Leisure activities and things to do

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.

Sport North Tyneside

Sport North Tyneside offers a variety of inclusive and disability specific sporting opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people. These include:

  • Archery
  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Street golf
  • Tennis
  • Trampoline and rebound therapy

For more information, times and venues, contact:

Sport North Tyneside
Telephone: (0191) 643 7445
Email: sport@northtyneside.gov.uk
Website: www.sportnorthtyneside.org.uk/community-sport/disability-sport



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 recieve a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.  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

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

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 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

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 on Sundays and Mondays, check the facebook page for up to date information and to book a session https://www.facebook.com/Shiremoorplauround1/

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

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 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.

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".

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. 

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.

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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