Activities, events and things to do (SEND)
Find activities and opportunities for children and young people to play, socialise, make friends and have fun.
There are loads of SEND and inclusive activities in the local area. If an organisation or service has registered with us, you will find them on the listing.
Watch this brilliant video where we meet young people who attend activities they have found on the Local Offer, and learn what they think of them. Meet Josh who loves swimming at DASH Swimming Club, Ethan at Chiltern Music Therapy, James at Marlow Inclusive Football Club, and more!
Watch young peoples' about activities on the Local Offer
Short breaks are provided to give:
- Time away from the family for the child or young person, giving them the opportunity for independence, to have fun with their peers, make new friends and have new experiences.
- Parents and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.
- Some short breaks provide families with opportunities to take part in activities/trips together.
- Buckinghamshire Short Breaks Services Statement (pdf 543 kB)
There are various local and national schemes and charities which can help save money if your child has an additional or special need.
Merlin's Magic Wand arrange magical days out at Merlin Entertainments attractions, such as LEGOLAND Resort® theme parks, SEA LIFE Centres and Madame Tussauds. They welcome applications on behalf of children aged 2-18 with a confirmed serious illness/long term illness, disability or disadvantage, who would benefit from a day out at a Merlin attraction.
CEA Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.
Max Card is a national, local authority-commissioned discount initiative for looked after children and children with additional needs aged 0-19 years. The scheme enables families to visit hundreds of attractions across the UK at a free or discounted rate. Sign up to our PinPoint Register and receive a card for free!
The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service and Local Offer website allows you to filter by "Type of Special Educational Needs" which includes Physical Disabilities. Where provided, facility lists can be found for organisations, services and activities. These include things like wheelchair ramps, hearing loops and disabled toilets.
This free guide is produced in association with Motability and has listings of days out in Britain for people with a disability.
English Heritage manages most of the historic castles and monuments in England. You can search for attractions on the English Heritage website by county or postcode and find out what special facilities each location has.
The National Trust has many properties and protected land throughout England and Wales. Most of the sites have good access and facilities for disabled people. Where possible, the Trust admits powered wheelchairs and similar small vehicles into its buildings, and frequently provides manual wheelchairs. Self-drive and volunteer-driven powered vehicles are available at some larger gardens and parks.
This is the website of the official tourist board for England. You can use it to find attractions, shows and events, day trips, accommodation, and destinations across the UK that cater for disabled people.
Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, have produced a helpful guide called 'Holidays, play and leisure'. The guide covers 'Who to ask about services in your area', 'Indoor play and leisure resources', 'Short breaks' and much more.