Leisure, Sports and Hobbies
Vivacity Card Gives discounts on activities for the whole family e.g. swimming, tennis, fitness, allotments, restraints, shops, family days out etc.
To apply contact Peterborough City Council Leisure Services on Tel 01733 747474
The Blind Bowls Club meets weekly and can be contacted through Peterborough Association for the Blind
Address: 19 Burton St, Peterborough PE1 5HA
The Bowling Centre, Bretton has facilities so that you can bowl from your wheelchair. Mention your disability when making your booking so that the end lanes can be reserved. The centre is fully accessible. Discounts are available to disabled people Tel: 0844 8263027 www.amfbowling.co.uk
Jack Hunt School hosts the Friday Night Club This is a swimming group for disabled and sensory impaired people and their families, which aims to equip you to be able to go into mainstream swimming. Tel: 01733 264644
Peterborough Association for the Blind: Home – PAB
For more information please contact
Peterborough United Football Club has room for 10 wheelchair users and carers, and walking disabled people. If you are in a wheelchair you pay half price and the carer is admitted free. If you need to park close to the entrance, phone early on the day of the match to reserve a parking space. Tel:01733 563947
Disabled Fans – Peterborough United
Phab UK is a national Charity dedicated to promoting the integration of people with and without physical disabilities, at all levels of society.
All volunteers have to undergo a DBS check via Phab (Phab will pay all costs).
Where The Phab Club meets in Peterborough
- Pyramid Community Centre, Watergall, Bretton, Peterborough,PE3 8JT
- Ann Deane 01733 333125
Our Joining age is now 15 years there is no upper age limit
Riding for the Disabled | Peterborough Information Network
Lynch Farm cater for riders with special needs covering a wide range of conditions.
“Horses as vehicles for rehabilitation, therapy and equine facilitated learning.”
The ancient Greeks were already aware of the therapeutic effects of horses some 2600 years ago.
These benefits are being re-discovered and increasingly used in our times.
There are numerous studies showing clinical evidence of the benefits of interaction with horses.
This is for a wide range of people with Special Needs be they physical, mental health or special educational needs.
Members with special needs have a wide range of conditions. These range from Autism, Tourettes Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and a range of other conditions including recovering Stroke Victims.
Typical charges for Special Needs riders are £ 19.00 per session during off peak hours.
To make your booking, please contact us
Riding for the Disabled Horse riding is available for disabled children up to the age of 16 years and is available Monday to Friday term times only. At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities.
RNIB Holiday and Leisure Service
Le Torri, Training and Holiday Centre of the Italian Union of the Blind and Partially …. Seable specialises in sensorial leisure active holidays for blind and partially …. and respite breaks at their Rainbow Court accommodation in Peterborough.
has information on a wide range of leisure pursuits is available from,
Sailability is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms. Sailability encourages and supports disabled people to take up the sport. Peterborough Sailability meets every Tuesday from April to October at Ferry Meadows,
Tel: 07948 262919 for details.
Swimming Both the Regional and Jack Hunt pools have hoists to help you into the water and prefer prior notification so that they can make sure that the appropriate help is available when you need it. For Regional Pool Tel: 01733 551474
or Jack Hunt Pool Tel 01733 264644
Werrington Sports and Recreation Centre, Staniland Way, Werrington, Peterborough, is open to people with any sort of disability, from the age of five with no upper age limit. The centre is fully accessible and there is a lift. Tel: 01733 576606
Young People’s Activities – Vivacity Peterborough
Fun Instructional New Skills (FINS) Swimming Club runs every week during term time and is a swimming club for young people with a range of learning, sensory or physical abilities. Contact Community Sports Development Officer on
Tel: 01733 863760 for details .
Unity Superstars Special Needs Cheer leading Squad | Peterborough Unity Superstars is one of England’s first ever competitive Cheer leading squad for young people with a range of learning, sensory or physical abilities. Cheer leading combines dance, gymnastics, stunting, jumps, cheers, chants and having fun! Contact Amee Garala on firstname.lastname@example.org for details. https://fis.peterborough.gov.uk
Goalball is a fun sport specifically designed for blind and visually impaired people. It is a fast paced turn based sport, in which an audible ball is thrown to score goals past defenders. It is great fun and by wearing blindfolds, sighted players can play too.
For more information please contact
Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability. waiting for an up date
North Cambs Special Olympics is the local group. Sports that train regularly under the Special Olympics banner include Equestrian, Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Power lifting and skiing. For more details, contact group Chair Amee Garala Tel: 0794 102 4082 waiting for an update
Local Theatres and Cinemas
The Key Theatre has four wheelchair seats L8, L10, L29, L31 each has a carers seat beside. There is an infra red hearing system, with five loops and five headsets, which are available from reception also. Carers concessions are half price admission, the disabled person also gets half price admission. When booking your seat state any special requirements. Tel: 01733 552437
The Showcase cinema complex is fully accessible to wheelchairs. Some films are available with sub titles (check for details). They have loop systems, accessible toilets and carers accompanying disabled people will not be charged an entrance fee. Tel: 01733 555636
The John Clare Theatre has spaces for three wheelchairs and there are four disabled parking spaces at the side of the building. The lecture theatre has an induction loop plus a small number of remote receivers for the induction loop. The Cresset offers disabled parking bays, induction loops, and a wheelchair accessible theatre, carer’s concessions are available. Tel 01733 265705 Disabled facilities at Peterborough Parks and Recreation Grounds Central Park has a DDA compliant garden developed to provide stimulation for the visually impaired. The park also has a sensory garden adjacent to the rangers hut.
Central Park has a sensory garden, Bowls Green, Croquet greens, Tennis Courts,
Itter Park also has a sensory garden that is currently being modernised.
Westwood Grange allotment site has put some allotments on raised beds to make them accessible to disabled people. The allotments also have adjacent car parking.
Play parks, most of the Peterborough play park have some equipment that is fully accessible.
For further details or questions on any of the above contact the Peterborough City Council Tel 01733 747474
Books and Magazines
You can buy large print books direct from Chivers Press Tel: 01225 335336
Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd,
National Talking Newspaper and Magazines provides tapes national papers and magazines. There is a flat-rate subscription for which you can take as many titles as you wish. Tel: 01435 866102
RNIB have an extensive choice of books and magazines catering for a variety of customers. They cover topics ranging from music, current affairs and celebrity gossip to education, employment and vocational support. All are available in a range of formats and are chargeable. For information contact customer services
Torch Trust for the Blind
Torch Trust’s aims can be summarised as enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.
Towards this end we provide Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide. Our services are offered to all who experience sight loss, of all faiths or none, and including those with sight loss who have other disabilities.
‘Disability Now’ is a monthly newspaper of SCOPE, which features a wide range of news, arts reviews, an advice column and classified advertisements. The magazine also has a personal column for disabled people looking for friendship.
‘Readers Digest’ is available in the library in a large-print version.
For subscriptions and product questions, change of address, payments, and more:
Many disability organisations produce their own magazines and bulletins.
Out and About
English Heritage welcomes and encourages everyone to visit the historic properties in their care. They recommend that if you are disabled you contact the property a few days in advance for details about particular aspects of your visit. A free copy of their Access Guide to their services and facilities is available by calling 0370 333 1181
Or talk to us via web chat.
Ferry Meadows/Nene Park There is disabled access to most of the park including the bird hides. Powered scooters and wheelchairs are available on free loan for use in the park but it is advisable to telephone in advance to check if one is free. There are accessible toilets at the visitor centre and the water sports centre. A Braille map is available for blind visitors.
For more information and to pre-book wheelchairs Tel: 01733 234443
Natural England has some of the country’s key wildlife sites and provide opportunities to experience wildlife at first hand and to learn more about nature conservation. Natural England believes that these opportunities should be available to everyone including visitors with physical disabilities or special needs. Accordingly Natural England has adopted the principle of ‘Access for All’ on its National Nature Reserves. However many NNRs, by their very nature are difficult to access due either to their remoteness. For information on accessibility telephone:
Wheelyboat Trust is a registered charity dedicated to providing disabled people with the opportunity and freedom to enjoy waters large and small all over the UK. Wheelyboats provide their disabled users with the dignity of their own independence: they make the entire water accessible, are simplicity itself to board via the roll-on, roll-off bow ramp and the level deck provides access to every corner of the boat including the helm. To find out locations and further information Tel: 01798 342222
Nene Valley Railway – There is disabled access at all stations. You can be transported in your wheelchair in the special carriages. Only Wansford station has disabled friendly toilets. All facilities at Wansford station are accessible, including the museum and the buffet. A wheelchair is available for use at the station
Tel: 01780 784444
Peterborough Cathedral – There is a ramp at the main entrance and a second access point at the south transept door. The cathedral has a touch and learn centre.
Tel: 01733 343342
Peterborough Museum – There a lift all exhibits. There is an accessible toilet. The museum provides a ‘See by Touch’ tour of exhibits with information available on tape and in braille. Tel: 01733 343329
Having a disability can make you feel less confident about yourself, especially if physical constraints make it hard for you to meet new people and gain confidence. There are people who can help you in all these areas and you aren’t alone in having these feelings.
Listed below are some groups:
- Disabled Christians Fellowship provides fellowship for disabled Christians, through running accessible holidays, supporting local branches and providing inspirational tapes. They operate Through the Roof that is a Christian disability ministry working in partnership with churches and other organisations to promote access and inclusion of disabled people in every area of church life. Tel: 01372 749955
- Discern promotes the understanding that people with disabilities or learning difficulties have a right to a sexual identity which is acknowledge, respected and supported. Services include: personal counselling, training, group work, and a telephone service 01623 623732
- Outsiders – The Outsiders Club – Disabled Dating
- Sex and Disability Helpline if you want to speak to someone in confidence about intimate matters, call them on Tel: 0707 4993527. http://www.outsiders.org.uk/outsidersclub/helpline/
- The Prince’s Trust is dedicated to helping disadvantaged young people aged 14-25 to enable them to participate in activities with their peers. You can apply to them for financial help for all sorts of activities.
Alternatively, if you have a question about one of our programmes, you can call us on 0800 842 842. We’re open from 9am-9pm, seven days a week.
Activities for Children
Get Kids Going! Gives disabled children and young people the opportunity of participating in sport. They help promote sports for disabled children by providing them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can do marathons, triathlons, tennis, athletics, mountain skiing, rugby, basketball etc. They also help and encourage British disabled children to compete by supporting them with their sports; training, physiotherapy, travel, design and development of sports’ wheelchairs.
Tel: 020 7481 8110
Donkey-Assisted Therapy programme is specifically for vulnerable children and adults.
One of the key aims of this programme is also to raise the status of the donkey to be recognised as a sentient, intelligent being, with a huge capacity to teach us about ourselves.
The Donkey Sanctuary
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Telephone +44 (0) 1395 578222
Kith and Kids’ overall aim is to empower families living with disability to overcome their social isolation and access the services they need. Throughout the year they provide a variety of volunteer-supported projects and services, which include social development projects, weekend clubs, a residential summer camp, long term friendship scheme and person centred self-advocacy projects. Tel 020 88017432
The National Holiday Fund takes chronically or terminally ill children, temporarily or permanently physically disabled children, on a unique international adventure to Florida, USA. The holidays are for the children only, the charity provides support workers.
For an application form Tel 01493 731235
Variety Club their work ranges from providing Sunshine Coaches and funding major hospital appeals to providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual disabled children. Each year they donate electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need.
For more information Tel: 020 7428 8100
British Amputee & les Autres Sports Association aims is to provide sporting opportunities for people with disabilities, particularly for those people who are involved in competitive sport and who are entitled to compete for Great Britain under the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) rules and classification system.
IWAS HQ, Aylesbury College, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8PD, UK
Tel: +44(0)1296 780212
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British Disabled Water Ski Association aims to introduce newcomers to the sport who, due to their disability, would not have considered the challenge possible. The Association has fully qualified instructors giving expert guidance and assistance to help people take to the water and learn to ski, whatever their disability .
British Wheelchair Sports Foundation
Contact information for The British Wheelchair Sports Foundation, which exists to provide, promote and develop opportunities for men, women and children with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport
Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Calvert Trust is an outdoor pursuits centre providing activity courses for people with disabilities, their families and friends. The activities available include: Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Windsurfing, Climbing, Abseiling, Hill walking, Horse riding, Trap driving, Orienteering, Cycling, Handcycling Paragliding and Archery. The centre also runs specialist courses such as: individuals weeks; families week; sailing course; canoeing; off shore sailing and horse riding courses. Tel: 01768 772255
CP Sport Cerebral Palsy Sport promotes and seeks to increase sport and physical recreational opportunities for people with a disability and especially those who have cerebral palsy. Tel: 0115 925 7027
Flyability aims to promote and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the sport of hang gliding, paragliding and other related forms of flight. Flyability does not simply take people with disabilities flying, but strives to motivate people with disabilities to become involved in the sport of hang gliding and paragliding and to train as pilots.
Handigolf Foundation is for physically disabled people who have to be seated to play all golf shots. Specially designed buggies transport golfers to all parts of the course. Swivel seats enable the golfer to play from any side of the buggy.
National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD),
The NABD operates a system of financial grants to help with the cost of special adaptation work to motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/sidecar combinations and trikes; necessary to suit the needs of disabled riders.
NABD Unit 20, The Bridgewater Centre Robson Avenue Urmston, Manchester
Tel: 0844 415 4849
Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability. For details Tel: 0 20 72478891
Tallington Ski & Snowboard slopes have facilities for disabled people to take part for information Tel: 01778 347000
The British Ski Club for the Disabled provides skiing on artificial ski slopes throughout the UK and organises group skiing holidays on snow. Skiing gives an opportunity to develop the self-confidence that comes with the shared experience of participating in a sport. The BSCD helps people with a range of disabilities including those who are blind, paraplegic, have MS, or special learning needs.
tel:020 8410 2015
The Scuba Trust Helping those with disabilities, their family and friends experience the joy and freedom of scuba diving. Scuba diving with a disability is more possible than you think.
The UK Sports Association For People with Learning Disability (UKSA) is the national charity supported by the UK Sport (formerly the UK Sports Council), which co-ordinates, promotes and develops sport for people with learning disability at UK and international level.Contact
WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport – is the national organisation for Wheelchair Sport in the United Kingdom and exists to provide, promote and develop opportunities for men, women and children with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport.
Stoke Mandeville Stadium