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Holiday activities in Waltham Forest

Parents and carers throughout Waltham Forest can find out what activities are taking place for children and young people over the school holidays.

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Waltham Forest summer of fun 2022

Holiday Activity and Food programme

Parents and carers throughout Waltham Forest may be eligible to benefit from a free holiday clubs programme for children and young people during school holidays.

The government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) enables children and young people to get involved in wide range of fun activities and holiday clubs and enjoy a daily meal during their summer holidays.

The local programme is available only for those children who are eligible for benefits related free school meals

Booking is essential on all activities so book early to avoid disappointment. Places are limited for children to attend 2 weeks over the space of the summer across all activities. If more than 2 weeks are booked by the same child the additional weeks will be cancelled.

All activities are inclusive of children with SEN and/or disabilities; however if your child does have additional needs, please contact us on 020 8496 4720 before booking so we can ensure the provider can meet the needs of your child.

Free Family Sessions for 5 to 11 year old's

This Summer we will be running a range of free drop in activity sessions for all children aged 5 to 11 and their families across the borough between Monday 25 July to Friday 19 August.

All sessions are led by Waltham Forest play workers, with specialist workshops provided by professionals from a variety of local organisations including circus skills, face painting, slime workshops, storytelling, laser tag, multi-sports and many more.

Activities that are provided throughout these sessions are suitable and designed for children aged 5  to 11 who live or go to school in the borough.  Children aged 5 to 7 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the sessions. Children aged 8 to 11 may attend the session independently, however a parent, guardian or carer must attend the first session to complete the relevant paperwork.

Family sessions are limited to 60 children per session and will be offered on a first come first serve basis. No booking required.

Sessions will run from 10am to 12:30pm daily at the following Primary Schools;

  • Chapel End Infants, 3 Beresford Road, London, E17 4LN
  • George Tomlinson Primary School, Harrington Road, Bushwood, E11 4QN
  • Henry Maynard Primary School, Maynard Road, E17 9JE
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Station Road, E4 7BJ

You can view the full timetable of activities on our booklet (PDF).

Nature inspired workshops

Waltham Forest are running free nature inspired workshops at our libraries this month. Learn how to create nature inspired artwork using leaf rubbings, stencils and air drying clay. Come and make a card, bookmark and clay hanging for your family and friends. All materials are provided.

These workshops are suitable for families and children over two years old and are all drop in sessions. 

Thursday 28 July 

Leytonstone Library, 11am to 1pm

Lea Bridge Library, 2pm to 4pm

Friday 29 July

Hale End Library, 11am to 1pm

Walthamstow Library, 2pm to 4pm

Free summer of storytelling events for families

This summer, there will be a range of free storytelling and story and rhyme activities for all the family from Monday 25 July to Sunday 4 September 2022.

Our storytelling events are not only about reading books and improving literacy. There will be a range of expressive storytelling and story and rhyme activities to entertain, inspire, reminisce, and imagine.

The storytelling, story and rhyme activities are great fun for all the family and will also support the development of your child’s language and social skills and encourage people to tell their stories and create a culture of shared learning.

Please come along and enjoy the fun!

VAWG summer school

The Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Summer programme is a short summer school with a blend of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) academic education and VAWG related topics. The programme will be a series of sessions and activities that will provide young people with a space to discuss VAWG related issues such as, misogyny, unrealistic or negative gender stereotypes and expectations.

The VAWG Summer programme is for secondary schools students and is continuation of the ground breaking VAWG schools work that has been taking place in the borough throughout this past year.

The programme will take place throughout Waltham Forest in August 2022 in several locations in Walthamstow, Chingford, Leytonstone and Highams Park.

Family days at the William Morris Gallery

This summer the William Morris Gallery have a series of family days running in August which are now open for booking.

Families can look forward to workshops such as paper fashion, colourful weaving, 3D plants and flowers and much more.

Holiday club providers in the borough

If you are looking for all day childcare, there are many holiday clubs open across the borough during the holidays. These clubs are open all day Monday to Friday.

Don't forget, if you use an Ofsted registered holiday club you can receive help with your childcare costs if you are eligible. Further information about tax credits, tax-free childcare, childcare vouchers and other support can be found on the childcare services website.