Activities In York

All children and young people have a right to join community activities and clubs, such as youth clubs, brownies, mountain biking, extended school activities, children’s centres and play schemes. These are key in ensuring children with special educational needs and disabilities have fun and enjoy the same things as other children and young people.

There are lots of inclusive activities, events and providers of leisure activities and short breaks in York. You can find out more information by selecting the activities below, that you are interested in.

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There are lots of different active sports opportunities in York. Below are some examples of some of the activities designed specifically for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Family Information Service have a database with lots of inclusive sports and activities so if you can't see what you are looking for then get in touch. Also the Sports and Active Leisure team have a range of inclusive sports and activities for you to try.

Energi Friendly

On Tuesdays and Thursdays*, Energi Trampoline Park is transformed into a haven for youngsters with additional needs. We have designed two sessions in partnership with local charities, professionals and parents, to ensure your child’s needs are met. For those with physical disabilities or syndromes our Tuesday sessions are the perfect way to enjoy the park, whilst we tinker with the environment on Thursday’s to cater for those on the autistic spectrum. Siblings are welcome to both sessions. We have a ground floor seating area with table service and step free access into the park. Please note we do not have lift or ramp access to the trampolines or café.

New Earswick Disabled Swimming Club

Wednesday, Friday: pandisability 9mental and physical disabilites)- over 16 years Membership £15 per annum and carers go free First swim is free and £3 per session thereafter

York Tennisability

Saturday: Disability tennis coaching for juniors and adults with learning (Intellectual ) disabilities. There is also occasional training available and competition & social opportunities. £5.50 per session or £33.00 for a 6 week block. Also associated with The Tennis Foundation and Special Olympics Great Britain.

New Disability Specific Swimming Lessons

Greenwish Leisure: Specialist 1:1 swimming lessons delivered in partnership with Level Water

These disability specific swimming lessons are for children:

  • aged 4 to 11
  • with a physical, hearing or visual disability
  • who cannot swim ten metres


Level Water will confirm eligibility and provide funding so that together we can offer 1:1 lessons at the mainstream group lesson rate.




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GoGet Active

Inclusion Duke of Edinburgh Group

Inclusive Cycling Sessions

York Health Walks



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There are a number of different Youth Clubs and ways to socialise in York, a number of these are listed at the bottom of the page.


Make sure you take a second to watch the video below also, we spoke to George who explained some of his favourite ways to socialise and exercise at Choose 2 Youth Club!



  • Accessible Arts and Media
    • Hands and Voices
    • Community Media
    • IMPs
      • Junior IMPs After School Clubs
      • Senior IMPs (11+)
      • Holiday Clubs
      • IMPs Apprentice Training Programme
      • IMPs Outreach Workshops
    • iMUSE
    • Creative Sensory Activities
  • Choose2 Youth Club
    • Wednesday and Thursday club- young people aged 11-25 years old
    • Friday club- dedicated to young people with Autism and Asperger's- 9-20 years old
    • “Yes I love coming. It gets me out. This is the place where I can tell everyone everything and feel really relaxed.”
  • LolliPOPins (York)
    • For 7-14 years old with any degree of hearing loss and their hearing siblings are invited to get together for fun filled afternoons
  • Lollipop Youth Project (L.Y.P)
    • 11 years+. Second Saturday of every month. An open- house for Lollipop members to meet and take part in a variety of activities.
  • Senior Snappy (18-25 years)
    • This young group allows young people to attend social nights and also a selection of workshops and activities that incorporate life skills.
  • Snappy Contact (11-22 years)
    • Snappy's newest project, this is all about delivering life skills and learning workshops to children and young adults. These sessions run Thursday evenings 6.30pm-9.30pm and Saturdays 10am- 12 noon and 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • York Inspirational Kids- Saturday Club (0-12 years old)
    • This is a fortnightly club, during term time, and runs between 10.30am-12 noon.
    • Activities include arts, theatre, puppets, film and crafts.
    • 1st Monday of each month is FAMILY BOWLING- 5pm Ten Pin, Clifton Moor (£4.15 per child)
    • For more information about York Inspiration Kids join their Facebook Group- Including information about York Ausome Kids and York Hemi Kids.


If you are an organisation and looking to become 'Autism Inclusive' follow these 4 simple steps listed below:

From more information visit Living Autism



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Please see the list of inclusive activities in York which the Autism Team at CYC have created.

Click here.



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There are over 14 libraries and a mobile library across the city. All are accessible and York Explore Central Library and Acomb Explore Library include Changing Places. Books are available in different formats including CDs, preloaded MP3 players and large print. Library members can enjoy two free hours of internet access everyday on PCs that are also accessible. There's a range of children’s activities available including the Summer Reading Challenge – a national initiative where children are given prizes for reading six books over the Summer holiday.

All activities are listed in Shine and on the Libraries website. Children and young people under the age of 18 can join the library service for free.


 Last updated: December 2019