Days Out / SEND Activities

Days out, discounts and SEND dedicated activities for kids. Organisations that cover the UK, please see the Local Support & Activities section for more local SEND activities

Access Card

Proof of disability card to help access discounts

Described as a “Disability Passport”, Access Cards are widely recognised across the UK and can serve as proof of disability when requesting concessionary ticket prices. They cost £15 for a card that is valid for 3 years. You can apply for one through their website, you'll need to provide a description of your needs and also some documented proof of these.

CEA Cinema Card

Free carers cinema tickets

Enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

Disability Snowsport UK

Charity providing skiing for those with disabilities

Disability Snowsport UK is a charity that operates ski schools at various locations throughout the UK as well as delivering opportunities to ski and snowboard in a mountain environment worldwide. They have groups around the UK.

Kids Pass

Discount card for activities and days out

Kids Pass is a membership card that offers discounts to lots of activities and days out for kids, kids eat free offers at restaurants and discounts off some holidays like Haven, Parkdean, Butlin's and Eurocamp. It's not free, you can try it for 30 days for £1 and afer that it's charged at £4.99 a month or £39.99 annually. They offer a smartphone app to help you find things to do in your area.

This could be a useful tool, but bear in mind that lots of places offer free entry for SEND children or their carers, so the discounts offered might not be the cheapest way of doing things. Also please note that these are just general activities for kids and are not specific SEND activities.

Max Card

Attraction discount card for those with additional needs

The Max Card offers discounted entry to a wide range of attractions nationwide for foster families and families of children with additional needs.

Merlin Attractions

Charity that provides support and advice for those with learning disabilities

Merlin operates some of the UK's largest attractions including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World Of Adventures, Legoland, Sea Life Centres ,Madame Tussauds Warwick Castl, The London Dungeone etc They offer free entry for a carer accompanying a paying disabled visitor and at their theme parks they offer a Ride Access Pass – a virtual queueing system for those that would find queueing difficult, that lets you get straight onto the rides (This has to be applied for at least 7 days in advance).

The theme parks offer free wheelchair hire (with a refundable deposit) and Legoland also has a sensory room.

They offer various annual passes, which although expensive, work out much better value than buying individual tickets. (After you visit one of their parks, even if using a free ticket from Merlin's Magic Wand, you'll be sent a discount code to reduce the price of an annual pass even more). Once you've purchased an annual pass for your SEND child, you can then apply for a free carer's annual pass (carer's annual passes don't have a name on them, they can be used by one person who is accompanying the child, it does not always have to be the same person).

Merlin's Magic Wand

One off free entry to a Merlin Attraction

Merlin's Magic Wand is a charity run by Merlin Entertainments, who operate some of the biggest attractions in the UK (Sea Life Centres, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland etc). As a family of a SEND child you may be able to apply for free entry for your family to one of their attractions.

Merlin also offer a “Ride Access Pass” which is a virtual queuing system, so that those who would struggle with queues can turn up to a ride at an assigned time and get straight on.

Riding For The Disabled (RDA)

Horse riding and interaction for disabled and special needs

RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. They welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through their network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as we can.

You can search on their website for a group local to you.

RYA Sailability

Sailing for those with disabilities and special needs

Sailability is a scheme from the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) to make sailing accessible to all, including those with disabilities. They have over 200 locations across the UK, you can search on their website to find one that's local to you.