The YMCA Village was the place to be this Bank Holiday Monday as families from the local community enjoyed the free event and a chance to try out activities and take part in fun competitions. From cycling adventures to climbing challenges, the event offered a range of engaging experiences for everyone.

Our newly unveiled cycling tracks stole the spotlight, providing an exciting platform for riders of all ages and skill levels. The Learn to Ride area, two Pump Tracks with twists and turns, and the daring jumps of the Community Trail’s BMX challenges thrilled participants, as families pedalled their way through the tracks.

The climbing centre proved popular, drawing in many participants eager to test their skills on the walls. People of various levels of experience, including those trying climbing for the first time, joined the excitement. Throughout the event, the climbing walls remained a hub of activity, catering to both beginners and those seeking a more demanding challenge.

In the art studio. Jessica Stafford, our new YMCA arts and crafts leader ran a session where children painted stones that will be glazed and showcased in the outdoor area of the YMCA Café. Jess shared, “The children loved coming up with inventive designs for their stones. I was kept busy all day, guiding them through the process and witnessing their artistic flair.”  Whilst in the dance studio Katy Stafford led dance and movement sessions. These were a testament to the YMCA Village’s commitment to offering a diverse range of experiences that cater to every interest and age group.

Throughout the day, many families enjoyed taking part in the Scavenger Hunt, following clues that led them on a journey around the YMCA Village. As an extra treat, everyone who took part received chocolate chip cookies baked at the YMCA Café.

“The kids have been having a great time – Will tried his hand at climbing, and Henry got stuck into painting some stones. We’re really looking forward to enjoying more activities and coming back to see the stone artwork on display. Emma Draper, parent.”

We were particularly excited to launch brand-new cycling facility. The varied tracks have been designed to accommodate different skill levels and local British and Midlands cycling champions joined children and families to test out their skills.


Eric Chapman, one of the local cycling talents, expressed his thrill, saying, “As someone passionate about cycling, having a facility like this in our local community is a game-changer. The design caters to all skill levels, making it a fantastic place for beginners and experienced cyclists alike to test their skills. It’s an incredible addition that brings immense value to the area.”

“It was great to see families trying out all the facilities at this Bank Holiday Monday event, which underscores our commitment to fostering activities for the local community. Having fully opened in July last year, we continue to build on this momentum and offer even more opportunities for shared experiences and community connections.”  Todd Cauthorn, Executive Director, YMCA Newark & Sherwood.