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For children, school holidays are an exciting and magical time to look forward to. For parents, the break from routine can feel like a long time to keep them entertained. This often means already tight budgets are stretched, with the cost of the additional days out, activities, lunches and snacks really adding up.

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In Cherwell, Sanctuary Housing works with partners including Brighter Futures and Cherwell District Council to line up action-packed schedules for holidays, to keep the children busy. The best part is, lunch is included and it’s all free!


Feedback received from parents who have attended Play:Full events with their children:


St Mary’s School community lunch

“After a long, wet weekend at home, the kids really enjoyed playing on the adventure playground as well as football and rounders in the sun. A spot of craft in the hall was perfect when my youngest got a bit tired from running around.

Much to my surprise, my eldest tried the mushroom stroganoff for lunch while my youngest and I enjoyed the chilli. 

It was good to get out of the house for three hours and watch the kids play. We were even given some chilli to take home for dinner another day.”

Chilli con carne and nachos


Warriner Farm

“My son came home buzzing from his two-day trip to Warriner Farm with the Sunshine Centre.

He was amazed by the giant frying pan that was used to make flat bread on the fire, and absolutely loved Coco the sneezing donkey!

The whole experience of working together with his friends to pick vegetables, build a fire and cook a stew has made him very happy and proud.” 

Donkey on a hill


Science Sensation

“My five-year-old daughter enjoyed getting her muddy hands stuck in at the Science Sensation workshop. She was fascinated with how many ants, spiders and moths there were in the woods.   

When we returned to the Sunshine centre for lunch, she was delighted to be asked what she would like in her wrap for lunch and it was great to see her try something new. She’s still talking about it now!”

Girl looking at a pine cone through a magnifying glass


Frozen sing-a-long

"My two children love the film Frozen, so I was really happy to be invited to take them to a Frozen sing-a-long at the Mill.  The chance to watch it on a big screen and sing was the perfect way for them to spend the afternoon. 

They really enjoyed the colouring beforehand and a free lunch was a bonus. They’ve been talking about it non-stop and we have watched Frozen several times since!"

Cinema seating and popcorn


Science Sensation BBQ

"It was lovely that my daughter and I were invited to the BBQ after the last Science Sensation session of the summer. It was in Princess Diana Park, which is really close to where we live.

It was great that parents felt included and we enjoyed eating and playing together. The summer holidays are so long so it’s been fantastic to have been able to take her to the sessions, she’s been absolutely buzzing about them."

Group BBQ in the park



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