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Leisure Activities for People with Specific Needs


On the AccessAble website you'll find detailed access information for shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities, the hospital and more.

AccessAble's mission is to maximise independence and choice for disabled people in accessing their local area and the places you want to visit.

Disability Sport & Physical Activity

York has a wide variety of sport and physical activity opportunities for anyone with a disability or additional needs, regardless of impairment.

From goalball to boccia, from wheelchair basketball to cycling on a fleet of adapted bikes, York can offer something to suit everyone’s interests. We can help you achieve your recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day to boost your health and happiness.

Live Well York - Disability Sports 

The Live Well York Community Activities Directory can be filtered in many ways including by sport and disability / long term condition. A pre-filtered search of the Community Activities Directory is available at Live Well York - Disability Sports.

If you have any questions, or if your sports club's activity is not listed please contact City of York Council’s Sport and Active Leisure team on telephone: 01904 553372 or email sportandactiveleisure@york.gov.uk.

Open Country

Open Country has produced a series of Directories to help you discover accessible places to visit, clubs to join and things to do.

Their Directories cover the four counties of Yorkshire, Teesside, County Durham, Lancashire and Wakefield. 

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City of York Council Sport and Physical Activity

The York Local Offer provides information on what is available in York for children and young people and their families with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).

The Local Offer has been produced by children, young people, parents, carers and practitioners working together. Families have been engaged throughout the development of the Local Offer and feedback forms a fundamental part of it’s ongoing development. For more information visit the leisure and play section of the YorOK Local Offer website.

All of the organisations below aim to provide opportunities for people of all levels of ability:

British Blind Sport

UK Deaf Sport

British Disabled Angling Association

English Federation of Disability Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport

Wheel Power (British Wheelchair Sport)

British Wheelchair Athletics Association

British Disabled Water Ski Association

UKSA (UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities)

Sport England


Autism Friendly Cinemas

Picture Houses – City Screen - Autism Friendly

For more information about:

  • What’s on
  • Cost
  • Disabled Access
  • Carers

Please visit the Picture House Cinema website

Vue Cinema – Autism Friendly

For more information about:

  • What's on
  • Accessibility
  • Sensory friendly screenings
  • Buying Tickets
  • Venues

Please visit the Vue Cinemas website

Last updated: 16/12/2021