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Summer holiday food and activities


  1. Summer Holiday Club (free activities)
  2. Other things to do
  3. Food packs
  4. Recipe ideas
  5. Give feedback
  6. Claim back childcare costs
  7. More information

Summer Holiday Club (free activities)

Children and young people who are eligible for benefit related free school meals or are in a family currently experiencing hardship in South Tyneside can attend free activity sessions throughout the 2021 summer holidays.

 The sessions will include: 

  • a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, crafts, outdoor challenges, nature and treasure trails
  • fun problem-solving challenges
  • wellbeing and healthy eating sessions
  • exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills
  • a nutritious meal each day

There will also be support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or additional needs.

All activities are subject to availability and COVID-19 restrictions.

Who can attend

To be eligible to attend the free Summer Holiday Club activities, children and young people must:

  • live in South Tyneside, and
  • be 5 to 16 years old, and
  • be eligible for benefit related free school meals, or be in a family currently experiencing hardship

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.

Children who aren't eligible can still attend some of the same activities, see Summer holiday sports activities.

Calendar and bookings

The Summer Holiday Club runs from Monday 26 July to Friday 3 September.

You must book a place. Do not turn up without booking first.

You can book places up to four working days before the activity.

See the list of activities, and book online: 

Eventbrite: Summer Holiday Club

There are more activities still to be added, so keep checking back. 

You can also book by calling 0191 424 6688.

All activities are subject to availability.

Read the privacy notice.

Other things to do 

Family walking and activity trails - Stretch your legs, get some fresh air and enjoy some family time. Each walk has activities to do and sights to see along the way. Suitable for the whole family.
Visit South Tyneside: Walking trails

The Centre for Life resources - we have teamed up with The Centre for Life to bring you regular online resources: 

The Centre for Life also has a selection of downloadable activities on their website.  

10 minute Shake Up games - This summer, 10 Minute Shake Up is back! Public Health England has teamed up with Disney to help get kids active throughout the holidays - NHS: 10 Minute Shake Up games

Take kids on the metro for free - Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry, all day, every day when accompanied by a fare-paying adult - Nexus: Take kids free

What's On around South Tyneside - There's more events and activities to enjoy around South Tyneside this summer, see Events calendar.

Go to the Visit South Tyneside website for further inspiration on how to spend your time in South Tyneside this summer. Discover the area's attractions, outdoor spaces, and places to eat and drink.

Food packs

If you would benefit from a free food pack, contact:

More about local food banks.

Recipe ideas

Recipe ideas from our school catering team: 

There are also some nutritious, tasty and simple recipe ideas at Food - A Fact Of Life: Recipes.

Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge have set up 'Full Time: Get Cooking with Marcus & Tom'. They want to help give children and families the skills and confidence to cook good, proper food in their own kitchens, using the equipment available to them. Visit Full Time: Get Cooking with Marcus & Tom.

Get the family involved and make tasty meals from scratch. Visit NHS: Change4Life.

For ideas on how to help your family cut back on sugar, visit NHS: Change4Life sugar swaps.

Give feedback

If you took part in the Summer Holiday Club, we want to hear from you. 

Whether you took part in outdoor sports and games, indoor activities, went on the Family Discovery Trail, tried one of the online activities or collected a free picnic pack, we would love to know what you think.

Your comments will help us to make decisions for future programmes.

All completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the summer, where you and your family could be in with a chance of winning Love2Shop vouchers, family swims, family passes for Simonside Climbing Wall, Cineworld tickets, The Customs House tickets, vouchers for local restaurants and more!

Complete the short survey

Claim back childcare costs

Families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs.

For information visit GOV.UK: Universal Credit and childcare.

More information

If you have questions about the summer holiday activity and food programme, call us on 0191 424 6688.

South Tyneside Council is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to provide the Summer Holiday Club and food programme. This includes:

Activities and food are funded by the Department for Education. For more about the national programme, visit GOV.UK: Holiday activities and food programme 2021.

Press release: Free Summer Holiday Clubs Launch in South Tyneside (12 July 2021)

Department for Education


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