On the following pages, please find some ideas of places to go, things to do, clubs etc and links to their websites, if they have one.

If you have any other suggestions for good places to go, particularly if they are local, and/or free
please let us know.

Please note we do not endorse any of the websites or organisations, this is for information only


Spectrum Holidays - inclusive holidays in the Isle of Wight

The Hartlands is a delightful Victorian holiday centre situated in Shanklin on the south coast of the beautiful and tranquil Isle of Wight.

The centre has been designed by Colin & Elaine with help from leading specialist Dr Viv Hinchcliffe to provide self catering accommodation and facilities to support families, schools and care homes with members of any age on the Autistic Spectrum. For a holiday where Autism is understood and catered for.


FIESTA - Summer Activities for Children and Young People


Fiesta is the London Borough of Hillingdon's programme of activities for children and young people during the Summer Holidays.

For more information about what's on and how to apply, please visit



Here is the link to all Hillingdon's parks and open spaces.

Black Park Country Park, near Iver Heath, Bucks
- £2.50 a day parking.  Lake, woodlands, great shaded play area, picnic area, large play field and cafe.  visit website

Langley Park, Iver, close by to Black Park, has fantastic flowers (certain times of the year ) and woodland walks, picnic and barbeque areas.   Buggy friendly pathways.  A film walk is available (booking necessary to see where famous films have been shot). visit website

Cassiobury Park near Watford  Huge expanse of playfields, playground, shallow paddling pools open on hotter days (take a towel), lots of parking.   Nature reserve. visit website

Cranford Park, Hillingdon
Playpark, historic relics, walkways, dogs welcome. visit website

Brent Lodge Park (Bunny Park) Hanwell.
Free admission to main park.  Lots of animals, Milleneum Maze, cafe, playground, space to run about.  Parking by church, can get busy so get there early visit website

Denham Country Park / Colne Valley Park visit website

Places to Visit 

Odds Farm
Wooburn Common Lane, Wooburn Common, Near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 0LX.Lots of animals, outdoor and indoor play, soft play, cafe, haystack to play on, tractor rides
visit website

Chiltern Open Air Museum
A Museum of historic buildings and gardens
in Chalfont St Giles visit website

Bocketts Farm Park
Leatherhead - off J9 of the M25).   A lovely farm with plenty of animals lots of indoor and outdoor play. visit website

Beconskot Model Village, Beaconsfield
The oldest original model village and railway in the world.  First opened in 1929.   
Some of the pathways are narrow visit website

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Visit our great little award-winning Museum, situated in the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years.

The Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, features three interactive galleries. Boy gallery looks at Roald Dahl's school days while Solo gallery houses his original Writing Hut. The Story Centre puts your imagination centre-stage with fantabulous activities to inspire the writer in you. visit website

Other Ideas 

Hillingdon Narrowboats Association
Operates community canal boats, trips, festivals
and activities.  See website for more details


Battle of Britain Bunker
In the heart of Hillingdon, the underground war bunker renound for being central to the Battle of Britiain command in WW2.   There is an opportunity to visit the bunker and a visitors centre is being built.  A definite for local history enthusiasts.  Note.  There are steep steps down to the bunker so it may be necessary to enquire about access if you have mobility issues.


Play Places 

Bunny Park, Ryefield Avenue Hillingdon
Has a roundabout for wheelchairs

Thames Valley Adventure Playground (TVAP)
Taplow (off J7 of M4)
Great place for children and adults with special needs.  Fully enclosed and staffed with trained volunteers.  Indoor and outdoor play, multi sensory rooms, computers, adventure playground, water play, sand play.  Weelchair zip wire.  Booking is essential.      visit website

Ruislip Lido
off Ducks Hill Road, Ruislip
Great place to take a picnic, sit on the sandy beaches, look at the lake, play on the extensive play equipment.   Walk through the woods and find more adventure playground. Nature reserve.  Narrow guage railway run by enthusiasts, trains run at peak times. Cafe, toilets, good access down to beaches.  Get there early on hot days as parking can get busy. visit website

Leisure / Sports 

Hillingdon Leisure Centre
Variety of good leisure facilities.  Indoor pools and outdoor lido

Other Leisure Centres and Facilities in Hillingdon
Click below for link with more details

  • AdiZone - Outdoor Gym - Fassnige
  • Botwell Leisure Centre
  • Queensmead Sports Centre
  • William Byrd Pool
  • Highgrove Pool and Leisure
  • Ruislip Outdoor Gym

click here for more info

Airport Bowling
at Heathrow Airport

for young people with special needs Ruislip - Saturdays, West Drayton - Wednesdays

Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre
HOAC is a lively water sports and activity centre providing access, training and outdoor experiences for both individuals and Groups.

Coral Reef
Bracknell Forest area - Leisure Pools with slides and a huge pirate ship.

Windsor Leisure Centre "Windsor Waves"
Swimming pool with giant slides, wave machine, river, sprinkers etc.  Just off M4.

Slough Ice Rink
Alll year rounc ice skating, skate hire etc.  There is a group for SEN skaters.

The Sharks Canoe Club was established in 2007 and provides sporting opportunities for all ages. Currently the club provide activities in Hillingdon as well as Ealing and Hounslow.

The Sharks are holding a new kayaking session each week at Hillingdon Sport and Leisure Complex. Sessions are held every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm and cost £6 per person. For more information please see below link:

Play Gym at Heathrow Gymnastics Club
A great place for children, lots of soft play equipment, monkey bars, Aladdin's Cave all amongst the British Gymnastics Club equipment.  Fully supervised.

Club Hillingdon Multi sports sessions for disabled people at Douay Martyrs School

London Youth Games
The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest sports festival. Including school and community competitions across 30 sports. The competitions are part of the national Schools Games programme.

The Borough enters its residents and schools attendees into the open element of the games to compete to become the champions of London.   With over 30 sports there is something for everyone to participate with please see the attached timetable for a list of sports, trials and training and where to contact if you are interested.


Turtles Swimming Club

Held at
Highgrove Pool, Eastcote Road
Ruislip, HA4 8DZ

Turtles Swimming Club is for anyone with a physical, mental health or learning difficulty,
together with their helpers and family.

The age range is young children - senior citizens.

Held every Saturday 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Please click on the flyer opposite for more details and a website address.

Performing Arts 

Hillingdon Theatres & Arts
Website for
The Compass Theatre  (Ickenham)
Manor Farm Heritage Site (Ruislip)
Southlands Art Centre (West Drayton)

Find out more

Privately run Dance School, they hold classes in Hillingdon (some at Meadow High School in the evenings and weekends).  They have collaborated in the past on dance projects within Meadow.