Winter HAF 2021 in the Christmas Holidays

Find activities in the Christmas holidays on the Winter Holiday Activities and Food Calendar. Keep checking the calendar for new activities because we may add more over the next few weeks.

You need to book with the activity provider, and places are limited so book quickly. The details for booking are on the calendar. 

Also, only book what you will attend. We want as many children and young people as possible to enjoy the HAF activities.

Find out what HAF activities there are in your area:

What HAF provides

Following the Easter and summer 2021 programmes, plans are underway for the Winter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme which is funded by the Department for Education.

HAF is for those aged 4 to 16 who are in full-time education and receive benefits-related free school meals.

We will work with a range of community organisations and playscheme providers to offer children and young people a programme of free activities during the Christmas holiday. This includes sports, arts, music and personal development. 

The children and young people receive a free healthy and tasty meal. They can also take part in interactive ways to learn more about healthy eating.

This film has been created to spread the word about the Government’s £220million Holiday Activities and Food Programme to encourage parents to sign up, with the support of Marcus Rashford, MBE.

Holiday activity, playschemes and clubs

We want to work with more activity and food providers in the city. This will help us make the holidays healthy and fun for children and young people.

If you'd like to receive funding to provide activities for the Winter or future programmes, send an email to

"A lady and a girl outside holding a brown chicken"

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 (SEND). This can give you support to attend Ofsted registered childcare and HAF activities. 

Help and support factsheet

We know the school holidays can create extra pressures for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. The Family Information Service has a factsheet called ‘Help and support' which can help you learn what support is available to parents.

Find out what help and support is available for families.