About us

DCHC – Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre - is a registered charity which provides Derbyshire children experiencing difficult times at home with a week-long holiday in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

A holiday is something that many of us take for granted, but for the children who come to our centre it is a rarity, even a one-off. Many of them have never been away, and may have no prospect of doing so.

Just a week away at our Holiday Centre can make a huge difference.

It gives the youngsters time and space to relax, make new friends and enjoy themselves in a supportive and structured environment and in the care of our fully trained staff.

Recognised by the Local Education Authority as providing a Secondary Educational Experience as part of the overall education of the children who attend, it contributes to their personal and social development, giving them confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing memories that last a lifetime. For a week, they can just enjoy being on holiday.

For their parents, guardians or carers too, it offers some important respite time, safe in the knowledge that the children are being well looked after.

DCHC, established in 1891, provides 660 holiday places per season, which runs between April and October.

For many children, the relationships gained remain with them for the rest of their lives.

About the centre

The residential centre is on Scarborough Avenue, a short walk from the seaside. We aim to carry out a range of supervised activities during the week to provide a happy and memorable holiday.

Facilities at the centre include:

  • Bedrooms of varying sizes
  • Modern bathrooms with shower facilities
  • TV sitting room and games lounge
  • Art and Craft Room
  • Games room
  • Large Sports hall / Theatre
  • Laundry room
  • Dining Room with main kitchen

Activities and visits we carry out during the week include:

  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Mablethorpe
  • Natureland
  • Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve
  • Hardy's Animal Farm Coastal Walks
  • Butlin's
  • Swimming
  • Snipe Dale's Picnic Area
  • Embassy Theatre

….and of course there is the ever popular Beach

The programme with the Centre includes:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sports Hall activities
  • Theatre and Entertainment productions
  • Games including pool, video, computer and bagatelle
  • Ball games
  • Barbecues
  • Discos


“It was the best. I didn’t get left out. I joined in. I made lots of cool friends. Now my brothers want to come too. Can we call come next year?”

Copyright 2018 Derbyshire Childrens Holiday Centre | Registered Charity No 218063