Activate: Holiday Activities and Food

Activate: Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers government funded holiday activities with a free meal for any child who is eligible for benefit related free school meals.

Who is the programme for?

This holiday provision is for school aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals.

Benefits-related free school meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, and have a claim verified by their school or local authority.

What is it?

Activate Your Holiday programmes, funded by the Department of Education, will be delivered across Bath and North East Somerset by a variety of local and national partners. Each provider offers different opportunities and activities so please do look out for what best suits your child!

They offer multi activity, dance and theatre, sports and play camps, along with teenage and SEND specific providers all with experience in delivering high quality holiday camps. There will also be some “roadshows” popping up across the area for the odd day and family drop-in sessions.

All sessions will include a physical activity, a free meal, enriching activities and fun! Children will need to bring along a refillable drinks bottle, wear suitable clothing for indoor and outdoor activities- and arrive with lots of energy!

You can find the full list of providers and locations on the Activate Your Holidays website.

How to book a place

All children who qualify will receive 4 credits which can be used across any of the activities. Families eligible for Free School Meals will automatically receive a HAF pass e-mail containing a 16-digit code, to book through the HAF website. Sessions must be booked in advance.

Limited places to children and young people who may not be in receipt of free school meals but would benefit from the programme are available. Examples of additional criteria are:

•    young carers
•    children looked- after
•    children with an EHC (education, health, and care) plan
•    children who have low attendance rates at school or who are at risk of exclusion
•    children living in areas of high deprivation or from low-income households who are not in receipt of free school meal
•    children assessed by professional as being in need, at risk or vulnerable

Upcoming school holidays sessions

The Activate Your Holidays (HAF) Easter brochure can be found below. The offer includes holiday camps for all ages, covering art, nature, performing arts, STEM, team games & sport. Each HAF sessions also include a free meal for the child or young person attending. The Easter offer includes:
•    Bikeability training 
•    Tickets to leisure centre activities, such as swimming, gym & roller skating
•    SEND Holiday Clubs run by BAPP (however most activities offered are inclusive) 
•    New trips for 12-16 (transport provided) include The Wave & Ninja Warrior 

Easter 2024 HAF Brochure