Free Holiday Clubs Return to South Tyneside

Posted by: Press Team on 07 December 2022 08:50

Thousands of South Tyneside children can look forward to free holiday clubs to keep them fed and entertained during the Christmas holidays.

South Tyneside Council is once again running the popular Holiday Activities and Food scheme with its partners. Funded by the Department for Education, the clubs will run from Saturday 24 December until Sunday 8 January. Places at the clubs are free to those aged between five and 16 who receive benefits-related free school meals.

A range of activities are taking place at venues across the Borough including football camp at Temple Park, ice skating, bowling and festive creative activities at the Customs House.

Councillor Adam Ellison, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "Many families are under extreme pressure this winter with soaring energy and food costs. We hope these clubs provide some relief for those struggling with the cost of living crisis..

"While we would like to make these clubs available to everyone with children, the criteria is laid down by the Department for Education. However, we are operating on a trust based booking system which will hopefully allow families who will really benefit from free meals and activities, to access them."

Places for the clubs must be booked in advance as soon as possible. To find out more about the clubs or to book a place visit or and for any general programme enquiries email

Children who aren't eligible can still attend some of the same activities, as well as other free and paid-for activities. To find out more visit



Last modified: 07 December 2022 08:55