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Holiday Scheme

Holidays are great! We get free time, meaning we are able to do things that we don’t get to do everyday such as spending time with friends. But sometimes holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be, and it can often be… well boring!

At Gateway North East we run Holiday Schemes, ensuring that your holidays are filled with fun! The holiday programme allows children aged 5- 25 to access a wide range of onsite and offsite activities at various sites (Durham Dales, Houghton, Sacriston and Newcastle). All children and young people can attend. We work to provide entertainment to all children/young adults but specifically respite care to parents and carers of disabled children.

The onsite activities we offer


  • Arts and crafts
  • Sports
  • Drama
  • Cooking
  • Games

The offsite activities we offer include:

  • Horse riding
  • Flow- rider
  • Bowling
  • Shopping trips
  • Theatre trips
  • Day trips to beamish, York, Edinburgh Zoo etc
  • Aqua run
  • Swimming
  • Crazy golf
  • Mr Twister (soft play)
  • Adventure Valley
  • Digger Land

We have qualified Play Leaders who lead fun activities for children and young people and we also have Assistant Play Leaders, who are young people helping to make the holidays the most enjoyable experience for your child.

It is really important to us that our Holiday Schemes are accessible. This means that children of different abilities are encouraged to join in the activities, which are arranged in safe environments, encouraging the children to learn and try new things.

We also try to make the price affordable, aiming to make the scheme as accessible as possible.

We run four schemes at various locations in the North East- please follow the links to the individual schemes listed on the right hand side of this page to view the specific activities which are booked for each area.

We are also ofsted registered, which means you can claim back 70% of the cost if you are on working tax credits.

Our Next Holiday Scheme will be taking place over the Easter Holidays. Please find the information for the upcoming holiday schemes  which run at Houghton, Sacriston, Newcastle and the Durham Dales (Please click on the name of the area to view the specific activities that will run at that site). For our Focus Scheme, which focuses on developing life skills as well as enjoying the fun side of our holiday schemes, please click 'here' for more information.

If you would like more information regarding our holiday schemes, feel free to contact us on; 

phone: 01915861551


[email protected], or go to our Contact Page.

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