Fun summer holiday activities in Harrow for children aged 4 to 16

Children taking part in a classroom activity

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is back this summer across Harrow, this time with more activities, including specialist provision available for children with SEND.

Twenty local organisations in Harrow are opening their doors to thousands of children and young people. From Monday 25th July all the way through to the start of September, they will be running a variety of activities including: multisports, drama field trips, drama workshops, cooking lessons, sports coaching, dance, and so much more. Every programme offers a free nutritious meal each day and places are free for families eligible for Free School Meals (means tested).

In addition, there are even more resources available for parents and families this summer! Each child and young person will be provided with a Nutritional Pack at their programme, giving them activities, recipes, and educational resources all about healthy living.

All activities can be viewed and now booked via

HAF Summer Wrap Up Video:


The food for this Summer’s HAF programme is being provided by London’s Community Kitchen. Targeting ‘Zero Waste, Zero Hunger’, they have taken on over a dozen trainees who were previously accessing universal credit or jobseeker’s allowance. These trainees are getting hands-on training and experience in the lead up to summer, so that during the holidays they can kick-start their careers in catering making fresh nutritious meals for the young people involved in the HAF programme.


Funded by the Department for Education, the HAF programme in Harrow is organised by Harrow Council and Young Harrow Foundation. This year, additional funding from the DVS Foundation has meant that the programme is no longer exclusive to children eligible for free school meals, with spaces open for even more children to get involved.

Paul Hewitt, Chief Executive Interim Head of Paid Services, Harrow Council said:

“Partnering with local organisations, the Department for Education, Young Harrow Foundation, local sponsors and more, has transformed how we at Harrow Council are approaching tackling food poverty in our borough. The sheer range of activities on offer shows the exciting creativity of what we can achieve with this partnership.

We are thrilled to have the HAF programme running for a second year in Harrow. With each holiday period, we are improving more and more and trying out new and exciting ways of working. This summer promises to be something truly special.”

Find this and more here:

See videos of Harrow’s HAF programmes in action.

Published: 14th July 2022