Inclusive Winter Activities
by Mia Stewart
With the nights drawing in and the temperatures dropping, it’s time to get in the festive spirit! There are many winter activities across Leeds and many of them are suitable for those with additional needs!
Christmas Family Crafternoon – M&S Archive at the University of Leeds, Micheal Marks Building
11th November, 10am – 4pm
Get Involved with local Yorkshire crafters and chose from a range of workshops to make something and take home. Screen printing, Collaging, Decoupage and knitting! Food is available and food brought from home is also welcome! This is a free event and doesn’t require any booking.
Christmas at Thackray (Relaxed experience) – Thackray Museum of medicine
Sat, 25 November 2023 – Sun, 26 November 2023
Have magical Christmas experience that involves an activity trail around the museum, festive crafts and visit Farther Christmas! On the 25th and 26th of November a relaxed experiences is also offered for children with sensory needs, meaning the environment will be quieter environment and a lower capacity.
International day of Disabled people – Leeds City Museum
Thursday 30th November, 11am -3pm.
For the 5th year running Leeds for All are celebrating International Day of Disabled People with a marketplace event at Leeds City Museum.
A great place to meet and connect with other groups as well as take part in workshops and discussions.
Christmas Market Stall 2023 at Leeds Kirkgate market
Wednesday 6th December, 10-3.30
Visit the festive Christmas markets and check out the stall ran by Leeds autism services who have a stall with a wide variety of festive items on sale! More information here: https://www.leedsautism.org.uk/Event/christmas-market-stall-2023
Meet Santa in the North Pole and decorate gingerbread with Mrs Claus (Relaxed Visit) – Lotherton Hall.
Families with children who have additional needs can book to visit Santa and his elves and enjoy the snowy north pole and partake in a key making workshop in the elves’ workshop! You can also book to decorate gingerbread with Mrs Claus on the same dates! Book tickets here: Relaxed Santa Visits – Christmas Experience (thechristmasexperience.co.uk)
A glitzy Day of Christmas Family Discos with DJ Jonny Strangeways – Left Bank Leeds
Sunday 17th December
At Left Bank Leeds, enjoy a Christmas Disco for the whole family with DJ Johnny strange way! Thy would love you to dress fancy dress but of course that is optional. Childrens tickets are just £4! More information and tickets fund here : https://www.leftbankleeds.org.uk/events/a-devillishly-spooky-family-disco-with-dj-jonny-strangeways-copy
For more information visit : https://archive.marksandspencer.com/events/family-crafternoon/
Festive Grotto (sensory friendly sessions) at White rose
Come and meet Santa Claus on his vintage train on his way to the north pole! This Grotto offers sensory- friendly sessions from 10am – 10.30am every Tuesday in December, during White Rose’s weekly Quiet Hours from 10am – 12pm! More information found here : https://yorkshiretots.com/event/festive-grotto-at-white-rose/2023-11-12/