Date: 8th July 2024

FREE FUN ACTIVITIES ON OFFER FOR ELIGIBLE CHILDREN DURING SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Stuck for ideas to entertain the kids over the summer? Then sign them up for some fantastic free activities with our Holidays Are Fun Programme (HAF)!

Booking is now open with hundreds of exciting sessions to choose from across the Borough for children from reception to year 11, including:

  • Horse riding
  • Outdoor bushcraft
  • Watersports
  • Teen sessions including ice skating and swimming
  • Arts and crafts
  • Martial arts & boxing
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Sports
  • Dance
  • Special needs provisions (Regenerate and Daisy Chain)
  • STEM activities
  • Pokemon Gaming

The activities are available for families who are in receipt of benefit-related free school meals, in receipt of Universal Credit or experiencing financial difficulties.

Each session includes a free nutritious meal for every child taking part.

Majella McCarthy, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “With the cost of living still high, it's vitally important to be able to step in to help families with free meals and activities over the summer holidays.

“We also know how important it is for children to have a go at new things and learn new skills, and this really is a wonderful opportunity to take part in a whole range of exciting activities.

“There are over 14,000 places available for eligible school age children from Reception to Year 11, including fun and exciting sessions for teenagers too!

“But it’s first-come, first-served, so I’d urge you all to get registered as soon as you can from today to avoid any disappointment.”

HAF is led by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in partnership with Catalyst.

The summer activity sessions are running from Monday 22nd July until Friday 30th August.

You can find out more information on the HAF programme including how to book your child’s places as well as view a full timetable of activities by visitingwww.stockton.gov.uk/HAF

Sam Withers