Winter in Dorset is designed to bring high quality, accessible and affordable holiday activities to you, our families in Dorset over the Christmas holidays.

Winter in Dorset is an opportunity for children and young people to:
Watch this short video which showcases the impact the programme had over the summer holidays:

Holiday, activities and food programme

Find out more about the holiday, activities and food (HAF) programme.

If your child is eligible for benefit-related free school meals they're also eligible for a Winter in Dorset pass code.

If you registered your child for Easter/Summer in Dorset you do not need to sign up again; your pass code will still be valid.

Contact us if you've lost your pass code and we can find it for you.

Sign up for free activities

Sign up to register your child for free activities if your child is eligible for benefit-related free school meals.

Winter in Dorset activities for all children

We're supporting organisations to deliver a diverse programme of holiday clubs, activities and fun days.

Search for Winter in Dorset activities

Search for Winter in Dorset events and activities. Keep checking the list - we're adding more activities every day!

Contact our Holiday Activities team if you need help signing up.

Once you sign up we'll send you your Winter in Dorset pass code by text or email. Keep your code somewhere safe as you'll need it to book free places on holiday activities throughout the year.

Many of the activities that accept the pass code will also be open to fee-paying customers too.

If your child is not eligible for free school meals, many activities that accept the pass code will also be open to fee-paying customers too. You can search for activities in your area on our Family Information Directory.

Activities for children with SEND

To make sure we're still supporting all our families we're using Winter in Dorset as an opportunity to encourage all providers to be as inclusive as possible. We're offering more funding and training to make sure our providers have the support they need to make activities suitable for children and young people with SEND.

Find holiday activities for children and young people with SEND

More organisations are now offering activities (with a cost) for children with SEND. Search the Help and Kindness website for suitable activities.
Contact the activity providers if you want to know more about accessibility or you have any concerns.

Children and young people with continuing healthcare

If your child is eligible for continuing healthcare they may be able to access short breaks.

Find short breaks for your child on our Family Information Directory.

Food and nutrition resources

As well as all the fun activities we also want to help families get access to tasty and nutritious food over the holidays.

Eating well is a great way to help you live well, feel good and is important for a child's development.

Find tips and recipes for healthy eating at home and watch our useful cook-along videos.

Contact the Holiday Activities team