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Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)

Children and young people of families getting income-related free school meals, are invited to take part in free activities during the Christmas holidays. A hot meal is also provided. 

Some programmes offer places you can pay for if you're not eligible for a free place. 
The connect4communities website has more information about the scheme. 

Aspire RydeTrinity Buildings, Dover St, Ryde, PO33 2BN

  • Fun and Food Christmas Club for ages 4 to 11. This is a play session with special guests and a healthy meal provided in the Kingdom Play activity centre.
  • Creative Christmas Club for ages 11 to 16. Creative activities using arts, crafts & music.

For more information and to book:
Tel: 01983 716020 

Brading Community Partnership, High Street, Brading, PO36 0DH

Activity sessions at Brading Youth and Community Centre with meals and snacks provided. Activities include climbing wall, swimming, sports, Christmas crafts, party fun and a trip to the pantomime.

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December inclusive.

For more information and to book:

Email: Ginny at

CM Sports, Barton Primary School, Furrlongs, Newport, PO30 2AX

  • Sports coaching and arts and crafts activities for ages 4 to 11

Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 December

CM Sports, The Bay Academy, The Fairway, Sandown PO36, 9JH

  • Sports coaching and bespoke activities for ages 11 to 16 years

Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December

For more information and to book Newport or Sandown go to the CM Sports website: 
Home Page - CM Sports | CM Sports (
Tel: 02392 987881

Globe Fit, West Wight Community and Leisure Centre, Moa Place, Freshwater, PO40 9XH

  • A multi activity club for primary school children (years R - 6). Activities include sports, dance, crafts, cookery and learning about the world we live in through our themed days. This December we will be learning about China, Columbia, Finland and Scotland.

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 8am to 4pm

Free and paid for spaces available

For more information and to book go to the Globe Fit website: HOME | globefit

Island Riding Centre, Staplers Rd, Newport, PO30 2NB

  • Riding sessions with a healthy lunch provided for ages 6 to 14.

For more information and to book:
Tel: 01983 214000

Personal Best Education, venues TBC

  • Activities and workshops for young people aged 11 to 16. Includes ceramic creations at Fired Arts, Ryde, DJing workshop with Karaoke & Disco IOW, venue TBC, supporting animal care team, tour, behind the scenes and animal enrichment at the Wildheart Sanctuary, Ryde Super Bowl and LaserQuest. 

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 10am to 3pm
For more information and to book:
Teen Projects - Personal Best Education - scroll down the page to find the Isle of Wight box.
Tel: 01794 510225

Theatre Educational, Oakfield C of E Primary School, Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1NE

  • Elf performance workshop. Arts and theatre themed activities for ages 7 to 16. Led by professional, experienced community arts tutors. 

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December
10am to 3pm

Free and paid for spaces available

For more information and to book: 

YMCA Nursery and Day Camps, Winchester House, Sandown Rd, Shanklin, PO37 6HU

An open space and outdoor area for children aged 4 to 12, with fun Christmas related crafts and activities. 

Monday 19 to Friday 23 December, 8am to 6pm

For more information and to book:
Tel: 01983 862441 (option 4)

Christmas 2022

The Isle of Wight Salvation Army will be hosting a Christmas Day Dinner, free of charge to anyone who would be spending Christmas Day on their own.

Doors open 11am, traditional Christmas dinner served 1pm, with festivities continuing until 3pm.
To attend, for volunteering opportunities or donations, please contact:

The Salvation Army Hall, Pyle Street, Newport, Tuesdays 10am to 1pm
Call: 07583 257515 every day 12pm to 6pm
or message through Facebook

Brighstone and Shorwell Methodist Church is open 7 to 14 December 10am to 2pm. Some Christmas trees will be on display.

Open as a warm area for a chat and coffee in a welcoming environment. Soup available 12pm to 2pm. All welcome. 
Get contact details on the Brighstone and Shorwell Methodist Church website

Age Concern, 50+, 106 Regent St, Shanklin, PO37 7AP
You’ll find a warm Christmas welcome at Age Concern, Shanklin with some special events this Christmas:

Open 10am to 4pm until 27 December 2022

  • Christmas Eve, brunch served from 10am to 2pm
  • Christmas Day, refreshments available
  • Boxing Day, brunch served from 10am to 2pm

Closed 27 December to 3 January 2023

Other events

Contact information

Corporate Services

County Hall
High Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD

**Pre-booked Appointments Only**
Monday - Friday 9am - 3:45pm
Closed from 12pm - 2:15pm