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Bolton's HAF (Holiday Activities and Food Programme)

#HAF2022 - Summer 2022 

Funded by the Department for Education and co-ordinated locally by Bolton Council, our HAF programme has been such fun so far.  The funding supports children and families on benefits related Free School Meals with free fun, creative sessions offering sports, games, physical activity and food for a minimum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week.  #TeamBolton deliver a fantastic HAF programme over Easter, Summer and Christmas with over 10,000 individual young people taking part last year!  For more information on the national HAF programme visit the Gov.uk website

We are back again in Bolton over Summer (#HAF2022)  with many more free activity and food sessions, family cookouts and skate park sessions.  Some sessions are just for children and young people in receipt of benefits related free school meals, but many are open to all young people (most council sessions, skate parks and our free community parks sessions).  

Look out for all the details of what's going on near you, in the listings tabs below:

#HAF2022 in Bolton - Which activities are open to all?

COUNCIL PLAYSCHEMES & YOUTH CLUBS - Most council schemes are free and you can just turn up on the day, register (may need an adult) and join in the fun!  New children and young people are always welcome (age restrictions may apply - see individual listings & subject to capacity) and many also run year round!  So pop along today and get involved.  Free food at all sessions.  See the listings in each of the 'LOCAL' tabs above.

FAMILY FUN - COMMUNITY PARKS SESSIONS - OPEN TO ALL - Our Family Fun and Food sessions are back bigger and better than ever this Summer!  Join us in Bolton’s 4 major parks where you can take part in a HUGE range of FUN family-friendly activities including sports, games, food education and demos for all to enjoy!  Delivered in partnership with Urban Outreach, Bolton at Home, Bolton Council, Classroom Kitchen and Bolton Wanderers, plus some surprise guests! - where else would you want to be?   No need to book - we will be there whatever the weather!   See our 'Family Fun in the Parks' tab above for more details and dates/times.

SKATEPARKS: Every Monday (Weeks 1 to 5 of summer) - Come and have a go on our state-of-the-art MOBILE SKATE PARK events! Open to all children and young people. Skate park sessions are #FUN and #FREE for all ages with skateboards, scooters, pads & helmets PROVIDED or bring your own! With a huge selection of ramps and grind rails to try out you can GUARANTEE there is something here for all levels and abilities, even the little ones! See the 'Skate Parks' tab above for more venues and times!


#HAF2022 in Bolton - What else is important?

Why are the activities only in some locations?  We invited applications from activity providers across the borough who were able to meet the strict HAF criteria and limited budget. However, as you know, we live in a very diverse borough, which means there will be limitations as to where the programme can operate, so unfortunately, there may not be a scheme in every area.  However many sessions are open to all and there are some boroughwide sessions, park events, skate park session etc., where all children and young people are welcome, and there will be more as the programme develops.

Just need food?  Click on the 'FOOD' tab above for food support and our partnership with local charity Urban Outreach continues this summer with a new and upgraded 'BL Lunches and HAF' programme. Have a look now at all the places across the borough where your son/daughter can get a free lunch!

Who has funded the holiday programme?  The vast majority of sessions are funded by the Department for Education (DfE), but some are also funded by Bolton Council, Horwich Town Council, Westhoughton Town Council, EPIC (Egerton Park), Friends of Astley Bridge & local Councillors' Area Forum budgets in Astley Bridge, Bromley Cross, Breightmet, Hulton, Westhoughton, Kearsley & Horwich.  Our thanks go to all who have made the programme so accessible! 

Any questions?  For important information for parents and details of further help available, please see the 'INFO/HELP' tab above.  For bookings and sessions queries, please contact the provider via. their details on the listings page and for any other (non-urgent) HAF queries please email: positive.activities@bolton.gov.uk

And finally:  Want to know more, watch the video below to see all the fun we had all across Bolton last Summer:

Funded by the Department for Education