General Information

Penny Meadow only closes on Bank Holidays and for the week between Christmas and New Year.

Weekday Sessions

Weekday sessions start at 10:00am and finish at 3:30pm. Young people can be dropped off at any time from 9:00am and collected at any time from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Arrangements can be made for early drop offs and/or late pick ups.

Penny Meadow fees are inclusive of morning and afternoon drinks and snacks, lunch, all transport to and from activities, activity costs and admission fees and all materials required.

We do operate a transport service within the Colchester area if seats are available in the vehicle.

We can offer transport to some outlying areas at an additional charge if seats are available in the vehicle and if the location is on one of our transport ‘runs’.

Saturday Sessions

Saturday sessions usually start at 10:00am and finish at 3:30pm. We make every effort to return on time but there are occasions when we are delayed due to traffic. Some Saturday sessions will have an earlier or later start and finish time (for example Theatre trips). You will be advised if this is the case.

Our Saturday fee covers the cost of transport to and from the activity, all admissions and associated costs and a Restaurant lunch.

We book activities for our Saturday sessions at least 3 months in advance (10 months in the case of theatre/pantomime seats). Therefore, it is essential that Saturday places are booked to avoid disappointment.

Severe Weather

We make every effort to open during severe weather but may be unable to provide a transport service if we feel conditions are unsafe. You will be notified in the unlikely event that we close.


Our respite service is available throughout the year. However, early booking is recommended especially for weekends.


We have a healthy eating policy. All meals at Penny Meadow are produced using fresh ingredients and avoiding unhealthy processes, ie deep frying. There are always choices for lunch.

Fresh fruit and sugar free cordial, as well as tea and coffee are freely available.

We can cater for all diets and can meet all religious and cultural dietary needs.