Summer holiday activities for children and young people - BOOK NOW!

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The summer holidays are almost here!  Get a head start on a summer of fun for your child by booking them on to one of our summer holiday activity places for children and young people aged 5-18.

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The Cumbria Holiday Activity Programme has a wide range of activities on offer across Cumbria to suit all age ranges, from firefighter experiences and drama & dance workshops to visiting the zoo, football academies and rock climbing. 

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Who is it for?

  • There are 200 activities on offer from nearly 60 organisations.
  • All are free of charge for children and young people who receive benefits-related Free School Meals.
  • More than half the activities also have paid-for places available to any child.
  • Around a third have additional free places available for children in particular circumstances. Eligibility depends on the organisation running the activity.
  • Places are limited and bookings will work on a first-come-first served basis.
  • The activities have been designed to be as inclusive as possible and some activities are specifically for children and young people with additional support needs (key word search 'needs'). Please check the details of each activity and contact the provider if your child has particular requirements.
  • Find out more and book at cumbria.gov.uk/holidays

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Have fun - make friends - try something new

Your child will have the opportunity to enjoy fun activities that will enable them to develop new skills, take part in creative and physical activities, learn about food and cooking and enjoy free nutritious meals each day. 

Some activities are just for a day, others offer week long or multi-week programmes.

With a focus on having fun and being healthy, there is also a range of multi-sports, outdoor activities and plenty of opportunities to get closer to nature.


Managing COVID-19

We're all tired of COVID-19 but it hasn't gone away and we still need to be careful.

  • Each provider has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and will have a range of control measures in place. However, the risk from COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.
  • Secondary school age children should continue with twice weekly lateral flow tests at home and everyone should continue to follow the basic hands, face, space guidance.
  • If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, do not send your child to the holiday activity. Take them for a test and self-isolate until you get the results. 
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More information

Visit cumbria.gov.uk/holidays for further information about the programme and the activities on offer.

For information about individual activities, contact the providers directly. For information about the overall Cumbria Holiday Activity Programme email HAF@cumbria.gov.uk.


The Cumbria Holiday Activity Programme is funded by the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2021 and administered by Cumbria County Council.