Our whole and half day Mini and City Camps offer a huge range of activities and games for 4 to 12 year olds to burn off some of that energy! 

Running across multiple locations, our DBS checked staff ensure children make friends, try new things and have fun. With early drop-off, sibling discount and childcare voucher payment options, they’re ideal for working parents.

To make sure you get the best out of camps, please read our pre-course information. Activities vary across our centres.

Children aged 4 and 5 are only eligible to do one morning or afternoon half camp per day, in line with OFSTED regulations. We offer half and whole day Mini camps for children aged 6 and 7 years old.

Venues and dates

Riverside Leisure Centre

  • Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April inclusive 

Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre

  • Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April inclusive
  • Tuesday 9 April to Friday 12 April inclusive

South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre

  • Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April inclusive
  • Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April inclusive

Dovedale Sports Centre

  • Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April inclusive

Session times

  • Mini or City Camps whole day: 9am to 5pm (for children aged 6 to 12)
  • Mini Camps half day: 8.30am to 12.30pm (for children aged 4 to 7)
  • Lunch: 12pm to 1pm, or 12.30pm to 1.30pm for whole day camps 
  • Early drop off: 8am to 9am (for ages 6 and up)
  • Late pick up: 5pm to 6pm (for ages 6 and up)

Early bird 

These prices are available from Monday 26 February to Tuesday 19 March:

  • Whole day: £31
  • Half Day or Mini Camps: £15.50
  • Early drop off and late pick up: £3 per session, per day 

You can pay using childcare vouchers before the early bird date.

Standard 

From Wednesday 20 March, prices are:

  • Whole day: £36
  • Half Day or Mini Camps: £18
  • Early drop off and late pick up: £3 per session, per day

Discounts 

We offer a 15% sibling discount when you book two siblings onto our City or Mini Camps at the same time. You can get our sibling discount from Wednesday 20 March, when our Early Bird discount has ended.

Please call the relevant centre directly to book:

Discounts can only be booked in person or on the phone during centre opening hours; they cannot be booked online. You can read our pre-course information for full details.

Booking at Dovedale

If you are booking onto our Dovedale camps in the first week of the Easter holidays, the centre is unable to accept childcare vouchers as payment.

You can book our Mini or City Camps online or by calling the relevant centre directly:

When booking, please let our staff know if your child has any medical or additional support needs. You will need an ourChelmsford card to book.

Booking discounts

Discounts can only be booked in person or on the phone during centre opening hours; they cannot be booked online. Please read our pre-course information for full details.

Medical information

  • Please make sure you update your child's ourChelmsford account profile with any medical information which may affect them taking part, or if they are taking any medication which they may need during the course. 
  • You can also let our staff know when booking your course. 

Emergency contact

A parent or guardian must give a contact number which they are always contactable on, in case of an emergency.

Children who require additional support or who have accessible needs

  • If your child requires any additional support or has accessible needs, please call the relevant centre before or when you book, so we can make sure the course is suitable.
  • If your child requires one-to-one care, we ask that a parent or carer is present for the whole session. Carers can attend for free, and will need to book onto the same session with their child. This is to ensure we have the correct ratios of adults to children.
  • Please call the relevant centre so that we can book you onto the relevant course.
  • Please read our pre-course information before booking and attending the course
  • Swimming is available only for children over 8 years old.

Before you arrive

Drop off

  • Make your way to the drop off zone when you first arrive. You will need to register your child and sign them in.
  • Our course team will ask you to provide a password and emergency contact number. They'll also ask whether your child has any medical conditions, allergies or are taking medication.
  • The team will then issue you with a wristband which you will need to put on your child.

What to bring

Riverside

  • City Camps: please bring gloves, extra socks and warm clothing for ice skating, swimwear and towel for swimming session and socks for trampolining.
  • Mini Camps: please bring socks for trampolining and soft play.

Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre

  • Please ensure children wear trainers. No jeans.

South Woodham Ferrers 

  • City Camps: a swimming costume and towel for the swimming session. Please tie long hair back.

Food and drink

  • Please ensure your child brings plenty of drinks in a plastic or metal water bottle, as well as nut-free snacks or a packed lunch if on an all day course. 

Clothing 

  • Children will need to wear suitable sports clothing and trainers (no dresses or skirts for dignity) and tie long hair back. Please ensure children bring sunscreen and a hat on hot days.

Collection

  • You should make sure that whoever is collecting your child is aware of the password you provided at registration. We cannot send a child home with anyone who doesn't know this.
  • If you think you might be late, please let us know as soon as possible.

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