Children and families

Holiday Activities and Food

A range of holiday activity schemes are available for children and young people in York this Christmas.

The sessions include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. They are being provided to targeted children as part of the government’s expanded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme which is being delivered across the City of York area.

To book a place, contact HAF programme providers directly. Eligible children will then be able to choose from the activities below or choose to take up a place up at other registered holiday clubs, subject to availability.

Manchester Utd and England Footballer Marcus Rashford spreads the word about the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme:


Holiday activity schemes

There are places available to book at the following holiday activity schemes:

All Saints and St Andrew's Church - lunch and activities

Age: 13 to 16 years
Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Huntington, YO32 9PX
Date: Monday 20 to Thursday 23 December 2021
Time: 12.00 to 4.00pm (this may vary a little)
Price: Free

An epic week where you will learn new skills, make new friends and have fun.

How to Book: Email james@huntingtonparish.org.uk or call telephone: 01904 768006.


Door 84 at Foxwood Community Centre - food and activity packs to collect, and daily online activities

Age: 5 to 16 years
Venue: Door 84 Youth @ Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Place, York, Y024 3HY
Date: Thursday 16 December 2021
Time: Midday to 2.00pm
Price: Free

Food packages worth £40 per free school meal child and activity packs containing a range of arts, crafts, and items to help keep children occupied over the Christmas break. Online activities will also be published daily to keep children and their families inspired over the holiday time.

How to Book: Register for Door 84 food and activity packs online, or email: info@door84.org.uk.


St Nicks - Winter Activities

Age: 5 to 12 years
Venue: St Nicks Nature Reserve and Environment Centre, YO10 3FW
Date: Saturday 18 and Wednesday 22 December 2021
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Price: Free

We will be making winter crafts, playing games, having a fire (with marshmallows!) and food and hot drinks will be provided. Wrap up warm and wear clothes you don't mind possibly getting muddy. Children over 8 may be unaccompanied by adults if they have full parental consent.

Booking: email greenmentor@stnicks.org.uk


Future Knights Christmas Holiday Club - Day 1

Age: 5 to 11 years
Venue: York St John Haxby Road Sports Park, YO31 8TA
Date: Monday 20 December 2021
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Price: Free of charge to families eligible for free school meals or £18

We are running two separate day camps for younger and older children. Join us as we deliver a series of skills and drills with our expert Rugby League community coaches.  Our day camp will look to break down elements of our sport with a series on mini workshops focusing on skills such as passing, catching, decision making and tackling. Boys and girls are both welcome.

If you have any questions, please email a.prentis@yorkcityknights.com or call the Knights office on telephone: 01904 670880.

How to Book: Book holiday club activities online.


Future Knights Christmas Holiday Club - Day 2

Age: 11 to 16 years
Venue: York St John Haxby Road Sports Park, YO31 8TA
Date: Tuesday 21 December 2021
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Price: Free of charge to families eligible for free school meals or £18

We are running two separate day camps for younger and older children. Join us as we deliver a series of skills and drills with our expert Rugby League community coaches.

Our day camp will look to break down elements of our sport with a series on mini workshops focusing on skills such as passing, catching, decision making and tackling. Boys and girls are both welcome.

If you have any questions, please email a.prentis@yorkcityknights.com or call the Knights office on telephone: 01904 670880.

How to Book: Book holiday club activities online.


Speedkix at Door 84

Age: 7 to 16 years
Venue: Door 84, 84 Lowther Street, York, YO31 7LX
Date: 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 December 2021 and January 4 2022
Time: 9.30am to 1.30pm
Price: Free

Take part in amazing activities such as Archery, NERF, Zorbing, Problem Solving and loads of exciting activities to get active and having fun.

How to Book: Text FEEXMAS to telephone: 07888 870703.


TAPTY - workshops on healthy eating, and play and art activities

Age: 5 to 17 years
Venue: Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York, YO31 0UG
Date: 18, 21, 23, 28 and 30 December 2021
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Price: Free to those in receipt of free school meals benefit.

Penelope Henderson from Nutrition2Flourish will give a series of workshops on how Healthy Lunches, Meal Planning and Budgeting. Alongside, TAPTY will have creative spaces for a range of activities connected with food. Art and play materials provided with a selection of vegetables and herbs for creating pictures/taking photographs, plus making food out of salt dough or masks 9decorated with vegetable pieces). Pretend kitchen for younger children. Stories, roleplay, painting, music etc. related to cooking for older ones. Free lunch provided.

How to Book: Call telephone: 07792 911410.


York City Football Club Foundation

Age: 5 to 13 years
Venue: St Peters School (Indoor), YO30 6AB
Date: Monday 20 December to Thursday 23 December 2021
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Price: Free to those in receipt of free school meals benefit

York City Football Club Foundation Holiday Courses are packed full of fun, enjoyment, and excitement. The course day starts with small-sided games, team challenges and individual games; the afternoon will involve our famous football manager game as well as further exciting and fun games that allow all children to enjoy the Holiday Course Experience.

How to Book: Book Christmas Happy Healthy Holidays online.


York City Football Club Foundation

Age: 5 to 13 years
Venue: Huntington Secondary School (Indoor), YO32 9WT
Date: Monday 20 to Thursday 23 December 2021
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Price: Free to those in receipt of free school meals benefit

York City Football Club Foundation Holiday Courses are packed full of fun, enjoyment, and excitement. The course day starts with small-sided games, team challenges and individual games; the afternoon will involve our famous football manager game as well as further exciting and fun games that allow all children to enjoy the Holiday Course Experience.

How to Book: Book Christmas Happy Healthy Holidays online.


York Theatre Royal - Cinderella behind the scenes

Age: 13 to 16 years
Venue: York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD
Date: Tuesday 21 December 2021
Time: 11.00am
Price: Free for young people on free school meals

On Tuesday 21 December York Theatre Royal are hosting a behind the scenes experience for secondary school aged young people on free school meals. Find out about this year’s pantomime Cinderella by coming behind the scenes to see the set, speak to wardrobe and the actors who make Cinderella’s magic come to life! Then we’ll refuel with a warming meal and watch Cinderella together.

How to Book: Contact Lydia Crosland on email: lydia.crosland@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk, or telephone: 01904 715468 to sign up for free.


Additional holiday club activity providers

A number of out of school Holiday Club providers are also able to offer places in their sessions depending on availability.

Blue Sky Day Nursery
Telephone: 01904 693007
Email: yorkadmin@blueskydaynursery.com

Copmanthorpe Out of School Club
Telephone: 07517 471990
Email: copmanthorpeoosc@gmail.com

Dringhouses Out of School Club
Telephone: 07704 069078
Email: dringhouses@yorkchildcare.co.uk

Elvington Out of School Club
Telephone: 07790 480229

Funfishers
Telephone: 01904 677870
Email: funfishers@aol.com

Kool Kids Club
Telephone: 07495 144433
Email: koolkids@yorkchildcare.co.uk

Koosh
Telephone: 01904 784675 or 07714 238006
Email: yorkkoosh@knurseries.com

Little Green Rascals Bishopthorpe Out of School Club
Telephone: 01904 607959
Email: oosc.bishopthorpe@littlegreenrascals.co.uk

Little Peanuts Summer Holiday Forest School Adventure
Telephone: 01904 217321 or 07787 556563
Email: hello@littlepeanutsdaynursery.co.uk

POPSOC
Telephone: 01904 783653
Email: popsoc@hotmail.co.uk

St Paul's Out of School Club
Telephone: 07522 915156 or 01904 555995
Email: st.pauls.nursery@york.gov.uk

Sticky Fingers Tiny School Out of School Club
Telephone: 01904 400244
Email: stickyfingersyork@gmail.com

A full list of York Providers visit Young People and Families Services.


Also see

HAF Grants Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA