With the school holidays round the corner, many parents may be scratching their heads as to what to do with their little ones this summer. But have no fear, Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is being delivered by a number of different individuals and organisations across Teignbridge and the rest of Devon.

Since 2018, the Department of Education’s (DfE) funded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme has provided support to children in receipt of free school meals through holiday periods. Following successful pilots between 2018 and 2020, the programme was rolled out to all upper tier local authorities in 2021 – including Devon County Council.

Devon County Council has 18,451 eligible Free School Meal children living in Devon. We have been awarded £1.91 million to fund the county's HAF programme in 2023.

The aim of the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is to support children to eat more healthily, be more active over the school holidays and have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition as well as be more engaged with school and other local services.

To access the programme, simply book a place through one of the providers listed . All clubs will be operating for a minimum of four hours, including a hot meal.

The schemes are fully inclusive and accessible, so please discuss your child’s needs with your chosen provider.


Ages: Primary and secondary

Venue area: Heathfield and Kingsteignton

Activities provided: Forest Outdoor Learning – weekly. Science Session with Fizzpops – weekly. Varied sports activities: Archery, Hockey, Dodgeball and more – daily. Food preparation for morning snacks – daily. Crafts.

Where and when:

📍 St Catherine’s C of E Primary School, Muskett Road, Heathfield, TQ12 6SB

📅 26, 27 July📅 31 July, 1, 2, 3 August📅 7, 8, 9, 10 August📅14, 15, 16, 17 August📅 21, 22, August

🕙 9.30am – 1.30pm

📍 St Michael’s C of E Primary School, Church Street, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3BQ **FULLY BOOKED BUT OPERATING A WAITING LIST**

📅 26, 27 July📅 31 July, 1, 2, 3 August📅 7, 8, 9, 10 August📅14, 15, 16, 17 August📅 21, 22 August

🕙 9.30am – 1.30pm

Food: Example Menu – Chicken or Quorn korma, rice, naan bread and peas. Cracker. Apple slice.

Specific items: Warm clothes, coats and bring older clothes on Forest School day.

Booking details: Via the Achieve4All website.

Be Buckfasteigh

Ages: Primary and secondary

Venue area: Buckfastleigh

Activities provided: Arts, crafts, Easter treasure hunt, food, and physical sporty games.

Where and when:

📍 Victoria Park and Pool, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DB📅 Monday to Thursday: 24th July – 17th August🕙 10.30am – 2.30pm

Food: Pizzas or baked potatoes, with salad portion and fruit.

Specific items: N/A

Booking details: Via the Be Buckfastleigh Eventbrite page.

Burgess Childminding Holiday Fun Club

Ages: Primary

Venue area: Teignmouth

Activities provided: Beach Days, Cooking for life, Nature Day and Environment Days. Train Trips, Games and Fun Days, rhythm drum workshop and much more.

Where and when:

📍 Burgess Childminding, Easton Grey, 49 Haldon Avenue, Teignmouth, TQ14 8JZ📅 Tuesday to Friday: 25th July to 18th August🕙 9.00am-1.00pm

Food: We offer a hot meal every day – examples are shown. All meals include a pudding. Should there be any dietary requirements please let us know. The children will help cook meals to learn cooking skills! Menus include, pastry bake, roast chicken, chinese noodles, chicken curry, pesto pasta, crispy chicken rice, homemade chicken kebabs in pitta.

Specific items: Spare clothing ( in case they get wet on the beach !), sensible shoes NO flip flops. A hat and own sun cream.

Booking details: Email [email protected], phone 01626 775700 or 07962 254746, or book via the Burgess Childminding Facebook page.


Ages: Primary

Venue area: Chudleigh

Activities provided: Daily activities include arts and crafts, team games, sports, cookery. One-off activities happening too such as science workshops, Swimming, animal encounter, LegoMania.

Where and when:

📍 Chudleigh Primary School, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh, TQ13 0LS

📅 24, 25, 26, 27 July📅 31 July, 1, 2, 3 August📅 7, 8, 9, 10 August

🕙 9.15am – 1.15pm

Food: Morning Fruit snack. Lunch – Spaghetti bolognese, garlic bread and salad, jelly and custard for pudding

Specific items: Drinks bottle, sunhat, suncream, raincoat, swimming kit

Booking details: Email [email protected] or call 01626 325808.

Happy Holidays

Ages: Primary

Venue area: Dawlish

Activities provided: We have daily activities such as games, arts and crafts, free play, group games. Some food activities can include biscuit decorating, making cakes, fruit art, or smoothie tasting. We also have a guest visitor each day to spend a hour with the children, various sports, circus skills, RNLI, cats protection are some of those for the summer.

We will be offering continental breakfast once a week.

Where and when:

📍 Westcliff Primary Academy, Dawlish, EX7 9RA

📅 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 July📅 1, 2, 3, 4 August📅 8, 9, 10, 11 August

📅 Small group trips 6, 13,14 and 15  August – times TBC

🕙 9.00am – 2.00pm

Food: Pasta dishes, Roast dinner, sausage roll mash and beans, fish fingers chips and peas or jacket potatoes.

Specific items: Please ensure suncream is applied before arrival, bring sun hat, raincoat, bag, snack and drink bottle.Please name all items.

Booking details: Email [email protected], or call 07824 825962.

Hydro Hub

Ages: Primary and secondary – SEND

Venue area: Newton Abbot

Activities provided: Exclusive hire of the pool and studio room after so that parents can have some lunch and drinks after the session.

Where and when:

📍 Hydro Hub, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ📅 80 client and carer passes can be used 7 days a week during public sessions time,🕙 9.00am – 2.00pm

Food: Jacket potato with a choice of filling and salad. Chilli con carne and rice, vegan chilli con carne and rice

Specific items: Swimming costume and towel. We have 2 track and hoist systems for disabled customers, we prefer clients to bring their own slings, but we do have a couple that can be used.

Booking details: booking in advance is essential please email [email protected] or call 01626 325807

Kingskerswell C of E Primary School

Ages: Primary

Venue area: Teignbridge

Activities provided: Fitness (1 hour) Baking (1 hour)

Where and when:

📍 Kingskerswell C of E Primary School Coffinswell Lane Kingskerswell TQ12 5HN📅 31st July – 4th August / 9am – 1pm 14th August – 18th August / 9am – 1pm 21st August – 25th August / 9am – 1pm🕙 9am – 1pm

Food:  Hot meals provided will be a range of spaghetti bolognaise, pasta, pitta pizzas, lasagna, sausage rolls. Complimented with salad. Meals will be planned in July and parents will be informed in advance.

Specific items: Please come with a hat and sun cream, and bring a water bottle.

Booking details: Children from Kingskerswell Primary School only. Booking will be open Friday 23rd at 5pm via the form below: https://forms.office.com/e/r3y5afGDYA

On The Hill

Ages: Secondary

Venue area: Teign Valley

Activities provided:  The On The Hill youth sessions are land-based, and are run on a farm in the Teign Valley.You can expect a wide variety of exciting and enriching activities: Fire making skills, cooking over fires, forming new friendships through big field games, crafting projects- felting, green woodwork, clay work, natural dye painting, learn to re-skin a drum, big drumming circles, music workshops, bushcraft, garden adventures to discover where your food really comes from, building projects to get stuck into, experiential science; making charcoal, charcloth, fire by friction and so much more!

Where and when:

📍 On The Hill, Oxen Park Farm, Lower Ashton, Exeter. EX6 7QW

📅 2, 3, 4 August📅 8, 9, 10, 11 August📅 23, 24, 25 August📅 28, 29, 30, 31 August

🕙 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Food: wood-fired pizzas with salads, farm hotpot and curries, flatbreads cooked over the fire, seasonal savoury and sweet pancakes, jacket potatoes, homemade baked beans, pasta bakes, vegetable fried rice

Specific items: You will be spending the majority of your time outdoors on a farm, so wear trainers or sensible boots. Bring a hat and suncream through the summer and waterproofs if it is wet weather. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have these items we have a supply that can be borrowed.

Booking details: You can book directly through the On The Hill website

Premier Education

Ages: Primary

Venue area: Newton Abbot

Activities provided: Our holiday camp will include, but are not limited to: football, British fencing, archery, basketball, dodgeball, netball, rugby, lacrosse, frisbee, rounders, kwik cricket, arts and crafts, drama, dance.

Where and when:

📍 Haytor View Primary School, Queensway, Newton Abbot TQ12 4BD

📅 27, 28 July📅 3, 4 August📅 10, 11 August📅 17, 18 August📅 24, 25 August.

🕙 9.00am – 3.30pm

Food: Our food menu will include: a meat option and a vegetarian option and a jacket potato option.

Specific items: Suitable clothing for the weather

Booking details: Parents will use their HAF code on our website: www.premier-education.com/parents/ and search for ‘Haytor View Primary School’.

Primary Sports & Education (South & West Devon) Ltd

Ages: Primary

Venue area: Dawlish

Activities provided: Nerf gun battles, football, dodgeball, arts and crafts, team games, gymnastics, dance, lego challenges, orienteering. We will also be providing workshops through external providers.

Where and when:

📍 Gatehouse Primary School, Secmaton Lane, Dawlish EX7 0LW

📅 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 July📅 31 July, 1, 2, 3 August📅 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 August;

🕙 9.00am – 1.00pm

Food: Sausage and bean casserole, jacket potato and fillings, chicken and bacon pasta bake, cottage pie and vegetables

Specific items:A drinks bottle, sports clothing and appropriate footwear

Booking details: Via the Primary Sports website.

Saints Southwest

Ages: Primary

Venue area: Dawlish

Activities provided: An action-packed morning of multisport including football, basketball, dodgeball, cricket, hockey and more! we will also have Fun science, animals2usouthwest, Magic, RNLI attending the venues on a number of days to do various enriching activities.

Where and when:

📍 Dawlish College, 5 Elm Grove Road, Dawlish, EX7 0BY

📅 31 July, 1, 2, 3 August📅 7, 8, 9, 10 August📅 14, 15, 16, 17 August📅 21, 22, 23, 24 August

🕙 10.00am – 3.00pm

Food: Hot jacket potato choice of two fillings, pasta bake cheese and tomato, pasta bolognese with or without cheese, hot baguette choice of two fillings. choice of fruit or flapjack.

Specific items: Suitable sports clothing and a change of clothes. Plenty to drink.

Booking details: Via the Saints Southwest website.

Shear Soccer

Ages: Primary and secondary

Venue area: Newton Abbot

Activities provided: Daily – football and multi-sports activities. Arts and crafts. Free play.One-offs – Animal HQ visit, local attraction trips, magician and entertainer, balloon modelling, world record holder football freestyler Dan Magness, chef demonstrations, nutrition and activity booklets.

Where and when:

📍 Devon FA, Coach Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1EJ

📅 26, 27, 28 July📅 31 July, 1, 2, 3, 4 August📅 7, 8, 9, 10 August📅 14, 15, 16, 17 August.

🕙 10.00am – 3.00pm

Food: Jackets with bolognese, cheese, baked beans. Roast gammon with veg. Spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread. Salad bar daily. Healthy desserts. Fruit, snacks and water provided at break times.

Specific items: Comfortable warm clothing/trainers.

Booking details: Via the Shear Soccer website

Sporting Steps Ltd

Ages: Secondary

Venue area: Newton Abbot

Activities provided: Weekly: Circus skills, animal encounters, specific strength and condition.Daily activities: dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, football, archery, orienteering

Where and when:

📍 Newton Abbot College, Old Exeter Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2NF

📅 25, 26, 27, 28 July📅 31 July, 1, 2, 3, 4 August📅 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 August📅 14 August

🕙 9.30am – 1.00pm

Food: Homemade pizza and wedges. Lasagne. Fresh salad. Jacket potatoes with a mixture of fillings. Students will also be given fresh fruit and a dessert each day.

Specific items:Sports clothing if they are happy to wear this. We always advise that children also bring a drink with them (although we do provide a drink for students on the day if they do not have one).

Booking details: Via the Sporting Steps website.

Westbank Community Health and Care

Ages: Primary

Venue area: Exminster

Activities provided: We have 6 themed weeks during our holiday club.

24 – 28 July: Superhero and Villain Week. Come and join us for our Superhero and Villain week, where we will be doing lots of role play, creating our own superhero characters and making our own masks, as well as our usual arts and crafts, outdoor games, and fun!

31 July – 4 August: Animal Week (with a trip to the cinema on Monday 31st July, subject to funding). we will be enjoying a visit from the Dogs Trust, designing our own animals, and having animal visitors during the week.

7 – 11 August: Eco Week. we will be learning about how we can help save our planet, re-using and recycling.

14 -18 August: Science and Space Week. we will be conducting science experiments, learning about the different planets and making volcanoes.

21 – 25 August: Pirate Week. We will be hoisting the main sail, making pirate ships hats and eye patches, playing pirate games and doing treasure hunts.

28 August – 1 September: Food Week. We will be learning about food, making our own food and smoothies, and designing some recipes ourselves; as well as our usual arts and crafts, outdoor games, and fun!

Where and when:

📍 Westbank Community Health and Care, Farmhouse Rise, Exminster, EX6 8AT

📅 24, 25,  27, 28 July📅 31 July,  2, 3, 4 August;📅  8,  10,  August📅 14, 16, 18 August📅 21, 22, 25 August;

🕙 8.30am – 4.30pm

Food: Chicken/vegetable curry with rice and naan bread, spaghetti bolognese, vegetable pasta bake

Specific items:Sun-cream applied before arrival, and a spare named bottle of sun-cream with them. A named sunhat, a named water bottle, and a change of clothes. Suitable footwear for running around outside.

Booking details:Please call Lucy or Clair at Kidzone on 01392 824752 (option 4), with your HAF code, and the dates you would like to book your child/ren in for. If your child has not attended before, you will need to fill out a registration form. You will then be emailed a booking code to use on our website.