Free summer holiday activities for children and young people

The summer 2021 free Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme for Brighton & Hove is now available.

The activities are for children and young people aged 4 to 16 who are in full-time education and receive benefits-related free school meals.

The programme is supported by footballer Marcus Rashford MBE, who has helped make a video explaining it all.

The activities include sports, arts, music and personal development. There is also specialist provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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

The HAF programme is delivered by Brighton & Hove City Council and a range of local community organisations and playscheme providers. It is funded by the Department for Education.

The directory will be regularly updated with new activities over the summer.

The chair of the council's Children, Young People and Skills committee, Councillor Hannah Clare, said: “If your child receives benefits-related free school meals please check the directory and contact the provider for the activity you are interested in. 

The Holiday Activities and Food programme is free. We hope that you and your child can take advantage of everything it offers.

“Nearly 500 children and young people from 52 local schools took part in the HAF programme at Easter. We hope even more will get involved this summer.

“But places are limited, so book quickly to avoid appointment.”