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Leisure activities

Accessibility

The AccessAble website provides online Access Guides to venues across Hampshire, as well as nationally. You can find detailed information about access to all kinds of places including; hotels, cinemas, hospitals, sports grounds, restaurants, council offices, parks and tourist attractions.

The online National Access Register allows you to search for shops, businesses, hotels, toilets etc which are accessible for disabled people.

Euan's Guide has thousands of disability access listings and reviews of venues in the UK and beyond, written by disabled people for disabled people.

You can find accessibility information about individual stations on the National Rail website.

Hampshire County Council’s countryside pages give details of countryside attractions. The Council runs country parks throughout Hampshire, and some have areas that are adapted for disabled people of all ages. The 'Visit us' section for each attraction gives accessibility information.

Visit the website of your local Borough and District Council to find details about parks, recreation grounds, open spaces and sports facilities in your area. Most will have information about accessibility.

Access Advisr is a new website which has been created by a wheelchair user to provide a user-led view of how easy to access different places and transport stops are for disabled people. You can contribute by rating and commenting on places you visit.

Day activities and clubs

There are many activities and clubs in Hampshire, some of which cater specifically for older people or people with disabilities. Use our Community directory and look under 'Community support/activities' to search for an activity or club near to you. You can also look under 'Specific needs' to find activities, clubs and support specifically for people with physical or learning disabilities, mental health conditions or other needs.

You may want to think about one of the lunch or social clubs for older people which are run around the county. They are run by a variety of organisations including Age Concern Hampshire  and Brendoncare.

Contact the Elderly have volunteers who host a Sunday afternoon tea party in their own homes once a month. This provides a lifeline of friendship to people aged over 75 who live alone and have little or no contact with family or friends. Volunteer drivers pick up one or two older members and take them to the party where they can enjoy conversation and companionship.

Sport and Exercise

There are many national and local sports organisations, clubs and groups that cater for people of all ages, with all kinds of disabilities. There are also organisations which cater for people with specific disabilities (e.g. amputees).

Finding sports clubs and exercise activities in your area

Use our Community directory and search under 'Community support/activities' to find sport/exercise activities near you.

Visit your local leisure centre

Every district and borough council area in Hampshire has leisure centres or sports cenres, many with a swimming pool. Most also have a fitness suite with a gym facility and aerobics studio and they offer a variety of sports activities during the day and the evening. Most of these centres are wheelchair accessible and offer disabled facilities.

Some districts and boroughs offer concessions to older and disabled people as well as to carers and people in receipt of benefits using leisure centre facilities. Contact your preferred leisure centre to enquire about activities suitable for your age group.

Use our Community directory and search under 'Community support/activities' and then 'Sport/exercise' to find leisure centres near you.

National organisations

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

Cinema

As well as good wheelchair access, most cinemas now have audio description and subtitling facilities. A lot of cinemas now have cheaper senior citizen tickets for showings during the day. Contact your local cinema for details.

Cinema Concessions Card

The UK Cinema Association offers the CEA card to disabled people. This entitles any carer accompanying them to a free ticket. The card is available to people receiving disability or attendance allowance, registered blind or holding a disabled person’s railcard. A small processing fee is chargeable per card.

Autism friendly film screenings

Dimensions UK offer autism friendly screenings at over 250 cinemas in partnership with Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase and Vue cinemas. Every month, each participating cinema shows a different film from a selection of new releases and classics including Pixar animations, Disney adventures and many more films suitable for all age ranges.

Last reviewed: 21/04/2016

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