Time to enjoy summer

ACTIVE AND HEALTHY: Community groups are promoting plenty of outdoor activities for the Summer in the Parks program. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

ACTIVE AND HEALTHY: Community groups are promoting plenty of outdoor activities for the Summer in the Parks program. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Summer has arrived and the City of Greater Bendigo’s Summer in the Parks program offers plenty of things to do.

There are plenty of events designed for people to sit and enjoy the sunshine but just as many encouraging people to get out and be active.

Leading the way is the Eaglehawk Croquet Club which is offering almost 20 sessions of golf croquet.

Its event on Thursday evening was the first one of the summer program. The club will also host events on December 8, 10, 15, 17, 24 and 31, as well as days throughout January and February.

Bendigo Ultimate Frisbee is running Friday night frisbee sessions every week through the summer months.

“A number of community groups have got on board and there are a lot more come-and-try type events,” City of Greater Bendigo community events officer Kate Lawrence said.

“We put out a survey in the middle of the year to community and sporting groups to see who would like to be involved and the program evolved from that.

“The Summer in the Parks program wouldn’t exist without the help of all those community groups.” 

Z Fit Studios is hosting 10 free sessions through summer and a number of other fitness groups have things planned in parks around Bendigo.

As well as exercise-based sessions, historical walking tours are offered every Sunday through summer from 10am at the Bendigo Visitor Centre.

Monthly community bike rides are also planned on December 11, January 8 and February 12.

For people who don’t want to be too active there are also outdoor music and cinema entertainment events planned for various locations.

“We have always hosted outdoor cinema around Bendigo but as well as the free outdoor there is Cinema Pop Up,” Ms Lawrence said.

“They hosting for five nights in a row in January with different movies every night. It is a ticketed event held in Rosalind Park.”

For more details on the program visit www.bendigosummerintheparks.com.

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