Summer Blast

Free summer holiday activity and enrichment programme for disadvantaged children in Thanet

Thanet Summer Blast

We know how important staying active and eating well is to the health, wellbeing, and development of our children. These holiday programmes are designed to keep your kids active throughout the school holidays, introduce them to new and exciting activities, and create a fun-filled experience that will stick with them for years to come as well as provide them with free nutritious meals and snacks.

Thanet District Council’s Active Thanet Service is supporting a whole host of local organisations to deliver The Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) across the District.

The Department for Education funding for HAF offers families of children aged 4 to 16, who are eligible for benefits related free school meals (FSM), free opportunities to access a range of activities in the Easter, summer, and Christmas holidays. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please use the eligibility checker: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/

You can find out more about the programmes in your area: Thanet Summer HAF Programmes 2022. To book your place, please contact the relevant organisation.

In partnership with:

Organisations working in Thanet to deliver the HAF Programme:

This year the government is providing additional funding for Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programmes across English local authorities and in Thanet we will be running our biggest programme yet.

Thanet Holiday Activities 2022 will seek to address food poverty, inactivity, isolation and learning loss by children, by:

  • Having access to safe, non-stigmatising places to go for positive activity
  • Eating more healthily over the school holidays
  • Spend time with friends and being more active during the school holidays
  • Taking part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider education attainment
  • Being safe and not to be socially isolated
  • Being ready to return to school, college or to move on to work
  • Supported with healthy recipes and cooking on a budget
  • Be signposted and supported (where required) to early help/family local services
  • Have the opportunity to continue participating in sport and physical activity beyond the holidays.

Thanet Holiday Activity Programmes are aimed at children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals; from Year 1 to Year 11 (age 4-16 years). If you are not sure if you are eligible, please use the eligibility checker on the oncloudforedu.org.uk website.


The Holiday Activity and Food is a free holiday activity and enrichment programme for disadvantaged children which includes food provision.

The programme is funded by a grant to local authorities by the Department for Education based on the number of children eligible in that area.

Some local authorities will coordinate the programme themselves, and others may choose to work with another organisation to coordinate the provision on their behalf.

In Thanet the programme is known locally as the Thanet Summer Blast.

You can find more information on Holiday Activity and Food programmes on the gov.uk website.

Please be aware that coordination and delivery in Thanet may look slightly different.


The main aims are to provide eligible children with an enjoyable and engaging experience during school holidays which will ensure that they take part in regular sport or physical activity and eat regular healthy food during the holiday period.

As a result of their involvement, with a focus on their all-round wellbeing, it is hoped that they will also feel more ready and inspired to engage positively with school and their wider learning when they return after the break.

The programme can also help to support young people who are at the point of transition from primary to secondary school.


Delivery Organisations

  • Sports Connect
  • Team Tasha Fitness
  • Generation Sports
  • Kitchen Social & Cookery Club
  • Yo Street Zone
  • Ramsgate FC
  • Your Leisure
  • Total Sports Coaching
  • Newington Big Local
  • Starlings Support
  • Margate FC
  • Nyla Yoga
  • RM Football Coaching
  • Silvers
  • Inclusive Sport

Supported by:

  • Thanet District Council – Active Thanet
  • StreetGames
  • Thanet’s School Games Organiser

Funded by:

  • The Department for Education in partnership with Kent County Council and The Education People.

Thanet Youth Clubs – Summer Schemes

A range of free activities for young people available Tuesday to Thursday throughout the summer.

Quarterdeck Summer Programme


Youth Centre, Zion place, Margate, CT9 1RP


  • Junior Youth Club 4.15pm – 5.45pm – 8 – 11 years
  • Senior Youth Club 6.30pm – 8.15pm -12 – 18 years


  • 6-ways to Wellbeing 4.30pm – 6.30pm – 11 – 18 years
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award 4.30pm – 6.15pm -13+ years


  • Cool Crew 4.30pm – 6.30pm – 11 – 25 years

For more information, email: Thanetadditionalsupport@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 414363



A range of free activities for young people aged 10 – 19 years with a hidden disability, every Thursday throughout the summer.

The Umbrella Club Programme


Westgate Community Centre, Lymington Rd, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8ES


  • 6pm – 7.30pm for ages 10 – 14
  • 7.30pm – 9pm for ages 14 – 19

Activities on offer; sports, arts and crafts, tuck shop, team building, cooking, Wii, board games, information and advice and much more. No need to book. Just turn up.

For more information, contact: paul@westgateyouthproject.co.uk



A range of free activities for young people available Tuesday to Friday throughout the summer. Please note, The Pavilion Youth and Community Cafe are not responsible for the supervision of any child and all children 10 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book. Just turn up.


St. Peter’s Recreation Ground, St Peter’s, Broadstairs, CT10 3AN


  • Multi-sports and Arts 10.30am – 12 noon and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Evening Youth Club 5pm – 7pm – For ages 11+ only


  • Multi-sports and Arts 10.30am – 12 noon and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Evening Youth Club 5pm – 7pm – For ages 11+ only


  • Multi-sports and Arts 10.30am – 12 noon and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Evening Youth Club 5pm – 7pm – For ages 11+ only


  • 10.30am – 12 noon Music and guitar session (no experience required)
  • Sports Challenges 10.30am – 12 noon and 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Tuesdays – Fridays

  • Minizone Tent – soft play area for preschool children
  • Chill Tent – relaxed space for teens to unwind

For more information, email: pavilioncommunitycafe@gmail.com or call 07963 226275


Offering a variety of FREE events this summer. From graffitti and printing workshops to climbing, mountain biking and studio sessions.

This is in addition to their usual programme, so there is lots for young people to do. It’s first-come-first-serve, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Full details can be found at piefactorymusic.com/summer-events


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