Summer Activities for Early Years Families in Bolton

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A collation of activities available during the summer period for families in Bolton with children between the age of birth and 5 years.

Summer Programme 2022

Great news! The Bolton Start Well summer programme of activities for families with children under 5 has been published. 

Copies of the programme are available in Start Well Centres, Libraries and Health Centres across the borough, and an online version can be downloaded here: bolton-start-well-summer-leaflet-2021 (

The programme includes information for expectant parents; details of upcoming stay and play sessions; parental support group information; Libraries and Museum events for under 5s and lots more!  Take a look and please share widely.

SW Summer 2022 Programme of activities


Bolton Library and Museum Services: What's on and Summer Reading Challenge

Bolton Library and Museum Services have published their What's on Guide July to December 2022.  For those aged 4-11 year, there is the Summer Reading Challenge How to get involved for free! and the Summer Holiday Activities Guide.  Please share!



Bolton's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) #HAF2022 

Funded by the Department for Education and co-ordinated locally by Bolton Council, the HAF programme supports children and families on benefits related Free School Meals with free fun, creative sessions offering sports, games, physical activity and food for a minimum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. 

The programme returns again in Bolton over summer (#HAF2022), with many more free activity and food sessions, family cookouts and skate park sessions.  Some sessions are just for children and young people in receipt of benefits related free school meals, but many are open to all young people (most council sessions, skate parks and our free community parks sessions).  

Families can look at the details of what's going on near them by visiting: Holiday activities and food – Bolton Council



National Literacy Trust Resources for Transition

As children prepare for Nursery and Reception, support their transition by sharing some of these National Literacy Trust (NLT) resources with families. 

There are tailored wellbeing resources that include a booklist which can be used to support children's mental wellbeing and help them feel positive about starting school or nursery - and why not encourage families to join their local library? 

And take a look at the count down to nursery resource.  This document is available to download from the NLT website, along with an editable version.

National Literacy Trust Count Down to Nursery


BBC Tiny Happy People: Free Summertime Family Fun

The BBC Tiny Happy People (THP) have put together 22 fun and free family-friendly summer activities that they say will guaranteed to bring laughter and improve children's communication skills along the way. 

Other THP summer activities include: 

We'd love for you to share some of these fantastic resources with families! 

HLE Idea Swap BBC Tiny Happy People



Published: 25th July 2022