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Upcoming events

Time and date ​EventLocation

​20 July 2019

Midday to 4pm

Free ​Country Family Fun Day from Caudwell Children

Booking essential

​Preston Capes

01782 433730

​21 July 2019

11am to midday
Arrive by 10am 

Life jackets provided and wet suits can be hired.

​Aqua Inflatable Fun session run by ICAN Adventure

Booking essential
Must be able to swim more than 25m, be older than 6 and taller than 122cm.

Contact S.Tuckfield@ididadventure.co.uk

Flipout Aqua Parks
Willow Lake
Billing Aquadrome
Northampton NN3 9DA


16 and 17 August 2019

​EquATA Fun Day and Music Festival

Free entry all weekend with camping available Friday to Sunday at £10

​Grafton Park Lodge
Grafton Underwood
NN14 3AE

15 September 2019 

Midday to 4pm

​Rockin Road Runner​Abington Park Bandstand area

Autism East Midlands youth clubs and holiday clubs

Autism East Midlands have published their timetable for their youth clubs and the planned holiday schemes for 2019. All places must be booked with Autism East Midlands.

Autism East Midlands holiday clubs will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays - see the poster for dates and venues.

Please note that the age range for Autism East Midlands is 8 plus, and not 6 plus as detailed on their poster.

Senior youth clubs (11 years plus)

​First Wednesday of every month (term time only)​6.30 to 8.30pm​Elgar Centre
1A High Street
Upton NN5 4EN

Junior youth clubs (8 to 11 years old)

​Fourth Sunday of the month (term time only)​10am to 2pm​Nether Heyford
1A Roberts Field
Northampton NN7 3BE
​First Saturday of the month (term time only)​10am to 2pmElgar Centre
1A High Street
Upton NN5 4EN

Action for Children commissioned youth groups and holiday clubs

The local authority currently commissions Action for Children to provide youth groups and holiday clubs. Action for Children run various disability groups across Northamptonshire. They offer fun activities in a safe environment for children and young people to come along while parents have some rest. The groups are designed for children aged 5 to 25 years. Check the details of each group for the age ranges.

Holiday clubs

They will run the following holiday activities during half terms and school holidays:

​Details​Venue When

​ASD specialist club

8 to 18 years old - £10 per session

Under 8s can only attend for 2 hours max - £5 charge

The Elgar Centre
1 High Street

​Thursday and Friday

10am to 2pm

​Wellingborough Club (mixed ability)

5 to 18 years old - £10 per session

Under 8s can only attend for 2 hours max - £5 charge

​Swanspool Pavilion
Swanspool Parade

​Tuesday and Wednesday

9.30am to 2.30pm

​Northampton PMLD

5 to 18 years old - £10 per session

Under 8s can only attend for 2 hours max - £5 charge

​Blackthorn Community Centre
Longmead Court

​Monday and Wednesday

10am to 3pm

​Daventry PMLD

5 to 18 years old - £10 per session

Under 8s can only attend for 2 hours max - £5 charge

Daventry Hill School
Ashby Road
NN11 0QE

​Monday and Tuesday

10am to 3pm

To book a place contact Action for Children on northants.disability@actionforchildren.org.uk or phone 01604 752553.

Film making with IASS and Screen Northants

The Information Advice and Support Service for SEND in Northamptonshire (IASS), along with Screen Northants, have arranged for 10 young people (age over 16) to attend Screen Northants.

IASS are working with Screen Northants to produce a series of films giving information, advice and support directly to young people.  

They are looking for 10 young people who will be able to help create these films.

The first series of films are about Post-16 options. They are looking for young people to help devise, shoot and even star in these films. The young people will get 2 weeks work experience in filming and photography during the holidays.

Young people will be required to participate in a 2 week workshop.  

Workshops will take place Monday 29 July to Friday 9 August (weekdays only), 11am to 3pm, at Screen Northants office in the Grosvenor Centre Northampton.

During the workshops young people will help come up with the ideas for the content of the films then work with professionals to shoot them on location in Northampton.  There will be opportunities for presenters and actors too.

If you are interested in taking part, please complete the booking form by Wednesday 24  July and email it to NiTaylor@iassnorthants.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can post it to: 

Nikki Taylor
Information, Advice and Support Service
ONE Angel Square
4 Angel Street

If you have any queries, please call Nikki on 07736 638533.

Summer Play schemes 2019

The Local Authority has commissioned the following providers to offer summer play schemes as part of the Short Breaks Innovation funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Parents are expected to contribute no more than £10 per day per child.

Please contact the providers to book a place for your child allowing plenty of time for them to make any necessary arrangements.

​Dates and time​Provider details​Activity​Eligibility criteria

​6, 7 and 8 August 2019

9:30am to 3:30pm

​Sport 4 Fitness

Mark Flaxman: 07491 306630

Email: info@sport4fitness-cic.co.uk

​Multi-sport, team games , sensory and soft play, arts and crafts

File Download - Sport4Fitness Summer SEND Activities 2019.(pdf 8.3 mb)Sport4Fitness Summer SEND activities 2019 (PDF 8.3MB)

​Age 8 years to 14 years


13, 14 and 15 August 2019

9:30am to 3:30pm

​Sport 4 Fitness

Mark Flaxman: 07491 306630

Email: info@sport4fitness-cic.co.uk

​Multi-sport, team games , sensory and soft play, arts and crafts

File Download - Sport4Fitness Summer SEND Activities 2019 (PDF 8.3MB)Sport4Fitness Summer SEND Activities 2019 (PDF 8.3MB)

​Age 8 years to 14 years

​29 and 30 July 2019,

5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 August 2019

9.30am to 2.30pm 

​Autism East Midlands (Nether Heyford) contact Zoe on Zoe.Tobin@autismeastmidlands.org.uk

​See website above for details

File Download - holiday club details (pdf 1.36MB)Holiday club details (PDF 1.36MB)

ASD and ​age 8 plus

​31 July 2019

7, 14 and 21 August 2019

9.30am to 2.30pm

​Autism East Midlands (Upton)

contact Zoe on Zoe.Tobin@autismeastmidlands.org.uk

​See website above for details

File Download - Holiday club details (PDF 1.36MB)Holiday club details (PDF 1.36MB)

​ASD and age 8 plus
​2 and 5 August

​YIP club at Adventure Ways
The P & M Courtyard
Broughton Road

jackie.ackroyd@freedom-leisure.co.uk or 01933 352981


​Summer holiday activities for children

​Age 8 to 18
​6 August 2019

​ Sue Galloway, 07840005276 (after 7pm)

Mill Cotton Lake, Ringstead


​Fishing - bring a packed lunch, drinks and dress to suit an outdoor activity

Book before 24 July

​Age 5 to 18
​7 and 9 August 2019

​Sue Galloway, 07840005276 (after 7pm)

Grendon Quarter Pond, Castle Ashby Fisheries


​Fishing - bring a packed lunch and drinks. Dress to suit an outdoor activity

Book before 24 July

​Age 5 to 18
​School holidays

​Isebrook School,



Isebrook School are running a summer play scheme for their students.

If you have not received information from the school about it, please get in touch with the school office.

​Isebrook students only
​School holidays​Greenfields Specialist School for Communication​Greenfields are running a summer play scheme for their students.

If you have not received information from the school about it, please get in touch with either Dawn Cobley dcobley@gssc.org.uk or nicola.merrey@greenfields.northants.sch.uk

​Greenfields students only
​School holidays​Northgate School Arts College

​Northgate School are running a summer play scheme for their students.

If you have not received information from the school about it, please get in touch with the school office.

​Northgate students only

​13, 14 and 15 August

20, 21 and 22 August

10am to 3pm

​Pen Green Centre

​SEND play scheme

Contact Adevine@northamptonshire.gov.uk or ring 01536 400068

​Children age 5 to 11 years

​21 August

10am to 3pm

​Moulton College

​Football course*

Contact Russell LewisR.Lewis@ntfc.co.uk

​Children age 8 to 18 years

​29 July, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug

​Day trip -  with the potential to stay overnight. Activities to include rock climbing, trampolining, country parks and a boat trip.

​There are two age groups running for the activity days:

8 to 12 year olds
13 to 18 year olds

Respond Care are unable to offer 1:1 staffing, so if the young person has a high level of need, they will need to bring their PA to participate 

Respond Care Ltd – 01604 439020

Email blane@respondcare.co.uk

£10 per person for afternoon session only (midday to 8pm)

£20 per person for overnight stay

(midday to 10am the following morning)

​Age 8 to 18

​27 Aug to 30 Aug 2019​4-day residential trip to Brighton​Attendees will need to have successfully stayed away from home on a prior occasion.

Respond Care Ltd – 01604 439020

Email blane@respondcare.co.uk

£80 per person to include all travel, meals** and accommodation.

**A packed lunch will be required for the first day.

​Age 13 to 18

*Russell Lewis is also running disability football courses on 8 and 15 August at Moulton Football Club and on 9, 16 and 22 August at Northgate School. All run from 10am to 2pm, please contact Russell on R.Lewis@ntfc.co.uk for more information.



Music and the Deaf

On 31 August Deafconnect are holding three workshops through Music and the Deaf.

"Music and the Deaf is a unique UK charity founded in 1988. Led by CEO Danny Lane, a profoundly deaf pianist, the charity continues to go from strength to strength, and has built an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of what deaf people can aspire to and achieve in music.

"Hearing loss shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying and making music. It is proven that participation in music can play a crucial role in a person’s development: it promotes inclusivity, teaches young people how to work together, builds confidence, develops communications skills, and provides a vital outlet for self-expression. We are committed to enriching lives through music.”

Deafconnect children and families service hold activities for children who are deaf and those who have a hearing impairment. They also arrange regular coffee mornings for families and holiday activities.

Deafconnect run two youth groups for junior and seniors twice a month. They hold regular coffee morning for adults.  

Northamptonshire and Buckingham Dyslexia Association

An event for parents will be held on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 10am until 3pm at the Malcolm Arnold Academy offering a range of workshops covering study skills, emotional impact, maths strategies, spelling strategies, assistive technology, reading and comprehension.

Tickets cost from £25 for up to six different workshops.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite.

Northamptonshire Sport

Northamptonshire Sport is a partnership of local and national organisations working together to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation in Northamptonshire.

Carers' support

View a wide range of activities and events for carers.

For more information go to the Northamptonshire Carers website:

Regular SEN events




Cinema (Autism friendly screenings)

  • Cineworld: first Sunday of the month, 11am
  • Vue: the last Sunday of the month, 10:15am
  • Odeon: one Sunday a month, 10:15am


Northamptonshire Libraries and Country Parks

The Events Calendar provides up-to-date information about activities for children and families in Northamptonshire's libraries and country parks. It includes details and availability of universal children's centre services that are provided by the libraries.

View the libraries and country parks events calendar

Northampton Museums

Activities and workshops for children and families Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum.

Summer 2019 in Northampton

Summer activities to celebrate Northampton’s shoe heritage.

Residents and visitors to the town are invited to 'Celebrate Northampton' this summer by taking part in a wide range of events and activities throughout the school holidays.

Launching at the end of July, Northampton Borough Council and Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) will be hosting a number of family friendly activities during the week and each weekend until Sunday 15 September.

The activities aim to celebrate the town’s rich heritage, with many themed around shoes and past events, and support local businesses by encouraging more people to spend time in the town centre.

The Borough Council’s partnership with the Looking Glass Theatre helps to get the summer started on Saturday 20 July, with the first monthly summer history tour. Building on the success of previous tours, they will take place at various locations in the town centre and will cover topics such as ‘Famous Figures’, ‘Rebels and trades’ and ‘Hidden secrets’.

The Market Square beach opens on Tuesday 23 July, bringing all the attractions of the seaside to the town centre. A giant sand pit, deck chairs and fair ground rides will be open every day until the end of August, weather permitting.

A newly developed shoe sculpture trail will also help followers to discover new parts of the town. Located in key sites, people are encouraged to seek out all 12 shoe sculptures, which are sponsored by local businesses and shoe manufacturers, and post selfies of themselves using the #CelebrateNorthampton hashtag.

Four heritage focused days lead activities in August, with a fun catwalk show, classic bus tours, and theatrical mystery tours taking place several times a day from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 August. In addition, an interactive heritage treasure quest on Saturday 17 August offers something a little different for competitive minded groups.

Children will get the chance to meet Northampton’s boots-wearing giant on Saturday 10 August. Created by Festive Road for the Borough Council, the giant will be sharing fun stories on the Market Square at hourly intervals between midday and 3.30pm.

Training opportunities

​TrainingDate and timeVenue​Further information​
​Early years SEN training​Various​​​Various

​Training for staff working with young children with special educational needs.

​Early years foundation courses​VariousVarious​

Training for staff working with young children.

​Advanced TrainingOnline​Online

​Free online training materials about Special Educational Needs for professionals. Please note, this training was published in 2012, some information may be out of date.

​Anti-Bullying Alliance​Online ​Online

Free online training about bullying for professionals.

​Disability Matters Online​​Online

Free online training about disability for the UK workforce.

Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Services  ​VariousVarious

Targeted mental health in schools (TAMHS) and learning focused courses for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream schools.

​Children's Speech and Language Therapy​Various​Various

​Training for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream primary schools.

​​Children's Speech and Language TherapySee poster for dates

​Camrose Children's Centre, Northampton


Sudborough House, St Mary’s Hospital, Kettering

​3-day certified Signalong Foundation Course for early years practitioners and school teaching staff. £80 per person (15 hours training and certificate).

​Disabled Living Various​Various​

Training programmes for professionals, parents and carers.

​Adult Learning​Various​Various

BSL courses for adults.

​Specialist Support Service Various​Various​

Courses for parents/carers of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism and other special educational needs or disabilities.