Who is eligible and how to book
If your child is in Reception to Year 11 and is in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, you can search this website for fully-funded activities and clubs for them to attend during the school holidays. Find out more about eligibility here.
Anyone that isn’t eligible can search the paid-for listings that sit alongside the free sessions and take part in lots of additional activities during the holidays.
To book, please contact the individual provider of the session you are interested in. For anyone that needs to pay, please contact the provider and arrange payment via their normal payment systems. If there are any problems or concerns, please get in touch with Your Holiday Hub Bristol.
Eligible children or young people who are on the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) register or who have an educational health care plan (EHCP) are welcomed at each YHH session. Please get in touch with individual providers to discuss any individual needs.
Why food and play are so important
Bristol has been working towards child equality over the school holidays since 2019 with The Healthy Holidays programme, a Bristol partnership led by Feeding Bristol and Fareshare. We aim to create a city where no child goes hungry during the long school holidays.
Your Holiday Hub (YHH) can have such a positive effect on children and young people by offering a place to meet others, taking part in a range of daily activities that they really enjoy, close to where they live. YHH also helps to teach them about food, what good food choices are and how it is produced before it gets to their plate.
But food isn’t just about eating, it is about community, culture and family and YHH helps support this through the inclusion of cookery lessons as well as providing healthy meals and snacks for everyone to enjoy during the day.
In 2021, working as One City, Bristol City Council, Feeding Bristol, Fareshare, Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND) and Playful Bristol started YHH. Bristol has a strong community, voluntary and play sector and we have built on these strengths to create something that is inclusive and fun.
We will continue to support organisations that are embedded in their local communities. It is these organisations that understand the needs of the communities they serve and develop strong relationships with children, parents, and carers alike. Working together we can help every child feel like they belong in Bristol.
What to expect from Your Holiday Hub
YHH offers equal access to holiday activities and clubs to those in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM). These places are funded by the government’s Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme, which was rolled out nationally in 2021. In Bristol, we received just over £1.8m to deliver free holiday activities and food to over 18,000 eligible children and young people.
By attending sessions throughout the holidays, children and young people can build their confidence and social skills through play, sport, adventure, and friendship.
Anyone that attends a session will also get a free healthy meal.
We want all Bristol’s children and young people to make great memories over the Easter, summer and winter school holidays.
HAF funded by DfE – supported by Bristol City Council,
BAND, Feeding Bristol and Playful Bristol.