Hampshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) information

Providing support to families across the county throughout the school holiday period

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme is a government sponsored scheme offering enriching activities and healthy meals to children from reception to year 11 during the Easter, Summer, and Christmas school holidays. Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council deliver it through the Connect4Communities programme.

You can find out more about the HAF scheme on the Department for Education (DfE) website.


Our Holiday Activities and Food scheme supports Hampshire-based children from reception to year 11 who qualify for Free School Meals (FSM).

More information on Free School Meals including how to receive this support can be found on Hampshire County Council's free school meals page.

Finding an activity

Visit Find an activity to locate an activity in your local area. You will be taken to the Hampshire Family Information and Services Hub, where you can explore providers. Make your booking by contacting the providers using the information supplied.

Aims of the HAF programme

As a result of this programme, we want children who attend this provision to

  • eat healthily during the school holidays
  • remain active during the school holidays
  • engage in activities that support the development of resilience, wellbeing, and character, along with their wider educational achievements
  • remain in a safe, socially inclusive environment
  • have an improved awareness on health and nutrition, receiving information that can support their development throughout life
  • be more engaged with school and other local services

We want families who participate with the HAF scheme to

  • develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting
  • know where they can get more information and support on health, employment, and education

What we offer

The HAF scheme is funded by the DfE to provide engaging activities and nutritious meals during the school holidays to children who would normally receive FSM. If your child would normally receive FSM, you do not have to pay for these activity days.

A core ambition of the HAF scheme is to promote the education of living a healthy lifestyle. This begins with healthy eating habits, and each of our providers are required to supply a healthy meal for free.

The providers will cater for children with specific cultural, religious, and allergy-related dietary requirements. Pre-booking is required.


All HAF providers have been awarded their funded places because they have demonstrated to Hampshire HAF team that they will provide and maintain a safe environment in which to participate.

Check with the activity providers to see if you should remain on-site or nearby for the duration of the activity.

Further information

If you have more questions about a specific activity contact the providers.  

If you have any further questions or concerns contact connect4communities@hants.gov.uk