Activities and things to do

We all want to have fun, enjoy our hobbies, follow our interests, relax with friends or go out for a day trip with our family. There are a range of activities already listed on the Families Information Service and this page. Let us know if there is something you would like to see on here.

On this page:

Discounts and special arrangements

Did you know that as a parent or carer of a child with special educational needs or disabilities, you may be able to get discounted or free entry to a range of leisure options?  You may also find that you can skip lengthy queues.  Not all attractions will advertise their discounts, so don't be afraid to ask!  You will need to have with you evidence of disability - a copy of your award letter for Disability Living Allowance for example.

Motability have produced a Rough Guide to Accessible Britain which includes lots of useful tips on days out and is written by and for disabled people.

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Parks and Attractions

Different parks offer different discounts, either for the person with disabilities or their carer. It is therefore advisable to contact the attraction you plan to visit prior to your visit and ask for their disability policy. You may be entitled to a range of offers such as priority passes for rides, RADAR keys, adaptations and mobility devices. Below are some examples:

English Heritage/National Trust

Discounts are offered to the person with disabilities and their carer on day visits and memberships.

Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough is at the Heart of Nene Park and its lakes, meadows, woodlands and riverside make it a favourite destination throughout the year.  It provides adapted sports, mobility scooters and accessible toilets. Please be aware that charges may apply.

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading international steam attraction, based at Wansford Station, and covering the stations of Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Peterborough. There is disabled access at all stations and you can be transported in your wheelchair in the special carriages. Only Wansford Station has disabled friendly toilets. All facilities at Wansford Station, including the museum and cafe, are accessible and a wheelchair is available for use at the station.

Peterborough Museum

Peterborough Museum has a lift available to ensure all exhibits are accessible. There is also an accessible toilet. The Museum provides a 'See by Touch' tour of exhibits with information available in Braille and on tape.

Peterborough Cathedral

The Cathedral has accessible doors and wheelchair accessible toilets.  

Max Card

The Max Card is a discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families simply show their Max Card upon entry to a venue in order to obtain free or discounted admission. The scheme is designed to help families save money on great days out to castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more. They aim to provide a sense of community through stimulating learning experiences and enjoyable days out for everyone. Max Card work with local authorities and selected charities, who administer the cards to eligible families in their areas.

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Cinemas and Theatres

CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA), formerly the Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA). The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them. It can be used in all cinemas.

You don’t need to have a CEA Card for a reasonable adjustment to be made. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, the UKCA’s policy is cinema staff should make them for you. You can apply for a CEA card online.

Showcase Cinema

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

The Cresset

Discounts are on a show by show basis so it is advisable to call to see if a discount is applicable to the particular show you are interested in. If available, the carer pays half price when the disabled person buys a ticket. You need to present proof of disability as well as proof of caring (either a DLA letter or a Carers Allowance letter). 

The Key Theatre

Discounts are on a show by show basis so it is advisable to call to see if a discount  is applicable to the particular show you are interested in. If available, the carer pays half price when the disabled person buys a ticket. You will need to present proof of disability as well as off caring (either a DLA letter or a Carers Allowance letter).

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There is a wide range of sporting activities available locally. Some of them are listed below:

Get Yourself Active

Get Yourself Active is a national programme which aims to find ways for disabled people to get active in their local area. It is run nationally by Disability Rights UK and supported locally by Inspire Peterborough and Disability Peterborough. The Get Yourself Active website has more ways for you to get active and where you can also read about Jonathon, an Inspire Peterborough athlete who has not let cerebral palsy stop him from enjoying arrange of sports including boccia, hand cycling, water wheels, archery and ice skating.


The Vivacity Card is free and gives discounts on a range of services including swimming and badminton courts. Vivacity run specialised activities for people with disabilities including adapted cycling.

Disability Sports

The Vicacity disability sports programme engages and works with young people and adults with disabilities to increase their participation in sport.You can find more details on the Disability Sports page on the Vivacity website

The scheme covers:

  • School curricular activities
  • Breakfast, lunch and after-school clubs
  • Community disability sports clubs
  • Short breaks programmes
  • Creating more opportunities in a range of sports

Please contact Vivacity in advance of your chosen session to discuss your requirements - 01733 863783

Inclusive Sports Programme

Inspire Peterborough and Vivacity Disability Sports have launched a three year programme of inclusive sports with partners Special Olympics Swimming Group, Hunts Cricket Board Ltd, YMCA Cambs & Peterborough and Wednesday PHAB Club.

The activities are priced from just £2.00 per person per session. Take a look at the great range of activities on their Inclusive Sports Programme page

  • Call 01733 863 783
  • Email

Inspire Peterborough

Inspire Peterborough promotes sport and leisure activities, as well as promoting health and well-being initiatives and support for people with disabilities and their family members and carers. 


The indoor ten pin bowling centre in Bretton has wheelchair bowling facilities. Mention your disability when making your booking so that the end lanes can be reserved. The centre is fully accessible. Discounts are available for people with disabilities.

Ice Skating

Planet Ice Arena provides ice skating facilities. The Arena can take six wheelchairs on a specially raised area.


Handigolf is for physically disabled people who have to be seated to play all golf shots. 


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. 

Swimming and Gyms

Jack Hunt Pool and Gym has fully inclusive facilities for people with disabilities. It also hosts a swimming group for people with disabilities and sensory impairments and their families.

St George’s Community Hydrotherapy Pool

St George’s is a fully accessible community hydrotherapy pool with a spa facility. The pool benefits children, adults and those rehabilitating from a stroke, long-term condition or from an injury. It also offers valuable leisure time for those with learning and physical disabilities.

Peterborough United Football Club

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.

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. 

Skiing and Snowboarding

Tallington Lakes Ski and Snowboard slopes have facilities for disabled people to participate in skiing and snowboarding.


The British Disabled Angling Association is a national charity helping to ensure there are inclusive opportunities to access the sport of fishing.  

Wheelchair Sports

WheelPower are dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy and provide opportunities throughout the year to introduce people to wheelchair sport.

Water Sports

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.

The Wheelyboat Trust provides mobility impaired people with the opportunity to enjoy the waters in wheelchair accessible Wheelyboats,

Scuba Trust is a non-profit charity, created to promote scuba diving for all abilities. 

Sports for people with sensory impairment

Peterborough Association for the Blind organises sporting activities such as bowling, archery and rifle shooting.

British Blind Sport enables blind and partially sighted people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.

UK DeafSport

UK Deaf Sport aims to encourage Deaf people to participate, enjoy and excel at sport.

Learning Disability Sport

Special Olympics Great Britain 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. 

The UK Sports Association for People with a Learning Disability is the national charity supported by the UK Sport (formerly the UK Sports Council), which co-ordinates, promotes and develops sport for people with a learning disability at UK and international level.

Physical Disability Sport

Cerebal Palsy Sport promotes and seeks to increase sport and physical recreational opportunities for people with a disability and especially those who have cerebral palsy. 

English Federation of Disability Sport supports disabled people to find opportunities get active.

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Transport, Travelling and Holidays

For information on discounts and accessibility on trains, planes, ships, cars, buses, coaches, taxis and minicabs visit the GOV.UK website.

Information on the Blue Badge Parking Scheme can be found on Blue Badge webpage.

Wheelchair Hire

If you have problems walking around the City Centre, you can borrow a wheelchair from Shopmobility (hand propelled or battery operated). The service is free of charge and chairs can be used anywhere within the City Centre. A wheelchair escort service is also available. 

Disability Sports Holidays

Disability Snowsport UK provides the opportunity for people with a disability to participate in winter sporting activities.  Anyone with a disability is eligible to participate. The Club organises group winter sport trips to Scotland and overseas. 

Have your say

We want to make sure that Peterborough's Local Offer continues to develop to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families. To let us know your views please fill in our online feedback form.

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