Hastings Opportunity Area – Summer Holiday Activities

Additional activities start week commencing 23rd July unless stated

*We believe this to be correct at time of printing but some details may vary so please contact the provider in advance.


What Where When For who Provider
Active2go Sports The Firs 10-12.30pm Ages 8-14 Education Futures Trust
Street Play

Cricket, tennis and graffiti art (from 6th Aug)

Harkness Drive 4-5.30pm All – drop-in and sign-in Active Hastings

Play Hastings

Hang out Hollington Youth Centre 4-6pm children with disabilities (physical or learning) aged 8-13 Rhythmix



What Where When For who Provider
Game development Pitman Centre at the college 10-12.30pm Ages 10-16 Education Futures Trust
Street Play

Cricket, tennis and team building games (from 7th Aug)

Watermill Drive

Waterside Close

4.30-6pm Open to All – drop-in and sign-in Active Hastings

Play Hastings

Nature activities Mallydams 9-3.30pm Sign up required RSPCA
Street bites

Yoga/beauty therapy (from 7th Aug)

Broomgrove CC 11.30-3pm 11-16

Parental consent needed

Play Hastings
Family intensive support service Hollington Youth Centre 10-12pm young people with learning disabilities aged up to 18 Rhythmix
Football The Firs 12-2pm Open to all Albion in the Community



What Where When For who Provider
Go Wild Churchwood 10-3pm Ages 8-14 Education Futures Trust
Street bites

Yoga or Beauty Therapy (from 8th Aug)

Hollington Youth Centre 11.30-3.0pm 11-16yrs

Parental consent needed

Active Hastings

Play Hastings

Media Slam workshops

(starts 1st Aug)

Rock House

Cambridge Rd

10-4pm 11-18yrs

Sign up required

Nature Activities Mallydams 9-3.30pm Sign up required RSCPA
Be creative

Arts Activities

Robsack Centre 2-4pm 8-11yrs Sign up- see below Culture Shift
Cooking for Kids


Y-Centre 10-12.30pm

1 – 3pm

Open to all but book to cook!






What Where When For who Provider
Make Food Broomgrove CC 10-3pm Ages 7-11 Oasis
Bring your own Hoverboard Y-Centre 11 – 12.30pm Open to all YMCA
Skating Y-Centre 1-4pm Open to all YMCA
Be creative

Arts activities

Hastings Museum 11-1.30 13-16yrs sign up –see below Culture Shift
Nik Naks Hollington Youth Centre 6.30-8.30pm young people with disabilities aged up to 25 Rhythmix
Make waves

music making and song writing sessions

The Source Park 3-5pm 11-19yrs

Drop in

Make waves

music making and song writing sessions

The Source Park 6-8pm 11-19yrs

Drop in

Football The Firs 12-2pm Open to all Albion in the Community
Media Slam workshops (starts 9th Aug) Rock House

Cambridge Rd

10-4pm 11-18yrs

Sign up required




What Where When For who Provider
Silent Skate Y-Centre 1-3pm ASD& Anxious children all ages YMCA
Cricket, tennis inflatables

Graffiti workshop

Teambuilding (from 3rd Aug)

Farley Bank Muga

Rock Lane play space

Downs farm





Open to all – All – drop-in and sign-in Active Hastings

Play Hastings

Make Waves

music making and song writing sessions


Hollington Youth Centre 5-7pm Open to all Rhythmix
Be Creative

Arts activities

East Hastings Children’s Centre 10.30-12.30 8-11yrs sign up – see below Culture Shift
Creative Mystery Tour – creative industries

(starts 3rd Aug)

Rock House studios See website 14-18

sign up required





What Where When For who Provider
Ri Masterclasses Hastings Library 10-12.30 14-18yrs

Sign up required



For all activities see the providers website and sign up where necessary

Active Hastings & Play Hastings

01424 451051 activehastings@hastings.gov.uk or lbeerling@hastings.gov.uk

Albion in the Community

01273 878260 or email: info@albioninthecommunity.org.uk

Culture Shift (contact to check details and sign up as required)

07796306995 www.cultureshift.org.uk

Education Futures Trust (EFT) (limited places on all activities- please contact and sign up before arrival)

01424 722241 or office@educationfuturestrust.org

MSL(limited places on all activities- please contact before arrival)


sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/czu2oLlTXgxcn6bo2

Oasis/Make Food (limited places on all activities- please contact before arrival)

01424 427582 07927905029 https:// www.orevalley.co.uk/   www.make-food.org


08701417484(Ex1) www.rhythmixmusic.org.uk

RSPCA (priority places for y6 transition children)

0300 123 0750 https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/mallydams-wood/aboutus/education

YMCA (booking essential for cooking)

01424 429677 http://www.ycentrehastings.org.uk/


Funding summer holiday activities for disadvantaged young people living in Hastings

Hastings Opportunity Area – funds summer holiday activities for disadvantaged young people living in Hastings. 

Hastings Opportunity Area has today announced funding of £60,000 for local organisations to deliver activities for children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards over the summer holiday period.

The activities will be delivered in a range of locations across Hastings and St Leonards and will be focused on enabling children and young people, who might not otherwise access high quality holiday provision to take part in sporting, creative, music and outdoors activities.

The activities include:

  • Football;
  • Creative Art based summer holiday activities;
  • Multi-sports and other team based activities across Hastings;
  • Coding and digital activities;
  • Music sessions;
  • Skating;
  • Outdoor activities; and
  • Exploring different cultures through food, music and culture.

Activities will be delivered on different days and in a range of locations, over the Summer Holiday Period.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Our Opportunity Area programme is about helping young people learn the skills and knowledge, as well as the confidence to succeed in whatever path they choose to follow.

“Education is one part of that but it is also about giving them the wider experiences that will help to shape their character. This investment in Hastings will allow young people disadvantaged backgrounds enjoy activities like sport, coding, music and outdoor activities during the summer holidays.”

Richard Meddings, chair of the HOA said of the schemes.

‘ We are really excited to be able to fund the provision of schemes during the holiday period for children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards. We are committed to improving the life chances and opportunities for all children and young people living in the town, and particularly for those children and young people living in some of Hasting’s most deprived areas.’

HOA has made funding of £60,000 to enable these 9 organisations to deliver holiday enrichment activities for children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards.  Each organisation will be setting out its offer for children and young people and publicising this, so as to ensure that children and young people can make the most of these opportunities that are available.


The activities will include:

  • Creative art based summer holiday activities for children aged 8-11 at the Robsack Centre and East Hastings Children’s Centre and for young people aged 13-16 at the Hastings Museum;
  • Multi-sports for children 8-14 (at the Firs, Elphinstone), Go Wild for children 8-14 (Church in the Wood) and Game development sessions for children 10-16 (in Sussex Coast college), delivered by the Education Futures Trust
  • Free football sessions and coaching delivered between 12-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for young people living on the Tressell, Baird and Braybrook wards in Hastings, delivered by Albion in the Community.
  • Music sessions: Innovate sessions for young people with physical and learning disabilities at Hollington Youth Centre, Music in Mind sessions for young people with mental health needs at the Western and Warrior Rehersal Rooms and Make Waves at Hollington Youth Centre and Source Skate Park, delivered by Rhythmix;
  • Creative workshop sessions, high quality coaching, beauty sessions and team building and inflatable team activities for children aged 8-14 in a range of locations; Hollington Youth Centre, Broomgrove Community Centre and outside spaces – Farley Bank, Harkness Drive, Waterside Close, Watermill Drive, Rock Lane and Dove Lane – delivered by Play Hastings and Active Hastings;
  • Around the World in 80 ways – six, five hour sessions over the holidays for 7-11 year olds living in the Baird ward delivered at the Broomgrove Community Centre by Oasis Community Project.
  • Surviving the Wild – A transition project for vulnerable pupils moving from year 6 to secondary school from a number of primary schools in Hastings and St Leonards, delivered by the RSPCA at Mallydams;
  • Hastings Creative Summer for young people aged 11-18 includes a Media Slam 5 week foundation course covering VR, music tech, documentary photography, branding and textile design, business accelerator sessions and media studio visits, at Rock House and Hastings Library, delivered by MSL Projects and subject experts. And 4 Royal Institution science masterclasses at Hastings Library covering Internet of Things, Biomechanics and brainwaves, aeronautical engineering & robotics, and making digital music.
  • Free Multi-sport, skating and cooking sessions for 2 days a week during the holidays for children and young people living in the Gensing and Central St Leonards areas at the YMCA.



Secretary of State visits Hastings

Damian Hinds visited Sussex Coast College in Hastings to learn about the mental health support services available through the Opportunity Area programme.

Young people and parents are set to benefit from extended mental health services in Hastings, backed by a £600,000 annual investment from the government’s Opportunity Area programme.

The funding will develop the advice and support services available for young people in Hastings to improve their emotional wellbeing at home, school or further education, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced during a visit to Sussex Coast College in on 17 May to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Hastings is one of 12 Opportunity Areas identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’ which are receiving a share of £72million to raise aspirations and opportunities for the young people who live there.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

Young people in Hastings have told us mental health is one of their big concerns, and we know that it can have a real impact on their lives – that’s why the Opportunity Area programme is spending over £600,000 a year to improve training for school staff, increase access to local services and strengthen family relationships to boost wellbeing at home.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s important to hear first-hand from the people running these important projects in Hastings and from the young people who benefit. The more we can improve the support that is in place for them, the more likely it is that they will grow up feeling confident and positive about their future.

The mental health investment includes:

  • £100,000 per year to expand Hastings’ award-winning i-Rock service to five days a week from three as of September 2018. i-Rock offers a drop-in service for young people aged 14 to 25-years-old providing them with advice on emotional and mental wellbeing, employment, education and housing;
  • Around £250,000 per year to develop an emotional wellbeing service for schoolchildren aged nine to 14 that will offer training and expert clinical advice to clusters of schools, as well as supporting groups or individual children who are suffering from anxiety, depression, anger issues or those that are at risk of self-harm or eating disorders;
  • More than £250,000 per year to expand support for parents and carers in Hastings, including ‘Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme’, which aims to encourage parents to seek support where they need it and offers practical strategies to help foster healthy family relationships, preventing problems developing at home; and
  • Working with schools and colleges to identify the best approaches being used to supporting their students’ mental health and resilience, to share locally for the maximum benefit.