FREE swimming sessions on offer over the summer meant that children took a dip and swam for free over 16,000 times.

Wiltshire Council has published figures showing that thousands of children took part in activity camps during the holidays.

Summer camps were also used 3,276 times to keep children active over the long six week break.

Specially designed sports sessions for disabled people included tennis, athletics, boccia, dodgeball, volleyball and football and saw 82 people get involved.

As part of the council's summer schemes, families in Trowbridge and Salisbury on the Fit and Fed programme learnt how to cook a healthy meal together.

In 27 villages, 1008 children came to sports days run by fitness experts.

Cllr Allison Bucknell, cabinet member for leisure, said: “It’s been great to see the full range of opportunities available for young people to remain active during the holidays and projects on offer ensure we can offer something suitable for everyone.”