Winter Activities and Food Programme 2021 #HAF

FREE activities and food from 20 to 24 December for children, young people and their families who are in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals. Contact providers directly to book a place. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Winter Activites and Food

What is Winter Activities and Food programme?

A range of FREE activities and food for children, young people and their families who are in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals to access from 20 to 24 December. From football to film making, horse riding, multi sports clubs and ninja clubs, we hope there is something for everyone.

Across Milton Keynes, we have more than 9,000 individual sessions planned for the Winter Holidays. To book your activities, simply browse our programme and contact your chosen providers direct.


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Where can I find the activity programme?

The Winter Activity and Food Programme is available here (PDF, 682KB), or can be downloaded from the left hand column.

Note: It's worth checking back here to download the latest programme when you're ready to book.

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Activities and booking - FAQs


How much do these activities cost?

All events are FREE for children, young people and their families who are in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals.

My child has additional needs, will these events be suitable?

Please speak to individual providers about your child. All providers are able to cater their events for those with special educational needs and disability, but will need more specific details to enable the correct support to be put in place ahead of the event.

How do I book on to the sessions?

Please contact providers directly to book your activities. We have provided phone numbers and email addresses in most cases.  Book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

Is food provided?

All of the activities will include healthy meals. When booking the events with providers they will cater for all dietary requirements.

Is there a limit to the number of activities you can book?

We ask that only one event is booked each day. We hope there is something for everyone in our programme and you may want to take part in multiple activities.

However, we do ask you to only book those events you are sure to attend as 'covering slots just in case' prevents other families from accessing the opportunity.

Am I allowed to book multiple slots with the same provider?

We understand that you may want to book multiple sessions with one provider.  Please bear in mind that we want to enable as many families as possible to access the provision and would recommend booking a range of different activities.  Booking multiple days or activities at one location will be at the discretion of individual providers and is dependent on demand.

The activity I want for my child is fully booked. Should I call them anyway?

Where possible, our programme is updated to reflect those providers that are fully booked.  In some situations, there may be a waiting list and if so, this will be indicated in the programme.

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How is the programme funded?

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 Winter school holidays in 2021.


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We want to offer a diverse range of events this Winter to meet the local interests and needs of children, young people and their families. We hope this programme of activities will help children and young people 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


Please email us at if you have any questions.

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Last Updated: 25 November 2021