunday 6 September

    • Be active - For this final week we are getting our groove on again with another dance challenge. On Monday we will post a video of us doing the challenge to our Facebook page along with and instructional video. Your challenge is to learn the dance. To be entered into the competition, you need to send us a video of you doing the dance by midnight on Sunday 6 September 2020. Our Communities Team will then shortlist their favourite entries and post them to our Facebook page on Monday 7 September. The video with the most likes and reactions by 9am on Thursday 10 September will win the prize.
       
    • Be creative - Your creative challenge this week is to make a new recipe. We will post links to some great websites with healthy recipe ideas and your challenge is to pick a recipe and make something new. To be entered into the randomly generated prize draw for this challenge send us a picture of your prepared meal by midnight on Sunday 6 September 2020.
       
    • Be well - Your final 'Be Well' challenge is to get your 5 a day for a whole week. Public Health England recommend that we all eat a minimum of 5 serves of fruit and vegetables daily. Fill out the '5 a day challenge' chart on page 14 of the brochure each time you have one of your portions. Challenge yourself to fill out all 5 servings each day this week. To check what counts as a portion you can visit the NHS website.

    Other activities running over summer

    Silly squad summer reading challenge
    Library Services - the libraries' summer reading challenge is being held online this year. There are lots of downloads and reading ideas - and you don't have to be a library member to take part! Available throughout the school summer holidays, at all times. For more information, please visit www.sillysquad.org.uk. Event is free of charge and is for those aged between 4 and 11 years.

    Pony morning
    Ride a pony and learn how to care of them, as well as grooming and stable care. Held between 10.30am and 12.30pm every Monday from 27 July to 17 August, and every Wednesday from 29 July to 19 August at the Four Winds Equestrian Centre, Leaveslake Drove, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, PE11 3QJ. To book, please contact Paula Leverton on 01775 640533 or paula@fourwindsequestrian.co.uk or visit fourwindsequestrian.co.uk. The cost is £20 and is suitable for those over 7 years of age. 

    Pony afternoon
    Groom and ride a pony, as well as learn how to look after them. You can also win a rosette! Held between 2.15pm and 4.15pm on Wednesday 5, 12 and 19 August at the Four Winds Equestrian Centre, Leaveslake Drove, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, PE11 3QJ. To book, please contact Paula Leverton on 01775 640533 or paula@fourwindsequestrian.co.uk or visit fourwindsequestrian.co.uk. The cost is £20 and is suitable for those over 6 years of age. 

    Jumping session
    Improve your jumping by working on jumping several fences. Held between 10.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday 4, 11 and 18 August at the Four Winds Equestrian Centre, Leaveslake Drove, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, PE11 3QJ. To book, please contact Paula Leverton on 01775 640533 or paula@fourwindsequestrian.co.uk or visit fourwindsequestrian.co.uk. The cost is £20 and is suitable for anyone over 7 years of age, however they must be able to canter. 

    Activities park
    Includes Goldies Gold Mine, Skynet and tree top village, mini train, JCB young drivers zone, Dino mini golf, covered beach and a 7.2 metre climbing wall (additional cost of £3 to £5). Open all summer, 7 days a week until 6 September 2020. Opening times are: Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm and Sunday 10.30am until 5pm. Address: Adventure Land, Springfields Shopping Outlet, Camel gate, Spalding, PE12 6EU. Book through the website www.springfieldsadventureland.co.uk. Costs are £19.95 for a family of 4 or £7.95 per child and £3 per adult. Suitable for ages 3 to 15 years.

    Pottery painting
    The studio is open for pre-booked pottery painting sessions throughout the summer or, if you prefer, you can paint your masterpiece at home with a takeaway kit. Open all summer Tuesday to Saturday between 9.30am and 11.30am or 12noon until 2pm. Address: Doodles, Baytree Garden Centre, Weston, Spalding, PE12 6JU. Please book through the website www.doodlecrafts.co.uk. Requires a £1 deposit upon booking and the additional cost of items chosen to paint. Suitable for all ages. 

    Virtual reality games and experience
    Six headsets available for multiple games and experiences. Good family entertainment. Minimum activity lasts 30 minutes and must be pre-booked. Wheelchair accessible and free parking available. You can also travel by the 505 bus which stops close by. Due to COVID regulations we cannot accept walk-ins. Please check our website for more information www.vrzone.website. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 6pm, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday between 12noon and 6pm. Address: 7 Hodding Way, Gedney Road, Long Sutton, PE12 9JB. To book, please contact Tele Barros on 07884 312811 or info@vrzone.website. Costs are £7 per person, per 30 minute game and is suitable for ages 8 and over.

    Go-ride cycle coaching taster sessions
    Fun on-bike activities designed to learn and practice cycling skills in a safe environment, under the supervision of a qualified coach, adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. Pre-booking required. Open between 10am and 11.30am on 28 and 30 July, as well as 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 August (please note that dates are provisional, depending on interest). Address: Castle Sports Centre (field area), Albion Street, Spalding, PE11 2AJ. To book, please contact Simon Hare on 07860 153113 or simonhare1@hotmail.co.uk, or you can visit their website at www.spaldingcc.org.uk. Available free of charge and suitable for ages 6 to 15 years.


    South Holland District Council and event organisers reserve the right to change the programme where necessary. South Holland District Council cannot be held responsible for the content of activities organised by external providers.


    Your safety

    When participating in the activities in the programme please take care and know what your limits are (some of the activities can be physically demanding, you may want to consult with your GP if you have any concerns). Your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance. Please ensure that you:

    • stop if you're in pain, feel dizzy, become tired or feel unwell
    • wear (or have available to put on) appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and the activities you are engaging in
    • follow road safety and social distancing rules when completing activities in the community
    • ensure you have suitable sun protection available when outside and have suitable warm and/or waterproof clothing for cold weather
    • ensure you have plenty to eat and drink available to you
    • don't do physical activity if you feel unwell or have a high temperature.

    Terms and conditions

    • 1) Competition Dates
      • i. Summer Fun Quest will run from Monday the 27 July 2020 to midnight on Sunday 6 September 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.
      • ii. Each weekly challenge will commence on a Monday and entries must be received by midnight of that same week.
    • 2) Entries
      • i. The competition is free to enter.
      • ii. Entries must be emailed to community@sholland.gov.uk or sent as a private message to Facebook.com/SHDC_Communities
      • iii. Entrants must be real people who are South Holland residents. Entries can be completed by children but they must have their parent's or guardian's permission to enter.
    • 3) Prizes
      • i. Each challenge will clearly state how prizes can be won. Prizes will be allocated one of two ways:
        • all entries will be entered into a numbered table and a random number generator will be used to select the winning entry
        • the Communities Team will shortlist up to five entries which they will post on their Facebook page. The post with the most likes and reactions by a specified date and time will win the prize.
      • ii. Winners will be contacted via the email address or Facebook profile they use to send in their entry.
      • iii. Prizes will be posted to winners.
    • 4) Your data
      • i. Entries will be stored on secure electronic platforms in accordance with the Council's Data Protection Policy and Procedure for the duration of the competition. Details will be stored electronically for two years for audit purposes. No paper copies will be produced.