We have put together a list of code clubs available in the UK. The list is not exhaustive and with interest in this area growing, new clubs spring up all the time. This list highlights organisations that facilitate local clubs, so you'd need to check their website for a club in your area.
Many local volunteers run events and clubs that are not necessarily associated with any of the below mentioned organisations. If you search for code clubs, maker clubs, maker spaces, science clubs in your area, you may be lucky to find something. There are definitely some hotspots in the country where there are more opportunities for kids.
Most of the clubs are volunteer led and each will have its own flavour depending on the skills of the volunteers involved. There seem to be two types of clubs, ones run after school at your child's school and will be run by either teachers or external volunteers; the other take place on a weekend for a few hours and generally involve parents taking part too.
I help run a local code club, and we've mashed up Coder Dojo and YRS Hyperlocal in one meetup, to open up to a wider audience. Our club runs on a Saturday afternoon, once a month and we encourage parents to join in. We have a wide range of parents, some are working in the tech industry, and some have no knowledge of the technology opportunities. It is my experience that both types have a great time, especially enjoying the quality time spent with their kids.
Coder Dojo is a global network of free computer programming clubs for young people.
This is a great club if your kid wants to learn how to code.
Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
They are generally run at primary or junior schools as a hour after school club. If your kid's school doesn't have a code club they can apply to have one on the website. The organisation provides material which the volunteer lead uses to teach computer programming through making games, websites or animation. Scratch is a very popular platform used in Code Clubs, however every code club may have it's own flavour based on the skills of the lead.
Look out for this club at your local school, or ask if you can attend one held at another school in your area.
A Global community of digital makers aged 18 and under. (http://www.yrs.io/)
YRS Hyperlocals only started in November 2014, check out the website to find a Hyperlocal near you.
Barclays Code Playgroundhttp://barclayscodeplayground.co.uk/
Coding's going to be taking us all somewhere new. And the people who'll be taking us there are the kids of today.
Ideal platform for learning and teaching computational thinking and computer programming
STEM Clubs are a powerful and highly enjoyable way to engage school students with STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths)subjects.
First Lego Leaguehttp://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/
FIRST® LEGO® League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students.
FLL is for young people aged 9 to16 years, working in teams of up to ten students with a supporting adult coach. Each year FLL releases a new challenge for the teams. The challenge involves a robot game and a research project, and students will need to demonstrate the FLL core values throughout all their work.
Teams have ten to twelve weeks during the autumn term to work on the challenge before they compete in their chosen Regional Tournament.
Ask your local school if they enter students into the FLL Challenge.
The Global Web Literacy Movement
Mozilla Clubs doesn't appear to be established in the UK, although they offer a great teaching resource and ethos. They aim to grow the web literacy of learners and encourage open practices such as using open source code and open source data. They believe kids learn through making and so offer "Maker Party" through volunteer-led centres to aid learning of computer programming.
Raspberry Jams (Pi)https://www.raspberrypi.org/jam/
All of the above mentioned clubs are free to attend and lead by volunteers. In some cases there may be a nominal fee to cover expenses of gadgets. The tech community is highly motivated to transfer skills to the young generation, to become the creative digital makers of our future.