Introduction to Leisure Activities and things to do
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.
The centres offer opportunities for families to have fun together and to develop skills for school, work and life. For information on what's on and how to join up, see children centre services.
Sport North Tyneside
Sport North Tyneside offers a variety of inclusive and disability specific sporting opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people. These include:
- Street golf
- Trampoline and rebound therapy
For more information, times and venues, contact:
Sport North Tyneside
Telephone: (0191) 643 7445
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
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
Telephone: 0159 876 3221 (Exmoor) | 0143 425 0232 (Kielder) | 0176 877 2255 (Lake District)
Gateway North East is a registered charity that provides appropriate and identified leisure, life, recreational and educational opportunities for young people with disabilities and barriers to learning.
Telephone: (0191) 526 3112
LD North East provides a range of support including personalised support, access to advice and advocacy, short breaks and holidays and much more.
Telephone: (0191) 262 2261
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 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
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.
Out Of Sight is an award winning, 'parent-led', not for profit charity who support visually impaired children and their families living in North Tyneside. They provide free, bespoke outings and events for children.
Pathways 4 All 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
Rockpool School is run by locally qualified marine biologists who organise workshops for special occasions and school visits. They aim to educate people on a variety of rockpool animals, using a 'hands on' approach.
Shiremoor Adventure Playground is a a community-based inclusive adventure playground, catering for children and young people of all abilities.
Telephone: (0191) 643 8300
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
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.
Stride provide hippotherapy and physiotherapy using movement of a pony. All their ponies are experienced carrying riders of various levels of disability.
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".
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 activities and opportunities to meet up with other families of deaf children in the local area.
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