We use essential cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. These will be set only if you accept.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our cookies page.

Essential Cookies

Essential cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. For example, the selections you make here about which cookies to accept are stored in a cookie.

You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics Cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify you.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are ones planted by other websites while using this site. This may occur (for example) where a Twitter or Facebook feed is embedded with a page. Selecting to turn these off will hide such content.

Skip to main content

Free, fun and flavourful – support available for eligible families this Easter half term Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

By Buckinghamshire Council Halton Parish Council

Tuesday, 5 March 2024


Buckinghamshire Council


This Easter, the popular Holidays Activities and Food (HAF) programme is returning with a variety of free fun-filled holiday activities and clubs for eligible children and young people in their local area. Booking opens tomorrow, Friday 1 March!

Funded by the Department for Education and coordinated by the council, thousands of places are available for children and young people (from Reception to Year 11) in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, to take part in the activities. A healthy hot meal is also provided at each activity.

Day trips, adventure activities, sports, dance and cookery are just some of the activities included within the Easter HAF programme, plus many more! There really is something for children of all ages and interests.

See details of all the activities and clubs on offer this Easter.

On Friday 1 March, parents and carers whose children are eligible for HAF places will receive an email or text message from which will contain a HAF voucher. Those who are new or unfamiliar with the booking system are encouraged to read the guidance on how to book HAF places.

In addition to the holiday activities, Buckinghamshire Council is providing eligible families with a £30 digital food voucher to use during the Easter holidays. Children and young people who receive free school meals are eligible for the voucher, as well as those receiving early years’ pupil premium or 2-year-old funded free education places. This scheme is funded from the Department for Work and Pensions’ Household Support Grant. The digital vouchers can be used in most major supermarkets in Buckinghamshire and are sent via the child’s school or Early Years setting ahead of the last week of term.

Arif Hussain, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We know that the school holidays can incur extra financial pressures for families, so we are continuing to offer support to those who need it, including those not eligible for other forms of school holiday support.

“I urge anyone facing difficulties to get in touch with the council. We are there to help if you are struggling to afford necessities such as food, fuel and other household costs. For support, help and guidance visit, call 01296 531151 or complete the online contact us form and someone will contact you.”

For more support, advice or further activities and events for children this Easter, including a range of free and low-cost school holiday activities, visit Buckinghamshire Council’s School Easter Holidays support webpage.

Contact Information

Halton Parish Council: Clerk, Fiona Richardson

  • 01296 626073

Find Halton Parish Council

Halton Village Hall, Old School Close, Halton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NG


Additional Information

The village hall is accessible and there is a large disabled toilet. There is a small carpark next to the village hall.