Holiday Activity Programme (HAF)
On this page you’ll be able to access fun activities, cooking tutorials, art tutorials, and a directory for health & wellbeing sites.
The HAF Programme
The HAF Programme supports children and families in the school holidays. Outside of term-time, the Programme provides healthy food and enriching activities to free school meal eligible children in every local authority in England. The Programme has been significantly expanded and we would appreciate your help to encourage families who would benefit from the support to sign up.
Click here to watch the newly launched film featuring Marcus Rashford MBE who calls on parents to sign up their children to the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).
For more information on Suffolk County Councils offer, please visit the Holiday Activity Programme (HAF) page on the InfoLink website
Summer Holiday Offer 2021
Suffolk County Council is currently working with partners, providers and communities to develop an exciting programme of holiday activities for Summer 2021. Activities will be available across Suffolk that will provide fun filled days for kids, lots of physical activity, enrichment, and some delicious and nutritious food!
Places will be free of charge for children and young people who are age 5-16 and are eligible for benefits related free school meals.
Holiday activities are being led by a range of organisations across the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, to ensure that there is a varied menu of activities available to the children and young people of Suffolk this summer.
Applications for providers to run holiday activities for the summer are now closed. There will be a further opportunity to apply for the Christmas school holiday
Our programme of activities for the summer are now available to book via Holiday Activity Programme (HAF)
Fun Online Activities for All Ages
Rock Paper Scissors
Rock Paper Scissors is a young people’s arts programme, providing progressive creative workshops and inspiring after school activities. Participants build their confidence and curiosity through creative play, while educating and empowering. They provide an inclusive space to tell stories through making and creating.
Visit Rock Paper Scissors You Tube Channel to view their online video tutorials, or click on the links below to view their step by step visual guides, appropriate for all ages.
Over the Easter holiday we worked with Rock Paper Scissors to create a Spring magazine including activities from Suffolk Children's University, Take 5 and Wildlife Watch. It is appropriate for all ages, and packed with fun activities that encourage creativity and thoughtfulness. A PDF version of the Spring Activity Magazine is available for you to download and complete.
Videos for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2:
Videos for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4:
One Life Suffolk
One Life Suffolk supports families, children and young people who want to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Through interactive sessions, they cover topics such as sleep, healthy eating, being active and the importance of looking after your wellbeing. Content is delivered through engaging weekly sessions by our trained practitioners and through educational resources and workbooks.
To learn more and to check eligibility requirements, visiting their website at www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk, and to keep up-to-date with their latest activities and free resources.
Visit the OneLife Suffolk - YouTube channel to watch some of the many yummy cookery sessions One Life Suffolk have to offer.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
We’re encouraged to eat at least ﬁve fruit and vegetables a day to take care of our physical health, but what about our mental health? The 5 Ways to Wellbeing gives advice on what we can do to make ourselves feel good.
5 Ways to be Wellbeing have also created the Take 5 Challenge which gives children practical tools to learn how to look after their mental health and wellbeing. Visit their website to take part in their fun, interactive challenges.
Click on the links below to view the fun activities you can do to improve your mental health.
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Suffolk Says Thanks
Suffolk Says Thanks is a community campaign developed by the ‘Emotional Wellbeing in the Community’ group and a number of public, health and voluntary sector organisations, tasked with meeting the challenges of COVID-19 and specifically support people’s mental health.
Taking the time to thank someone means a lot; often the small, everyday acts of kindness can make the biggest difference to people’s lives. There are lots of easy ways to get involved, so visit their website to use their downloadable assets.
Suffolk Children's University
Suffolk Children’s University are a registered charity that works in partnership with schools to develop love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in and outside schools
Visit Change4Life to make a change today with Change4Life! Discover sugar swaps, healthy recipes, nutritional advice, and top tips and activities to help your kids stay healthy. See their easy, varied recipes to make up a delicious lunchbox, plus loads of great tips and ideas to help keep things simple and stress-free.
Their campaign Every Mind Matters has tips and practical advice to help parents look after their children's and their own mental health while the family is staying at home.
Keep Moving Suffolk
We know people are concerned and anxious right now, but we also know that being active can be a genuine antidote. Sport and physical activity deliver immediate mental health and social benefits and have a long-term positive impact on our physical health.
Keep Moving Suffolk encourages everyone to build movement into their everyday life. Developed with the Youth Sport Trust the activities and videos have been designed to support the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of our young people.
Visit the Keep Moving Suffolk YouTube channel to see how you can stay mentally and physically active.
PhunkyFoods Programme aims to help early years settings and primary schools to deliver a whole-school approach to healthy lifestyles and to engage with all pupils, and their families, in promoting tangible health behaviour changes in a fun, lively and positive manner.
Their mission is to improve the dietary and physical activity habits of young children (aged 2-11 years) across the UK by helping to create supportive learning environments for health in early years settings and primary schools.
Follow the link to access over 100 PhunkyFoods Recipes!
National Horse Racing Museum
National Horseracing Museum is a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses.
They re-open from the 18th May so go check them out!
Suffolk Music Hub
Suffolk Music Hub seeks to encourage participation, enjoyment, and achievement in music for all children and young people.
They offer one-to-one, individual lessons for children and young people aged 8-21, on a wide range of Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Strings and Woodwind instruments. Visit their website to see how you can sign up.
Suffolk Libraries are a charity that nurtures children’s literacy, supports vulnerable people and promotes wellbeing across Suffolk. You can access their free downloads, events and activities, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, films, documentaries, magazines, and even music. Join online by visiting Suffolk Libraries website.
Let’s Talk Reading
Let’s Talk Reading is an Ipswich Charity, set up in 2016 to encourage parents and children to enjoy reading for pleasure and promote the importance of reading for children and adults.
They also give away free family book-bags, with an appropriate book for each person in the family, via schools, EY settings, churches and agencies like HomeStart and ICENI so go take a look on their website.
Festival Bridge’s mission is to radically improve the cultural education offer by connecting children and young people with great arts & culture, creating, advising and facilitating partnerships and networks in the places in which they work.
Festival Bridge is one of ten Bridge Organisations working nationally with investment from Arts Council England and the Department for Education.
The Source is managed by the Engagement Hub within CYP. They are part of a much bigger service that works to support children, young people & families. Use the Source to find out where to access support in your local area.
Suffolk Wildlife Watch
Suffolk Wildlife Watch is the county's nature charity – the only organisation dedicated wholly to safeguarding Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside.
They offer a weekend wildlife club for 6 - 11s where parents and carers get to join in the fun too.
Meet new friends, get outdoors and earn awards and badges as you go along. We meet in the beautiful and historic park of Holywells Park and each month has a different theme.
Although museums are shut over the Easter holidays, you can still access their fun and educational activities by clicking on the links below.
Association for Suffolk Museums is an independent charity and membership body for museums throughout Suffolk.
Aldeburgh Museum is one of the best preserved Tudor public buildings in Britain, the Moot Hall, and displays objects and stories relating to the town and it’s rich history as a thriving fishing and shipbuilding centre.
Gainsborough’s House explores the life and art of Thomas Gainsborough. One of the greatest artists of his age, he is renowned throughout the world for his portrait and landscape paintings
Ipswich Museum has over 500 years of history in the stunning Tudor Mansion, set within Christchurch Park. Local and touring exhibitions, featuring art, museum collections and more at Ipswich Art Gallery. Victorian Natural History Gallery at Ipswich Museum, travel back to Ancient Egypt or see how the town has changed since the Stone Age.
Lowestoft Maritime Museum celebrates the rich maritime history of Lowestoft, with interactive displays, hands-on activities and a small cinema where visitors can see wonderful archive film footage.
Museum of East Anglian Life has 17 historic buildings set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, with over 40,000 artefacts, once the everyday objects of East Anglian life.
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village has extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside.
Moyse’s Hall offers a fascinating view into the past from the creation and dissolution of the Abbey, to prison paraphernalia and artefacts providing intriguing insights into superstition and witchcraft.
Palace House is the National Horse Racing Museum which houses an internationally important collection of objects, paintings, trophies & racing silks
The Long Shop Museum allows you to discover 200 years of industrial innovation on the original site of the Richard Garrett Engineering Works, from the first production line to the first woman doctor.
The Red House, Aldeburgh is the home composer Benjamin Britten shared with his partner, the tenor Peter Pears with a collection of art, books and objects, wander around their gardens, and discover more about their lives.
Easter Holiday Offer 2021
During the holiday we worked in partnership with The Pink Orange, East of England Co-operative, and Rock Paper Scissors to deliver food, ingredient kits and activity packs to 13,893 children and young people eligible for free school meals in Suffolk.
Additionally, despite restrictions and challenges that Covid presented, we were able to facilitate and fund over 5400 face-to-face activity sessions for 1350 free school meal children to attend over 30 sites across the county during the holiday period.
Partnering with Abbeycroft Leisure, 122 families attended dedicated family park cooking sessions across Babergh, Mid and West Suffolk areas, and in East Suffolk family information sessions reached 12 families who also received slow cookers from The Rural Coffee Caravan’s ‘Cooking with Kindness’ project.
In partnership with Rock Paper Scissors, we created a Spring magazine including activities from Suffolk Children's University, Take 5 and Wildlife Watch. It is appropriate for all ages, and packed with fun activities that encourage creativity and thoughtfulness.
A PDF version of the Spring Activity Magazine is available for you to download and complete.