Entertainment and Leisure

Children having fun swimming

Leisure time is an important part of learning for all children. This is especially true for children and young people who have additional needs. Playing a sport can be a fun way to do some exercise, get fit and healthy, and meet other people.

Leisure time lets young people find out more about what they like. It can help them to learn new skills and to express themselves while they are relaxed and having fun.

In Essex there are lots of organisations that offer activities specially aimed at young people with learning difficulties or disabilities. These include arts and crafts clubs, sports lessons, youth clubs, music lessons and lots more

Active Essex has a Sport and Activity Finder which allows you to search for a wide range of sports facilities, clubs, and venues in your area. It also has a page that contains links to organisations, charities and support groups that offer advice and information on a range of disability sports.

The town and borough councils offer lots of different leisure activities. Many of the sports clubs and leisure centres in your local area have enhanced access arrangements for people with disabilities, and many provide activities and sports targeted at people with disabilitiesClimbing frame and slide

What is available in each town or borough council area varies and you can find out more about this at the A-Z List of Councils in Essex. The site includes information about leisure centres, theatre, museums and parks.

Water spraying from coloured arches