LEARN, DO and EVENT Summer Light
Tonight is the summer Solstice; or Litha a time to celebrate light and life outdoors; read more about celebrations worldwide here. Watching the sun rise or set with your children is magical at any time, but takes on even more meaning on this special day. If you can’t make it to the huge events at Stonehenge, Avebury or Callanish, create your own ritual somewhere closer to home – we have some ideas for celebrations and wild happenings here.
EVENT Bridge The Noise
One of the most progressive towns in the UK, Hebden Bridge always punches above its weight when it comes to attracting performing talent, so expect the annual Arts Festival to be stacked with wonderful shows. Follow the tree trail, see exhibitions by Martin Parr and Claude Cahun, and hang out at Kidsfest – an afternoon of fun arts and crafts in the Town Hall. Don’t miss Sunday’s warmly spectacular Handmade Parade – get crafty ahead of time and join in the fun. Until July 1. Full programme here
RECIPES Veggie Goals
We’re using the World Cup as an excuse to try out new vegan dishes from around the world. Every day of play, we’ll pick a country playing and cook something from that nation. Care to join us? Try Japanese Vegan Potstickers, Vegan Khoresh Bademjan from Iran, Korean Vegan Bibimbap, Glowing Moroccan Vegetable Stew or Vegetarian Ceviche from Peru. From Europe, try Swedish Vegan Meatballs, Vegan Fondue from Switzerland, or these amazing Vegan Custard Tarts - a Portuguese classic!
DO Teenage Kicks
Use football fever as a spur to get out and play some new games together. Find a tennis court and try Padbol – find a video of the sport here. Kickball also fuses soccer with another sport – baseball. ‘Normal’ football too easy for you? Try a version played wearing a pair of binoculars strapped to a hard hat! Futsal is all about showy, creative moves, while Footbag or Hacky Sack takes solo skills to a new level – find out how to make your own sack here. Kick it!
EVENT Scottish Reels
Film-crazy, Scottish teens are spoiled for choice this weekend, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The event’s youth strand, The Young & The Wild, includes screenings, masterclasses and workshops, there’s a free lecture series and a student critic competition. Smaller movie-goers are also well catered for, with German tales of brave princesses, animations about zombies and monsters who run theme parks, and the Danish story of a boy in search of a dad. Until July 1.