Holiday activities

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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.

Cambridgeshire’s child and family centres

Centres will be open over the holidays running events and activities.

Find out what’s going on near you by visiting Cambridgeshire.net

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Take a look at what’s on

Learn how to reduce plastic waste at Waterbeach

recycling plant in actionFind 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 wasteeducation@amey.co.uk

 

Red2Green summer holiday activities

Summer holiday activities for anyone 16 + with autism spectrum conditions from now until September 6. craft session in progress

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.

Activities include:

  • 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.,

Visit the Red2Green webpage on holiday activities 

T: 01223 811662 (this line is manned 10am-4pm Monday to Friday
E: info@red2green.org

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.shaw@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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Summer holiday activities from your local council

Cambridge City Council

Playdaze | 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

Water Play

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

W: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/child-and-family-centres

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.

More on the YCBT facebook page

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 troublemakers@eddies.org.uk

Natural History Museum in London

The museum, at Kensington in London, has lots to explore this summer, including:

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:

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.

It offers a fun, safe environment, with activities such as swimming, cinema club and boat trips. The CJP office is open on Thursdays from 9am to 4pm.

T: 01223 846227   CJP Website 

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).

The activities will be on and off site and some days will  involve working with community projects.
Each day starts at Switch Now in Foundry Way in St Neots. The times are 9.30am-3pm.
  • 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