Active Essex and Essex County Council are delivering a major new programme to support working families during the school summer holidays of 2020.

The multi-faceted programme includes free holiday activity clubs, family equipment packs, and information resources. This comprehensive package for working families is the largest ever in Essex and thought to be the first of its kind in the country.

The Essex Summer Holiday Activity Clubs are for:

  • Working parents that need childcare this summer
  • Working parents who are unable to access their normal childcare or struggling to source or afford childcare this summer
  • Supporting parents seeking work who are in need of help with childcare this summer

Active Essex is working with a network of locally trusted organisations across Essex to deliver the free summer activity clubs from Monday 27th July. Each club will run for 5 days per week for at least 4 hours per day, providing a range of sport and physical activities and a healthy packed lunch. All activity clubs will be Covid safe and follow government guidelines.

Families that want their children to attend the activity clubs will receive further information from the lead delivery partner when a booking has been confirmed. In order to benefit as many families as possible, parents will only be able to book their children onto a maximum of 10 days throughout the summer holiday. Any unused spaces will be announced via social media.

Some activity clubs will offer an option to extend the amount of time a child is at the activity club to help parents working full time. There will be a small fee for this extension.

We do expect places to be in great demand, so please do not request more than 10 spaces. We want to avoid the situation of children not turning up for their reserved space at an activity club.  

Places will be given on a first come first served basis and your place. A place will be confirmed by email.

For further information including how to apply for spaces at an activity club, please click on the location link below:


  • Name of delivery organisation: Changing Lives
  • Address of delivery:
  • 27th July – 5th august – Paringdon Sports Centre, Paringdon Rd, Harlow CM19 4QT
  • 5th  August – 5th September – Passmores school, Tracyes Rd, Harlow CM18 6JH
  • Time of activity club delivery: 10-2 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Link to book: Click here
  • Extended day offer?: N/A
  • Other information: You must book on weekly blocks. Please do not book for more than 10 days

For other areas in Essex please click here