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Holiday activities and food

Welcome to Brighten the Day our holiday activities and food (HAF) programme.

Over the last few years thousands of school aged children have joined in our programme that provides free healthy food and fun activities during the school holidays.  Read more about our 2023 HAF programme in our annual report.

To keep children busy and active when our programme isn't running, we've pulled together a range of online and outdoor activities that are available to all Gateshead families. The activities range from bike rides and nature walks to healthy cooking ideas, crafts and much more. 

Booking is now open for our summer programme with free activities on offer for children of all ages across Gateshead.

If you have any questions about Brighten the Day please contact us.


Brighten the Day summer 2024

Booking is now open for our Brighten the Day summer 2024 programme.

We've got loads of offer for children and young people of all ages in venues across Gateshead.

Highlights this summer include multi-sports, football, cooking and performing arts.  

Book your place

What is Brighten the Day?

Brighten the Day is Gateshead Council's Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

The HAF programme provides food and fun things to do for children who usually get a free school meal. It usually takes place during Summer and Easter school holidays and occassionaly during other school holidays. 

As well as getting a meal, Brighten the Day is a great way for children to have fun and make new friends. Our exciting programme takes place in venues across Gateshead and has something for everyone no matter what their age.  

Brighten the Day is funded by the Department of Education Holiday Activities and Food programme.


Online and outdoor activities

When our holiday activities and food programme isn't running there are still a whole range of free, fun activities to keep children and young people busy both online and in the great outdoors.

Gateshead Family Hubs

Gateshead's Family Hubs provide a welcoming space for families and the wider community.

We support families from conception to the age of two so that all children get the best start in life. Support continues for children up the age of 19 and to age 25 for young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

See Gateshead Family Hubs

Contact us

If you have any queries about Brighten the Day please use our contact us form and someone will come back to you.

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