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Summer holiday food and activities


  1. Summer Holiday Club (free activities)
  2. Other things to do
  3. Recipe ideas
  4. Claim back childcare costs
  5. Becoming a HAF provider
  6. 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 2022 Summer holidays.

Dates and activities of the Summer Holiday Club will be announced in the coming weeks. 

All events are subject to availability.

 The sessions will include: 

  • a variety of fun activities
  • exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills
  • a nutritious meal each day

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.

The Summer Holiday Club is funded by the Department for Education's holiday activities and food programme 2022. As part of this funding, there is criteria regarding eligibility which includes children receiving benefits related free school meals or children who are part of a family experiencing hardship. All recipients of the funding must follow this criteria.

Children who aren't eligible can still attend some of the same activities, as well as other free and paid-for activities, see What's on.

COVID-19 guidance 

We encourage you to follow any Covid-19 public health guidance in place at the time of the events.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

10 minute Shake Up games 

Public Health England has teamed up with Disney to help get kids active throughout the holidays.

NHS: 10 Minute Shake Up games

Local TV North East videos

Local TV North East brings you energetic, fun bitesize content aimed for a healthier body and mind. From toddlers to teenagers, enjoy activities from arts and crafts, cookery and fitness, to music, mindfulness and languages and everything in-between.

The programmes include:

Virtual educational visits

If you can't get out and about, there are plenty of things to enjoy virtually from the comfort of your own home, from virtual tours of museums and galleries to parks, zoos and much more.  

Try these virtual experiences and bring the outside in.

What's on around South Tyneside

For more events and activities to enjoy around South Tyneside, see the events calendar.

More inspiration

For further inspiration on how to spend your time in South Tyneside, and to discover the area's attractions, outdoor spaces, and places to eat and drink, go to the Visit South Tyneside website.

Recipe ideas

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.

Free NHS Food Scanner app

Download the free NHS Food Scanner app and find healthier swaps for next time you shop.

Just scan the barcodes of your family's favourite foods, swipe to see the healthier options available and make a swap next time you shop. Scan, swipe, swap.

NHS: Food scanner app

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.

Becoming a HAF provider

If you're interested in becoming a HAF provider, you can find out more information on our Information for providers page.

More information

If you have questions about the Summer holiday activity and food programme, email

Activities and food are funded by the Department for Education. For more about the national programme, visit GOV.UK: Holiday activities and food programme 2022.

Department for Education

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