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Welcome to the Essex ActivAte holiday activities page – here you can access a whole host of free resources to keep your children active and entertained over the Easter Holidays.

Activity pack

Download your very own ActivAte Easter activity pack , which is full of games, challenges and creative tasks for primary school children, as well as some tasty and nutritious recipe inspiration for all the family. Try clicking the boxes in the pack to fill them in, or click on our partner’s logos for even more resources!

Plus save the colouring in pages below to open them in ‘paint’ on any laptop or PC:

Keep Essex Active YouTube Take Over

Alongside our face to face holiday clubs (for which sign ups are now closed), we are taking over the Keep Essex Active YouTube channel, bringing you a range of virtual sessions including fun physical activity and sport, arts and crafts, cooking videos, story time, rhyme time and creative writing as well some special challenge videos. On top of that you can also access cooking demonstrations to prepare and eat as a family.


Resources for older children?

For young people aged 13-25, the Essex Youth Service is running a lots of activities throughout the Easter break, which you can still sign up for now. Click here to find out more!


Essex ActivAte Holiday Clubs 

There is still time to book on to the second week! Use the links below.

Essex ActivAte is the new holiday activity and food programme run by Active Essex in partnership with Essex County Council and funded by the Department for Education. Working with a network of holiday club delivery partners the programme provides FREE face to face clubs for young people who are eligible for benefits based free school meals, as well as young people from working families who would benefit from this extra support. Clubs will include fun activities, including sports and arts & crafts, for at least 4 hours per day over 8 days of the Easter holidays*. Plus every child will get a tasty, nutritious lunch!

As part of the Easter holidays we will also be working with a range of expert partners in order to deliver SEND Activity Hubs, delivering specialist workshops. These will provide coaching and inclusive physical and enrichment activities for SEND pupils, to ensure they get the best out of their Easter Holidays.

We are pleased to also be delivering a number of Mental Wellbeing Hubs which will deliver supported activities over shorter sessions, in smaller groups. Activities will be sensitive to the children’s needs, focusing on gentle social transition and coping exercises to help with the move back to community engagement.

*Please note SEND and Mental Wellbeing hubs may be shorter.

To find out more about the ActivAte Easter face to face sessions and to book your free place please click on the locality link below:

South Essex-Basildon, Brentwood, Rochford, Castlepoint

Mid Essex-Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree 

North Essex-Colchester, Tendring

West Essex-Harlow, Epping, Uttlesford

If you are based in Thurrock then you will be pleased to see that Thurrock Council are also delivering holiday activity and food clubs this Easter, for more information and to book click here.