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  • Only book ONE Christmas party per household
  • But book places fo everyone who will attend, e.g if you are taking 2 children, then book 3 placesr

Please book your place

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For?  Children of any age accompanied by their parent(s).  Families or family members not eligible for FSM and so unable to book themselves: please contact us to book in on  

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We hope that you will stay for the whole time so you won’t miss any of it, especially since we are planning to escort everyone into the main hall to serve the meal at around 12.30pm, after which there will be entertainment,  but if you are able to come for just some of the time, please let us know. 

Crafts and games 

We are planning to start in the school’s Jubilee Hall with some lovely crafts (some are Christmas-themed, such as cards and decorations) suitable for children and adults and a variety of simple, active games that any of you can enjoy in (or, weather-permitting, in the playground outside) the Jubilee Hall. 

There will be a quiet room available for parents who need to sit and feed babies or to take children who may need a few moments’ peace. 

We have been working hard to ensure that we are able to cater for every child this HAF by working with organisations like Active Impact to learn how to meet any additional needs your child might have.  Please contact us for more information on how we will be able to work to meet your child’s needs so that they can experience the fun of Winter HAF.


We have an expert chef cooking the Christmas meal on site: it is essential to let us know when you sign up if you have any special dietary requirements so that we ensure everyone enjoys the meal and stays safe. 

If you feel your child(ren)’s dietary requirements will not be met by our provision please visit 


After lunch, Paul Wilmott, an professional and experienced children’s ventriloquist, puppeteer and storyteller will be entertaining the children for a few minutes while the adults enjoy a hot drink, and then we will escort everyone back to the Jubilee Hall where Paul is going to be entertaining us all.


Is it really for the whole family? 


  • Although we have several experienced volunteers organising crafts and games (and we know that some parents may have their hands full with babies), we would have to limit the numbers of children and age range too restrictively if we invite unaccompanied children.    We hope that at least some parents will want to join in making crafts! 
  • We aim for a families to sit down together for a relaxed Christmas meal after a busy hour or so of crafts and games, and then to enjoy entertainment from our guest entertainer. 

How do I get to Heron School Jubilee Hall? 

There are safe walking and cycling routes to Heron (and bike/scooter racks), the number 2 bus runs along Heron Way, or there is car parking inside Heron gates (please follow the signposted one-way system, turning into the gates furthest from Morrisons) and look out for pedestrians! 

The Jubilee Hall entrance will be signposted.

What about access? 

The building is accessible to those with mobility problems  – there are no steps – and there are disabled-access toilets by the Jubilee Hall. 

We aim to welcome children with SEND, so please contact us if you have any concerns.  

Do I need to sign up everyone in the family who is coming, or just my child? 

We really need to know exactly who is coming e.g school children, younger siblings, one or both parents,  so that we can ensure that there is enough food, seating and craft materials.  If you have any difficulties with the sign-up process, please contact us on the details below. 

My family does not celebrate Christmas: can we still come

Yes.  There will be crafts and stories that refer to Christmas but we aim to welcome and respect families from all backgrounds. 

Will I be able to take any food away with me?

We are hoping to be able to give out some frozen meals (which will include a vegetarian choice) supplied through Gloucestershire County Council for you to take home.

For more things to do at home with the family, you can visit Gloucestershire’s online video activity site that can be found by following the link below:

If you have any queries regarding the location, activities or food, please do not hesitate to contact Abby on

  • 07788 110602

In the week prior to the HAF/HAP events, you may see some of the Neighbourhood Chaplains and other members of Abbey Church around Abbeydale/Abbeymead on the evening of 14 and 15 December on “Nativity on a Lorry”, or singing carols outside Morrisons around 10am on Saturday 18 December.

You would be welcome to attend Abbey Church Christmas services at Heron School at 10.30am on the morning of 19 December and Christmas morning which are suitable for all the family, and we are having a Christingle service to which are welcome at 4pm on Sunday 19 December: more details are at

  • Please read the full infomation below
  • Only book ONE Christmas party per household
  • But book places fo everyone who will attend, e.g if you are taking 2 children, then book 3 placesr

Please book your place