Children across Norfolk can benefit from a range of fun activities this summer, as the Big Norfolk Holiday Fun scheme returns for the six-week school holiday.

Bookings are now open for the scheme, which provides free activities with a healthy lunch for children eligible for means tested free school meals.

The scheme is delivered by Norfolk County Council in partnership with Active Norfolk and supports children aged 5 to 16 as part of the government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

Cllr John Fisher, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council: “We want our summer Big Norfolk Holiday Fun scheme to be the best yet and we’ve got an even wider range of activities on offer, including mechanics, performing arts, outdoor challenges and activities around mental health and wellbeing.”

“The programme provides children with a host of fun activities and helps parents to reduce their childcare costs. With so much choice available, children should be able to find something that they have a genuine interest in, and the scheme has the potential to inspire future careers, hobbies, and skills.”

“We’ve had great feedback from children and young people who have taken part in the past, so I’d encourage families to get booking on what promises to be a fantastic summer programme. We know it is a welcome support for many families during the school holidays.”

Activities will be running from 25 July to 2 September where children will have the opportunity to learn a new skill, play a range of sports or take part in a host of activities such as outdoor adventures, science workshops, cooking, art, and lots more.

Those who have taken part in previous Big Norfolk Holiday Fun programmes have reported doing more physical activity and many have said they’ve been inspired to try healthier foods.

The summer programme is now open for bookings for children aged 5-16 (or 4 if they turn 5 in August). Those who are eligible for means-tested free school meals can claim free spaces, whilst paid spots for a small charge are available on many activities for those who don’t qualify for a free place, more can be found on this here

This year there will be no special codes needed to book activities making it much easier for families to take part. Families are encouraged to explore the wide range of activities available and book as soon as possible. Further information on how to book can be found here Big Norfolk Holiday Fun – Norfolk County Council.