More children than ever before were kept busy during the summer holidays at Andover based holiday clubs run by the sports and leisure trust, Valley Leisure.

Two local clubs run by the charity received record amounts of bookings during the recent six week period.

The leisure centre based Children’s Holiday Club, for five to 11-year-olds, has recorded a growth in attendance of more than 50% since 2014. At the club, children get the chance to take part in a range of indoor and outdoor fun activities including go-karting, climbing, swimming and arts and crafts.

Valley Leisure also runs an outdoor Adventure Club based at Charlton Lakes. The club, for youngsters aged eight to 14, has expanded massively since 2014, with a growth of 500%.

The adventure club involves activities that many children might not be able to do normally, such as canoeing, archery, and bush craft.

“We’re really pleased that more and more children are coming to our holiday clubs,” said Ben Thambipillai, assistant manager sport and activity at Andover Leisure Centre.

“We see it as an opportunity to get young people active and busy as well as keeping them safe and supervised during the holidays. They always go home with a smile on their face.”

As well as offering a range of activities, the clubs have grown in popularity over recent years for parents looking for affordable childcare over the school holidays.

The holiday clubs will be open again over the October half term holiday.

Children canoeing on the lake at Charlton.