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Winter holiday food and activities


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

Winter 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 winter holidays.

 The sessions will include: 

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

All events are subject to availability and appropriate COVID-19 measures.

Who can attend

To be eligible to attend the free Winter 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 Winter Holiday Club is funded by the Department for Education's holiday activities and food programme 2021. 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.

Calendar and bookings

The Winter Holiday Club runs from Saturday 18 December to Sunday 2 January.

Details of activities and and booking information will be announced soon.

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

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

What's on around South Tyneside

There's more events and activities to enjoy around South Tyneside throughout the winter, see the events calendar.

More inspiration

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

Food packs

If you would benefit from a free winter 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.

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 winter holiday activity and food programme, email

South Tyneside Council is working with voluntary and community organisations, local businesses and childcare providers to provide the Winter Holiday Club and food programme.

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.

Department for Education


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