School holiday activities

During school holidays there are lots of fun free activities for children, young people and families.

School holiday activities

From sports camps and museum activities, library events to the school holiday clubs subsidised by local community committees – there’s lot of fun happening in Salford over the summer school holidays.


There are loads of things happening across the city all year, from arts and crafts in our museums to play schemes in our parks, check out the what's on events listing for information.

There are also loads of things for young people to do on the MyCity Directory.

Activities for children under five

Our children's centres offer lots of fun activities from play sessions and day trips to story times and teddy bears' picnics. They also give parents the support and advice they need.


Salford Community Leisure's Community Sports Development team are offering local children and young people a range of activities in local communities around the city. Find out more about sports activities for young people and things to do this summer.

Fancy getting wet? There are a range of courses at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre.

At your local library

There are activities for children taking place throughout the summer holidays at many of Salford's libraries.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Find out what activities are happening at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Activities for disabled children

Find out about inclusive play and leisure activities for disabled children and young people.

Your local neighbourhood

There are lots of activities happening in your local community, check your local community pages for more information.

Healthy holiday food

If your child receives free school meals, you may get help with the extra cost of food during the six week summer holidays.

Salford City Council is offering shopping vouchers through its healthy holidays scheme (terms and conditions apply). The offer is being run through Salford Assist which can help people facing a crisis or emergency.

Parents/carers of children in reception class and primary school years one and two – where all children receive free school meals - will need to be claiming certain benefits to qualify for the shopping vouchers.

Please check the criteria below and complete the application form.

Complete the application form

If you need help, please contact the council’s health improvement service.


The offer applies only to parents/carers resident in Salford and to parents/carers of children who have attended Salford schools between September 2018 and July 2019.

If your child has been in reception or primary school years one and two between September 2018 and July 2019) you must be in receipt of the following benefits to qualify for the offer:

  • Income support   
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance                                       

Or either:

  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and your annual income is £16,190 or less
  • Guarantee Credit of Pension Credit 
  • Universal Credit (if you applied after 31 March 2018 your earnings from work must be less than £616.67 in the previous assessment period)               

If you do not qualify for the healthy holidays vouchers, other help is available from:

Trips, cooking and activities

From trips to Chester Zoo to learning how to cook healthy meals, sports clubs and summer cafes, there’s a wealth of activities taking place supported by the Healthy Holidays Grant Fund, funded by NHS Salford CCG and administered by Salford CVS. 

Some require booking, some are on a drop in and have fun basis – take a look on the Salford CVS website

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