Skip to main content

Summer Holiday Activity Programme 2018

Here you can find a complete listing of exciting activities and events that are running in Waltham Forest throughout the Summer break. There really is something for everyone including amazing arts and crafts, dazzling dramatics and outdoor adventures!

We have FREE family sessions for 5 to 11 year olds and more FREE activities for 11 to 19 year olds (25 for children with SEND). This means that there is always something fun to do across the borough during Summer!

Download Summer Activity Brochure.pdf (1.4 MB)

Free Families Sessions for 5 to 11 years

This Summer we have a wide range of free exciting activities across the borough available for you to enjoy with your family. The sessions will provide opportunities for children to try new things and learn new skills, whilst having fun and making new friends.

All sessions are led by Waltham Forest Play Workers, with specialist workshops provided by professionals from a variety of local organisations. Most activities run for 45 minutes to enable all children to be able to try everything on offer during each session, and allow families to join at any time throughout the session.

Activities that are provided throughout these sessions are suitable and designed for children aged 5 – 11. Children aged 5 – 7 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the sessions. Children aged 8 – 11 may attend the session independently, however a parent, guardian or carer must attend the first session to complete the relevant paperwork.

Details of the dates and times of these activities are below so you can plan your time throughout Summer.   

Monday 23rd July to Friday 24th August 2018


10am to 12.30pm

1.30pm to 4pm

North (Chingford)

Handsworth Primary School, Handsworth Avenue, E4 9PJ

St Marys RC Primary School, Station Road, E4 7BJ


Chapel End Infants School,
4 Roberts Road, E17 4LS

Coppermill Primary School, Edward Road, E17 6PB


Greenleaf Primary School,
80 Greenleaf Road, E17 6QW

Edinburgh Primary School, 97 Queens Rd, E17 8QR


Woodside Primary Academy Barrett Road, E17 3ND

Roger Ascham Primary School, Wigton Rd, E17 5HU

(Leyton / Leytonstone)

Buxton School, Terling Close, E11 3NT

George Tomlinson Primary School, Harrington Road, E11 4QN

Free Activities for 11 to 19 years

This summer we have a wide range of free activities for older children aged 11 to 19 years across the borough for you to enjoy.

All activities are inclusive of children with SEN and/or disabilities, however if your child does have additional needs please contact us on 020 8496 3000 before booking so we can ensure the provider can meet the needs of your child.

The courses will provide an opportunity to learn new skills, try new activities and meet new friends. Booking is essential on the programme so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Book a place on an exciting summer activity now

Fun in the Park

Come and enjoy our beautiful parks, fun play equipment, and get involved in games and activities at the Play Bus.

Why not bring the family and a picnic and make a day of it!

Activities will take place during the summer at the following parks:

Park Date
Jubilee Park (Marsh Lane entrance), E10 Friday 3rd August - 10am - 12pm & Thursday 26th July - 2pm - 4pm
Acacia Road Play Area, E11 Friday 10th August 10am - 12pm
Cathall Green (opposite E11 Leisure Centre) Friday 17th August 10am - 12pm
Henry Reynolds Park, E11  Friday 24th August 10am - 12pm & Friday 27th July - 2pm - 4pm
Thomas Gamuel Park E17 Friday 27th July 10am - 12pm
St James Park, E17 Friday 24th August 2pm - 4pm
Arnett Square, (Chingford Hall) E4 Friday 17th August 2pm - 4pm
Pimp Hall, E4 Friday 10th August 2pm - 4pm
Higham Hill Recreation Ground E17 Friday 3rd August 2pm - 4pm
Highams Park, E4 Thursday 26th July 10am - 12pm

Free Summer Cycling School

The Summer Cycling School is Waltham Forest’s holiday cycling club for children aged 4 and above. The free sessions are provided by the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme and run by our partners Cycle Confident. There are sessions for complete beginners or those who want to gain more confidence on two wheels. Bikes and helmets can also be provided.

Sessions will take place in local parks over three weeks in July and August.

  • 23-27 July - Leyton Jubilee Park from
  • 13-17 August - Walthamstow’s Lloyd Park
  • 28-31 August - Ridgeway Park, Chingford,

Places are limited so book onto a session in advance by following the link below.

Book a Summer Cycling School place

Children and family centres

Children and Family Centres are a great place to learn, play and enjoy. Every family with children under five in Waltham Forest is invited to register at their nearest Children and Family Centre to take advantage of the many services and activities being offered. This Summer, all Children and Family Centres in Waltham Forest are offering an exciting range of free and chargeable activities such as baby clinics, rhyme time and parent toddler groups.

Download the children and family centre summer timetable

Holiday Club Providers in Waltham Forest

If you are looking for all day childcare, there are many Holiday Clubs open across the borough during the holidays. These clubs are open all day Monday to Friday. 

View a listing of holiday club providers

Don't forget, if you use an Ofsted registered Holiday Club you can receive help with you childcare costs if you are eligible. Further information about tax credits, tax-free childcare, childcare vouchers and other support can be found at

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

owl logo

Waltham Forest's Local Offer is the one stop shop for all support and activities recommended by the parents and carers of the children and young people with disabilities in Waltham Forest.

This includes our Places to go, things to do sections for the below age groups.#

0 to 5 years 5 to 11 years
11 to 19 years 19 to 25 years

For even more information, visit the Local Offer for information on all services and support available for children and young people with SEND

Need more advice ?

rating button