Find things to do

It can be hard to find things to do and places to go if you or someone in your family has a disability or additional needs. We've put together some links that offer ideas and advice.

We feature lots of events, activities, days out and breaks in the FIND newsletter which is free to all families that live in Lancashire that include a child with SEND who have registered on the FIND Database. We also post updates on our local offer Facebook page.

We've also put together a list of accessible and inclusive activities run by organisations across Lancashire that offer activities for children and young people with special needs or disabilities (and their families).

If you would like to speak to someone about what is available in Lancashire you can call our liaison officers who can give you local offer and provider information. Young people can also find contacts on the youth zone for advisers who can help you to find leisure opportunities to meet your individual needs.

School holidays

  • Lancashire Break Time short breaks - if your child has difficulty accessing universal services these fun group activities could give them something to do while you take a break from your caring role.

Sports

If you're into sports or want to get active check out our list of accessible and inclusive activities for local inclusive sports clubs or check out these websites:

Volunteering

Volunteering can be a way to meet new people, learn new skills and make a difference to your community. See our volunteering opportunities to find out more.

If you're aged 15-17 you can take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Places to go

Children's centres 
There are various activities at children's centres for younger children and their families like stay and play sessions, clubs and groups. Activities are usually for children under five but some centres have activities for older children with additional needs. We've compiled a list of some of the groups and activities for younger children and you can check with your local children's centre to find out what's going on near you.

Youth centres 
The centres are for young people aged 12-19, or 25 if you have special educational needs or a disability. Join in activities or talk to a youth worker for advice and support.

Museums
Discover the stories behind Lancashire's history.

Libraries 
Joining the library is free and you can join at any age.

Country parks and nature reserves 
Beacon Fell and Wycoller Country Parks, picnic sites and nature reserves across Lancashire.

Walking routes and walks with trampers (an all-terrain electric buggy for those with limited mobility)

Leisure centres
There is a huge range of activities available at leisure centres for everyone of all levels of ability and all ages.

National Trust (external link)
Most buildings have a good degree of access and offer free admission for carers.

Cinemas with autism friendly screenings (external link)
The Demensions website has information about the adjustments at the cinema to help people with autism enjoy films with their families, friends and carers. You can find more details about local cinemas and other autism friendly events on our accessible and inclusive activities section. Carers can get free entry to most cinemas with a CEA Card (external link).

For more ideas see the NHS Choices guide to accessible breaks, activities and day trips (external link)


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Access to public toilets

The Radar national key scheme (NKS) offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country by using a special key which you can buy from Disability Rights UK (external link).

Changing places (external link) provide extra facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.

Cinema entry for carers

With a CEA card you can get a free ticket for someone to help you go to the cinema.

Most cinemas accept the card. You will need to meet eligibility criteria and there is a charge for the card which lasts for 1 year. You can find out more and apply on the CEA card website.