17 Mar


After careful consideration and with much sadness, we have decided to suspend ALL of our services due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of our staff and the children and young people that we care for fall into the high risk category of developing life-threatening complications of this virus, and it’s our duty of care to protect them.

We will review the situation again after the Easter break and will be in touch then when hopefully we’ll have a better idea of how this is going.

Parents that have already booked places will be offered either a refund or credit for future bookings.

22 Jul

Arts Play Newsletter, Summer 2019

Dear Parents,

It is only three weeks to the end of term and Arts Play Holiday Club will be running this summer as usual. We are open in Bideford at St Mary’s School, Chanters Lane, Bideford, EX39 2QN, and in Barnstaple at Orchard Vale School, Westacott Road, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, EX32 8QY, from Monday 29th July to Friday 30th Aug (except Monday 26th Aug Bank Holiday) from 8.30 am to 6pm. Only £21 per day, trip days are extra see below for details.
As we work with different schools we can only open when our base schools can be available – this means that not all schools break up at the same time. I know some schools are closing on the 20th. Again at the end of summer there will be a few days but the schools need to get back and prepare for the new term.
Booking – Please can you book through email (artsplay@canplay.org) or ring the office on 01237 471972. Please note that you can cancel any booking before the holiday starts but once the holiday starts all places must be paid for.
Trips – We have a tradition that during August we go on trips on Fridays (please note we can’t accept children if they are not going on the trip). These are favourite places that we have taken children to before so are tried and tested. We believe that the group discounts, coach travel and extra staff offer excellent value for a day out and don’t forget we don’t take extra money for ice creams or the shop. The prices quoted below are the total cost for each day and includes coach, entrance and the normal club charges.

  • Friday 9th Aug – Arlington Court, history and mud! This is our local National Trust property where children remember the ‘golden carriage’, walking like a victorian lady and then getting muddy from top to toe in the wilderness. £33
  • Friday 16th Aug – Watermouth Castle, a local theme park with something for everyone. From the walk through the dungeons at the start to the various rides including water rides and toboggan. £37.50
  • Friday 23rd Aug – We the Curious (formally @Bristol), a hands on science park with lots of interactive experiments and activities. Not just science, as fun as that is, but also Aardman animations – so something for everyone. £47
  • Friday 30th Aug – Milky Way, our traditional end to the summer holidays, at the best local attraction which is still fun if it rains or shines and everyone goes home tired but very happy. £38.50

Staff News
This will be our first summer holidays without Mary leading us all and we will all miss her welcoming smile, energy and the fun and laughter that she brought to the holiday clubs, she will be and is greatly missed by all of us.

The staff for this years summer holiday are:
Barnstaple – Charlotte, Tas, Amy, Richard and Liam
Bideford – Athos, Shannon, Natalie and Charlotte.