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Leisure and physical activities

Leisure activities

The Heathway Centre

The Heathway Centre runs a range of groups for children and young people with special needs where they can come with their brothers and sisters, including pre-school activities and youth clubs.

The Sycamore Trust

The Sycamore Trust runs a range of social activities specifically for children and young adults with Autism and Learning Difficulties.

Kid's Patch Club

Kid's Patch Club offers one-to-one support for young people aged 5 to 18 and include activities such as ball pool, group activities and games, sensory room and arts and crafts as well as trips including swimming and park visits.

Ab Phab Youth Club

Ad Phab is a youth club for 11 to 25 year-olds an inclusive youth club which enables young people with and without disabilities to come together on equal terms by bringing them together at youth sessions and going out into the community to establish new friendships, communication skills and self esteem.


Rough Guide to Accessible Britain has over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out. The guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain attractions, whatever their disability.

Children’s centres

Children’s centres provide a range of activities for children.

Max Card

The Max Card is a national discount initiative for children and young people with additional needs (sensory, physical or a learning disability) aged 0 to 18 years.

Families of eligible children living in Barking and Dagenham can apply to receive a free Max Card, via the council, using our application form.

Sports and physical activities

Find out about inclusive sports and physical activities in Barking and Dagenham.


There are 25 parks and open spaces throughout the borough, offering a variety of activities for adults and children.

You can:

  • play mini-golf at Central Park
  • visit the orchard at Tantony Green in Marks Gate
  • go boating at Barking Park
  • explore the countryside at Eastbrookend

Find your nearest park


There are 6 libraries in Barking and Dagenham. Most are open 6 days a week, including a full day on Saturday. Barking Library is open on Sunday too.

There are opportunities to attend free writer events, poetry readings and workshops across the borough.

Find your nearest library

Theatre and museums

Barking and Dagenham has a wide range of cultural activities, from museums and heritage attractions to live theatre.

The Broadway

The Broadway offers a varied year-round programme of live family shows and film screenings, including the ever-popular pantomime in December are all accessible to individuals with special educational needs and, where appropriate, adapted performances or screenings can be accommodated if requested for group bookings. The theatre team is happy to discuss any access requirements prior to booking.

Eastbury Manor House

Eastbury Manor House offers a wealth of leisure and learning opportunities.  

Valance House

Valance House Museum has exhibitions, learning opportunities and events.