Our Christmas holiday activity programme returns for 2023! Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd are providing free and low-cost activities over the Christmas and New Year period for Hull residents, which are funded by the Department for Education and Hull City Council as part of the Holiday Activities and Food programme.

Family sports hall activities

Families can come along with their children and enjoy time playing sports in our sports halls at Costello Stadium, Ennerdale Leisure Centre and Woodford Leisure Centre over the Christmas holiday period. These informal sessions are perfect if you want to get out of the house with the kids. Go play some table tennis, badminton or have a little bit of a kick about in the sports hall. Refreshments and a snack will be available as part of the session.

There is no need to book. Simply come to reception, fill out a registration form and take part. Don’t forget, the session is completely free.

Our family sports hall activity sessions will be taking place at the following locations -

  • Costello Stadium – 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December
  • Ennerdale Leisure Centre – 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December
  • Woodford Leisure Centre – 10am to 12pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December

Terms and conditions

The sessions are free of charge.

All children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or family member aged 18+. Children cannot participate without a responsible adult being present at all times.

A registration form for the session must be completed at reception before participating.

Note that these sessions are not supervised by staff. It is the responsibility of parents to supervise children at all times while participating.

Leisure Centre staff will visit periodically during the session for monitoring purposes.

Free junior swims

Our free junior swims for 5 to 15 year olds are back over the Christmas and New Year for children to take part in. Sessions will be happening at all of our pool sites at the times and days below -

  • Beverley Road Baths - Friday 29 December 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Albert Avenue Pools and Fitness - Friday 29 December and Friday 5 January 9.30am to 11.30am (in the large pool)
  • Ennerdale Leisure Centre - Thursday 28 December and Tuesday 2 January 11am to 12pm
  • Woodford Leisure Centre - Wednesday 27 December, Friday 29 December, Wednesday 3 January and Friday 5 January 11am to 12pm

Note all children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Read the information on our pool safety rules page for more information on adult to child pool ratios across our pools.

Zoo activities at the Animal Education Centre and Pickering Park Aviary

This winter, the Animal Education Centre and Pickering Park Aviary will be hosting their Winter Birds S.O.S craft activities. Help the birds which visit your gardens over the winter months by making bird feeders, bird houses and bird decorations to brighten up your garden, and help feed the birds as the weather gets colder.

This session is free and a packed lunch is provided. Places are limited so booking in advance is essential.

How to book

Further information on booking this session will follow in December.

Girls football camps with Hull City Ladies

Coaches from Hull City Ladies FC are running 2 girls only football camps at our venues over the Christmas holidays to encourage more girls from Hull to take part in football. Sign up for the sessions and get into football! A packed lunch is provided as part of the session and the camps are totally free of charge.

The camps will be taking place at -

  • Costello Stadium - Wednesday 3 January 10am to 3pm
  • Woodford Leisure Centre - Friday 5 January 11am to 4pm

How to book

Further information on booking and terms and conditions will follow in December.