Summer of Play 2021 (including Holiday Activities and Food #HAF)

Free activities and food for children, young people and their families from 2 to 28 August.

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What is planned for Summer 2021?

The council has been awarded grant funding, by the Department for Education (DfE), to coordinate free activities and food, for children in receipt of benefit-related Free School Meals (FSM), during the Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays in 2021.

In addition to this, we understand that it has been a difficult time for all families, so locally we have increased the funding available to ensure that all children and young people can access these events during Summer 2021.

Why we need you:

We want to offer a diverse range of events this summer to meet the local interests and needs of children, young people and their families. We hope that by doing this that all children and young people across Milton Keynes, will be supported to

  • eat more healthily over the school holidays;
  • be more active during the school holidays;
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities;
  • be safe and not to be socially isolated;
  • have greater knowledge of health and nutrition; and
  • be more engaged with school and other local services.

Is your organisation able to provide activities and food during Summer 2021?

We are keen to work with organisations across Milton Keynes, and we are inviting interested organisations to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to deliver activity and food events from 2-28 August 2021.

Whilst events are open to all children, we are keen to ensure that provision is targeted in areas where there is a higher proportion of children who are eligible and accessing FSM. We would encourage organisations to view the FSM map (PDF, 2.5MB) and consider the detail in any event proposals

We also encourage organisations to consider the HAF FAQs (PDF, 147KB) which have been compiled to support you with any queries, along with the DfE guidance on the GOV.UK website. Please note that due to the DfE grant funding arrangements it is important that any events meet the requirements set out in their guidance.

Once you are ready to make an Expression of Interest, please complete the EOI Form (DOCX, 57KB).

Please note that the deadline for applications is midnight on 20 June 2021, any application received after this date will not be considered for Summer 2021.

Decisions regarding events for Summer 2021 will be made late June. If your organisation is successful you will be contacted and be expected to provide event details by the 30 July 2021. Details that you will need to provide will include:

  • Event dates
  • Event times
  • Venues and location of events
  • No of available spaces
  • Booking contact details, including Telephone (operational hours), email address and website address (if relevant)

Please email us at if you have any questions.

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Last Updated: 16 June 2021