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Holidays and Food club - Easter holidays

Free activities and a hot meal for Island children who are eligible for free school meals.
Activities are for school children from reception up to age 16. Benefits-related free school meals are available to pupils if their parents get one of the qualifying benefits. Before you apply for an activity, check your child is eligible on the Isle of Wight Council website
Places are limited so please book as soon as you can.
Funded by the Department for Education, the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme means that hundreds of children and young people on the Island have enjoyed activities via Connect4communities. You can read more about the scheme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on this website

Available activities

ActiveMe 360 (waiting list only)
Greenmount Primary School, St. Vincent's Road, Ryde, PO33 3PT

Active Holiday Camps keep children active during school holidays in a fun, positive and inclusive environment.They offer a wide variety of choice for all ages, including fun games, team sports, football, dance, musical theatre, acro gymnastics, outdoor pursuits and other sports and activities.

Call to book: 023 8251 1844
Find out more about ActiveMe 360 on their website

Aspire Ryde (waiting list only)

Kingdom Play, Dover Street, Ryde, PO33 2BN

Indoor play session in the three-storey soft play. Daily age-related enrichment activities to assist with basic skill in a fun and creative way. Additional fun activities like magicians, story reading corner, or comic book characters. Participants and their parents/carer have access to a hot meal during the session.

Call to book: 01983 716020
Find out more about Aspire on their website.

CM Sports UK
1Leisure Medina, Fairlee Road, Newport, PO32 2EW
Medina College, Fairlee Rd, Newport, PO30 2DX

For ages 11 to 18. This programme is designed for young people to experience events and enriching activities that will help them with the development of resilience, character and wellbeing. The scheme will include trips out. Everyone on the programme gets a free hot meal.

Barton Primary School, Furrlongs, Newport, PO30 2AX
Nine Acres Primary School, South View, Newport, PO30 2AX
Queensgate Primary School, Beatrice Ave, East Cowes, PO30 2AX
The Bay Primary School, Winchester Pk Rd, Sandown, PO36 9BA

For ages 5 to 14. This activity childcare club will include fun multisport games and team building challenges in a safe, structured but fun environment. Everyone at the club gets a free hot meal.

Call to book: 023 9298 7881
Find out more about activities for primary school and secondary school students on the CM Sports website

Globe Fit

West Wight Sports & Community Centre, Moa Pl, Freshwater, PO40 9XH
Warren Farm, Warren Farm, Alum Bay, PO39 0JB

For ages reception to 8.

Our clubs are a place where your child will make friends, experience hours of fun and create memories that will last a lifetime. Each club day is themed around the world that we live in and offers a range of fully inclusive and educational activities.

Call to book: 0330 133 0573
Find out more about GlobeFit on their website.

Island Riding Centre (waiting list only)
Staplers Road, Newport, PO30 2NB

Horse riding and related stable management activities are proven to engage young people especially those with SEN or on the autism spectrum. Our activities are physical and predominantly outdoors and we engage young people in a fun way of learning about horses and horse care. Healthy lunch and snacks are provided via our onsite restaurant.

Call to book: 01983 214000
Find out more about Island Riding Centre on their website.

JG Tennis Coaching

Ryde Lawn Tennis Club, Playstreet Lane, Ryde, PO33 3LJ

Our tennis and multi-skills camps are a fun-packed programme of sporting activities and games for young people of all abilities. All our coaches are LTA qualified, DBS Checked and first aid trained.

Call to book:  07340419520
Find out more about JG Sports on their website.

Personal Best
Venues will vary on a daily basis

A teen project for young people aged 11-16. Workshops will target 6-key themes based upon the Personal Best DNA curriculum; Future World Skills, Physical Wellbeing, Global Thinking, Nutrition & Health, Personal Development and Mind.

Telephone: 01794 510225
Find out more and book on the Personal Best website. 

Theatre Educational (waiting list only)
Oakfield Primary School, Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1NE

As a specialist educational theatre, professional theatre staff will help children rehearse and perform roles that culminate in a show case to families. Art, craft and physical activities are a core part of our programme.

Call to book:  07984 170014
Find out more about TheatreEducational on their website. 

YMCA (waiting list only)
Winchester House, Sandown Road, Shanklin, PO37 6HU

For ages reception to 12.

Set in a perfect location overlooking Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight HAF camps utilise the fantastic facilities at Winchester House and the beach, local parks and attractions. We offer many opportunities for young people to enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor sessions, making new friends and learning new skills along the way.

Call to book: 01983 862441
Find out more about the YMCA at Winchester House on their website.

West Wight Nursery (waiting list only)
Summers Lane, Totland, PO39 0HQ

Our club accesses a range of resources including: art and crafts, role play, construction, games, books, DVDs and computers. More active games include table tennis and snooker, parachute play, kite flying, football, tennis and cricket. We provide a range of activities, but there is also time for the children to follow their own ideas and to relax.

Call to book: 01983 640190
Find out more about West Wight Nursery on their website

Football Fun Factory
Ryde Academy, Pell Lane, Ryde, PO33 3LL

Young people will take part fun and exciting experiences, including inflatables alongside more traditional football activities. Activities are varied, from our inflatable pitch to social movement games. Young people will be active, safe, and enjoying various ways to play and engage with others.

Email to book:
Find out more about Football Fun Factory on their website. 

Other free and low cost things to do

The Museum of Island History is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 1pm. £1 for adults and 50p for children.

Newport Roman Villa will be open 3 April to 30 September 2023 on Monday, Wednesdays and Friday 10.30am to 2.30pm (last entry). In July and August Newport Roman Villa will open Monday to Saturday. 
£4.50 for adults, £3 for children, £12.50 for a family ticket.

This blog from Visit Isle of Wight has some great ideas for free things to do on the Island.

What's on in our libraries this Easter

Ventnor Library

  • Make an Easter wreath, Saturday 8 April, 11am to12pm. For ages 5+
  • Lego and Duplo Club, every Saturday 2pm to 3pm

Ryde Library

  • Family board games, every Saturday 2pm to 4pm
  • Storytime (age 3-8), every Saturday 11am to 11.30am
  • Rhymetime, Monday 3 April 10.30am to 11am
  • Lego Club, every Tuesday 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Easter Craft drop in, Wednesday 5 April 10.30am to12pm
  • Royal Fleas with Jules Marriner, listen to Jules’ story and make a crown for the King! Tuesday 11 April 10.30am. Free but booking essential, please phone the library (01983 823825) to book.

Cowes Library

  • Activity Fun Day! Saturday 1 April
    • Children's Games Club 10.30am to 12pm with a variety of games to play
    • Casual Chess session 10am to 3pm for all ages. Come and play chess or learn from others. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Rhymetime, Monday 3 April 11am to11.30am
  • EF Isle of Wight Easter Craft Workshop for all ages, including face painting. Enjoy free fun crafts and find out about what EF hosting is all about, Monday 3 April 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday Chess for all ages. Come and play chess or learn from others. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the session, Tuesday 4 and 11 April 2am to 5pm.
  • Royal fun with Jules Marriner. Hear 'Royal Fleas' and make your own King Charles!  Saturday 8 April 10.30am. Free event but you need to book with Cowes Library 01983 293341.
  • Junior Colouring Club. Enjoy some colouring in and being creative with pencils and pens. All materials provided.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, Saturday 15 April 2pm to 4pm

Sandown Library

  • Rhymetime, Thursday 6 April, 10.30am to 11am
  • Lego Club, Saturday 1 and Saturday 15 April, 11am to 12pm
  • Make an Easter Windmill, Thursday 13 April 10.30am to11.30am, free but booking essential, phone the library (01983 402748) to book.
  • Royal fun with Jules Marriner! Story and Craft session, Tuesday 4 April at 10.30am, booking essential, phone the library (01983 402748) to book.

Freshwater Library

  • Lego, every Saturday, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Duplo, Tuesday 4 April, 10am to 12pm
  • Make an Easter card, Saturday 1 April, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Junk Modelling, Saturday 8 April, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Storytime and Duplo Play, Tuesday 11 April 10am
  • Spring Crafts! Wednesday 12 April, 2pm to 4pm
  • Rhymetime, Friday 14 April, 10am to 10.30am

Lord Louis Library, Newport

The first 30 children aged 3-10 to borrow a book from Monday 3 April will take home an Easter Craft Bag!
Please note due to the library’s repair works sadly our usual activities are unable to take place.

Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (