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Leisure activities

Leisure activities are a big part of everyday life. Whatever your interests this page will give information on what you can access locally in Hull.

Accessibility

To make the most of your leisure time, there are places to go to get more information and share your experiences regarding accessibility.

Here are a few places you can go to find out about accessing inclusive facilities and services within Hull and the UK.

A rough guide to accessible Britain

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available to view for free. It’s packed with over 200 inspiring ideas for fantastic worry free days out with reviews, hints and tips on some of the UK’s best attractions written by and for disabled people

Download the Rough Guide to accessible Britain here

Direct Enquires

The direct enquiries website has information on accessible toilets and other accessible facilities.

Go to direct enquiries here

Euan's guide

Euan's guide features disabled access reviews from disabled people and their friends and families. The aim of Euan's Guide is to empower disabled people by providing information that will give confidence and choices for getting out and about.'

Access Euan’s guide here

Community activities 

There are a number of local groups and activities who meet regularly across Hull. If you are interested in joining a group or activity, you can search our local groups and activities directory.

You will be able to find a large range of local groups that specialise in all kinds of different activities. This is an excellent way to help you connect with your local community and get you out and about, whilst doing something you enjoy.

The cost can vary depending on the nature of the group and who runs it, sometimes, these services can be found at a number of locations including -

  • local community centres
  • resource centres
  • extra care sites
  • leisure centres
  • parks and open spaces
  • places of worship
  • residential homes.

You can search the whole directory in alphabetical order or search for specific things using the filters. You can also use the search bar to type in a word or phrase and discover what things you may find.

Each entry will give you some information about the group along with contact details so you can get in touch. 

Local groups would prefer you to make contact with them first as it helps them to plan for the activities. It’s also a good idea to find out more about the group before going along as you need to make sure it feels right for you.

The information provided in the local groups and activates directory have been provided by the local groups themselves.

Find a local group and activity here

What’s on in Hull (event diary)

Hull Culture and Leisure has an event diary where you can find out what events are taking place in Hull.

Find out what’s on in Hull here

Alternatively, you can telephone us on 01482 217 67

Connect Well

If you prefer to speak to someone face to face, Connect Well Hull can help you access support and guidance on a range of issues. It provides links to community groups, services and activities that could help you make positive changes or just improve how you feel.

Connect Well Hull is a friendly, free and confidential service run by Citizen’s Advice Hull and East Riding. If you are aged 16 or over and live in Hull, or are registered with a Hull GP, you can make an appointment with a Wellbeing Co-ordinator or Welfare Adviser.

To find out more, please visit the Connect Well website here

TV and Cinema

TV Licences

If you are aged 75 or over you are entitled to a free TV licence. You are entitled to a 50 per cent discount if you are blind or partially sighted.

Visit the TV Licensing website for more information

Cinema Card

The Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) card is a national card that proves the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person to accompany them to the cinema.

You can apply for the card if you –

  • get disability living allowance
  • are registered blind

The card is valid for one year, and there is a charge of £6 to cover processing costs. The card is issued to the person who needs assistance rather than a carer. This means that parents, family members, friends or care workers can accompany them at different times.

The CEA card is accepted in –

Cineworld on Kingwood Retail Park

Odean on Kingston Retail Park

Reel at St Stephen’s Shopping Centre

Vue at Prince’s Qua Shopping Centre

Apply or renew your CEA card here

Hull City Hall and Hull New Theatre

There are various concerts, plays, comedians and music acts that are occurring throughout the year. These performances are available either at Hull

City Hall or Hull New Theatre

Search for upcoming performances here

Alternatively, you can book your tickets via –

in person –

Hull New Theatre

Kingston square,

Hull

HU1 3HF

Or

Hull City Hall

Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane,

Hull,

HU1 3RQ

Special Requirements

To help you access the performances, there are various adaptations that are available to help you get the most out of the experiences. These include –

  • audio description - improves access for visually impaired theatre goers by providing a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production broadcast through a headset
  • captioning - provides deaf, deafened and hard of hearing theatre goers access to live performances by converting speech into visible text and displaying it on an electronic screen
  • BSL Interpretation - for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing theatre goers, an interpreter will stand in a visible position and interpret the spoken and heard elements of a performance
  • relaxed performances - specially designed performances that have been adapted to reduce anxiety and create a supportive atmosphere for people with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and other sensory and communication disorders

To find out more about these features along with any other general enquires – 

Leisure and Sports

Hull Culture and Leisure is a company controlled by us which provide leisure services to the people of Hull. They have a wide selection of things to do in your leisure time and are available in various locations across the city.

Visit the Hull Culture and Leisure website here

Hull Culture and Leisure offer first class sport and leisure facilities for both casual and club users. Select form the following links to find out more about the leisure activities and facilities -

Athletics stadium

Cycling

Golf

Gym and fitness classes

Leisure centres

Ice Skating and Ice Hockey

Outdoor all weather pitches suitable for hockey, football and general training practices

Tennis and Racquet Sports

Sauna and Steam

Swimming pools

Hull Culture and Leisure also have an online option for you to book and buy their activities.

Book and buy here

Alternatively, you can contact them via -

You can also visit our sports information page here

Live It Concessionary Membership

You are entitled to a Hull Culture and Live It Concessionary membership if you fall into one of these groups -

  • senior citizens aged 65 or over
  • full time students aged 16 or over
  • people employed on a full time government training scheme
  • people in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance

To sign up for Live It Concessionary membership – 

  • collect an application form from any of the leisure centres
  • the form must be stamped by your local DWP centre, Hull City Council Customer Service Centre or Students Union Office
  • return to the leisure centre with the completed form and a current utility bill with your name and address on

There are other membership options and special offers available by visiting Hull Culture and Leisure using the links provided.

Find out more about prices and membership here

Find out about their special offers here

Adapted Cycle Scheme

The Hull Adapted Cycle Scheme is an inclusive initiative that gives people with disabilities the opportunity to cycle. There is a wide selection of adapted bikes that can support users with multiple disabilities and needs. The scheme is based at East Park and is available to people with disabilities, family, friends and carers.

You can request a joining form by contacting East Park reception by telephone on 01482 616 878.

You will need a passport sized photograph, photographic identification and proof of address to register.

Prices are as follows -

  • registration fee - £1
  • session costs - £4.50 each. Carers ride free
  • family ticket - £15

You must book in advance to use the Adapted Cycle Scheme. You can do this by contacting East Park reception by telephone on 01482 616 878.
The Adapted Cycle Scheme is based at –

East Park

Holderness Road

Hull

HU8 8JU

Animal Education Centre

You can visit the Animal Education Centre located at –

East Park

Holderness Road

Hull

HU8 8JU

The centre is free to enter and is open seven days a week between 9.30pm to 3.30pm (last entry 3.20pm)

This is a great opportunity for you to get up close with a wide range of animals.

Libraries

There are 12 libraries across the city that provides a wide range of books for loan. They also offer computer and internet access along with a fantastic range of events and activities for you to take part in.

Joining the library is free, as are most of its services and events.

Access the library services here

Alternatively, you can contact them via –

Find your local library here

Home library Service

If you are unable to visit one of Hull’s libraries, then you might like to try the Home Library service. This allows you to have access to a range of library material such as –

  • books in regular and large print
  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • a request service
  • information and advice

If you would like to access the Home Library service you can contact them by telephone on 01482 331 254.

Museums and Galleries

All of Hull’s museums are situated in Hull City Centre and are within short walking distance of the bus and train station (Paragon Interchange).
Entry into all of our museums is free.

Select from one of the links below to find more out about Hull’s museums and galleries –

Artic Corsair - sidewinder trawler

Ferans Art Gallery

Hands on History Museum

Hull and East Riding Museum

Hull Maritime Museum

Spurn Lightship

Streetlife Museum

Wilberforce House

Parks

Hull is home to a wide range of parks and open spaces for you to visit. Whether you want to take part in an organised activity or simply enjoy the fresh air, Hull parks have something for everyone.

Select from one of links below to find out more about that park –

Alderman Kneeshaw Recreation Ground

Bude Park

Costello playing fields and Peter Pan Park

East Park

Noddle Hill Nature Reserve

Oak Road playing fields

Pearson Park

Pickering Park

West Park

Accessible Holidays

The Disabled holiday directory

The disabled holiday directory is an online directory of UK and overseas organisations and venues that cater for disabled people

Access the Disabled holiday directory here

Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust provide a wide range of adapted adventure activities, led by highly qualified and experienced tutors, for all ages and abilities. They cater for wide range of disabilities and health conditions
Bendrigg Trust has outstanding indoor facilities that complement our beautiful outdoor venues and provide opportunities for active participation in all weather conditions.

To find out more, visit the Bendrigg Trust website here

Alternatively, you can contact them via –

The Lake District Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. We aim to do this by providing:

a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities, meaningful challenge and adventure within a framework of safety

skilled, qualified and caring staff able to fulfil the needs of visitors
accommodation appropriate to the needs of the visitors
facilities for families and friends to share the enjoyment and experience

The benefits and enjoyment of the activities will be offered to all, irrespective of ability.

Visit the Lake District Calvert Trust website to find out more

Alternatively, you can contact them via -

The Jumbulance Trust

The Jumbulance Trust is a small, national charity which “Makes Travel Possible” for disabled and other disadvantaged individuals with life-limiting conditions enabling them to take part in disabled coach holidays or pilgrimages across the UK and Europe.

The Trust provides the vehicles and drivers at subsidised rates to regional groups, schools, disabled community groups, care homes and hospices around the UK and Ireland.

The groups who organise the holidays and pilgrimages are made up of volunteer carers and where possible nurses and doctors offer medical assistance.

Find out more visit the Jumbulance Trust website here

Alternatively you can contact them via -

Last reviewed: 14/12/2017