Cambridgeshire holiday activities for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. Find ideas and information about where to go and what to do during the half-term, summer, Easter and Christmas holidays.
Looking for inclusive or disability holidays or useful travel information? Visit our holiday places page in our information section.
Learn how to reduce plastic waste at Waterbeach
Find out how to help reduce plastic waste and get creative with rubbish at one of six free family fun days in August.
From 10am to 12 noon on August 10, 16, 17, 21, 29 and 31.
Visitors can learn how to make a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle. Sessions include hands-on practical activities and a tour of the site. Free refreshments are also provided.
Children must be at least six years old to attend and accompanied by an adult.
Sessions are free but booking is essential to secure a place as numbers are limited. To book, call 01223 815 490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Red2Green summer holiday activities
Summer holiday activities for anyone 16 + with autism spectrum conditions from now until September 6.
Join for a day, a week, or the whole summer in a supportive environment with the chance to learn something new, go somewhere different, practice work skills and develop self confidence.
- designing a village
- visiting great places (such as Polar Museum, American Cemetery, Fossil Museum, Ickworth, Grantchester Meadows, Wicken Fen, Anglesey Abbey, Horseracing Museum, Wimpole Hall & Ely Museum)
- learning work skills in our community café
- getting crafty making blackboards, wooden signs, key hooks cooking up biscuits for you and your pets, picnics to share
- sweets & treats and much more
Get in touch to find out more, or book a place.,
T: 01223 811662 (this line is manned 10am-4pm Monday to Friday
Try out the new aqua park near St Neots
Have you heard about the new aqua park near St Neots?
Southlake Aqua Park at Little Paxton is open seven days a week from June to October, 10am to 8pm. And has giant slides, inflatable challenges and obstacles – see video right.
The 50 minute sessions are best booked ahead. Open to all ages from 6 years old (6 to 7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times), Anyone aged 15 and under must wear the provided safety helmet. You can hire wetsuits.Visit the park's website
Summer Tennis Clubs
New summer holiday tennis clubs for 4-17 year olds are taking place at a variety of tennis club venues throughout Cambridgeshire for children in care and children in need.
There are clubs in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Peterborough and other places. The dates vary according to the venue and are subject to availability. Children can attend for a whole week or just for individual dates that suit them. Some of the clubs last all day, some just for a couple of hours depending on the child’s age.
The clubs themselves are free but children will need to be transported to and from the venue by carers. The clubs cater for children of all abilities and experience, from complete beginners to mini Federers or Williamses!
Rackets and balls are provided free – the children will only need trainers and a packed lunch if required. The coaching will be in small groups matched for age/ability. All the tennis coaches are qualified and are DBS-checked.
Interested? Contact Steve Shaw T: 01223699778 or 07775034614 E: Stephen.email@example.com
Brick builders invited to Ely
Summer holiday activities from your local council
Cambridge City Council
Playdaze is a programme of free summer events for children and their families who live and play in Cambridge.
Huntingdonshire District Council
A Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) sports holiday programme runs during school holidays at various venues across Huntingdonshire. These sessions are open to all, but some age restrictions may apply.
All activities are led by qualified and experienced coaches who are assisted by helpers and volunteers. Siblings and friends are also welcome as long as there are enough spaces available (charges apply unless the helper is actively supporting the child/service user’s participation). If the participant requires one-to-one care, we ask that a parent/carer stays for the duration of the session to support the participant.
See what activities your local district council has to offer
Fenland Fun for children under 5 and their siblings up to 8yrs
Chatteris Child and Family Centre
Wednesday 25 July 2018 then 1, 8, 15 and 22 August 2018
10am to 12pm
End of summer – Seaside Themed Water, Messy and Craft Play
Wednesday 29 August 2018 – 9.30am to 12pm
March Child and Family Centre
Craft and Messy Play with a Story Theme
Tuesday 14 August 2018 10am to 12pm
Tuesday 21 August 2018 10am to 12pm
MEGA Messy Morning
Tuesday 28 August 2018 10am to 12.30pm
All sessions will be charged at £2 or 1 x Activity Voucher per child.
Please wear clothes that can get messy. We advise parents to bring a towel.
Parent and carers remain responsible for their children at all times.
Session run by Child and Family Support Workers
You Can Bike Too at Milton Country Park
Why not hot-pedal over to You Can Bike Too at Milton Country Park? There are lots of fantastic adapted bikes – including some built for two.
Sunday sessions are back from 11am to 1pm from July 8. And throughout August, there are mid-week sessions on Wednesdays from 11am until 1pm
Sessions are £5, parents and carers ride for free and it is helpful to book in advance by phoning 01223 420060 and leaving a message.
Eddie's Troublemakers Summer School
Eddie’s Troublemakers Summer School – for teenagers aged 13-22 with learning disabilities – is back again this year for three fun packed days of performing arts.
This year’s theme is Madagascar and our students will be guided through a jungle adventure, full of creativity and imagination. It’s running August 28, 29 and 30 in Cambridge.
For more, call 01223 883141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural History Museum in London
The museum, at Kensington in London, has lots to explore this summer, including:
- Free-flying butterflies and moths in a tropical butterfly house
- Life in the Dark exhibition – all about creatures that thrive at night, in caves and in the deep sea
- Crime Scene Live, where you can join forensic scientists to solve a murder mystery.
If you are bringing children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, you should be able to jump the queues to enter the Museum. When you arrive, please approach a member of staff at an entrance for assistance.
For more information about accessing the Museum:
- Call 020 7942 5000.
- Email the museum
Museum admission is free. However, there is a charge for some temporary exhibitions. Please check before visiting.Visit the NHM website
Big screenings for families this summer
ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase all host accessible screenings at over 300 cinemas nationwide.
Visit our accessble cinema page for local listings.Visit our accessble cinema page for local listings.
For adults (18+) with LDs ...
Lots of great activity evenings this summer from Touch My World productions for adults (18-plus) with learning disabilities.
Events run at Sawson on the first and third Wednesday of the month and at Ely on the first and third Friday .
Theme nights include Wizards and Hogwarts to bingo. magic and party dances.
Full events calendar online – link below – or call 07739 638817 for more information.Visit the Touch My World Productions website
Saturday and holiday club in Cambridge
Cambridge Joint Playscheme (CJP )currently runs Saturday clubs and Easter and Summer Holiday Playschemes for children and young people, with moderate to severe learning disabilities.
Switch Holiday Socials
Open over the holidays, these sessions, for young adults with learning difficulties & disabilities aged 18-30, run at St Neots on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer (all of July and August).
- Web: www.switchnow.org.uk
- Facebook: Switch Now
Stuck for ideas?
Looking for fun ideas for trips and play days?
Contact a Family has updated its Holidays, play and leisure parent guide. It’s packed with useful information to help you plan to keep the kids occupied during the holidays and more. Download a copy