Leisure

When you have a disability, you can often get leisure concessions, for example, discounts on tickets to the cinema, theatre or visitor attractions, like theme parks, the National Trust, English Heritage or at zoos.  You can also get free Carer tickets.  If you need support, most attractions and leisure facilities do offer this, so do ask.  There can also be access considerations and other adjustments.  You can often get a disabled person’s bus pass for free, bus travel and a disabled person’s rail card for reduced rail travel.  Locally, in Bucks, like many leisure centres throughout the country, both BETTER Leisure and Everyone Active offers discounts to those with a disability.  If based in Buckinghamshire, also look at local disability sports and social clubs under interests.  Also check out sport and tourism for more ideas and options and if based in or near Buckinghamshire, the different sports and social clubs aimed at those with a disability.

Ceacard.  Disability Cinema Card.  https://www.ceacard.co.uk.  This helps with reasonable adjustments and with discounts like free carer tickets.

Article on Disability Leisure Discounts.  https://www.wiseaccountant.co.uk/discounts-for-disabled-people

Carers Cardsprovide discounts to carers for participating in leisure and retail businesses opportunities.  This is the link to Carers Bucks.  https://www.carersbucks.org/services/carers-discount-card/

Find Accessible Public Events from the Activity Alliance UK.  http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/get-active/events

Walks with Wheelchairs UK. Walks for those with access challenges, such as being in a wheelchair.  http://www.walkswithwheelchairs.com

Disabled Ramblers.  Countryside walks in England and Wales.  http://disabledramblers.co.uk

Accessible Countryside for All.  Lists accessible walks throughout the UK, as well as accessible pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities.  http://accessiblecountryside.org.uk/buckinghamshire 

Health Walk. Going on a local organised walk with others, aimed at those with health conditions to get involved, walk, exercise and socialise.  https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder

Gardening for the Disabled.  They promote gardening for the disabled, be that a physical disability, mental health or other conditions.  They also provide grants for accessible gardens.  https://www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk/services

Gardening with Arthritis Information from Versus Arthritis. This includes a useful booklet.  https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/news/tips-for-gardening-with-arthritis/

Carry on Gardening.  Thrive is a Charity that recommends tools and strategies to keep you gardening with a disability, by recommending equipment depending on your disability.  Also includes case studies.  https://www.carryongardening.org.uk/about-this-website.aspx

PETA UKdesign and manufacture adapted gardening tools.  Useful if you have arthritis or coordination issues, like from physical disability.  These make gardening more possible if you have a reduced grip or need long reach tools to make gardening possible.  https://peta-uk.com

Fred’sShed is run by Fred Walden.  He is a garden expert and writer who advicss the NHS and others about gardening with a disability and advises about equipment that should make gardening easier and more enjoyable.  https://peta-uk.com

CLA Charitable Trust provides training in horticulture, gardening and conservation to people with a disability and disadvantaged individuals.  https://www.cla.org.uk/events/cla-charitable-trust#

Living Made Easy.  Offers accessible gardening equipment to help with dexterity, posture or orientation.  https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/leisure/gardening-and-the-outdoors-3696/

The Disability Living Foundationhas a comprehensive guide to finding a leisure activity and specialist equipment to make that activity possible.  Easier activities include: Walking, water sports, holidays, team sports, cycling, games, gardening, cooking, photography, painting, reading, television, audio and more, so worth a read.  https://www.dlf.org.uk/factsheets/leisure

Kidz to Adultsare exhibitions aimed at young people with disabilities up to age 25, their families and carers covering all aspect of life with a disability. The events have taken place since 2001  https://www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk

Areobility is a  Charity and Flying School in Camberley, teaching people with different impairments to fly planes.  https://www.aerobility.com.  

Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, in partnership with Aerobility and Air League, now offer a Disabled Pilot's Scholarship.  An excellent opportunity to get a full private pilot's licence.  

Cycling UK have produced a useful guide to different types of adapted cycling options if you have a disability that makes cycling difficult, but you want to get involved.  https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/cycling-guide/guide-to-adapted-cycles

Charlotte's Tandemshires tandems and trailer bikes to people with disabilities and special needs with provisions throughout the UK to help those cycle who cannot go out alone.  http://charlottestandems.weebly.com/ Here, you can watch what it is like to get involved in this short ITV coverage of their work.

 

Cycling for AlI is a Cycling Charity run throughout the UK that offers inclusive disability cycling with a wide range of bikes and cyclicals to get everyone. involved.  http://cyclingforall.org.  Take a look at the types of activities from this YouTube video.

 

Riding for the Disabled. A Charity that runs throughout the country providing riding and carriage driving for those with disabilities.  https://www.rda.org.uk.

Rivertime Boat Trust   carry out boat trips for disadvantaged and disabled adults and children run from Maidenhead in Berkshire.  See YouTube video explaining their work.  http://rivertimeboattrust.org.uk/

Disabled Photographers Society.  UK-wide Charity promoting photography to people with disabilities.  http://www.the-dps.co.uk/

Enrych provide volunteers who pair with someone with a disability so they can participate in a social activity or leisure of their choice.  See the types of work and the difference they make here.  http://enrych.org.uk/

Staying Up Late is a UK Charity that organise nights out to see bands, concerts and clubbing typically in the South East and London for people with learning disabilities that struggle to get to go or, at least stay, until the end of these evenings due to support worker issues, but the Charity offer these events.  http://stayuplate.org/about/  

Berkel Bikes offer a range of disability cycle bikes for outside use, and an exercise option includes hand controls and whole body cycling.  Lots of options to incorporate FES muscle stimulation, so you can use the bike and build strength and muscle mass with paralysed muscles and weak muscles.  https://berkelbike.co.uk

Good Food Talks is a database of thousands of restaurants intended to help those with a visual impairment.  There is also an app.  https://goodfoodtalks.com

Special Effects Gaming.  An Oxfordshire Charity offering adapted video gaming.  https://www.specialeffect.org.uk 

One Switch is a website offering a range of video games for those with disabilities that use a switch operator due to to their disability.  http://www.oneswitch.org.uk

Youreable.  https://www.youreable.com/.  An online disability website and community forum offering information on disability benefits, travel, education, housing, health, equipment and more.

Ableize.  https://www.ableize.com.  A very large disability directory covering all of the UK and topics such as disability sport, arts, education and benefits, through to mobility products and services and more.  It is for and run by disabled people.

Naidex is a major disability two-day annual event held in Birmingham covering the latest disability products, services, equipment care.  An innovation covering all disability areas.  It is a major lifestyle event to find the latest products together and being the biggest disability event in Europe.  Useful to be aware of the latest equipment, technology and disability  products.  http://www.naidex.co.uk 

Merlin Attractions and Disability.  This includes Thorpe Park, Chessington Word of Adventures, Alton Towers, Lego Land and Warwick Castle.  Many other attractions, like zoos and leisure facilities offer access considerations, special needs met, discounts for people with disabilities and free Carer tickets.  https://www.merlinannualpass.co.uk/information/disabled-passholders

Better Leisure Disability Membership.  https://www.better.org.uk/memberships/all-inclusive-membership/better-hf-inclusive 

Access Able.  For searching accessible places throughout the UK, including many attractions.  https://www.accessable.co.uk/pages/about

Euan’s Guide.  Disabled access reviews by and for people with disabilities, providing useful information on the true accessibility of places.  https://www.euansguide.com  

Inclusive Fitness Initiative.  Search for an accessible gym.  http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/how-we-help/programmes/65-inclusive-fitness-initiative

RADAR Keys for being able to use public disabled toilets.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-22602836

Get RADAR Keys from the Disability Rights Commission.  https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/shop/radar-key

Changing Places is a website identifying disabled toilets throughout the UK.  http://www.changing-places.org/find_a_toilet.aspx

Mobiloo attend public events throughout the UK.  They list on the website with fully accessible porter loos with hoists.  http://www.changing-places.org/find_a_toilet.aspx

Prevention Matters.  Help to stay independent, help with everyday activities, help with transport involvement in social clubs, providing advice and guidance, to stop isolation with people aged over 18.  https://www.connectionsupport.org.uk/buckinghamshire/projects/prevention-matters

Disability Access Guide to UK Theme Parks.  https://thesensoryseeker.com/2013/10/08/disability-access-guide-uk-theme-parks

National Trust and Disability offers access guides, disability discounts and free Carer tickets.  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/access-for-everyone

English Heritage and how they accommodate various disability needs.  https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/plan-your-visit/visitors-with-disabilities

Many cinemas offer Autism-friendly screenings as well as other accommodations if you have a CEA Card, such as discounts and free Carer tickets.  https://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/holidays-trips/cinemas.aspx

Dekko Comics are educational content comics aimed at KS2 and KS3, covering many topics, like Maths, English and Science.  It was set up by a young man with Dyslexia and shows how he runs a successful business overcoming his Dyslexia.  He used comics himself to pass exams and then got this idea.  https://dekkocomics.com

Living Paintings.  Free tactile book service for those who are blind.  Also offers audio books.  http://www.livingpaintings.org/ 

Your local library will have additional facilities and accommodations, like extended lending for those with a disability.  In Bucks, Wendover and Bourne End Libraries offer VisualImpairment Reading Groups.  There is also a Home Library Service for those who struggle to get to the library due to disability, poor mobility or health issues.  Other areas of the country have the same.  https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/community/home-library-service/ 

Calibre Audio Library.  An audio book service open to those with sight issues, Dyslexia or other disabilities.  There is a one-off charge and then the service is free. http://www.calibre.org.uk/

ASK SARA is an independent living resource that asks you questions about your daily life and areas of difficulty to find you workable solutions.  It covers aspects of your life and health, but also includes leisure.  There are also solutions for children.  You answer easy questions for tailored advice.  http://asksara.dlf.org.uk/

Access Cards.  A simple way to show people your accessibility, disability needs.  http://www.accesscard.org.uk

Stagetext provide theatres and arts venues with captions of their performances that appear on small screens.  http://www.stagetext.org

Your Local Cinema.  Subtitled local cinema listings.  http://yourlocalcinema.com/ 

Attitude is Everything.  Deaf and Disabled Access to live music.  http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/

Vocal Eyes provide audio description to museums, galleries, theatre and heritage for those that have sight problems.  http://vocaleyes.co.uk/

Visit London Accessibility Guide.  https://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-information/essential-information/accessible-london

Accessible London Theatre. Making London theatres as accessible as possible.  https://officiallondontheatre.com/access/

Mobility Rough Guide to Accessibility.  British and offers a comprehensive guide to Accessible Days Out.  https://www.motability.co.uk/news-views-and-events/rough-guide-to-accessible-britain/

Willow Foundation.  Provide exceptional special days, like up close experiences at zoos, or to football venues for young people from age 16 to 40 years who have serious illness or disabilities, such as Motor Neuron Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, severe muscle-wasting conditions, severe neurological conditions, Cancer, those in palliative care, organ failure, degenerative conditions, Huntington's and more.

U Support provides experience days, like pitch side at the football, seeing their favourite singer live, or a show in the West End for disabled or ill young people and those with life-limiting conditions.  http://www.usupport.org.uk/index.html

RiDc.  A look at accessible public transport.  https://www.ridc.org.uk/content/accessible-public-transport

Remap.  If you struggle to participate equally in a leisure or family activity and struggle to find an adaption, you may be able to get Remap to make an adaption for you.  In this video, you can see how they have helped this individual who is blind participate more fairly in bowling, using the guide they have designed for him and that he can use independently.

Living Made Easyoffer accessible art and craft materials, providing equipment for activities, like sewing, photography, art, painting, pottery and scissors, especially if you have dexterity issues, so these tasks are easier to participate in.  https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/leisure/arts-and-crafts-3705/

Meet Ups.  A website, UK-wide, listing different social groups formed for a massive range of interests and hobbies in your local community.  https://www.meetup.com

Music Festivals and disabled access:

Latitude Festival Accessibility.  https://www.latitudefestival.com/information-category/access-customers/

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Accessibility.  https://tickets.edfringe.com/box-office/accessibility

Blue Dot Festival Accessibility.  https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/info/accessibility

Reading Festival Accessibility.  https://www.readingfestival.com/information-category/access-customers

Leeds Festival Accessibility.  https://www.leedsfestival.com/information-category/access-customers.

Boomtown Accessibility.  https://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/info/access/

Just So Festival Accessibility.  https://www.justsofestival.org.uk/accessibility/?doing_wp_cron=1566846744.1201679706573486328125

Leisure activity games:

Living made easyoffer a selection of popular board games in accessible formats, like large print for games if you have limited vision, or reduced dexterity and difficulties with co-ordination that you can purchase.  https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/leisure/board-games-and-board-game-accessories-1677-p/

Lego have introduced Braille bricks for learning braille and enjoying Lego and introducing Lego to other subjects to help learning as it is tangible to help learning and make learning fun.

Lego for the Blind offers instructions for different Lego sets if you are blind or visually impaired.  http://legofortheblind.com/

Uno for the Blind or Vision Impairment.

RNIB Board Games,adapted for those who are blind or have a vision impairment looks at some different game options and introduces the Blind Chess Association BCA.  https://www.rnib.org.uk/young-people-free-time/games-and-gaming

Days Out: 

Buckingham Palace Accessibility, Royal Collection.  https://www.rct.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace/mobility-access#/

Cadbury Word Disability Accessibility Information.  https://www.cadburyworld.co.uk/plan-your-visit/accessibility

Eden Project Accessibility.  https://www.edenproject.com/visit/before-you-visit/accessibility-guide

Whipsnade Zoo
Accessibility Information.  https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/visitor-information/accessibility

Accessibility at Kew Gardens.  https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/accessibility

 

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