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Supporting children and families

We work with partners through our Children and Families partnership to provide opportunities such as holiday activities, but also give support for when things aren’t going so well. Please see below for further details.

Cotswold Winter Holiday activity and Food Programme (20 December to 23 December)

Cotswold District Council is working with Gloucestershire County Council and World Jungle to offer four days of activities and events this winter for children eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals, called the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF), funded by the Department for Education.

Using grant funding we are also able offer a Holiday Activities Programme (HAP) (formerly COMF) open to all children in Gloucestershire.

For detailed information about the programme, please visit Gloucestershire - activities and food programme

Please note that as a Cotswold resident you are only able to book Cotswold activities. Details about how to book can be found below.

See also: Winter Holiday Activities and Food programme FAQs

The Cotswold offer includes structured activities (from December 20th to 23rd 2021), tickets/vouchers for local attractions and activities, food hampers and baking kits.

Register

If you haven’t done so yet, you need to register for the programme before you can make your bookings. If you signed up in the Summer for HAF or COMF, you do not need to sign up again.

Booking

Expand the options below to view the types of activities, vouchers and tickets on offer and book.

  • You will be able to book activities from 1 December
  • All food hamper bookings need to be made by 10 December

Please note that activities will be listed as:

  • HAF only (Holiday Activities and Food Programme, for children aged 5 to 16 who are eligible for benefits related Free School Meals)
  • HAP only (Holiday Activities Programme, (formerly COMF) open to all children and young people)
  • HAF & HAP

Please make sure that you book activities according to eligibility.

Activities, tickets and vouchers

Click on the headings below to expand the full details. Use the links provided for each offer to book your activities and food once you have registered.

Structured activities aimed at different ages (HAF & HAP)

Provider Activity When? Ages Where?

Cotswold Landscapes

Join us on a personal journey into the woods and enjoy everything this fantastic natural playground has to offer. This experience will involve gathering wood for a fire, log splitting with axes, making woodland dens, cooking a very tasty outdoors meal in a stunning Cotswolds wood, and other woodland activities.

Book on >

Mon 20th

11-3pm

Food provided

8-16

Pemmington Copse, Notgrove Estate, near Northleach, Gloucestershire, Stanborough Lane, Cold Aston, Gloucestershire, GL54 3BY

Inspire to Aspire

Do you wanna build a snowman? we can't guarantee any snow but do come and join us for Christmas themed crafts, fun, food and play all for free this Christmas Holidays. Places available for ages 8-13 across the Cotswolds.  Football sessions are delivered by FA qualified coaches from Inspired Football Coaching. Swimming sessions will need a costume and a towel to participate.

Book on > 

Mon 20th

11am-3pm

Food provided

8-13

Monday 11am-3pm

Chesterton Primary School - Cirencester - Rounders

Lechlade Memorial Hall - FA football coaching

School of Larks

Aerial & Circus skills Sessions (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of aerial trapeze, silks and rope along with other Circus skills, such as juggling, balancing and object manipulation. The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Circus skills sessions: (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of juggling, tightrope walking, hula hooping, plate spinning and more!!!!!!! The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Book on >

Mon 20th 

10am – 12

 1-3pm

 

5-11 yrs

11-16yrs

St Peter’s Church Hall
7 St Peters Road
CIRENCESTER
Gloucestershire
GL7 1RE

Stow Youth Centre

 

Christmas crafts, cooking and sports and games with table football, pool and more

Book on >

Mon 20th

11am -3pm

Food provided

7-15

Centre 67

Stow Youth Centre, Fosseway, Stow-on-the-wold, GL54 1DW

World Jungle

Come and join us for a special Christmas Party - Christmas crafts & food, Christmas Party Games and even a visit from Father Christmas visit! Food included. Also with a special visit from Madame Zucchini and her incredible vegetable show.

Book on >

Mon 20th

11-3pm  

Food provided

6-13

Dolphins Hall, Tetbury

Cotswold Forest School

Winter fuel foraging and fire starting/

Crafty Festive Creations!

Book on >

Monday 20th

10am -11:45 or 12:15 - 2pm

7+

Clayhill Copse
Spine Road East B4696

1 mile North East of Ashton Keynes

Site entrance is next to Clayhill public car park and shared with Combat Splat

Cotswold  National Landscape

Join us on a personal journey into the woods and enjoy everything this fantastic natural playground has to offer. This experience will involve gathering wood for a fire, log splitting with axes, making woodland dens, cooking a very tasty outdoors meal in a stunning Cotswolds wood, and other woodland activities.

Book on >

Tues 21st

11-3pm

Food provided

8-16

Pemmington Copse, Notgrove Estate, near Northleach, Gloucestershire, Stanborough Lane, Cold Aston, Gloucestershire, GL54 3BY

Inspire to Aspire

Do you wanna build a snowman? we can't guarantee any snow but do come and join us for Christmas themed crafts, fun, food and play all for free this Christmas Holidays. Places available for ages 8-13 across the Cotswolds.  Football sessions are delivered by FA qualified coaches from Inspired Football Coaching. Swimming sessions will need a costume and a towel to participate.

Book on > 

Tues 21st

11am-3pm

8-13

Tuesday 11am -3pm

Chipping Campden Leisure centre - Swimming

Upper Rissington - FA Football coaching

School of Larks

Aerial & Circus skills Sessions (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of aerial trapeze, silks and rope along with other Circus skills, such as juggling, balancing and object manipulation. The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Circus skills sessions: (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of juggling, tightrope walking, hula hooping, plate spinning and more!!!!!!! The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Book on >

Tues 21st

10am -12pm

1pm-3pm

 

5-11 yrs

11-16yrs

St Peter’s Church Hall7 St Peters Road
CIRENCESTER
Gloucestershire
GL7 1RE

Stow Youth Centre

Trip to the Pantomime in Cheltenham

Book on >

Tues 21st

7-15

Stow Youth Centre

Cotswold Forest School

Fire starting and Margarita pizza cooking/ Winter survival shelter building.

Book on >

Tues 21st

10am -11:45 or 12:15 -2pm

7+

Clayhill Copse
Spine Road East
B4696

1 mile North East of Ashton Keynes

Site entrance is next to Clayhill public car park and shared with Combat Splat

Into Nature

Family forest Play Activities

Book on >

Tuesday 21st

4-16

Hailey Wood Sawmill, Quaker Row, GL7 6LA

Cotswold Landscapes

Join us on a personal journey into the woods and enjoy everything this fantastic natural playground has to offer. This experience will involve gathering wood for a fire, log splitting with axes, making woodland dens, cooking a very tasty outdoors meal in a stunning Cotswolds wood, and other woodland activities.

Book on >

Wed 22nd

11-3pm

Food provided

8-16

Pemmington Copse, Notgrove Estate, near Northleach, Gloucestershire, Stanborough Lane, Cold Aston, Gloucestershire, GL54 3BY

World Jungle

Disney Dance & Christmas Cookie decorating with lunch Ages 5-8 ( 10-12:45 )

 11-2pm  9-11 year olds Hip Hop Street Dance

Christmas Cookie Making

Book on >

Wed 22nd 

10 -12:45

&

11-2pm

5-11

Fairford Community Centre

World Jungle

Come and join us for a special Christmas Party - Christmas crafts & food, Christmas Party Games and even a visit from Father Christmas visit! Food included. Also with a special visit from Madame Zucchini and her incredible vegetable show.

Book on >

Wed 22nd

11am-3pm

 

6-13

Dolphins Hall , Tetbury

Inspire to Aspire

Do you wanna build a snowman? we can't guarantee any snow but do come and join us for Christmas themed crafts, fun, food and play all for free this Christmas Holidays. Places available for ages 8-13 across the Cotswolds.  Football sessions are delivered by FA qualified coaches from Inspired Football Coaching. Swimming sessions will need a costume and a towel to participate.

Book on > 

Wed 22nd

11am-3pm

8-13

Wednesday 11am-3pm

Bourton on the Water Leisure Centre – Swimming

Chesterton Primary School, Cirencester on Wednesday 11am-3pm for Football

School of Larks

Aerial & Circus skills Sessions (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of aerial trapeze, silks and rope along with other Circus skills, such as juggling, balancing and object manipulation. The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Circus skills sessions: (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of juggling, tightrope walking, hula hooping, plate spinning and more!!!!!!! The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Book on >

Wed 22nd

10am -12pm

1pm-3pm

 

 

5-11 yrs

11-16yrs

Cotswold School, Bourton

Stow Youth Centre

 

Christmas crafts, cooking and sports and games with table football, pool and more

Book on >

Wed. 22nd 

11am-3pm

7-15

Stow Youth Centre

Cotswold Forest School

Winter fuel foraging and fire starting/ Warrior staff whittling.

Book on >

Wednesday 22nd

10am -11:45 or 12:15 -2pm

7+

Clayhill Copse
Spine Road East
B4696

1 mile North East of Ashton Keynes

Site entrance is next to Clayhill public car park and shared with Combat Splat

Into Nature

Family forest Play Activities

Book on >

Tuesday 21st

4-16

Hailey Wood Sawmill, Quaker Row, GL7 6LA

 

Cotswold Landscapes

Join us on a personal journey into the woods and enjoy everything this fantastic natural playground has to offer. This experience will involve gathering wood for a fire, log splitting with axes, making woodland dens, cooking a very tasty outdoors meal in a stunning Cotswolds wood, and other woodland activities.

Book on >

Thurs 23rd

11-3pm

Food provided

8-16

Pemmington Copse, Notgrove Estate, near Northleach, Gloucestershire, Stanborough Lane, Cold Aston, Gloucestershire, GL54 3BY

Cotswold Forest School

Damper bread making; garlic, pesto or cheese mix / Crafty Festive Creations! 

Book on >

Thursday 23rd

10am -11:45 or 12:15 -2pm

7+

Clayhill Copse
Spine Road East
B4696

1 mile North East of Ashton Keynes

Site entrance is next to Clayhill public car park and shared with Combat Splat

World Jungle

Come and join us for a special Christmas Party - Christmas crafts & food, Christmas Party Games and even a visit from Father Christmas visit! Food included. Also with a special visit from Madame Zucchini and her incredible vegetable show.

Book on >

Thursday 23rd 

10am - 2pm

6-13

St Peter’s Church Hall
7 St Peters Road
CIRENCESTER
Gloucestershire
GL7 1RE

School of Larks

Aerial & Circus skills Sessions (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of aerial trapeze, silks and rope along with other Circus skills, such as juggling, balancing and object manipulation. The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Circus skills sessions: (For both 5-11yrs and 11-16yrs sessions)
These sessions are packed full of fun, excitement and extraordinary skills. We will be teaching a mixture of juggling, tightrope walking, hula hooping, plate spinning and more!!!!!!! The sessions are open to all abilities so come and have a go, expand and build on skills you already have or try something completely new.

Book on >

Thurs 23rd

10am -3pm

1-3pm

 

5-11 yrs

11-16yrs

Cotswold School, Bourton

Inspire to Aspire

Do you wanna build a snowman? we can't guarantee any snow but do come and join us for Christmas themed crafts, fun, food and play all for free this Christmas Holidays. Places available for ages 8-13 across the Cotswolds.  Football sessions are delivered by FA qualified coaches from Inspired Football Coaching. Swimming sessions will need a costume and a towel to participate.

Book on > 

Thurs 23rd

11am-3pm

8-13

Thursday 11am -3pm

St Davids Hall- Moreton in Marsh - Football

Dolphins Hall - Tetbury - Rounders

Stow Youth Centre

 

Christmas crafts, cooking and sports and games with table football, table tennis, pool and with a special visit from Madame Zucchini

Book on >

Thursday 23rd

11-3pm,

7-15

Stow Youth Centre

 

Tickets and vouchers (HAF & HAP)

  • Adam Henson’s Farm Park: tickets for all four days, 5.15pm arrival on each day
  • Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas: 20th/21st December, 7.40pm arrival on each day
  • Sudley Castle (Spectacle of Light): 20th/ 21st December, 5.30pm arrival
  • Corinium Museum: Craft and Christmas Trail around the museum on the 20th and 21st December, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park: Open tickets for adults and children 
  • The Barn Theatre, Cinderella - The Brothers Grimm: 21st 7.30pm, 22nd 2.30 and 7.30pm, 23rd 2.30 and 7.30pm, 
  • Swim Vouchers (Leisure Centres): 50 children vouchers only- 8years+ (£20) and 50 child    and parent vouchers (£35). Vouchers include vending machine and equipment (swimming trunks, googles etc. if needed)- any time within opening hours, please contact the Leisure Centre directly for swimming times (Bourton-on-the-Water or Chipping Campden)

Transport is available (only if you have no other means of transport) either through coaches that we have booked or by other means e.g. taxi companies or community transport- details can be found on the booking site. 

Book tickets and vouchers here >

Food hampers (HAF only)

There are three options for you to choose from:

Able and Cole 

Fruit, veg, and other packeted and/or meat options up to the value of £35.

If a family hasn’t used them before there is a 50% discount ONLY WHEN ORDERING A SET BOX then their remaining money can be used to pay for any extras on their site. (which will be full price).

A video will be available to show how to register on their site, which must be done prior to ordering their box/food.

This order will be delivered to their address and orders must be placed no later than 2 days before their requested delivery date.  Everyone who orders this will each be given a unique voucher and will need to order online via a registration (we are getting a video on how to register to help).

The Cotswold Veg Box

£35 Voucher and a choice between the two following options:

Veg option; 500g of dried pasta, 500g of lentils, 1 half-dozen pack of large free range eggs. It will also include a variety of fresh fruit and veg. We're still to confirm exactly what will be included but it will definitely include all the basic veg needed for a Christmas dinner; carrots, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, swede, parsnips, sprouts, onions, tomatoes, oranges/clementines. We'll also include some more exciting items too, which we will confirm a bit closer to the time as we'll have to make the decision based on what is available at a good price at the time. We'll pack in as much nice veg as we can for the price.

Meat option - 500g of dried pasta, 500g of lentils,1 half-dozen pack of large free range eggs. Also included will be all the basic veg needed for a Christmas dinner; carrots, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, swede, parsnips, sprouts, onions, tomatoes, oranges/clementines in quantities enough to feed 4-6 people. We will also include pigs-in-blankets in all the meat option boxes. We'll also then offer the customer the choice of either sausages and bacon (plain or smoked), or a whole 2kg chicken.

Customers can also choose any items from our build-your-own range if they choose and will get a discount of the £35 provided on the voucher. The total of any custom spend must be exactly, or exceed the £35 on the voucher for it to be applied.

Market Garden greengrocer/Michael Hart & Son butchers

Market Garden will provide a box to the value of £35. There will be two options:

  1. Veg Option including fruit, veg, lentils, eggs, milk and rice
  2. Meat option £20 for the veg box-contents as above (different quantities) plus a meat voucher for £15 included in the offer.  

Baking Kits from Little Cooks Co (HAF)

Little Cooks Co

There are three baking kits to choose from:

Book your baking kits here >

 

 

Other support for children and families

Homestart

Homestart is a voluntary organisation offering support, friendship and practical help to families at home with children under the age of five. For further information, please:

Foodbanks

Foodbanks provide food to individuals and families experiencing crises. For further details of foodbanks please:

 How it works:

  • Food is donated
  • Food is sorted and stored 
  • Frontline care professionals identify people in need
  • Clients receive food 

Cirencester Opportunity Group

Cirencester Opportunity Group is an independent charity providing integrated education for pre-school children and support for their families. They aim to provide a positive, happy and caring environment where children's individual needs are recognised and where each child is encouraged to reach their full potential. At any time, more than half of the children will have a special educational need. For further information please:

The Churn project

The Churn project works with the people and communities of Watermoor, Beeches, and Chesterton in Cirencester. It helps them to help themselves, in ways that are relevant to them, to improve their quality of life and sense of well-being. They aim to provide the services and activities which will make the greatest positive impact for the people who need it the most. For further information please:

Turn2us

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services

Other activities and information for families

For more details about things to do as well as information about money matters, housing, disability, education and childcare and more please: