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Inclusive Activities

Inclusive Activities - Activities for All

Activities for All

At Dinton Activity Centre there are plenty of activities that are inclusive to all that can be tailored to adults or young people. Whether you are looking for an adventurous activity for your group or as an individual we can customise our sessions to suit your needs. Our staff are experienced working with people who have physical disabilities or SEN so you and your group can relax and enjoy the activities, knowing you are in safe hands, and making memories for life. We believe that we can adapt most things so that everyone can enjoy the fun and benefits of our outdoor pursuits.


Being outdoors and taking part in physical activity is proven to boost self-esteem, increase mental health and is therapeutic for participants. Our extended session times give your group the chance to enjoy new experiences and learn new skills at their own pace. So why not come and challenge yourself to the activities we can offer?


To book your programme or if there is an activity you’d like to try that is not listed below, call or email our team to discuss further on 0118 934 4424 or dintonactivitycentre@wokingham.gov.uk


Our new Activity Centre has new accessible toilets and a lift to the café and teaching rooms upstairs. We also have mobility scooters available to book at the main Country Park entrance, free of charge, more information here: https://www.dinton-pastures.co.uk/plan-your-visit/toilets-inclusive-facilities/


Activities we can offer:


Land Activities

  • Archery: find your inner Robin Hood and strike gold! This activity is suitable for wheelchair users and can be adapted for people with physical impairments. 
  • Fencing: The art of sword fighting and etiquette. Another great activity that can be adapted for wheelchair users and provides a fast-paced workout!
  • Survival Skills: Bear Grylls eat your heart out! Learn how to survive in the woods with tasks such as fire lighting, den building and water filtration. Depending on age and ability we can run wood carving sessions which can be a calming and relaxing experience.
  • Orienteering: Use the art of navigation and map reading to find our orienteering posts nestled around the County Park. We have several courses for you to try, including our accessible route. This activity can be self-led so check out our routes here: https://www.dinton-pastures.co.uk/activities/self-led-activities/
  • Team Tasks: We have a series of practical, physical or mental tasks for your group to solve and can be tailored to your groups needs and abilities.
  • Environmental Education: Try our pond dipping, mini beast hunts or river studies programmes to get hands on with nature and learn about food webs, predator-prey relationships, habitats, adaptations and identifying plants and creatures. The pond is a short walk from the main Country Park car park.
  • Sensory Walks: a walk around the country park to engage the senses and practise mindfulness which is truly beneficial to all. We add activities to the walk from journey sticks to foraging (depending on the season) to help people fully immerse themselves in nature. Routes can vary in length and terrain depending on your groups needs. 
  • Disc Golf: following the principles of golf but using frisbees and specially designed baskets situated around Lea Heath. This activity does involve walking on grass terrain including hills so may need all terrain wheelchairs. The course is big enough to adapt the order or shorten to suit your group’s needs. This can also be a self-led activity.
  • Outdoor Climbing: At Dinton Activity Centre we have a several options for climbing. Choose from the outside tower with 10m roped climbs where you work as a group to keep each other safe or our 6m Mobile Tower which can be adapted with a hoist to help you get to the top. Climbing does involve physical ability, so clients need to be able to support their own weight.
  • Indoor Climbing: Our new facility painted with woodland and scenic lake scenes is ideal for a fun climbing session. We have 11 auto belays meaning no ropework is necessary. This is a high-octane session so ideal for those with ADHD as less waiting time required. We have designated SEN Sessions via our Book & Play Climbing too.
  • High Ropes: These outdoor elements are perfect for groups wanting to challenge themselves and work together. Choose from Jacob’s Ladder, High All Aboard and Crate Stack for an adrenaline rush! These activities require physical ability to support their own weight like climbing a ladder.

 

Water Activities

  • Sailing*: We are proud to run Sailability sessions for those with sensory issues and SEN on our sailing lake. Depending on ability, participants can sail under instruction independently or be in a boat with one of our instructors. We also have large stable boats for those who can enter the boat with assistance.
  • Canoeing*: Our Canadian canoes are perfect for a stable trip on the lake in search of nature. These can be poled together to make a very stable raft, paddled by your team with the help of an instructor.
  • Kayaking*: The chance to feel independent in a boat with our single or double sit on top kayaks. These are large and stable so suitable for a variety of needs. We can assist people into these, and they can be launched from the beach area or the pontoon to aid those with limited mobility.
  • Closed Cockpit Kayaks: These boats are highly manoeuvrable and as such can feel unstable. They provide a fun session to zip around the lake and work on balance and confidence.
  • SUPs*: One of the most inclusive paddlesports we offer. Our stand-up paddleboards are large and despite their name, can be paddled from a seated or kneeling position to increase stability if required.
  • Giant SUPs*: Great for larger groups or working together – a SUP big enough for 6-8 people paddling together. These are incredibly stable and allow for a fun session of games and laughter!
  • Raft Building*: You have the choice to build and paddle your own raft or paddle a readymade one by our instructors. The raft building is great for teams working together but does require the motor skills to tie knots. We can do our best to adapt the craft to your group’s needs.


*The water sports at present, require the ability for participants to be in a seated position with little or no back support.


Any questions? Please call or email us to discuss further as we will do our best to accommodate all your group’s needs.