Play and leisure time (0-25 years)

School1-smallIn Gateshead and across the North East there are a range of play and leisure activities you and your child can take part in. If you have a key supporter they can advise you about activities that are suitable for your child, delivered by people who are experienced and trained in supporting children with additional needs and disabilities.

Active Kidz Holiday Programme

Gateshead Council offers a holiday programme, Active Kidz, (Easter and summer holidays only) which is available for children and young people aged 5-14 years. Some activities are suitable for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities, delivered in safe and stimulating environments and supervised by experienced and qualified play workers. Sessions run from 9am to 3.30pm and cost around £14 per day per child.

Gateshead Children's Centre activities

Gateshead Children's Centre offer a variety of activities for children and young people and families. Most are accessible and inclusive and some are specifically designed for those with SEN and disabilities.

Gateshead Network of Children with Disabilities

Registering your child on the Gateshead Network of Children with Disabilities provides them with discounted access to leisure centres, swimming pools and cultural and historic places of interest in Gateshead.

Out of School Clubs

Many nurseries and schools run after school clubs, some of which are suitable for children and young people with SEN and disabilities.

Search for Childcare in the Family Information Directory 

Places to visit and things to do in Gateshead

Gateshead has a range of play, leisure and sport facilities, libraries and attractions that are accessible to children and young people with SEN and disabilities including:

Saltwell Park
Gateshead, Dunston, Heworth and Birtley Leisure Centres
Gateshead International Stadium 
The Angel of the North
Bill Quay Farm 
The Sage Gateshead 
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts
Shipley Art Gallery
Gibside National Trust
Gateshead Heritage Centre (St Mary's)

More information

Gateshead Council's Family Information Directory includes a Local Offer section with information about play, leisure and social activities available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability and their families. 

Local and national organisations 

There are a range of local and national organisations that organise activities and trips for children and their families which you can find in the booklet below. You can also search www.ourGateshead.org

Icon for pdf Voluntary and Community Organisations Booklet [597.65KB]

Discounted and free entry to attractions for disabled people and their carers

Many attractions and places of interest such as cinemas, theatres, museums, amusement parks and farms, zoos, etc, offer discounted admission prices for disabled people and free entry for their carer.   

Money saving tips and discounts for disabled people from the Money Advice Service.

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