STORYTELLING, songs and smiles were all part of the ‘Summer of Fun’ for little shoppers.

Throughout the holidays more than 500 children from across Andover enjoyed the free activities at the Chantry Centre’s festival-themed event.

Every Monday during August youngsters took part in fun music making workshops, arts and crafts, games, storytelling sessions and pencil case decorating.

Children created their very own baseball caps and sun visors to keep them protected from the sun throughout the summer holidays. There was also an interactive music maker session providing an opportunity to make a hand clapper as well as try out other instruments, with the third instalment being a community big art project. The finale week prepared children to head back to school with a pencil case and key ring creation session.

Steve Cotney, centre manager, said: “I’m so pleased that our youngest shoppers have been thoroughly entertained while enjoying a family day out with us. There has been brilliant creativity on display with all the arts and crafts, we’ve heard a lot of laughter and been thrilled to see so many happy faces.

“It has been wonderful to deliver a ‘Summer of Fun’ for the community and I’d like to thank everyone who came and made it a fantastic success.”