The school holidays are a dream come true for kids, but a bit of a nightmare for parents.

School holiday activity camps and clubs are a great help with childcare and a fantastic way for children to meet new friends, learn new skills, keep fit and have fun.

School Holiday Activity Camps in Essex

Barracudas Activity Day Camps
Chelmsford – Chigwell – Harlow – Hutton – Romford – Upminster
Barracudas aim to provide high-quality childcare solution for the school holidays for children aged 4.5-14 years. They offer over 80+ activities including sports, fencing, archery, dance, drama and crafts. Children with additional needs are welcome – contact the team’s SENCO’s to discuss their individual care.
0845 123 5299

Essex Kids Camp
Chelmsford – Great Baddow – Purleigh – South Woodham Ferriers
Essex Kids Camp is a family-run company that provides all-day childcare during school holidays for children aged 4-11. Rather than specialising in one type of activity, this club is aimed at everyone, not just for the sporty, the musical or the arty. The staff is predominantly school teachers who are supported by friendly helpers. They also host children’s parties and term-time clubs.

Fit For Sport
Barking – Basildon – Dagenham – Great Dunmow – Hornchurch – Saffron Walden
Fit For Sport offer multi activity holiday childcare for children aged 5-12. Sessions for 5-7 year olds have a 1:8 ratio with a high level of energy, to ensure the children benefit from a wide range of sports & activities. All Fit For Sport staff members are trained and DBS-checked and the clubs are Ofsted registered.

Jesters Kids Club
Horseshoe Farm, Bicknacre, Essex, CM3 4EX
Jesters provide a safe environment for children aged 3-12 years. Their Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club have been specially created to encourage all children to develop their social skills, form new friendships and acquire new interests in great activities, whilst having fun! Activities include ‘Fantastic Fun Theme Days’, Eco-play garden, arts and crafts, music and cooking clubs.
01245 222384

Kit Crew Camps
Braintree – Chelmsford – Colchester – Kesgrave (Suffolk)
Kit Crew Camps provide active & educational week-long, multi-day and single day school holiday courses for children aged 5-16 years (5-year-olds must be in YR1 at school). The multi-activity courses are split into age groups. All staff DBS and reference checked and have the latest qualifications in childcare, paediatric first aid and safeguarding.
Phone or text: 07494 321697.

Mega Camps
Brentwood – Billericay – Chelmsford – Hornchurch – Leigh-On-Sea – Thurrock – Upminster
Mega Camps provide activity day camps for children aged 4 -14 during the half terms and school holidays. They offer a wide range of sports and activities for both boys and girls, as well as aiming to help children make new friends, have fun, and gain self-confidence and life skills. All staff are fully trained, qualified and hold enhanced DBS checks. They are Ofsted registered and accept childcare vouchers and other schemes at all twelve Mega Camps locations across the South East.
0333 012 4378

School’s Out Activities
Colchester Royal Grammar School, Creffield Road Entrance, Colchester, Essex CO3 3ND
School’s Out Activities focus on delivering premium school holiday activities to children aged 4 – 16 years throughout the year. Ofsted registered and accepts childcare vouchers. Activities for younger children include dancing, cooking, drawing, building, painting, sports, games and creative play.
07766 220075

Smash Camps
Based in the 130 acres of Stubbers Adventure Centre, SMASH Camps offer multi-activity & residential camps for children aged 6-16, including SMASH A.I.R, Commando Camp, Water Sports Week. Children in years 2 & 3 have their own private area and a dedicated team to help them feel safe and secure. All of the SMASH team have experience working with children, are all thoroughly trained in first aid, child behaviour management and safeguarding, and are all DBS checked.
Ockendon Road, Upminster, Essex RM14 2TY
01708 224753

University of Essex Multi-activity Sports
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ
CHUMS sports camps offer a fun-filled programme during school holiday for 5-14-year-olds. Children aged 5-8 years old can try a range of different sports mixed with group games, tag games and arts and crafts. Older children have a programme of over 25 different sports in favourites such as football, touch rugby, dodgeball, camouflage, and kwik cricket.

Wilderness Foundation Forest Kids
Chatham Green Project, Whitbreads Farm Lane, Chatham Green, Essex CM3 3LQ
Wilderness Foundation Activity Camps for children aged 5-10 years offer an ideal opportunity for children to get active in a fun and safe environment. Run during school holidays, the activity day camps take place at our award-winning conservation site and combine nature learning with hands-on adventuring. Activities include den building to bug hunting, imaginative play and building using natural materials. Week-long and day camps available.
0300 123 3073