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Holiday activities explained

Holiday activities explained

Here you can find out where we go, what we do, and find links to the places that we regularly visit.

Here you can find out more information about where we go and what we do while we are there.  There are also links to the individual sites so you can explore the possibilities.

 

Fun Days

Our fun days are a very popular option for families, particularly for families who have primary school age children. We provide a day packed full of sports activities, arts and crafts, various toys and board games, baking activities and much more. We also hire a children’s entertainer during the afternoon sessions. Some of our fun days have access to a fun swim session, or bouncy castle to keep the children busy and active. Siblings can also come along to the fun days, providing we have enough space on the day. Our fun days are accessible for children who use a wheelchair, we provide mobile hoists, and/or ceiling hosts to ensure all children can access the activities. We deliver fun days at venues in Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham, Princes Risborough, Aylesbury and Buckingham.

 

Adventure Playgrounds:

Thomley Activity Centre

Thomley is a hugely popular venue, located in the north of the county (Worminghall, near Thame)  which is accessible to all children. The purpose built specialist adventure playground offers a host of activities, including a large outdoor area with wheelchair accessible swings, roundabout, wooden castle, and zip wire. Thomley has a number of purpose built bikes and go-karts to enable children of different abilities to have fun outdoors. Inside there is a soft play area, a sensory room, music room, supervised themed art and crafts, and a teenage room for our young people. The Thomley staff have knowledge and expertise in the field of disability, and carefully plan and coordinate sessions to cater for all children. This venue has large accessible toilets, including a ceiling hoist. The venue has secure external boundaries.

 

Thames Valley Adventure Playground

TVAP is a popular purpose built adventure playground and indoor activity centre located in Taplow, near Maidenhead, just outside of Bucks. The playground has a number of accessible features, including an accessible woodland walk, wheelchair accessible swing, roundabout and water play area and various adapted bikes and go-karts. Indoors the children can access a purpose built sensory room, a music room, lake view play area, ball pool and soft play, art and craft activities and accessible changing facilities. This venue has secure external boundaries and is particularly suitable for children who require additional support/complex needs.

 

Community Swimming, Meals & Cinema

Aqua Vale / Wycombe Leisure Centre (Swimming) and Cinema

For children who enjoy community activities, we frequently visit our local pool in Aylesbury, which has a large children’s leisure pool with fun water features. Our staff support the children directly in the water to keep them safe during their visit. This venue has very good facilities for children who use a wheelchair, and large accessible changing rooms.

After the swim session, we enjoy a packed lunch in the café area, then take a short walk over to the cinema. The children are given the option of different film choices.

 

Meal out and cinema

Frankie and Benny’s and Nando’s are popular choices for a group meal out – the children can choose from a number of meal options and enjoy socialising with their peers before visiting the cinema for a film of their choice. We often visit the Eden centre in High Wycombe, and the Oden Cinema complex in Aylesbury (which has several very close by restaurants). These activities are always accessible for wheelchair users.

Frankie & Benny's

Nando's

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Odeon Cinema Aylesbury

Empire Cinema - High Wycombe

Cineworld - High Wycombe

 

Watersports and Outdoor Adventure

Longridge Boating Centre

Longridge is located in Marlow, Bucks. Mainly offered in the warmer months, this venue enables children to access a range of land based and water based activities including team building games, water orbs, an accessible climbing wall, bell boats, canoes and much more. The children are encouraged to partake in fun boat challenges whilst supervised by trained staff. Most of the activities are suitable for wheelchair users, particularly if children are able to weight-bear.

 

Caldecotte

Caldecotte is located near Milton Keynes. This activity is offered in the warmer months. Children can take part in a range of land and water based activities including a wheelchair accessible climbing wall, orienteering, raft building, archery, team games, sailing, boating and much more. The venue has accessible changing facilities, and access to a portable hoist. The creative staff team are able to make most activities accessible for all abilities.

 

Green Park

Green Park is based very close to Aston Clinton on Rothschild land.  There is a range of indoor and outdoor activities and many of the activities are accessible to wheelchair users.  Trebuchet, low ropes, archery, wall climbing, giant swing, night trail, mountain biking and football golf are some of the activities they provide, all which can be adapted for wheelchair users.

 

Go Ape

Over the warmer months we visit Go Ape at Wendover woods, and Go Ape Black Country Park, in Wrexham. Both are a great day out for children and young people who are taller than 1.4m, and aged over 10. We usually do some team building exercises in the morning session, including den building, and fitness trails. We stop for a picnic lunch, and then spend the afternoon on in the treetops! This activity is not suitable for wheelchair users.

 

Go-Karting

We sometimes visit Rogue Racing, a go-kart activity in Aylesbury. This activity is for children aged 8 and over who are able to control a go-kart and comply with safety instructions. We offer a half day session at this venue, children can have two go-kart sessions on the track, and cheer on their peers too.

 

Skirmish Laser Tag

Skirmish is a very popular activity, particularly in the warmer months. The venue is located in Wycombe, in a large woodland area. Skirmish laser tag encourages children to work in teams to overcome objectives and missions in a purpose built environment. This activity is particularly suitable for young people who are active and enjoy partaking in a challenge. Unfortunately, this is not suitable for wheelchair users.

 

Horses Helping People – therapeutic horsemanship

A unique activity, offered over the warmer months. Horses Helping People, located in Menmarsh (on the Bucks, Bedfordshire border) provides children with an opportunity to experience the holistic nature of caring for animals – including horse grooming sessions, horse riding, nature trails, and feeding the farm animals. The trained staff Horses Helping People encourage children to form a positive relationship between children and animals helping them to learn about animal interaction. This activity is not wheelchair accessible. Children with sensory impairments benefit from this activity.

 

Family trips

Throughout the year we provide opportunities for families to enjoy a coach trip out to a tourist attraction in the Buckinghamshire and surrounding area. We provide collection and drop off points for the coach in Aylesbury, Chesham, and Wycombe. We offer families support workers to help them throughout the day. In the past we have visited London museums, zoo’s, theme parks, wildlife centres, and much more.

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Working in partnership

Buckinghamshire County Council is working in partnership with Action for Children to commission and fund a range of short break services for disabled children and young people.

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