How to HAF happy, active children this summer


Film making, adventure, dance, horse riding, creative arts, sports, swimming and outdoor cooking are among the free, fun activities on offer to families in West Suffolk this summer.

West Suffolk Council is working with a range of partners across the district to help families through the summer holidays as part of the government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

Eligibility for free places is based on children and families who are on benefits related free school meals or pupil premium or where there is an identified need (such as being in care, bereavement, or if they are homeless). Other places are available at a small cost.

A wide variety of sessions are on offer, in and around Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall and Newmarket. Visit West Suffolk – holiday-events for full details.

There are activities for budding horticulturalists, free swims and lunch at leisure centres, football fun factories, roller skating and soft play, arts and crafts sessions and workshops for youngsters interested in film making and animation.

Partners  include names like the British School of Horseracing, Dance East, Abbeycroft Leisure and Suffolk Wildlife Trust, as well as activity specialists such as the Football Factory, Premier Education and CurveMotion.

Robert Everitt, cabinet member for Communities at West Suffolk Council, said: “School holidays can be tricky times as budgets tighten and we want to help families be active, healthy and well. This programme is an opportunity for children and young people to enjoy fun, creative and sporting activities that will enable them to develop new skills and build their confidence. It is an extension of the support available during term time, such as school meals and pupil premium. So please, check out the details and pass them on to anyone who may be interested.”

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