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Activities and days out

Leisure activities and days out can mean a lot of new experiences, change and unpredictability. While this can be fun and a positive experience for some neurodivergent individuals, it may also present challenges.

The information and resources below can help you and your child to plan and get the most out of activities in and around Leeds.

Planning a holiday

The National Autistic Society has published some advice for planning a holiday with your autistic child.

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Suzie goes to the hairdresser

This book about visiting the hairdressers can help put your child’s mind at ease and help them to know what to expect.

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Getting a haircut

This checklist from Infiniteach can help your child to know what to expect when getting a haircut

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Going to the cinema

At autism-friendly cinema screenings, adjustments are made to reduce stress and sensory input, such as low lighting and sound, freedom to move and staff trained in autism awareness. A list of autism-friendly cinema screenings is available from Dimensions.

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Activities and days out in and around Leeds


Diggerland has some tips for visiting with anyone who has special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or different needs.

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Eureka museum

Eureka museum has advice for anyone visiting who has differences or accessibility requirements, including a sensory guide of the museum.

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Sensory World Dewsbury

Sensory World in Dewsbury is a safe environment with specialist play equipment designed for children with special needs, particularly neurodivergent children and young people. You can also access practical advice and support for parents and carers here.

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Jump Inc

Jump Inc trampoline park run SEN sessions especially for children with sensory differences.

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Gravity UK

Gravity trampoline park offer sensory friendly trampoline sessions, with free admission for one carer.

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Leeds United Football Club

Leeds United run disability-friendly football sessions, including sessions adapted for autistic players.

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The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement through fun activities like horse riding and carriage driving. Middleton Park Equestrian Centre is the RDA centre local to Leeds.

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Growing Works

Growing Works hold a gardening group in Dewsbury (‘Sprout’) for children and young people with additional needs and their families.


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Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum has a guide for visitors with additional needs. This includes a sensory map of the museum and an easy-read visual guide to visiting the musem.


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Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery has some information for neurodivergent visitors and those with sensory differences.


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Leeds Heritage Theatres

Leeds Heritage Theatres’ access membership scheme entitles members to discounted tickets with a carer, a familiarisation visit to the theatre, and a dedicated phone line.

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An email newsletter for accessible theatre performance listings in Leeds is available by emailing Access Leeds Theatre.

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