SEND Leisure and Social Activities

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In Gateshead and across the North East there are a range of play and leisure activities you can take part in. Click these links for some ideas:

Leisure – Gateshead Local Offer SEND 0 to 25 years (

Things to Do – Gateshead Local Offer SEND 0 to 25 years (

There are also lots of ideas on Gateshead’s Family Information Service directory:

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To help make days out more financially accessible for families of children with additional needs, you can apply for a Max Card. Max Cards give children with additional needs free and discounted entry to hundreds of local, regional and national attractions. To apply for or renew a Max Card, visit their website

Cinema goers can also apply for a CEA Card. This enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. For more details visit

Click on the links below for some more ideas. Double clicking the links will take you to the website:


Our Gateshead

Our Gateshead website offers loads of things to do in Gateshead for SEND young people and their families.

ODEON 'Autism Friendly' Shows

Select showings with AD ST or Autism friendly settings. Easy to Navigate.

Vue Cinema

Vue Cinema has autism friendly shows available at certain times.


Beamish has a fantastic page on accessibility and what they have to offer such as ‘sensory bags’ and a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle available every day that the museum is open.

Centre for Life

The Centre for Life has great resources and information regarding accessibility. There’s tons of fun to be had here and Sundays are a dedicated quiet time so anyone can enjoy the science centre.

Boldon Cinema

Boldon Cinema has AD ST showings at certain times.

Useful Vision

Useful Vision is a registered charity providing positive opportunities and jam-packed events for visually impaired children around the North East.

Gateway Wheelers

Gateway Wheelers is a charity enabling people with disabilitys to enjoy cycling. Very easy to navigate their website.

Friends Action North East

FANE is about helping people with learning difficulties and disabilities make and keep friends. 

Inspired Support - Autism Specialists

Inspired Support is one of the best creative providers of support for people with autism and/or learning disabilities throughout the North East.

St Chads Community Project

St Chads are a community project offering Childcare and Family Support services to local families in Gateshead.

Special Olympics - Gateshead

Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear is a sporting club for people with disabilities within Gateshead & the surrounding areas.


Aukestra are a musical collective of diverse and neurodivergent personalities and talents with a shared idea for music and inclusion.

Journey Enterprises

 Journey Enterprises are a North East Charity supporting people with learning difficulties and disabilities. They want people with learning difficulties and disabilities to lead active, inclusive and fulfilling lives.

Twisting Ducks Theatre Academies

Work with professional musicians to develop your music skills, to write your own songs, and to perform live at gig nights and events.

Birkheads Wild

Birkheads Wild supports young people in Gateshead and the wider North East to build a better future for themselves – using the outdoors.

Music Spark at the Glasshouse

At Music Spark you’ll have fun experimenting with instruments and technology, playing musical games, writing and singing songs – and you’re sure to make some friends along the way too.

There are 10 sessions per term for each group – all in our fully accessible venue.

Carers are always welcome.

North East Sight Matters Events

North East Sight Matters are a Social Enterprise company with charitable objectives. They engage with sight-impaired children, young people, and their families who live in the North East. 

Northern Hope Gymnastics

Northern Hope Centre Limited is a community-based volunteer run not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, which provides quality gymnastics training for all ages and ability levels in a fun and safe environment.

Friends Action North East

FANE was established in 2004, is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and the sole purpose of our team is to help adults in the North East of England with learning disabilities to make and keep friends.They have developed a collection of tools and resources to support people to make and keep friends called ‘FriendKit’.