For the first time ever, parents can now book places for their children to attend Cherwell District Council’s holiday hubs the week leading up to Christmas.

The festive debut is supported by the Holiday Activity Fund which means the council can offer free places and food to children eligible for free school meals.

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Councillor Phil Chapman, Lead Member for Leisure and Sport, said: “It is a testament to their success, value and popularity that the activity hubs are now set to make their Christmas debut.

“They are about fun, team spirit and encouraging healthy habits. And what better time to do that than as an extra ray of light during the darker months of the year?

The sessions will run from Monday 20 December to Friday 24 December at venues in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington, drawing to a close at 2pm on Christmas Eve.

Parents and guardians of children entitled to attend the sessions under the free school meals scheme should contact their school to find out more and make their bookings.

Full day sessions, from 8.45am - 5pm, cost £19.80 while the shorter session, 8.45am - 3pm, costs £15.60. On Christmas Eve, the price will be £12.50 to account for the 2pm finish.

For further information and for paid bookings, visit


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