Holiday at Home

A fantastic Holiday – right on your doorstep!

Each year, a number of Southampton churches invite guests to a themed Holiday at Home. With the wonderful creativity of an enthusiastic team, we have transformed venues into scenes from Paris, transported guests to the delights of Italy, Greece and Turkey on a luxury Cruise and taken a railway trip through the Scottish Highlands. Most recently, in 2019, guests enjoyed an African Safari across the Savannah complete with African Dance workshops, music and even live reptile handling!

Through training and resourcing, Caraway hopes to encourage further churches to provide ‘Holiday at Home’ events for their local communities. If you are interested in finding out more – don’t hesitate to get in touch.

These are great opportunities for those who are older in our community to come together for a ‘Holiday at Home’, an opportunity in the words of one lady who attended, ‘to have a holiday when you can’t get away for one yourself’. Social isolation is an increasing challenge for all our society, but especially for those who are older, when social networks diminish due to bereavement, physical frailty and a disconnect from families who so often live at a distance. Holding a Holiday at Home is one way to bring older members of our community together for a time of friendship and fun, over themed activities.

Not only do these events bring the generations together, but they also provide a great opportunity for the community to work together, building networks for the future. Over the years, local Care Homes, Ice-Cream Parlours, Schools, Supermarkets, the Saints Foundation, Music Groups and others have joined us to make this venture so successful.


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From the Blog
Taste of Caraway 23
Taste of Caraway 23

Taste of Caraway 23 Programme With just a few days until our annual fundraising Taste of Caraway Fayre 23 opens its doors to welcome young and old in for an


You do see your friends and neighbours, all being brought in. It’s a relaxed atmosphere . It means you do feel included in the church family. We’re a very close family and have friends of friends of friends, but the young people, they don’t have anybody . It continued church as I haven’t been so well lately after a fall. My balance is poor and my voice isn’t what it used to be, and I love to sing. I always knew when it was time to get up as I could hear Grandma in the kitchen, she sang

Liz’s Mum

I do enjoy all of it. I think the service at the start is good. I know some people find the little figures a bit patronising, but the discussions are good and it's good to meet up with friends and it's good to see all the displays. It does make you think. It’s the companionship and the friendliness. It’s just a pleasant few hours really. I think it’s nice to be using the church for a truly worshipping session.


Why do you come as a volunteer to help with events like Vintage Adventure in church?  …Well, as I’m getting older, I realise that for an awful lot of the elderly, they’ve not got very long left to get to know the lord So I think this generation is the most important ministry. If you’re in with students and you mess it up, they’ve got a whole lifetime when they can met somebody who will correct it. We haven’t got that luxury so this is a very important ministry and I just want to do my little bit.

Rob Childs

I come to Vintage Adventure because , being a single person, it’s good to come to places where I meet people and I think in a big church, any groups, be it for young or old to meet people on a much smaller scale is really important like homegroups  I think it is very good for the older generation to be catered for because they have certain emphases.

Pat ( Scottish dancer)