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Artz and Sportz school holiday events

School holiday arts and sports events for children who are disabled and their families.

  • For children aged 5-16 years 
  • Teenz activities for young people aged 13-18 years 

Join us at sports and outdoor centres, museums, woodlands, theatres and other venues across Dorset:

  • get sporty with archery, skateboarding, climbing, swimming, trampolining, team games and lots more
  • get arty with music, drama and all sorts of crafty stuff. Enjoy a trip to the theatre
  • get outdoors to paddle your own canoe, cycle, climb and hike. Enjoy den making, nature activities and campfire cooking!

Try something new. Get inspired!

Our Support Team

Parent/carers have the option to stay at the event or leave their child with our support staff, depending on their needs. One to one support is available if necessary. A parent/carer must stay for their child's first session. Many of the children who access our sessions are on the autism spectrum but we also support children with a range of different needs.  


All arts and some sports and outdoor venues are accessible. Please note that some sports activities can be adapted for wheelchair users by our coaches on the day.

Information for parents/carers

Parents have the option to stay at the event or leave their child with our support staff, depending on their needs. One to one support is available if necessary. Our tutors, coaches and support team will always do their utmost to support each child with help in understanding instructions and hand-over-hand assistance in craft and activities, where needed. If you are not sure which events to choose, we can advise you. All indoor and most outdoor venues are fully accessible.

Easter events:


Arts workshop Merry-Go-Round

Tuesday 9 April, 10am to 2pm
Higher Green Farm Arts, near Shaftesbury
For ages 7 to 16 years

If you love to be creative this is a day for you! Have a go at three very different art activities in turn: batik (make your own rainbow banner), print-making…and the incredible splodge machine! There will be a chance to meet the farm’s animals during breaks. Biscuits and ice cream provided. Bring lunch.


Horse Riding & Hang-Out

Wednesday 10 April, 10am to 1pm
Luccombe Riding Centre, Milton Abbas
For ages 5 to 16 years including absolute beginners

Meet the ponies, ride in a covered school and experience life at the stables, helping with tasks like grooming. We’ll also go for a ramble around the farm and meet some hens and pet rabbits. Absolute beginners are welcome and will be gently introduced to the ponies and to riding. Bring lunch.

Artz+ & Remix

Trip to the theatre - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Thursday 11 April, 1.45pm to 5pm (show begins 2pm)
Weymouth Pavilion
For ages 5 to 16 years

Prepare to be wowed by the set, costumes and performances in this production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Wow, Weymouth’s youth musical theatre. It’s a high-flying adventure with unforgettable songs that you are sure to find truly scrumptious! Includes interval ice cream.

Artz+ Sportz+ All-Dayer

Friday 12 April, 10am to 3pm
The Centre, Ferndown
For ages 5 to 16 years
Book for all day (bring lunch) or half day only

10am to 12.30pm Into The Tardis with Lorna Rees from Gobbledegook Theatre

A morning of science fiction fun with music, craft and drama inspired by the adventures of Doctor Who. Make your own sonic screwdriver to protect you on our mission to defeat the forces of evil and help create a soundtrack for the action.

1pm to 3pm Indoor Archery, Circus Skills & Goalball with the Action Van

Heaps of fun practicing archery, circus skills and playing the exciting Paralympic sport of Goalball. Coaches can tailor-make the session for wheelchair users on the day.


Out & About

Tuesday 16 April, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Carey Camp, Wareham
For ages 7 to 16 years

Pull on your boots and set out with us on a hike into the wild outdoors. Play a game of nature bingo and help to identify spring plants on route. Back at base camp we’ll relax around a campfire with some freshly picked mint tea. There will be hot chocolate too!


Tennis, Lacrosse, Athletics & Dance Fit with the Action Van

Thursday 18 April, 10am to 1pm
Sunninghill School, Dorchester
For ages 7 to 16 years

An action-packed indoor and outdoor morning of sport and fitness! Coaches can tailor-make the session for wheelchair users on the day. Bring lunch.

Book a place

Places must be booked in advance. In times of high demand we may allocate places and we can supply details of how we do this fairly on request.
Events cost £6 per child participating or £8 for longer events (4 hours or more) unless otherwise stated. There is a 20% subsidy for Max Card users and those on income based benefits.
Refunds can only be made if you cancel more than two weeks before an event, or if we have to cancel an event. 

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