Leisure activities and things to do

Activities, events and support groups

Activities, events and support groups for children and young people with SEND and their families in North Tyneside

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Introduction to Leisure Activities and things to do

Disabled child and parents at the swimming pool

Leisure opportunities can offer you and your child a chance to relax and escape.  Whether it's a brief activity, day break, a weekend break, or even something longer, take a look at what is available below, both locally and further afield.  Many of the services are specially adapted for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Activities and Leisure Opportunities


Active North Tyneside aims to get residents of North Tyneside to be more physically active and feel the benefits of living a longer, healthier life.

Telephone: (0191) 643 7171

The Alan Shearer Centre is a specialist respite, residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and acute impairments.

Telephone: (0191) 264 8925

Autism Links is a website that provides information on events, support groups, charities and many other services and provision for those living with autism.

Beach Access North East provides free-hire equipment to support people with physical disabilities, which allows them to enjoy as much freedom and independence as possible.

Telephone: 0300 999 4444

Beacon Hill Arts is a multi-award winning training and production organisation for filmmakers who have learning difficulties, autism and additional needs.

Telephone: (0191) 580 7000

The Calvert Trust provides a wide range of outdoor activities situated at Exmoor, Kielder and the Lake District.

Telephone: 0159 876 3221 (Exmoor) | 0143 425 0232 (Kielder) | 0176 877 2255 (Lake District)

Cinema Card - The CEA card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas that enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. 

Danceplex Inclusive dance classes for children and adults across North Tyneside

Email: stephdanceplex@outlook.com   or Telephone: 07841373232

LD North East supports people from birth to older life with a learning disability and other needs to live life to the full.  Our support helps people to keep healthy and active and feel included in the community. We can support with volunteering, to improve health and wellbeing, Manage everyday tasks at home and in the community, meet up with friends and an opportunity to take part in activities.

Telephone: (0191) 262 2261

Living Well North Tyneside

Help for residents to find out what’s happening in their local area and help them access information, advice, support as well as events and activities to help them live well.

access social media by searching @LivingWellNT

Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) represents the interests of the disabled supporters of Newcastle United Football Club. They aim to promote interest in football and improve the facilities and transport available to disabled supporters.

Newcastle United Foundation is an independent registered charity supported by Newcastle United Football Club. They are committed to helping people of all ages achieve their goals through the local passion for football.

Telephone: 0844 372 1892

North East Autism Society - Parent & Toddler group for children 5 and under going through the diagnostic process or with a diagnosis of autism.  Contact:  Rebecca Welch on 07468861933 or email Rebecca.welch@ne-as.org.uk 

North Tyneside Disability Forum is a registered charity that aims to ensure disabled people are able to participate on equal terms in society as able decision makers. 

Telephone: (0191) 466 1667

Out Of Sight  Supporting Visually Impaired Children and Families in North Tyneside providing free of charge, crafting and sensory events and short-break holidays (limited to members who have children aged 0-18 with a visual impairment living in North Tyneside)

Telephone: 07966097662 or 0191 4477360

Pathways 4 All / Tim Lamb Centre is a 'parent-led' charity that provides leisure and social opportunities for children with disabilities and additional needs in North East England.

Telephone: (0191) 266 5233

Parasport aims to encourage disabled people to take up sport by providing information about sports and sporting opportunities in local areas in a clear, easy-to-use format.

Telephone: (020) 7842 5789

Purebuzzin  Beekeeping workshops where you can delve into the world of honeybees and take an active role as a beekeeper at their community apiary. Based at the Meadow Well Connected centre in North Shields.

Ramsey's Theatre Stars Exploring the art of performing for the stage and screen. Based in Wallsend & Tynemouth we do have a specific SEND class, that is structured with more of a set routine and visual prompts. 

Telephone: 07917206673

Saturday Kids Club is specifically for children aged 8-16 years with additional needs.  The club offer arts and crafts, sensory room, games and consoles, outdoor games and table top activities.   Based at the Linskill Centre North Shields NE30 2AY.  Session fees apply.

Telephone: (0191) 264 1959   Email: enquiries@inspireyouthw.org

Sensactivity All Things Sensory sensory activities, small quiet sensory birthday parties, private sessions.  Sensactivity have received HAF funding to provide activities for Christmas 2022 activities include sensory based activities, music and movements, arts and crafts and outings.

Shiremoor Adventure Playground is a community-based inclusive adventure playground, catering for children and young people of all abilities. Play sessions for children with additional needs and their families take place every Sunday, and also on Mondays in school holidays.   Check the Shiremoor Playground Facebook page for up to date information and to book a session.

Telephone: (0191) 643 8300

Sleep Clinic   At any given time up to 40% of adults and 50% of children (this rises to 80% with a SEND diagnosis) have difficulties with their sleep. Yet in a recent survey, almost 60% of adults felt there was a lack of support for sleep issues. Sleep problems can leave people feeling isolated and lonely. Our free helpline is run by trained sleep advisors, many of whom are specialists in working with SEND. We can talk to young people directly, or parents (we can also talk to adults, including older people, about their sleep issues). The helpline is open 5 nights a week, Sunday to Thursday, 7-9pm

Telephone: (03303) 530 541

Smell the Roses offers ReTreat Days to mums and female carers of children (of any age) who have any form of additional need.  

Smile Through Sport is a non-profit organisation that combines the services of inspirational speaking, training courses and disability sport development to provide a bespoke service to suit every need.

Telephone: (01670) 457 757

Spectrum Holidays specialise in providing autism friendly holiday accommodation around the UK. They work with existing holiday home owners and providers to make their properties more accessible to families with autistic dependants.  Each holiday home is provided with a Spectrum Pack of sensory toys and resources along with everything you need to make your holiday a success for all the family. 

Support & Grow North East - SEND Cuppa Club

A peer support group for SEND parents/carers. SEND children and their siblings can play in a safe, supportive, inclusive and enriching environment while parents enjoy a cuppa and food in the cafe, sharing support and knowledge and friendship with other SEND parents.

Support for Parents living with Autism and other Related Conditions (SPARCS) is a support group for parents/carers and families living with autism and other related conditions.  

The aim of SPARCS is to run regular events and activities in the local community for parents and carers to attend with their children, in line with their individual interests and stages of development.  SPARCS have received HAF funding to provide activities for Christmas 2022 activities include youth clubs, outdoor activities a, day trips and stay and play sessions email sparcs@yahoo.com 

Take 5 and chat is a cafe drop-in for parenting of additional needs. They provide a safe space for parents and carers, a place where you can surround yourself with "people who get it".

The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company is a North East charity that aims to change the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism through the arts.

True Colours Theatre is an inclusive theatre school for children and young people that live in the North East. The majority of members have additional needs such as Autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders and physical and life limiting conditions and various mental health issues. True Colours want everyone to enjoy being able to express themselves in a structured, and supportive way, without fear of judgement, or criticism,  and where differences are celebrated. True Colours have received HAF funding to provide activities for Christmas 2022 for inclusive performance arts workshops and days out.  For further details email: mail@truecolourstheatre.co.uk

Tyneside Access Cinema offer friendly screenings for people with autism, learning disabilities and additional needs. Access cinema provides these screenings in a low sensory environment.

Telephone: (0191) 227 5500

Tyneside Deaf Children's Society arranges opportunities to meet up with other families of deaf children in the local area and organise specialist swimming sessions at Lakeside Pool, Killingworth.

Waves additional needs swimming sessions 

Wednesday 6:20pm-7:20pm

Sunday 5:00pm-6:00pm

Normal admission costs apply

Wild Science - Animals and Experiments

We bring animals from across the world to you for the children to touch, hold and interact with.  We cover a wide range of popular topics to choose from but can also build a session based on your exact requirements.  

Launched in 2021 is our range of Science Demonstrations.  Our 'Nutty' Professor will start your children on a journey through the exciting world of science.  Already our Science Experiments are amazing children across the country.  

YMCA is a North Tyneside charity that help people reach their full potential in mind, body and spirit. They provide a varied range of activities from access to music studios to youth clubs and activities.

Telephone: (0191) 257 5434

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Ease Into - the Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF)

Ease Into is North Tyneside's Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF), available to all children in the borough but free to those who receive income related free school meals. There is a wide range of activities available at Easter, during summer and over Christmas, from cycling and football to swimming and cooking.