Family fun for life long learning

Merton’s Family Learning Festival hits the borough with a jam packed three weeks of fun learning activities for all the family. From 10-31 October, Merton Adult Education will run events in over 50 children’s centres, schools, learning venues and libraries.

With everything from cartoon creation to Bollywood dance or learning a new language available, families are invited to participate in these free activities taking place across Merton by calling 0208 543 9292 to book a place.

Highlights of the calendar include twelve differently themed family classes at Merton Adult Education’s Whatley Centre on Sunday 11 October, including the ‘Delicious dips and dunks’ session for budding chefs. In this fun but educational cookery session, families will prepare a range of imaginative and nutritious dips and dunks.

Families can create their own puppets and put on a show with the expert help of staff from the renowned Polka Theatre at Abbey Children’s Centre on Saturday 24 October.

At Hill House Community Centre, take part in scientific fun, make crazy cards for friends, join in with some of the circus tricks or learn how to give first aid at the drop-in day on Sunday 18 October, 11am – 3pm.

The Family Learning Festival has taken place in Merton since 2003 and is growing rapidly. Last year 841 people took part with many attending several events leading to the majority being fully booked.

The Family Learning Festival offers families the valuable chance to learn together and in many cases, gives them a taste for further family learning in the form of longer courses across a very wide spectrum of subjects.

Cabinet member for housing and community services, Councillor Linda Scott said “It is fantastic to see such a wide range of fun events for families to get involved in. Learning is important at any age and exciting activities like these are a great way for adults and children to try something new whilst also spending some precious time together as a family. Merton Adult Education, libraries and family centres work hard within our community to put the needs of residents first and I hope many people will come along and try out something new.”

For more information visit or call 020 8543 9292 to book a place.

Notes to editors:
· All Family Learning Festival events are offered to adult members of the family and their children. The adult member could be a parent, carer, grandparent, aunt, uncle or an adult brother or sister. Booking is essential for some courses; call 020 8543 9292 to book a place.
· Booklets with a full listing of events can be found online or picked up at Merton libraries and adult education venues.

Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Assistant
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654