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.

Barking & Dagenham Holiday Activity and Food programme for 5–16year-olds

This Christmas, get involved with our HAF Winter Programme, which is FREE for children and young people who are eligible. 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 Winter 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 eligible for tax free childcare may also be able to get a discount with some providers.

Click the 5-12 and 12-16 buttons below to find out more about each activity and how to book.

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

HAF Winter 2022 Programme

Free holiday activities

5 to 12 year olds

ARTBASH Camp FESTIVE

ARTBASH Camp FESTIVE is a two-day art programme filled with festive cheer and awesome art making that runs 9am – 5pm on the 29 and 30 December in Valence School, Bonham Road Site. This Festive Camp will explore different art workshops, delve into a little bit of dance and movement as well as celebrate both days with a wonderfully festive warm lunch.

Location: Valence School, Bonham Road RM8 3AR

Delivery Dates: 29 Dec & 30 Dec

Delivery Times: 9 to 5pm

Age Group: 5 to 11

Booking Link: email paula@artbash.co.uk to request a link to book

Contact Name: Paula Hughes 

 

BALLERZ Christmas Camp

Ballerz Christmas Camp is a multi-sports holiday club for 5-11 year olds, providing activities such as football, basketball, dodgeball, handball, tennis, hockey, cricket, rounders, tag, rugby, gymnastics and dance. We will be providing a range of enrichment activities including laser tag, mini-golf, inflatables, boxing and much more. The Ballerz Christmas Camp provides a safe, friendly and fun environment for children to keep fit, active and healthy during school holidays, while providing the opportunity to spend time with friends or make new friends.

Location: Valence School, Bonham Road RM8 3AR

Delivery Dates: 22 Dec & 23 Dec

Delivery Times: 8:30 to 4:15pm

Age Group: 5 to 11

Booking Link: www.ballerz.uk

Contact Name: Joe Robb

 

Location: Northbury Primary School, IG11 8JA

Delivery Dates: 4 Jan to 6 Jan

Delivery Times: 8:30 to 4:15pm

Age Group: 5 to 11

Booking Link: www.ballerz.uk

Contact Name: Aaron Hunwicks

 

Explore The Wild Winter Camp

The Explore the Wild winter programme is a children-focused health and wellbeing programme for 8 to11 year olds. Across four days this winter, Company Drinks will transform the old bowls club and bowls green in Barking Park into a well-being space for wild play, growing, cooking, feasting, resting, creating, and eating nutritious food.

Company Drinks will be partnering with Made Up Kitchen to deliver nutritional food and cooking workshops through holistic approaches. We will invite some of our favourite local artists and practitioners to lead a wide range of creative activities inspired by winter.

We are aware that local schools break for the holiday at different times, so please check in with your children’s school and only sign up for the dates you are available.

Location: Outdoor Bowls Pavilion, IG11 8TA

Delivery Dates: 20 Dec to 23 Dec

Delivery Times: 10:30 to 1:30.

Age Group: 8 to 11

Booking Link: https://forms.gle/bg1U7PSrczELpRqE6

Contact Name: Grace Duggan

Email: events@companydrinks.info

 

DABD Christmas Camp*

The Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham (DABD) Christmas camp will be running 6 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 activities have been specifically designed with the needs of SEND children/young people and will include lots of fun and educational sessions including an eating healthy food demonstration and specifically designed exercise/activities. Our 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).

Location: Pembroke Gardens, Dagenham, Essex RM10 7YP

Delivery Dates: 23 Dec to 30 Dec  & 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 16:00.

Age Group: 5 to 18

Contact Name: Mariama Cham

Contact number: 0300 054 2500 ext. 134

Email: Mariama.cham@dabd.org.uk

 

Contact Name: Rehma Kizito

Contact number: 0300 054 2500 ext. 103

Email: Rehma.Kizito@dabd.org.uk

*Programme eligible for tax free childcare.

 

Everyone Active Christmas Camp

Everyone Active Christmas Camp will be running a five-day programme full of fun and festive activities, including swimming, Crash Course, fun splash, dance, first aid, games, arts, crafts and nutritional workshops.           

Alongside free places for those that are eligible, we will be offering a limited number of paid spaces for our Holiday Activity and Food programme. Our under 8's camps cost £90 and the over 8's camps £125 for 5 days.

Location: Becontree Leisure Centre RM10 7FH

Delivery Dates: 28 Dec to 30 Dec and 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Age Group: 4 to 7

Time: 09:00 to 1:00

Location: Becontree Leisure Centre RM10 7FH

Delivery Dates: 28 Dec to 30 Dec and 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Age Group: 8 Plus.

Time: 09:00 to 3:30.

Booking: becontreeactivities@everyoneactive.com

Contact: 020 3889 6238

 

Location: Abbey Leisure Centre

Delivery Dates: 28 Dec to 30 Dec and 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Age Group: 8 Plus.

Time: 09:00 to 3:30.

Booking: abbeyactivities@everyoneactive.com

Contact: 020 3948 4960

 

Inspire Minds Through Sports Christmas Camp

Inspire Minds Through Sports Christmas Camp will be inspiring children through sports and exciting enrichment activities. We 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.

 

Location: St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Goresbrook Road RM9 6UU

Delivery Dates: 21 Dec to 23 Dec and 28 Dec to 30 Dec

Age Group: 5 to 11

Time: 09:00 to 3:00.

Booking: www.imtsports.org

Email: Imtsports@hotmail.com

 

Location: William Ford Junior School, Dagenham RM10 9JS

Delivery Dates: 23 Dec and 28 Dec to 30 Dec and 3 Jan - 4 Jan

Age Group: 5 to 11

Time: 09:00 to 3:00.

Booking: www.imtsports.org

Email: Imtsports@hotmail.com

 

Learning Hive Winter Camp

Learning Hive are running a fun-filled holiday club at John Perry Primary School during the Winter break, for children on benefit-related Free School Meals. The camp will be packed with games, creative workshops, parties and much more! We ensure all children receive a free healthy lunch, take part in physical activity and experience new and exciting activities. Come and join the fun! We can't wait!

Location: John Perry Primary School, Charles Road, Dagenham, RM10 8UR

Delivery Dates: 19 Dec to 22 Dec

Age Group: 5 to 11

Time: 09:00 to 1:30.

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

Email: info@learninghive.co.uk

Contact: 020 7112 8658

 

Dagenham Eagles

Dagenham Eagles Christmas Camp will be offering a range of food tasters, mental wellbeing activities and a range of fun indoor/outdoor arts and crafts.

Location: Marks Gate Community Hub, Rose Lane, RM6 5NJ

Delivery Dates: 21 Dec to 22 Dec

Age Group: 5 to 11

Time: 09:00 to 5:00.

Booking: https://forms.gle/jqPoCXZKvxUWrZba8

Email: dagenham-eagles@outlook.com

 

Studio 3 Arts Urban Arts Camp

Studio 3 Arts will be offering a fun-packed Urban Arts Camp at our Barking venue this Winter. With workshops in dance and visual arts, you will create your own Winter Ball! There will be an opportunity to design and make your own clothing and have choreographed dance routines, working with a brilliant team of artists and performers. As an extra winter treat, we’ll be heading out for a few trips – to the theatre to watch a pantomime and bowling.

Location: Galleon Community Centre, Boundary Rd, Barking IG11 7JR

Delivery: 23 Dec, 28 to 30 Dec.

Age Group: 10 to 16

Time: 11:30 to 4:00.

Booking: https://studio3arts.org.uk/haf-winter22

Contact Name: Sharlene Carter

Contact Email: Sharlene@studio3arts.org.uk

 

Malearn Christmas Holiday Club*

At Malearn Christmas Holiday Club, there will be opportunities for you to enjoy physical play such as football and boxing, and food workshops to encourage healthy eating. You will learn from stimulating enrichment activities such as art and crafts and table-top games to develop your skills. This Christmas you can look forward to meeting our Santa mascot. Free hot lunch and snack will be served each day. Fee paying places are available to children not eligible for a free space.

Location: Jo Richardson School, Castle Green, Gale St, Dagenham RM9 4UN

Delivery: 23 Dec, 29 to 30 Dec.

Age Group: 4 to 11

Time: 09:30 to 3:00.

Booking: https://form.jotform.com/Malearn/Jo-Richardson-booking-form

Contact Name: Martina Mullings

Contact Email: info@malearn.co.uk

 

*Programme eligible for tax free child care.

 

Ultimate Vision Sports

Ultimate Vision Sports are working in partnership with Barking & Dagenham to deliver an exciting Winter holiday programme. We will keep your child active through fun and engaging physical 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.

Location: William Bellamy Primary School, Frizlands Lane RM10 7HX

Delivery: 21 Dec to 23

Age Group: 5 to 12

Time: 09:00 to 2:30 

Booking: https://bookwhen.com/uvsports  

Contact Name: Sean Bush

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

 

Location: Grafton Primary School, Grafton Road, RM8 3EX

Delivery: 22 Dec to 23

Age Group: 5 to 12

Time: 08:00 to 4:00 

Booking Link: Coming soon.  

Contact Name: Sean Bush

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

 

Location: Gascoigne Primary School, The Shaftesbury, IG11 7JA

Delivery: 21 to 23 Dec & 28 to 30 Dec

Age Group: 5 to 12

Time: 09:00 to 2:30 

Booking Link: Coming soon.  

Contact Name: Sean Bush

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

 

Location: Ripple Primary School, 255 Ripple Road, IG11 7FP

Delivery: 28 Dec to 30 Dec & 4 to 6th Jan 23

Age Group: 5 to 12

Time: 09:00 to 2:30 

Booking: Coming soon.  

Contact Name: Sean Bush

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk

12 to 16 year olds

DABD Christmas Camp*

The Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham (DABD) Christmas camp will be running 6 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 activities have been specifically designed with the needs of SEND children/young people and will include lots of fun and educational sessions including an eating healthy food demonstration and specifically designed exercise/activities. Our 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).

Location: Pembroke Gardens, Dagenham, Essex RM10 7YP

Delivery Dates: 23 Dec to 30 Dec & 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Delivery Times: 09:00 to 16:00.

Age Group: 5 to 18

 

Contact Name: Mariama Cham

Contact number: 0300 054 2500 ext. 134

Email: Mariama.cham@dabd.org.uk

 

Contact Name: Rehma Kizito

Contact number: 0300 054 2500 ext. 103

Email: Rehma.Kizito@dabd.org.uk

*Programme eligible for tax free child care.

 

Studio 3 Arts Urban Arts Camp

Studio 3 Arts will be offering a fun-packed Urban Arts Camp at our Barking venue this Christmas. With workshops in dance and visual arts, you will create your own Winter Ball! There will be an opportunity to design and make your own clothing and have choreographed dance routines, working with a brilliant team of artists and performers. As an extra winter treat, we’ll be heading out for a few trips – to the theatre to watch a pantomime and bowling.

Location: Galleon Community Centre, Boundary Rd, Barking IG11 7JR

Delivery: 23 Dec, 28 to 30 Dec.

Age Group: 10 to 16

Time: 11:30 to 4:00.

Booking: https://studio3arts.org.uk/haf-winter22

Contact Name: Sharlene Carter

Contact Email: Sharlene@studio3arts.org.uk

 

Silver Music Entertainment Presents Touch & Go

Touch and Go is a two-day radio and podcasting course, combining physical activity with journalism. Across a two-day football tournament, participants will get the opportunity to develop their sports journalism skills, to create an impactful and engaging post-match podcast. From picking up a mic to picking up a bib, this two-day workshop will give you the opportunity to work with industry professionals across radio and entertainment.

Location: MAKE IT, 15 Linton Road, Barking, IG11 8HE & Jo Richardson Community School RM9 4UN

Delivery: 3 Jan to 4 Jan.

Age Group: 12 to 16

Time: 09:30 to 5:30  

Booking: Coming soon.   

Contact Email: admin@silvermusic.co.uk

 

Ultimate Vision Sports

Ultimate Vision Sports are working in partnership with Barking & Dagenham to deliver an exciting Winter programme, to keep your child active through fun and engaging physical 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.

Location: Robert Clack Leisure Centre, Gosfield Road, Dagenham RM8 1DN

Delivery: 28 Dec to 30 Dec & 4 to 6 Jan 23

Age Group: 11 to 15

Time: 09:00 to 2:30 

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

Contact Name: Sean Bush

Contact Email: info@ultimatevisionsports.co.uk