Our specialist Holiday Centre, situated close to the seafront in Skegness not only helps the children have a great time and make new friends, it contributes to their education and life skills.

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.

Our specialist co-education Centre in Skegness

Just a week away at the 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.

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:

  • Single-sex bedrooms of varying sizes

    One of the refurbished bedrooms

  • Modern bathrooms with shower facilities
  • TV sitting room and games lounge
  • Art and Craft Room
  • Games room
  • Patio/BBQ area
  • Large Sports hall / Theatre with rodeo bull, dance machine and pool table
  • Laundry room
  • Dining Room with main kitchen

Activities and visits we carry out during the week include:

  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Visit to 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


Children enjoy baking day

    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 and discos


Children who come to the Centre are referred by their schools or other authorities.