Holiday Courses

Our comprehensive holiday courses include a five week multi-activity holiday camp, courses in art and a range of sports, as well as our long-established Les Ambassadeurs links with a bi-lingual school in France offering enjoyable opportunities both at home and abroad.

Based at Holmwood House School or Nursery, and fully utilising our extensive facilities and grounds; our holiday courses provide exciting and safe activity-based childcare for all children aged 3 to 14.

Tech Camp 2023

Tech camp is here for February Half-Term with all NEW activities

DATES: 13-17 February 2023
LOCATION: Holmwood House School,CO3 9ST  
: 9am to 4pm each day

Next Thing’s Tech Camps are all about making learning fun, encouraging skill-building and giving children the opportunity to try something different! From programming challenges, Robot Coding, Photoshop Skills, Minecraft, DJ mixing and LEGO programming, we have all the creative boxes ticked! Whether your child is a tech whiz, or new to STEM education, let them come along and make new friends, have a blast, and gain skills that will last a lifetime.

The main themes for the week are the following:

Bot Builders and Coders 
Meet our Robots and learn visual coding and programming skills that make them come to life! Kickstart your career in STEM as you navigate your robot, create games, and explore new challenges. This is a great activity to help develop problem-solving skills.

Ingenious Inventors ‍
Flex your circuitry skills to make anything from buggies, alarms, and light sensors to an FM Radio!

Creative Tech ‍
Digital art, rocket propulsions, wearable technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Laser Tag. A fun-fuelled tech day awaits.

Expert Engineers
Fantastically fun! Discover how to construct and make mechanisms move. We challenge children to create new inventions using modular electronics, helping to develop their problem-solving skills.

Media Madness
Unleash your inner creative genius and create your own music or start and produce your own film! The opportunities are endless on our media day!

With the world becoming more digital, this is the perfect camp to develop STEM skills and keep your child ahead. Our camps are for ages 5-11 (years 1- 6) only, for more information please see our attached flyer or visit our website:

For a full list of activities and more information please see the flyer HERE.

Please see the link to a video below which gives an insight into a typical tech camp day:

Spaces are limited and work on a first come first serve basis. 

Use the code 5FEB for £5 off your booking.

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Les Ambassadeur Activity Course 2023

Every Easter, during the first week of the holidays Holmwood is host to approximately 50 children and staff from our partner school, Ombrosa, in Lyon France, alongside similar numbers of our Holmwood pupils, to take part in a fun and engaging cultural and language based activity course (e.g. crafts, music, cookery, pool games, etc).

As well as activities on site, we are planning two exciting excursions for our Holmwood and Ombrosa children to share their experiences, as well as exciting activities (big screen cinema night, magic show, disco etc – more details in the attached document) for pupils wishing to stay for extended sessions.

‘Les Ambassadeurs’ is hugely popular with both pupils from Ombrosa and Holmwood so early booking is recommended. Confirmation of your child’s place on the course will be issued once the deposit payment has been received.

Dates: Monday 27 – Thursday 30 March 2023
Course Fees: £195 (please note there is a non-refundable deposit of £95)
Extended day sessions are available to book.

Further details
Please click here for our Course Booklet
Holmwood House: 01206 574305

Easter & Summer Multi-Activity Camp 2023

We are delighted that Ultimate Activity Camp, will be back to run their fun and engaging holiday programmes at Holmwood House during the Easter and Summer holidays in 2022. They work with some of the best independent schools in the country and have a strong reputation for quality holiday programmes.

Summer Dates:  24 July – 25 August

Ultimate Activity Camps are highly experienced at running high quality Ofsted-accredited holiday camps, where children aged 4-14 years will have the chance to try over 40 exciting sports, games and creative activities each week.

Their activities will be delivered by engaging, enthusiastic and energetic staff who will instruct and encourage every child to try new activities and make new friends – and naturally have lots of fun!

See their website for full details of their activities and offers or call
their friendly and helpful customer service team on 0330 111 7077.

Easter Cricket Course 2023

There will be highly qualified coaches, matches on fantastic grass wickets, an indoor sports hall, outdoor and indoor nets, video analysis and bowling machines. The sessions will include small training groups, batting, bowling and fielding skills plus cricket matches. All equipment will be provided.

Course 1 : £60 or £25 per day
School Years 1, 2, 3 & 4: Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 April 10.00am-1.00pm.

You need appropriate clothing including indoor footwear.

Course 2 : £100 or £45 per day
School Years 5, 6, 7 & 8: Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 April 10.00am-4.00pm.

You need appropriate clothing including indoor and outdoor footwear plus a packed lunch (strictly nut-free). Cricket whites are worn, but not essential.

Course Details
The above facilities are all subject to weather conditions and the skill level of the individual. In the event of bad weather, an indoor programme is delivered with relevant cricket-related skills and games.

Further Information
Holmwood House: 01206 574305

Art School 2023

We are delighted to host a summer art course for pupils from Reception to Year 8 over the summer holiday. The art school is led by Mr C Earley. More information will be provided ahead of the Summer holiday 2023, but please see some details listed below.

LIMITED PLACES REMAINING – Please phone Clive Earley on 07931 761274 to check availability if you would like to book a place for your child

Dates: Monday 21 – Friday 25 August 2023
Course times: 10am – 4pm each day
Cost: £200 – full week or £45 – individual days

Places are strictly limited.  Early booking and payment is essential. You will receive confirmation of a place by email once payment has been received.

Example Summer Art School Timetable (subject to change)
Yeargroups Reception &
Year 1
2 & 3
4 & 5
6, 7 & 8
Monday Sculpture Drawing Mixed Media Painting
Tuesday Drawing Mixed Media Painting Animation
Wednesday Mixed Media Painting Animation Sculpture
Thursday Painting Puppetry Sculpture Drawing
Friday Puppetry Sculpture Drawing Mixed Media

British Theatre School Holiday Camps

Our Junior Holiday Camps bring professionals from the British performance industry to schools across the UK and EU  in order to prepare each child with the social skills, confidence and live public speaking experience to begin a successful performance career or in any path of life they choose!

Students are supervised by our trusted and qualified team of Camp Facilitators to devise a 20 minute production which they have made in groups throughout the week! This is performed to an audiences with lights, sound, scenery and costumes!

  • Improve public speaking skills and confidence
  • Perform in a professional show to parents
  • Make new friends and play sports
  • Meet professional British performers and improve language abilities!
  • Perfect to have fun or kick off a career in the arts!

Also includes:

  • Costume and prop design
  • Fun games
  • Outdoor sports in the afternoon.

Dates: 17 July to 28 July
Times: Monday to Friday – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 5 – 7 years, 8 – 10 years and 11 – 13 years

Click here to sign up


Holmwood House Nursery

151 Coach Road, Great Horkesley,
Essex CO6 4DX
T: (01206) 273 827


Holmwood House School

Chitts Hill, Lexden,
Essex CO3 9ST
T: (01206) 574305