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Artz and Sportz school holiday events

School holiday arts and sports events for children who are disabled and their families.

  • For children aged 5-16 years 
  • Teenz activities for young people aged 13-18 years 

Join us at sports and outdoor centres, museums, woodlands, theatres and other venues across Dorset:

  • get sporty with archery, skateboarding, climbing, swimming, trampolining, team games and lots more
  • get arty with music, drama and all sorts of crafty stuff. Enjoy a trip to the theatre
  • get outdoors to paddle your own canoe, cycle, climb and hike. Enjoy den making, nature activities and campfire cooking!

Try something new. Get inspired!

Information for parents/carers

Including everyone: Our tutors, coaches and support team will always do their utmost to support each child with help in understanding instructions and hand-over-hand assistance in craft and activities, where needed. If you are not sure which events to choose, we can advise you. Please call our information line on 01305 252215. All indoor and most outdoor venues are fully accessible.

Support: We will ask you some questions about your child so we can assess his/her support needs. One-to-one support is available, if needed.

Children can be left in the care of our support team in most cases. This may not be possible if your child is a wheelchair user, has to take medication during the event, or may present challenging behaviour – but, if this is the case, your child’s own carer can attend and we will cover the cost.

If you do leave your child with us, you must be available on an emergency telephone number. We ask all parents/carers to stay for a child’s first session to help us get to know him/her. Care passports can be emailed to us. A supervisor trained in emergency first aid will be present at all events.

May Half Term Holiday Events

Sportz+: Coasteering at Lulworth Cove & Stair Hole

Tuesday 28 May, 9.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4.30pm
With Lulworth Outdoors
For ages 8 to 16 years

We did this as a Teenz event and everyone loved it! Coasteering is a real treat for anyone who loves adventure and the outdoors. Our friendly instructors will guide us as we climb, jump and scramble along the shoreline and peer into caves. They will carefully plan our route to ensure it will suit everyone in our group. Our lovely team will also join in to give you any support you need. Oceans of fun for all! We will allocate children to either the morning group or the afternoon group. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets provided. Parents/carers must attend to help children change in and out of wetsuits.

Sportz+: Steam Train & Play Trail

Wednesday 29 May, 10am to 1pm
Moors Valley Country Park
For ages 5 to 16 years
Please ask about accessibility arrangements

We’ll enjoy a hike with stops to play on the park’s crazy wooden structures and to explore the amazing tree-top trail. We’ll also climb aboard the steam train for an old-time rail journey. Bring a picnic lunch.

Sportz+: Pool Inflatable & Interactive Fitness Room

Thursday 30 May, 10am to 1pm (in pool 10.30am to 11.30am)
1610 Sports Centre, Dorchester
For ages 7 to 16 years
Please ask about accessibility arrangements

Enjoy an hour clambering on the pool inflatable and then get some fabulous fitness training in the centre’s new interactive, sensory PRAMA room. Parent/carer must attend to help child change in and out of swimwear, if assistance is needed. Bring lunch.

Artz+ Sportz+ All-Dayer

Friday 31 May, 10am to 3pm
The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
For ages 5 to 16 years
Book for all day (bring lunch) or half day only. Afternoon ice cream included.

10am to 12.30pm: Dancing Puppets with Holly Miller

These cool puppets move, wriggle and dance! Design and make your own using colourful materials and accessories and get any help you need from our team. Perfect to keep or to give as a gift to a friend.

1pm to 3pm: Out & About

It’s spring at last so we’re taking off on a proper hike along the old railway trail. We will enjoy some fun games along the way. When we get back we will definitely need a sit down and an ice cream!

Book a place

Places must be booked in advance. In times of high demand we may allocate places and we can supply details of how we do this fairly on request.
Events cost £6 per child participating or £8 for longer events (4 hours or more) unless otherwise stated. There is a 20% subsidy for Max Card users and those on income based benefits.
Refunds can only be made if you cancel more than two weeks before an event, or if we have to cancel an event. 


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