Cumberland Council Launches Summer Holiday Activity and Food Programme

Cumbria's holiday activity and food programme - book now

Cumberland Council is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of the Summer Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme. Designed to keep children engaged, active, and well-nourished during the summer break, this programme offers eligible children the opportunity to participate in a variety of enriching activities for up to 16 days, completely free of charge. With places filling up rapidly, parents and guardians are encouraged to secure spots for their children as soon as possible.

The Summer HAF programme, organised by Cumberland Council in collaboration with local partners and community organisations, provides children who are in receipt of benefits related Free School Meals with the opportunity to join fun holiday activities for free and receive a nutritious meal each day. The programme combines a diverse range of activities that promote physical fitness, creativity, and personal development, ensuring that every child has a memorable and rewarding summer.

From arts and crafts to sports, nature explorations, educational workshops, and much more, the summer programme offers a wide array of activities tailored to the interests and abilities of children of all ages. Qualified instructors and facilitators will be on hand to guide and supervise the activities, ensuring a supportive and nurturing environment for all participants.

In addition to the exciting range of activities, the HAF programme places a strong emphasis on providing healthy and nutritious meals to participating children. Every child attending the summer programme will receive well-balanced and delicious meals, designed to meet their dietary needs, and fuel their energy throughout the day.

"Cumberland Council is committed to creating opportunities for all children in our community to have an enjoyable and fulfilling summer," said Cllr Emma Williamson, Executive member for Children and Family Wellbeing and Housing, "The Holiday Activity and Food programme is a fantastic initiative that not only keeps children active and engaged but also ensures they receive nourishing meals during the holidays. We are delighted to offer this opportunity once again to eligible children and encourage parents to secure their spots quickly before they fill up."

The Holiday Activities and Food programme provides children who are in receipt of benefits related Free School Meals up to 16 fully funded days, but paid places may also be available with some providers. To secure a place, parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the Cumberland Council website at for further information.