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A summer Healthy Holidays session underway

Hundreds of FREE Christmas activities!

Free activity sessions for all school-aged children and young people will be on offer over the Christmas break. The Healthy Holidays programme is back for the winter break and as usual there’s something to suit everyone, including a dedicated SEND programme.

Funded by the Department for Education, sessions are run by a huge range of local providers. The entertainment on offer encompasses sports, cooking sessions, theatre, crafts, outdoor activities, martial arts, community days and so much more.

This year, there are also a number of ‘warm zones’ – dedicated spaces offering family-focussed events and sessions with food provided.

The huge range of entertainment includes indoor and outdoor activities, with plenty of chances to get active or get creative and cosy.

Cllr Linda Tock, Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People, Families and Learning, said: “The Healthy Holidays programme is so well established in the city now; we know families look forward to seeing what’s available and come back year after year.

“While there is a huge amount of physical activities including sport, dance, fishing, martial arts and more, Healthy Holidays is also about offering creative, mindful and craft-based fun. Make sure to check out everything happening in our libraries and museums!

“We’re particularly pleased to be able to continue to provide this exciting, varied and fun programme completely for free and with the added bonus of food being included. The cost of living crisis has not gone away and for many people has only got worse. Healthy Holidays means nobody has to miss out on an exciting break, full of things to do, but without any financial pressure on parents or carers.

“While we are pleased that we are able to offer families things like warm zones and meal vouchers, because it provides essential help, it is awful that this is something we must consider. We have been clear since we first introduced warm spaces and other measures last winter that everyone deserves to be able to keep themselves and their families fed and warm; this is an ongoing national crisis which only national action can truly address”.

Visit healthyholidayshull.org to find activities – the site has dozens of activities listed as well as details of warm zones. Don’t miss the links to additional provider sessions, including those offered at libraries, museums and leisure centres, as well as the Tigers Trust, Street Games, First Steps Sports, Sportsability and Hull FC Foundation.

There are also around 30 dedicated warm spaces around the city. Visit Hull.gov.uk and search ‘warm spaces’ to find your nearest space, as well as further information on cost of living support. 

Activities and sessions include:

  • Warm zones
  • Fishing
  • Cricket
  • Play in a day (theatre production)
  • Crafts
  • Football
  • Street dance
  • Karting
  • Well-being activities
  • Cooking sessions
  • Festive community day
  • Story sessions
  • Lego club
  • Drum circle
  • Bollywood dancing
  • Musical theatre workshop
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
  • Girls football camps with Hull City Ladies
  • Zoo activities at Hull’s animal education centre at East Park and Pearson Park aviary.
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