School Holidays Harrogate

Holiday care & fun clubs

Are you looking for childcare during the school holidays? Here you will find the best local camps and activities for children of all ages including sports camps, craft, dance & Harrogate Council run school holiday play schemes.

ACTAcademy’s Creative Summer School is back, ready to save your summer!

This year we are running our ACTAcademy Summer School throughout July and August to give children a taste of some sort of normality. Our Summer School will allow your children to enjoy fun activities, make new friends, and nurture the skills that they have been unable to exercise during their time stuck at home, all within the safe walls of our fully Oftsed-registered building and private studios, and abiding by strict government Covid-19 guidelines.

Children can look forward to a week of fun, creativity and education where no day is the same! Our passionate DBS-checked teachers will lead your children on an adventure of discovery, development and joy over the week with the performing and creative arts at the core of our curriculum. Our Summer School is suitable for any child with any interests, currently at Primary School.

To book your child’s place and for more information, head over to the Holidays section of our website or email us at

£120 early bird offer before 1st July. Childcare vouchers accepted.

Creative Arts Camp: 17th– 21st August 2020

Spend a week discovering the different elements that make up the magic of opera and theatre.

In the beautiful setting of Herd Farm in Eccup, North Leeds, participants will explore directing, designing, writing and composing, all based around the opera Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck.

Devised by professional artists from the world of opera and led by tutors from Opera North’s award-winning In Harmony programme, these workshops will be full of music, magic and fun. Participants will also get to experience a very special socially-distanced pop-up performance of Hansel and Gretel, performed by singers and musicians from Opera North.

All activities will be designed specifically for Covid-safe learning according to the latest government advice, and will make full use of Herd Farm’s beautiful 16-acre property.

We welcome all young people aged 8-11 who love being creative and have an interest in music, drama or art. No experience or musical ability is necessary. Please note places are strictly limited in accordance with government guidance.

Price: £220

BOOK HERE:  Once you have booked your place on the Opera North Creative Camp you will be sent full details about the week and an online registration form to complete.

Applications close on 10th August for the Creative Arts Camp.

Summer Strings Academy: 24th-27th August 2020

The Opera North Summer Strings Academy is an immersive week of ensemble training where young string players are tutored by and play alongside string players from the Orchestra of Opera North.

This camp focuses on the skills needed for playing in string ensembles and participants will spend the week playing exciting repertoire and discovering the special relationships between instruments within the string family. Everyone will be appropriately challenged to develop within their technical and musical ability in an inspirational and supportive environment.

Participants will be part of two ensembles – a large string ensemble, and a smaller ensemble such as a quartet or trio. Players will participate in creative composition workshops as well as strings specific masterclasses which give the opportunity for peer and professional feedback, as well as exploring specific string techniques.

Participants will be placed into a group of no more than 15 young musicians and accompanying orchestra members with whom they will remain for all sessions.

Price: £200

Venue: Leeds Town Hall

BOOK HERE. Once you have booked your place on the Strings Academy you will be sent full details about the week and an online registration form to complete.

Applications for the Summer Strings Camp close on 12th August.

0113 243 9999

W/C 27/07, 03/08, 10/08, 17/08, 24/08, 31/08

We have created 6 very different weeks of activities planned very carefully around 6 brilliant and varied stories to entertain the children, whilst inspiring their creative side.

We are very aware that this summer is going to be completely different for our children, without being able to go on our usual holidays and day trips that would normally fill our summer holidays. So, we have created a way where children can delve into the realms of their imagination and enjoy activities that will make them feel uplifted and inspired, whilst in the safety of their own home.

The majority of our activities will not need any special resources or apparatus and for the 2 weeks, where the planned craft uses something a little different, these will be sent out to you. All craft resources needed will be sent out at the beginning of the holidays to give you chance to gather anything for future week.

As with everything we do, we want to be able to offer it to all at a price that can be inclusive and hope that your children have a fantastic summer with us. Here is the line up with the stories:

Week 1 (w.c. 27.07.20) – ‘Beautiful Oops’, by Barney Saltzberg

Week 2 (w.c. 03.08.20) – ‘Jack’s Amazing Shadow’, by Tom Percival

Week 3 (w.c. 10.08.20) – ‘The Adventurers’, by Rachel Elliot

Week 4 (w.c. 17.08.20) – ‘The Snail and the Whale’, by Julia Donaldson

Week 5 (w.c. 24.08.20) – ‘The Dragon Machine’, by Helen Ward

Week 6 (w.c. 31.08.20) – ‘The Koala Who Could’, by Rachel Bright

On Mondays you will receive an email with a video introducing the book and telling the story in our very own creative way. Also in this email will be an Explorers Sheet. This gives you another 5 activities or ways that the children can understand more of the story and the moral or theme behind it.

Tuesdays is all about music, with a Zoom class at 10:30am

Wednesdays is a drama day, with a very interactive Zoom class at 10:30am

Thursdays is the day of craft. This will either be a Zoom class at 10:30am or a video if the nature of the craft needs some pausing and coming back to. All craft resource lists will be sent to you when you sign up, so you’ll have chance to get everything ready before the class.

To book visit

0113 4001077

Camps Schedule

Starting on Monday 27th!

We are super excited to announce that we will be re-opening for camps and classes soon!


Running 3 days a week to start with, but with room to grow if there is demand.

Morning Camps – 9.00-12.00

Afternoon Camps – 1.00-4.00


We recommend booking three mornings or afternoons, to limit the bubbles your child is in, however we understand that you may only want to book one camp a week.


Spaces are limited so book early

Only 15 children per camp in accordance with current Covid-19 guidelines.

3hrs OFSTED Registered Camps

Three morning or afternoons:

Members £80

Non Members £110

Individual camps:
Members: £30
Non-Member £40
No lunchtime clubs available due to cleaning commitments!

We are offering Priority Booking to members until Satuday 18th July.
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Tinies – Summer Buddies

At Tinies we have more than 45 years of experience helping parents, businesses and childcares find their perfect match. Our Summer Buddies offer tailored, flexible, and one-to-one family in-home attention to safely provide childcare and help at home as you when you need it. This may be to provide regular or ad hoc childcare, from a few hours to full days or nights; we can provide bespoke options for you.

In-home care with one-to-one attention to keep your family safe

Our Summer Buddies offer tailored, flexible, and one-to-one in-home attention to safely get all the family back on track. All our Summer Buddies are safe, reliable, skilled and screened childcare professionals, have enhanced DBS checks, are fully referenced and, where required, have a Paediatric First Aid qualification, other Early Years qualification or equivalent experience.

Our Summer Buddies have experience looking after babies and toddlers, and can also care for school-aged and older children. Tinies Summer Buddies are ready to bring the camp-like fun into your home and give your children a summer to remember.

Contact Tinies here

Born of The Forest

Summer Holiday play sessions are now available to book online.

They will run over the summer holidays on Mondays and Thursdays.

Creation Station – Summer Art Camp Packages

Summer Art Camp – at home.

You will be sent camp boxes and there will be videos to follow.

If you’d like to join our Summer Art Camp or have any questions, please see their FB page.

Harrogate District Dance Company

Summer Sessions dance classes provide dancers with the opportunity to receive training in 3 different dance genres a week in a safe, fun and ‘covid compliant’ atmosphere. 😎🌤

Session sizes are limited to allow for social distancing and depending on their age, dancers will be with us for a block of time.

Some places are still available so see their FB page for more details.

Harrogate RUFC/ CNG Summer Sports Camp

Summer Sports Camp for boys and girls aged 7 -13.

Aug 3rd – Aug 14th £100 a week.

See their FB page for details on how to book.

Kids at Heart – Woodlands Kids Club

Holiday Club Sessions : All our holiday club sessions are held at Woodlands Kids’ Club, Willow Tree School, Harrogate

Call 01423 862192

Sporting Influence Summer Camp

Camp will be somewhat different to ‘the norm’. We can assure you that it will still be just as much FUN as it always is! Places available from 27th July – 4th Sept.

01423 522999

SZ Dance: Dance Workshops

Adhering to all government guidelines.

28th and 29th July and 4th and 5th Aug at Grove Road School.

9am – 10am: 4-5 yrs £7.50

10.30 – 12.30: 6-8yrs, £12.50

1pm-4pm: 9-11 yrs, £15

5pm-8pm: 12-15yrs £15

Limited spaces available.  For more details call 07977 042970

Total Sports

Rossett Sports Centre, Harrogate

All School Holidays 20th July – 4th Sept/

Standard Day 09:45am – 16:00pm

£19 per day

Extended Day: 08:00am – 17:30pm 

£28 per day

See website for more details


Total Sports Knaresborough

Total Energy

King James’s School, Knaresborough

Standard Days £26.00
Standard Week £130.00

Standard 8:00am – 4:15pm

Please note you will be given a 15 minute time slot to drop your child off and 15 minutes to pick your child up.

Running 20th July – 4th Sept.