Winter HAF 2023

Winter HAF is now live and open for bookings.

Activities are planned between the following dates:

  • Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December
  • Wednesday 27 December to Friday 29 December

Places are limited, so make sure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Eligible participants will be permitted to book up to 4 HAF sessions over the school Christmas holidays (Winter HAF), with one session available per day.

To request to be added to the distribution list to receive all updates directly, send an email to

What HAF provides

HAF is funded by the Department for Education. It provides a programme of free activities during the school Easter, summer, and winter holidays, for people who receive benefits-related free school meals. Activities include sports, arts, music, personal development, and more.   

Children and young people also receive a free balanced meal as part of their day.  

There are no programmes during the half-term school holidays.

Watch our film below from a Brighton Table Tennis Club HAF holiday camp to get an idea of what HAF has to offer.  

Keep updated

To be the first to hear about each HAF programme and what’s available, send an email to to request to be added to our distribution list. If you want us to stop sending you emails, ask and we'll delete your contact details from the distribution list.  

HAF programmes are also running in East and West Sussex, with information available here: 

Who's eligible for HAF

HAF is for children and young people in reception to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals. 

Apply for benefits-related free school meals.

Benefits-related free school meals are different from universal infant free school meals. Universal infant free school meals only provide free meals to pupils in reception, year 1, and year 2. 

There are currently no discretionary HAF places. Benefits-related free school meals are the only eligibility criteria.

A group of children pose for a photo with their safety helmets and skateboards after a HAF skateboarding workshop

Inclusion funding for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

Find out about inclusion funding for disabled children or those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This funding can provide additional support for children with SEND to attend Ofsted-registered childcare and HAF activities.

Help and support

We know the school holidays can be expensive for some families. You can find help and support for your family. To contact Family Hubs for more information:

If you have questions about Brighton & Hove HAF or need support accessing the booking tool, send an email to

How to apply for funding to help deliver HAF

If you're an activity or food provider interested in being part of Brighton & Hove’s HAF programme, send an email to

The deadline for 2023 HAF provider applications was in February but interested organisations will be added to the provider distribution list for all future HAF funding opportunities.