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Rutland Holiday Activity and Food Programme

Free activities and food during the school holidays for Rutland families

Rutland Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme is a Department for Education (DfE) funded scheme to support a range of clubs and activities for children and young people in Rutland during the school holidays until December 2024!

Across the County there will be free activity sessions with meals provided for children and young people,  in reception to year 11 who are eligible for income related free school meals. Absolutely free.

There will be a range of activities on offer at the Holiday Clubs throughout the Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays, including but not limited to sports, arts & crafts, cooking, nature based activities and much more!


Download the HAF Activities Brochure here

Activities Brochure




When are the Rutland Holiday activities running?


Easter 2023: Monday 3rd April - Fri 14th April 2023

Summer 2023: Monday 24th July - Wed 30th August 2023

Christmas 2023: Thursday 21st Dec - Wed 3rd Jan 2024


Easter 2024: Tues 2nd April - Wed 10th April 2024

Summer 2024 and Christmas 2024 dates to be confirmed.



If you are eligible to receive benefits related free school meals for your child(ren) from reception to year 11 then you can register and book onto the Rutland HAF scheme.

Benefits-related free school meals are available to children, if as a parent/carer you are receiving one of the qualifying benefits listed on the website and have your claim verified by school or local authority. You can check your eligibility and how to apply for free school meals on the website.

Some activities may have certain criteria such as specific age groups, please check your child is eligible for the activity when booking on your chosen session(s).

How to sign up and book activities

All eligible children and young people need to be signed up and registered on the Rutland HAF website and booking system to take part. We will send a letter via schools of each eligible child 3 to 4 weeks before the start of Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays. If you're not sure how to sign up, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The letter will provide information about the Rutland HAF Holiday programme as well as other support which may be available to you.

If you are new to the Rutland HAF holiday programme please sign up as a new user on the website and then register your child/ren’s details.

If you have previously registered please log-on and update you and your child‘s personal information, your emergency contact and your email address.

Once you have registered, the Rutland HAF team will tell you by email approximately two weeks before the start of the holiday period to book on the activities you would like your child/ren to attend.

Transport Support

If Transport is a barrier to you attending sessions, RCC can support your travel requirements by providing RCC approved buses with driver only. All staff who work on RCC approved transport have enhanced DBS checks.

In order to take advantage of this offer, you must email with the following information by Mon 18th March:

Child name

Date/s of sessions transport is required

Contact name and phone number/email


1:1 Adult support

If you require 1:1 adult support to allow your child/ren to attend activities, RCC can support you by providing RCC approved 1:1 support staff to accompany your child/ren on their activities. All staff provided will be RCC approved and have enhanced DBS checks.

In order to take advantage of this offer, you must email with the following information by Monday 18th March:

Child Name

Date/s of sessions support is required

Contact name and phone number/email