RBF runs a wide variety of activities for children, young people and families during the Summer Holidays. This page details our offer of special 'pop up' sessions... if you are looking for more regular provision, check out our 


OFSTED Registered School Holiday Clubs here or our "Magnificent Mondays" regular provision here. 

Below is our Summer 2020 activities, which we hope we'll be back for next summer, in the mean time head over to our regular activities to see what we're doing in your town.


Having great fun and positive things to do is an important part of everyone's school holiday experience, and RBF are committed to working with our partner organisations to offer a wide variety of activities during the school holidays.

RBF school holiday activities benefit from the fact that they are part of a much wider group of projects for children and young people led by the charity, so we have access to trained, skilled practitioners in a wide variety of fields whose talents can be shared with the children who take part.

During Summer 2020, we are delighted to be working with Essex Community Foundation and Active Essex to offer a range of activities in Epping Forest as well as supporting the Harlow Holiday Lunch Clubs (for more info on these, click here to visit the HHLC website)


Washing Hands

RBF has been involved in delivering services to families throughout the lockdown period, including caring for keyworker children, detached work with young people on the streets and much more. As such, we are well practised at running COVID Secure settings and you can be certain we will do our utmost to comply with all guidance and best practice, including:

  • Keeping children in 'bubbles' (currently of 15);

  • Practising social distancing wherever possible;

  • Regular handwashing/santising;

  • Enhanced cleaning procedures for all equipment;

  • Avoiding activities like singing which has been proven to potentially be a mechanism where COVDI19 can be spread;

  • Moving activities outdoors where space/weather permits.

Finally, we would remind all parents/carers that if their child, anyone in the child's household or social bubble develops any of the COVID19 symptoms they must not attend any activities they have booked for and must inform RBF of the results of their COVID19 test.


Loughton & Debden 9-12's

Hosted outdoors on the green space behind St. John's Church Loughton (IG10 1PD), join us for FREE sports, crafts, game and challenges on Tuesdays in August 3-4pm (please note the session on 11th August is moved to 12th August for one week only). 

Theydon Bois 5-11's

Hosted in the churchyard of St. Mary's Theydon Bois, join us for amazing craft activities on Wednesdays in August (except 12th) 2:30-3:30pm

Waltham Abbey 9+

Hosted outdoors on green space within the town, join us for FREE sports, crafts, games and challenges on Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm

Please note this group is currently full - if you would like to join the waiting list contact 

Loughton & Debden 12+

Hosted outdoors on the green space behind St. John's Church Loughton (IG10 1PD), join us for FREE sports, crafts, games and challenges on Thursdays in August 5-7pm 

Please note this group is currently full - if you would like to join the waiting list contact 

Limes Farm 9+

Hosted outdoors near Limes Estate, join us for two sessions each week on Fridays in August. From 2:30-3:30pm we'll be enjoying sports and games then from 4-5pm we'll be setting up art and craft activities.

Please note this group is currently full - if you would like to join the waiting list contact 

Nazeing 9+

Hosted outdoors on the green space behind St. Gile's Nazeing, (EN9 2HU) join us for a varied programmes of FREE crafts, games, walks and challenges on Thursdays in August 3:30-5pm 


To minimise the risk of transmission of COVID19, we request that all families ensure that they socially distance from one another while waiting to drop off or collect, observing any floor markings or signage. Please note that if you have not pre-booked you may be turned away if the session is full, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. 


RBF is a Christian organisation and our activities are of course open to children and families of all faiths and those with no particular beliefs.There may be some are faith-based elements in the sessions that we deliver but during our Summer Activity sessions the focus is generally on the skill/game that is being explored together. In our entire time operating as a charity we have never had a complaint from a parent/carer about a faith based element in our sessions and we are proud to have had families from every major world faith as well as atheists and humanists take part in our provisions through the years.

We actively encourage children from other faiths or those who hold no particular beliefs to share what is important to them with the rest of the group and would ask that if, for example, a family is about to celebrate a particular festival at home that they let our team know so we can talk to their child about it and encourage them to share it with the rest of the group. If you would like to discuss this aspect of our Holiday Activity provision further, please contact 



If you would like to sign your child or young person up to take part in our of our Summer Holiday activities, please click here!

You will be able to request the places you would like and then if we have space available one of team will be in touch to confirm your booking.


Depending on numbers of children attending each session, the activities will always have two or more RBF staff members/volunteers in attendance. Our staff hold all of the relevant qualifications/experience to provide children's and youth activities and are part of a wider team who deliver hundreds of hours of children’s work every week. P


RBF have a full set of policies and procedures around Safeguarding of Children, Health & Safety, etc., that are all tried and tested as we work with thousands of children every year. We hold full Public Liability Insurance up to £10,000,000. Parents/carers who secure a place at the Club will be given access to our policy pack on request. 

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