Free holiday activities

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme is free to children and young people who live or go to school in Barking and Dagenham and are eligible for benefit-related free school meals, with paid places available for everyone. This programme is Funded by the Department of Education.

This Spring get involved with our HAF Easter Programme. We have a range of organisations providing fun, enriching, and healthy activities across Barking and Dagenham. Each activity will provide a healthy hot meal, keep children active, while making friends and having fun.

The Easter holiday programmes are open to all school-age children from 5-16 years old. 

Free spaces and fee-paying spaces are available.  Parents and carers throughout Barking & Dagenham may be eligible for tax free childcare.

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Booking is essential on all activities so book early to avoid disappointment.

For any queries, please contact: hafprogramme@lbbd.gov.uk

Free holiday activities

5 to 12 year olds

Artbash Camp Buzz

ARTBASH Camp BUZZ is a four-day art Camp filled with whirring, fizzing, and humming creatures great and small. ARTBASH Camp BUZZ will explore different art workshops, delve into some break dancing and movement as well as providing a tasty warm lunch each day. Booking essential.

Age: 5 to 11

Location: Manor Longbridge School, RM8 2FL

Dates: 2 April to 5 April.

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:30

Booking Information: Email: georgia@artbash.uk to request a booking form.

Contact Name: Paula Hughs. 

Contact Number: 07891622576

 

Ballerz Holiday Club 

This Easter, Ballerz will be offering a multi-sports provision with exciting activities such as Easter Egg Hunt, Inflatables Day, Bikes and Scooters, Mini-Golf, Boxing, Archery, Lacrosse, Dance, Nerf Wars and many more. We also offer nutritional activities and parent workshops as part of our action-packed HAF programme!

Age: 5 to 11

Location: Valence Primary, RM8 3AR

Dates: 2 April to 12 April.

Delivery Times: 08:30 to 16:15 

Booking Information: www.ballerz.uk

Contact Name: Joe Robb. 

Contact Number: 07523283451

 

Age: 5 to 11

Location: Northbury Primary, IG11 8JA

Dates: 2 April to 12 April.

Delivery Times: 08:30 to 16:15 

Booking Information: www.ballerz.uk

Contact Name: Aaron Hunwicks 

Contact Number: 07482468659

Bow Arts Trust 

This Easter at Bow Arts Trust, children will have the opportunity to actively and creatively explore and respond to the themes of heathy food and culture. The themes will be explored with hands on practical arts workshops with Bow Arts artist educators as well as through workshop setting and its surroundings. They will be encouraged to work collaboratively over the course of the 4 days and invited to share their final outcomes with their families.  

Age: 7 to 11

Location: Eastbury Manor, IG11 9SN 

Dates: 2 April to 5 April.

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: https://form.jotform.com/231373918542358

Contact Name: Sheyamali Sudesh

Contact Number: 020 8980 7774 

 

Box Up Easter Camp

Unlock your child’s potential at Box Up Crime's Easter Camp! Young people aged 7-19 will have the opportunity to learn the art of boxing in a safe and friendly environment, alongside games, activities, and fun! Lunch will be provided to all participants.

Age: 7 to 12

Location: Gascoigne Primary School, IG11 7JA

Dates: 2 April , 4 April ,  9 April & 11 April 

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 14:30 

Booking Information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbYKfvc65EC-G2UiZOmv_b8RCl03SKITJUO95kmEin8FYS0w/viewform?usp=pp_url

Contact Name: Hayley Evans 

Contact Number: 02085174446

Email: info@boxupcrime.org

 

The Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham (DABD) 

The Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham (DABD) will be running 4 days of FREE activities for special educational needs & disabled (SEND) children & young people who attend school/further education or live within the borough and who are eligible/receiving free school meals.

Our events have been specifically designed specifically with the needs of SEND children/young people in mind. And will include lots of fun and educational sessions including an eating healthy food demonstration and specifically designed exercise/activities. The range of activities include painting, soft play area, sensory play, water play, sand play, arts and crafts, drawing/colouring, music, dancing, playdough, Lego and specifically created sports/exercise activities such as football and yoga (sensory adapted).

Our SEND themed service also includes use of our bespoke SEND themed outdoor/all-weather play and exercise area (with 5x static all-weather exercise machines) and use of fully accessible Herb, Fruit & Vegetable patch, to support our complimentary healthy eating/eating on a budget educational session. 

Age: 5 to 18

Location: DABD, Pembroke Gardens, RM10 7YP

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 2:00 

Booking Information: send@dabd.org.uk

Contact Name: Theo Nwosa

Contact Number: 0330 05402500 ext.139

*Eligible for tax free childcare. 

 

Dagenham Eagles 2024 N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T. Extravaganza Easter Holiday Camp 

Dagenham Eagles 2024 N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T. Extravaganza Easter Holiday Enrichment Activity is back again by popular demand offering two fun packed identical “Food is Fun” - hot food taster sessions for children aged 5-12.

Daily registration begins from 9:45am to 16:45pm* (or by agreement if offsite), with a focus on life skills, personal development, cooking and demonstrating how to eat healthy halal meals on a low budget. Our fun packed cross curriculum learning builds individual confidence, respect, courage, leadership, and many more to empower and give accountability.

Offsite team building trips, arts, crafts, puppetry, fruit, and vegetable mascots develop resilience, physical stamina, and life skills to enrich life choices and mental wellbeing.

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Five Elms Primary School, RM9 5TB

Dates: 9 to 10 April

Delivery Times: 9:45 to 16:45 

Booking Information: https://forms.gle/dS3mzYG473THSbyH9

Email: Dagenham-eagles@outlook.com

Contact Name: Dionne Corrodus-Weekes

 

Dance Network Association 

Dance Network Association (DNA) are offering an inclusive dance programme during the Easter break in Barking & Dagenham. Participants will take part in specialist dance workshops, learn about how to fuel their bodies, and participate in Wellbeing sessions. DNA will provide a healthy lunch plus refreshments supplied by Barking & Dagenham Trading Partnership (BDTP). 

Age: 8 to 11

Location: Dagenham Park CofE School,  RM10 9QH 

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 9:30 to 15:45.

Booking Information: https://forms.office.com/e/TYQkp9FdCi

Contact Name: Steph Townsend 

Contact Number: 07786 728008

Contact Email: steph@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk

 

Everyone Active 

This Easter at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, Everyone Active will be providing activities such as swimming lesson crash course, fun splash, soft play, arts & crafts, multisport and so much more!

Age: 4 to 7

Location: Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, RM10 7FH

Dates: 8 to 11 April

Delivery Times: 9 tp 13:00.

Booking Information: https://www.everyoneactive.com/contact-us/

Contact Name: Rosie Morgan 

Contact Number: 020 3889 6238

Contact Email: becontreeactivities@everyoneactive.com

For 8–15-year-old at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, Everyone Active will be providing activities such as; swimming lesson crash course, fun splash, arts & crafts, multisport and other various workshops

Age: 8 to 15

Location: Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, RM10 7FH

Dates: 8 to 11 April

Delivery Times: 9 to 15:00.

Booking Information: https://www.everyoneactive.com/contact-us/

Contact Name: Rosie Morgan 

Contact Number: 020 3889 6238

Contact Email: becontreeactivities@everyoneactive.com

This Easter at Abbey leisure Centre, Everyone Active will be providing activities such as; swimming lesson crash course, fun splash, multisport, arts & crafts, enriching activities and other various workshops!

Age: 8 to 15

Location: Abbey Leisure Centre, IG11 7HW

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 9 to 15:00.

Booking Information: https://www.everyoneactive.com/contact-us/

Contact Name: Rosie Morgan 

Contact Number: 020 3948 4960

Contact Email: Abbeyactivities@everyoneactive.com

 

Future Youth Zone Holiday Club

Future Youth Zone’s Holiday Club is for Junior Members aged 8-12, and offers young people a healthy breakfast and lunch, and a fun programme of activities to keep them inspired and entertained when schools are off. Young people will have access to all Future Youth Zone’s excellent facilities over the week, learning and playing sports, arts, music, media, drama, cooking, life skills, games, and some chill time too. This Easter Holiday Club there will also be an exciting trip for young people. Lunch menus vary each day, with 2 hot meals options, other sandwich options, and a healthy salad bar. All food served at breakfast and lunch is halal and designed to give young people the energy they need to get them through the busy day. Young people who receive free school meals can attend one week of Holiday Club at Future Youth Zone for free through the Holiday Activities and Food Programme, and paid places are also available. Please note Holiday Club spaces are limited and must be booked in advance, and refunds or exchanges are not possible. If your child has additional needs or needs extra support, let Future Youth Zone know in advance so they can best support them.

Age: 8 to 12

Location: Future Youth Zone,  RM9 5YX

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 9 to 15:00.

Booking Information: https://www.futureyouthzone.org/book-a-session/

Contact Name: Reception Team

Contact Number: 02039416722

Contact Email: enquiries@futureyouthzone.org

 

Inspire Minds Through Sports 

This Easter, Inspire Minds Through Sports will be running healthy eating and nutrition workshops for both children and their families, and encourage those we serve to make new friends and to find out more about the services in our local community. We have some new and exciting activities planned for this Easter, so come along and check it out!

Age: 5 to 12

Location: St Peter’s RC Primary School, RM9 6UU

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: www.imtsports.org

Contact Name: Darelle Russell 

Contact Number: 07957117313

Contact Email: imtsports@hotmail.com

 

Location: Sydney Russell,  RM9 5QT 

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: www.imtsports.org

Contact Name: Darelle Russell 

Contact Number: 07957117313

Contact Email: imtsports@hotmail.com

 

Location: William Ford Church of England Junior School, RM10 9JS

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: www.imtsports.org

Contact Name: Darelle Russell 

Contact Number: 07957117313

Contact Email: imtsports@hotmail.com

 

Kick Dance Camp

Get ready to dance and shine at KICK Dance Camp! Our program is super exciting, with a mix of Street Dance, Stepping Workshop, and Musical Theatre Workshop for all future stage stars! Dancing isn't just about moving; it's about teamwork, expressing yourself, and enjoying different cultures. Plus, we're going to a live show for an extra boost of dance magic! Join us at KICK Dance Camp for a half-term full of fun, friends, and fantastic dance adventures!

Location: William Ford Church of England Junior School, RM10 9JS

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: kickcamps@kick.org.uk

Contact Name: Randy Ashie

Contact Number: 07300875008

Contact Email: kickcamps@kick.org.uk

 

Learning Hive Easter Camp

Get ready to make this school holiday unforgettable for your child with Learning Hive's Easter Camp! Your child can participate in a variety of workshops designed to keep them entertained, active, imaginative, and connected with others during the holiday season. Your child can enjoy a mix of activities such as Easter-themed cooking, immersive adventures, karate sessions, friendly football matches, and arts & crafts projects. We'll ensure your child stays energised throughout the day with free, nutritious lunches and a healthy snack. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for your child to have an enjoyable Spring break. Enrol them now - we can't wait to welcome your child! 

Location: John Perry School, RM10 8UR

Dates: 2 to 5 April

Delivery Times: 09:00 – 13:00 

Booking Information: https://www.learninghive.co.uk/events   

 Contact Name: Learning Hive

Contact Number: 0207 112 8658

Contact Email:  info@learninghive.co.uk

 

Location: Gascoigne Primary School, IG11 7DR

Dates: 2 to 5 April

Delivery Times: 09:00 – 13:00 

Booking Information: https://www.learninghive.co.uk/events   

Contact Name: Learning Hive

Contact Number: 0207 112 8658

Contact Email:  info@learninghive.co.uk

 

Malearn Easter Holiday Club

Children will have fun at our Easter Holiday Club. They will go on an Easter Egg Hunt and Meet our Mr Bunny Mascot. Each day children will get do in art and craft activities, food workshops and sport sessions to help develop their skills. Children will create their own Easter Basket and Easter Bonnet Hat. There will be table football, pool table and board games for children to play.  There is a large playground in the school for football and basketball. Children will learn about healthy food, and they will plant seeds to take home and grow. Children will get a healthy hot lunch to eat each day. Our staff will provide opportunities for children to socialise with other children, to support their behaviour and their well-being.

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Thomas Arnold Primary School, RM9 6NH

Dates: 2 to 5 April

Delivery Times: 10:00  to 14:00 

Booking Information: https://form.jotform.com/Malearn/ThomasArnoldEasterHolidayClub

 Email: info@malearn.co.uk

Contact Number: 02082141045

Contact Name: Martina Mullings

 

Premier Education 

Our Holiday Clubs are designed to help your kids get active, introduce them to new and exciting activities, and create a fun-filled experience they will remember forever.

A bucket load of fun activities including Funtrition designed to help educate and teach your child new skills.  With exciting new sports, such as archery and fencing, performing arts, and games to enjoy, we have plenty for your children to get stuck into in the school break.

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Roding Primary School, RM9 4BL

Dates: 2 April to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: https://forms.gle/1ac3qQTeTyzwWGzt5

Contact Email: lbourne@premier-education.com

 Contact Name: Leanne Bourne

Contact Number: 07821361288

*Eligible for tax free childcare. 

 

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Rose Lane Primary School, RM6 5NJ

Dates: 2 April to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: https://forms.gle/1ac3qQTeTyzwWGzt5

Contact Email: lbourne@premier-education.com 

Contact Name: Leanne Bourne

Contact Number: 07821361288

*Eligible for tax free childcare. 

 

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Manor Junior School, IG11 9AG 

Dates: 8 to 11 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: https://forms.gle/1ac3qQTeTyzwWGzt5

Contact Email: lbourne@premier-education.com

Contact Name: Leanne Bourne

Contact Number: 07821361288

*Eligible for tax free childcare. 

 

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Marsh Green Primary School, RM10 9NJ

Dates: 8 to 11 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: https://forms.gle/1ac3qQTeTyzwWGzt5

Contact Email: lbourne@premier-education.com 

Contact Name: Leanne Bourne

Contact Number: 07821361288

*Eligible for tax free childcare. 

 

Performing Arts with Pullums Dance Academy 

This Easter Pullums Dance Academy will be hosting a Performing Arts Programme. This will include dance classes in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical and Street Dance; there will also be sessions in acrobatics and singing. By the end of the programme all attendees will have learnt dance routines, songs, and simple acrobatic skills. Also, during this programme Pullums will be educating the children and families about the importance of nutrition. All children will get involved with making healthy snacks and information will be shared to bring healthy eating into home life in an affordable way. All children will also be offered a hot meal each day. Most importantly, Pullums aim is that everyone that attends the programme will have fun whilst learning new skills and making lots of new friends!

Age: 5 to 12

Location: George Carey Primary School, IG11 0FJ

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: Register with Pullums Dance Academy | membermeister

Contact Email: info@pullumsdance.co.uk

Contact Name: Danielle Pullum

Contact Number: 07504821046

 

Sportworks Ltd

This Easter, Sportworks will be giving children aged 5-12 years old, access to an impressive array of energetic, stimulating, enriching, fun and impactful outdoor sports, and physical activities. All activities are designed to develop new skills, experiences, increase knowledge and confidence. The team of staff will carefully plan sessions; however, the young people will be able to choose the activities they want to do:

•Basketball, Bench ball, Handball, Boccia, Tennis, Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Cricket, Circuits.

• Dance, Drama, Music, Storytelling and Yoga

•Obstacle Relays, Parachute Games, Soft Play, and Arts & Craft

•Outdoor activities

•Mental health focused activities including mindfulness/yoga/meditation

A one-hour nutritional education session will be delivered daily, which improves young people’s knowledge and awareness of healthy eating. Children will be introduced to lots of new foods, tastes/culinary skills and learn about how to read food labelling.

Children will also be provided with a free hot meal during lunch time.

Age: 5 to 12

Location: The Ley’s Primary School, RM10 9YR

Dates: 8 to 11 April.

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 14:00.

Booking Information: Sport Works London - Booking by Bookwhen

Contact Name: Jake Ramshaw 

Contact Number: 07932697499

Contact Email: Jake.ramshaw@sportworksltd.co.uk

 

Ultimate Vision Easter Sports Club 

This Easter, your child will participate in a range of sports such as football, dodgeball, cricket, athletics, basketball, handball, netball, tennis and much more. in addition, we will provide workshops and enrichment activities which are designed to enable your child to learn new skills, make new friends and problem solve while developing their imagination and creative abilities. At the end of the week your child will receive a reward for their effort and participation.

 

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Grafton Primary School, RM8 3EX

Dates: 2 to 5 April.

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 14:00.

Booking Information: https://bookwhen.com/uvsports

Contact Name: Sean Bush 

Contact Number: 07960 232873

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

 

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Goresbrook Primary School, RM9 6XW

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 14:00 

Booking Information: https://bookwhen.com/uvsports

Contact Name: Sean Bush 

Contact Number: 07960 232873

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

 

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Gascoigne Primary School, IG11 7JA

Dates: 8 to 12 April.

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 14:00 (Day 5: 9:00 to 15:00).  

Booking Information: https://bookwhen.com/uvsports

Contact Name: Sean Bush 

Contact Number: 07960 232873

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

Age: 5 to 12

Location: William Bellamy Primary School, RM10 7HX

Dates: 8 to 12 April. 

Delivery Times: 09:30 to 14:30 

Booking Information: https://bookwhen.com/uvsports

Contact Name: Sean Bush 

Contact Number: 07960 232873

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

 

Age: 5 to 12

Location: Ripple Primary School, Barking, Ripple Road IG11 7QS

Dates: 8 to 12 April.

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 14:30 (Day 5: 8:15 to 14:15).   

Booking Information: https://bookwhen.com/uvsports

Contact Name: Sean Bush 

Contact Number: 07960 232873

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

 

 

 

 

12 to 16 year olds

Box up Easter Camp

Unlock your child’s potential at Box Up Crime's Easter Camp! Young people aged 7-19 will have the opportunity to learn the art of boxing in a safe and friendly environment, alongside games, activities, and fun! Lunch will be provided to all participants.

Age: 13 to 19

Location: Gascoigne Primary School, IG11 7JA

Dates: 3 April ,  5 April , 10 April , 12 April 

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 14:30 

Booking Information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbYKfvc65EC-G2UiZOmv_b8RCl03SKITJUO95kmEin8FYS0w/viewform?usp=pp_url

Contact Name: Hayley Evans 

Contact Number: 02085174446

Email: info@boxupcrime.org

 

Food for the Soul Arts Programme

This Easter, the Food For soul arts program will give young people the opportunity to explore music, beat poetry, dance, and theatre with specialists from each area. At the end of each day, every young person will have produced a track, poem, choreography, or theatre performance. Developing self-expression, confidence and personal identity are the aim of this program. Young people have a voice, let’s hear it. 

Our meals are local vegan community dishes from around the world and inspire our daily programs. Spaces are limited and we will be running 2 rounds of workshops. Please apply in to reserve your space.

Age: 11 to 16

Location: Factory 15 Ground Floor, Barking IG11 8HE

Dates: 2 April to 5 April and 9 April to 12 April.

Delivery Times: 12:00 to 16:00 

Booking Information: Elizabeth.kitto@lbbd.gov.uk

Contact Name: Elizabeth Kitto

Contact Number: 07407039558

 

The Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham (DABD) 

The Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham (DABD) will be running 4 days of FREE activities for special educational needs & disabled (SEND) children & young people who attend school/further education or live within the borough and who are eligible/receiving free school meals.

Our events have been specifically designed specifically with the needs of SEND children/young people in mind. And will include lots of fun and educational sessions including an eating healthy food demonstration and specifically designed exercise/activities. The range of activities include painting, soft play area, sensory play, water play, sand play, arts and crafts, drawing/colouring, music, dancing, playdough, Lego and specifically created sports/exercise activities such as football and yoga (sensory adapted).

Our SEND themed service also includes use of our bespoke SEND themed outdoor/all-weather play and exercise area (with 5x static all-weather exercise machines) and use of fully accessible Herb, Fruit & Vegetable patch, to support our complimentary healthy eating/eating on a budget educational session. 

Age: 5 to 18

Location: DABD, Pembroke Gardens,  RM10 7YP

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 2:00 

Booking Information: send@dabd.org.uk

Contact Name: Theo Nwosa

Contact Number: 0330 05402500 ext.139

*Eligible for tax free childcare. 

 

Everyone Active

This Easter at Abbey leisure Centre, Everyone Active will be providing activities such as; swimming lesson crash course, fun splash, multisport, arts & crafts, enriching activities and other various workshops!

Age: 8 to 15

Location: Abbey Leisure Centre, IG11 7HW

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 9 to 15:00.

Booking Information: https://www.everyoneactive.com/contact-us/

Contact Name: Rosie Morgan 

Contact Number: 020 3948 4960

Contact Email: Abbeyactivities@everyoneactive.com

 

Age: 8 to 15

Location: Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, RM10 7FH

Dates: 8 to 11 April

Delivery Times: 9 – 15:00.

Booking Information: https://www.everyoneactive.com/contact-us/

Contact Name: Rosie Morgan 

Contact Number: 020 3889 6238

Contact Email: becontreeactivities@everyoneactive.com

 

Kick 

KICK's football camp is the ultimate mix of fun and skill-building for young football fans. Led by an experienced coach, the camp promises an exciting experience to help players improve their game.

Get ready to show off your fancy footwork with cool drills that focus on speed and controlling the ball. Team up with your friends in passing and moving exercises that will make you work together like a well-oiled machine. 

But it's not all serious practice – the camp is packed with mini-games that bring a friendly spirit of competition and teamwork. We believe in learning through playing, creating the perfect environment for young football stars to shine and have a blast.

Location: William Ford Church of England Junior School,  RM10 9JS

Dates: 2 to 5 April 

Delivery Times: 10:00 to 15:00 

Booking Information: kickcamps@kick.org.uk

Contact Name: Randy Ashie

Contact Number: 07300875008

Contact Email: kickcamps@kick.org.uk