Junior Holidays

  • Yorkshire Junior Holidays are enjoyable, relaxing and above all fun events for children aged between 7-12.
  • The holidays have been running for many years and have always been enjoyed by the children and adults alike.
  • The holidays are often so much fun that many of the children return year after year, as do some of the adults!
  • They are rarely in the same place twice. In the past we have stayed in Robin Hood’s Bay, Buckden in the Yorkshire Dales, Hebden Bridge and Snowball Lodge near York among many other places.
  • As we move around each year we are able to offer a wide range of activities. In the past these have included: beach-combing, caving, climbing, swimming, exploring the area and visiting local attractions (such as the chocolate museum in York), craft activities and, of course, relaxing with friends.
  • The holidays all have a Quaker ethos and are a place of safety and friendship for all. Many friendships started at Junior Holidays have lasted well into adulthood for some of our previous attenders.

2020 Junior Holidays:

After a  successful online holiday in June (replacing the weekend planned for Nell Bank, Ilkley) another online weekend will be held from 23 – 25 October 2020.

Bronwen Alty writes:

As you will understand we are unable to run the junior holiday we had planned for this October at Barmoor. However I am very pleased to say we are able to provide another online junior holiday. This will take place over the weekend of 23rd-25th October via Zoom.

Although not quite the same as our usual face to face junior holiday, it is a very important way for children and young people to meetup with friends old and new and to try and recreate some of the atmosphere and fun of the typical weekend holidays. The holiday will be supported by Lee Lester, our Yorkshire Quaker youth development worker, who has experience of running Zoom groups with young people and also a group of our regular junior holiday volunteers. We ran a holiday online in June this year and it surpassed all our expectations with lots of fun and laughter as well as some moving spiritual moments! 

The holiday we are planning in October will involve some games and other activities, epilogue, stories, crafts, group meal times, the traditional talent show and maybe one or two surprises! The theme for the weekend is “Safe Harbours”. There is no charge for the activities.

At this stage I am just wanting to get an idea of numbers so if you think you child(ren) would be interested in taking part in some or all of the weekend, please can you let me know ASAP. In your reply please could you let me have the name and age of your child. Children can come to one or all the sessions as fits in with their other activities and family commitments. 

Once we have a better idea of numbers we will send out a final timetable for the weekend as well as a consent form which will need to be completed before your child can join the zoom video conference. 

The weekend is aimed at children aged 7-12 but if your child is slightly outside these ages and you think they would enjoy and be able to take part in the activities then please get in touch. 

If you have any questions about the weekend, the activities or the process, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone (07843 485645). If anyone knows a child who would like to attend but may be prevented due to lack of access to equipment or an internet connection, please let me know and we will see what we can do.event is playear of Junior Holidays in 2019 we are planning two more for 2020. Our holidays are short adventure breaks for young people aged between 7 and 13, from the Quakers in Yorkshire area.  They are a chance for young people to meet together, get to know each other and spend time away from their family in a Quaker group.

Volunteers needed for Junior Holidays Committee

The Quakers in Yorkshire Junior Holiday committee is seeking adult volunteers to help make this year’s holidays happen!  We need volunteer helpers with lots of enthusiasm to help create welcoming, exciting and enjoyable holidays. We’re particularly keen to find Friends who’d be prepared to do the catering (with help from the young people and the team). We’re also interested in hearing from Friends who can’t help this year but would like to be added to our list of possible future volunteers.
As a Junior Holiday volunteer all your expenses will be paid. You’ll need a DBS check (which we can help you to obtain), and references from people who can comment on your suitability to work with children. If you’d like to know more, please contact James Hargreave on jameshargreave@yahoo.co.uk