Free holiday club returning to Harwich for half term

A FREE holiday club is returning to Harwich next week in a bid to help those who are facing financial difficulties.

Holiday Fun will return to Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre, in Main Road during half term for families in north Essex from Tuesday until Friday next week.

Free activities and lunch will be provided for those in receipt of free school meals, or who are struggling financially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The club is also running at First Site Gallery, in High Street, Colchester and will be offering a takeaway service here for the lunch.

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Each day children will be able to take part in drop-in indoor art sessions and get active with outdoor sports and movement-based activities.

Organisers explained activities at both venues are most suitable for children aged between four and 11, but all ages are welcome – even grown-ups are welcomed to join in.

Art activities will be available from 10am each day, with the sport sessions kicking off at 10:45am and 12:00pm. The canteen will be open for two lunchtime sittings at 11:45am and 1pm, while Colchester takeaway collection times are 12:15pm and 1:30pm.

Firstsite Director, Sally Shaw MBE, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to again secure the funding to bring our popular Holiday Fun programme back to Colchester and Harwich.

“The ongoing financial effects of the pandemic mean many families in our area are still facing huge challenges, so we hope Holiday Fun can relieve some of these pressures and provide a space where everyone can have fun, relax, enjoy some delicious food and be creative together.

“We love meeting new families, as well as welcoming back wonderful families who have visited us before, and our teams work hard to make sure everyone has a really fun day out.”

Bookings for Half Term Holiday Fun open on Friday. To reserve a space, call Firstsite on 01206 713 700 or book online at

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