Need some summer activity ideas? If you have children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) you may be worried there aren’t enough appropriate places to take your family this summer. We’ve rounded up a few of the many different activity ideas here.

From local aquariums to farm parks to fun online resources, there are many different activity ideas for families who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across East Sussex to enjoy.

While the local venues continue to adjust to the ‘new normal’, many have been able to reopen with new measures in place. However, it’s best to check directly with the provider, venue or organisation to make sure they are still able to offer some summer fun for you and your family.

For up-to-date information on activity resources and ideas, follow our ISEND Facebook page at @ISENDEastSussex and our @eastsussexigo page. You can also find more ideas and resources on our Local Offer page.

Five activity ideas for SEND families

Challengers – Virtual fun for staying in

Whether it’s a rainy day or you want to enjoy some fun from the comfort of your sofa, check out the Challengers Useful Resources. They have a wide variety of inclusive story time videos, drawing tutorials, sensory bag ideas and more!

Blue Reef Aquarium – Say hello to the sea creatures

Take a trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings for a fun day out with the sea creatures! Book ahead online and find out more on the Blue Reef Aquarium website.

View the Aquarium’s i-go offer.

Superhero Series – Be a sofa superhero

Get those wiggles and energy out with the Superhero Series where they have great stretching and exercise ideas for everyone. Check out the Superhero Series YouTube channel or Facebook page at @superherotri to follow along and channel your inner superhero!

Buzz Active – Enjoy the local sights and the sun

Enjoy a day out on a kayak, windsurfing and more with Buzz Active who are based in Eastbourne and Cuckmere! They are also an i-go provider, so make sure to find out about the Buzz Active i-go card holder offer. To book ahead and plan your day out in the sun, visit the Buzz Active website or their Facebook page at @BuzzActive

Blackberry Farm Park – Take a farm walk and barrel bug ride

Take a visit to Blackberry Farm Park in Whitesmith to meet the animals, enjoy outdoor play areas and soak up the sun! To book in advance and find out more, visit the Blackberry Farm Park website or their Facebook page at @blackberryfarmpark. They are also an i-go provider, so check out the i-go offer from Blackberry Farm Park!

Make sure to keep an eye out on our Facebook pages @ISENDEastSussex, @Eastsussexigo and our Local Offer page for more resources.

If you are planning on going away, check out our tips for how to plan an autism-friendly holiday.


By Danielle Quijada.