The summer has well and truly arrived, so we’ve gathered some great options for families with children and young people who have who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to enjoy together!
From active afternoons out for the whole family to educational escapades away from the summer heat, we’ve got you covered.
Ten activity ideas for SEND families
Eastbourne Planet Golf – Swing into summer
Take a swing at one of Planet Golf’s two SEN sessions with or try a regular session and get a discount, too! Planet Golf is a great inclusive option for an afternoon of minigolf in Eastbourne.
You can also enjoy one of their two SEN sessions. The Minigolf Muted SEN session is great for those who enjoy playing by the rules, quiet times and more space to play. The sessions are on the 4th Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. where i-go cardholders can get FREE entry for carers. The Play Your Way SEN Sessions are great for those who want to play the course in various ways that are different than the standard rules. The sessions are on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. where i-go cardholders can get FREE entry for carers.
View the Planet Golf i-go offer to find out how to book and to find out more about their accessibility features. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/planet-golf
Billingshurst Loxwood Joust 2022 – Step back in time with the Crown of Summer
Transport back into the medieval times with your family at the Crown of Summer in August. Enjoy a day full of medieval activities and displays at the Loxwood Joust 2022 festival.
View the Loxwood Joust 2022 i-go offer to find out how to book and to find out more about their accessibility features. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/planet-golf
Worthing The Dome Cinema – Enter full relaxation mode at the cinema
Grab your favourite movie snack and take a trip to The Dome Cinema in Worthing for a relaxing summer’s day. The Edwardian cinema is a great spot to unwind with a film on a bad weather day or to escape the summer heat.
The Dome Cinema also offers Autism Friendly and Disabled Friendly Screens on one Saturday every month along with a wide variety of accessible features throughout the venue.
View The Dome Cinema i-go offer to find out how to book and to find out more about their accessibility features. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/the-dome-cinema
Hastings The True Crime Museum – Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes
Calling all true crime enthusiasts for a fascinating museum experience that is not for the faint hearted. The True Crime Museum has a multitude of exhibits and displays for young people to enjoy this summer. Parents discretion advised for entry for children under 13.
The True Crime Museum is also celebrating their 8th Birthday in August in a special event where you can celebrate the museum and grab a free cupcake.
View The True Crime Museum i-go offer where 17 to 25 year olds get a concessionary price and carer goes free. Find out how to book and to find out more about their accessibility features. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/true-crimes
Newhaven Sussex Boat Trips – Enjoy the Sussex coastline from a new, adventurous viewpoint
Hop onto a Sussex Boat Trip in Newhaven to enjoy an action-packed RIB ride along the coastline or enjoy a magical sunset cruise. There are different excursion options to choose from to take in a different view of our local coastline and famous white cliffs this summer.
View the Sussex Boat Trips offer for i-go cardholders who half-priced tickets for carers and find out more about accessibility. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/sussex-boat-trips-6282359e0f23c5.03464326
Brighton Sea Life Centre – Meet some Marine Life and Peppa the Pig, too
Mingle with the marine life and meet Peppa the Pig this summer at Brighton SeaLife Centre. Wander through the 55 displays to see over 5,000 sea creatures or check out the interactive trail where you can meet Peppa the Pig at certain times throughout the day this summer.
View Brighton SeaLife Centre’s offer for i-go cardholders and find out more about accessibility. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/sea-life-centre-brighton
Summer Spectacular in Hailsham – Enjoy circus acts and candy floss
Take a trip to see the Summer Spectacular with Acting Moon Events complete with circus acts, face-painting, performances from Britain’s Got Talent, puppets, candy floss and more! Acting Moon Events is excited to host the event for the summer holiday for the whole family to enjoy on August 6th. Find out more about the Easter Extravaganza from the Acting Moon Events website. https://actingmoonevents.onlineticketseller.com/events/18876
View the Acting Moon Events offer for i-go cardholders and get a discounted rate off ticket prices. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/acting-moon-events
Bodiam Castle near Robertsbridge – Travel back to the 14th century
Visit the 14th century medieval castle and immerse yourself into the beautiful surroundings at Bodiam Castle. The castle grounds are complete with tall towers, a moat and more for a sunny day of exploration and learning. Bodiam Castle also has various events on offer this summer for all families to enjoy, like open-air theatre.
View the Bodiam Castle offer for i-go cardholders where up to 2 carers go free as well as free admission for accompanying children and find out more about the accessibility features. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/bodiam-castle
Ferring Country Centre near Worthing – Enjoy a summer’s day with ponies, small furies and alpacas, too
Enjoy the sunshine with a trip to Ferring County Centre in Ferring near Worthing, where you can meet a variety of animals, including Shetland ponies, pigs, rabbits, alpacas and more. You can also enjoy their garden centre and café.
View the Ferring Country Centre offer for i-go cardholders and find out more about the accessibility features. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/offers/article/cardholder-goes-free
Brighton Paradox Place and Puzzle Parade – Escape into Summer Mode
Take a trip to Brighton to enjoy our two exciting offers from Paradox Place or Paradox Parade. Immerse yourself into fun exhibitions where the whole family can explore a variety of illusions, including changing size or becoming a live hologram.
View the Paradox Place offer for i-go cardholders who can get 10% off and a carer pays only £2.50 and find out more about accessibility. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/paradox-place
Enjoy an adventure across the streets of Brighton as a family or with a group of friends in an adventure that is a mix between a treasure hunt and an escape room with Puzzle Parade.
View Puzzle Parade’s offer for i-go cardholders who can get 10% off and find out more about accessibility. https://igo.eastsussex.gov.uk/providers/article/paradox-puzzle-parade
East Sussex i-go is also running a summer competition for i-go families to enter for a chance to win free prizes and days out with i-go partners across the county and beyond.