HAF Holiday Courses

Free Holiday Activities
We run a number of free holiday activities supported by Bedford Borough Council’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme. This is a nation-wide programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), enabling statutory school aged children in receipt of benefit related free school meals, to access FREE clubs and activities during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays. Every eligible child receives a free hot meal, at every HAF activity session they attend.

Who is Eligible?
Children in receipt of benefit related free school meals are eligible for the HAF Programme. For more information and to apply, please click here. Other children who may be eligible for the HAF programme (depending on holiday period) include the following: Looked after Children, refugees and asylum seekers and children from families with no recourse to public funding. There will be a referral process in place for these children and referrals can be made by Schools and Children’s services professionals.

The courses on offer include:

Mix and Scratch
This is a four day course of DJ workshops, during which young people will have access to DJ equipment and software and learn key skills of DJing across a range of musical styles. The workshops cater for all abilities: from absolute beginners to more confident and experienced DJs and is suitable for students aged 9 – 16.

This is a four-day course for 9-16 year olds to explore aspects of music production, music technology and songwriting. The course is fully accessible and suitable for all young people regardless of prior musical experience. It offers opportunities to work with music industry professionals and is ideal for anyone who has an interest in creating their own music.

Musical Explorers
This is a one-day course for children aged 7 – 11 that offers opportunities to experience a range of musical styles, work with experienced musicians and try out different instruments and musical equipment – from violins and guitars to music apps on iPads and DJ decks! It is a wonderful opportunity for children to have a go at some practical music making and learn about different styles of music in a fun and engaging way.

Open Orchestra Summer School
Bedford Music Hub are delighted to work in partnership with BDCPS to offer this week of fun and music making that will conclude with a musical celebration and performance to friends and family. The Open Orchestras programme, created by the charity Open Up Music, is designed to create orchestras that are accessible to young disabled people.