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HAF Fun Pompey

Portsmouth City Council are delighted to be delivering the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme during the Easter, Summer and Christmas 2021 school holidays. Funded by the Department for Education, funds have been made available to provide free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities, for children aged 5-16 who are eligible for benefits related free school meals. The idea of the programme is to create options and support networks for families during the school holidays when they may be experiencing additional financial and time pressures. It has also been an opportunity to expand our community outreach and engage further with providers who can offer fun school holiday choices for all families throughout the City.

During the Easter holidays, we launched our first ‘HAF Fun Pompey’ programme. Running from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 16 April inclusive our providers had over 3,200 bookings for free, funded spaces and every child was provided with tasty, nutritious food. A majority of the programme was face to face, with some brilliantly inventive remote options too. There was a diverse range of activities from sport to lego, performing arts to ‘Dining with Dickens’, watersports to cooking classes.

PCC are now working in collaboration with a wide range of partners to curate a fantastic programme of activities and events for this Summer. We are very much looking forward to expanding our provision offered during the Easter holidays and, in line with government regulations, being able to open up to even more opportunities this Summer.

Look out for future updates or email  if you have any enquiries. Use #HAF2021 on social media to post about your experiences of the programme.

If you are a local provider who would like to find out more about delivering activities as part of our HAF programme then please also email us.

With many thanks to our providers who facilitated the “HAF Fun Pompey” Easter provision with such energy, commitment and success.


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*Please see the map below to explore where HAF Fun Pompey hosted activities during the Easter holidays.

We will share our Summer programme in due course. Please keep an eye out for future updates and email if you have any enquiries.

Whats On?

Free in the Summer to those who receive benefits-related free school meals.
A range of enriching activities for those aged 5-16
Summer holidays 2021
A range of locations across the City
Event details

Watch this space as we will be releasing the new summer programme soon.

How to book

Email if you have any queries in the meantime.

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What is HAF?

In November 2020 the government announced the significant expansion of its Holiday Activities and Food programme. Portsmouth City Council registered to participate and were delighted to be allocated funding by the Department for Education (DfE). The programme is designed to provide healthy food and enriching activities during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays to children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

It offers valuable support to families on lower incomes, giving them the opportunity to access rewarding and active activities alongside healthy meals over the school holidays

Nationally community, private and voluntary organisations have played an invaluable role in this programme over the last three years, and at PCC we have engaged a wide range of partners throughout the city for the delivery of this programme.

The aim of the programme is for children 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

• be more engaged with school and other local services

The programme funding is for benefits related FSM children only but some of our providers are offering pay as you go places also. Families may be eligible for tax free childcare or the childcare costs element of Universal Credit, through which families may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs.

More info:

Some of the providers are Ofsted registered and can also take childcare vouchers for their pay as you go spaces if applicable. All providers meet the DfE framework of minimum standards (including safeguarding requirements and meals that meet school food standards).

If you have any other questions please contact our HAF project team at

You can also access a range of wellbeing related information in our HAF resource pack for families below:

HAF Fun Pompey information pack for families