Chapter 7 – Leisure & Entertainment
This chapter has information on inclusive sports, arts and entertainment, parks, libraries and holidays.
Sport and Inclusive Activities
See YMCA, GLL, The Hub and Wimbledon Guild for listings
YMCA Inclusive Lives Project - Seated Dance Classes
YMCA Wimbledon, 200 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1RY
The class is £2.50 or £7.50 with lunch included
For dates of classes please visit - http://www.mvsc.co.uk/event/seated-dance
Most venues have wheelchair access and accessible toilets.
For further information, contact the venue directly or see: www.disabledgo.com.
Wimbledon Sailing Club
136 Grosvenor Rd SW1V 3JY
Telephone: 020 7821 7389
Web Address – www.westminsterboatingbase.co.uk
Lawn Tennis Association
National Tennis Association
100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ
Phone: 440208487 7000
Fax: 44 0208487 7301
Wheelchair Basketball – Fantastic
BWB Office, Sport Park, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE 11 3QF
Phone 44 01509279900
Fax: 44 01509279909
Trampolining Saturn V Rebound Centre - Special needs
Tel: 01342 323530
Deen City Farm
Phone: 020 8543 5300.
E-Mail : email@example.com
Develops sport for all, including people with learning or physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairments.
Tel: 020 7717 1699
PHAB Club Merton
A youth club for disabled and non-disabled youths in the community.
Phone 07886 573820
Walks with Wheelchairs
UK website dedicated to providing information on routes that are suitable for wheelchair users throughout the UK.
Music, Arts, Leisure & Entertainment
CEA Card - The Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card
This is a national card that can be used to verify you are entitled to one free ticket for a person or carer accompanying you to the cinema.
Application forms are available from cinemas across the UK. You can download an application form to print out and fill in.
To apply for this card you must:
a) Be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance or b) Be a registered blind person
You will also need to supply a passport-sized photo with your application to appear on the card. A processing fee of £5.50 is chargeable per card.
Most local theatres and cinemas have wheelchair access, accessible toilets and hearing loop or infra-red systems. Contact individual venues for details, assistance and concessions. See www.disabledgo.com for access guides.
Local Cinemas & Theatres
HMV Curzon Cinema
Phone: 0330 500 1331
0333 006 7777
Empire Cinema Sutton
St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1
Odeon - Epsom
Odeon - Kingston
Access Booking Line: 0844 871 7677
Typetalk Access Booking: 18001 0844 871 7677
Box Office: 0844 871 7651
Rose Theatre Kingston
Tel: 020 8546 6693
Box office: 08444 821 556
Entertainment in London
Artsline Disability Access Information Service
Website providing searchable accessibility information on arts venues across London.
Artsline, C/O 21 Pine Court, Wood Lodge Gardens, Bromley, BR1 2WA.
Tel: 020 7388 2227
A disability-led arts organisation working to improve access to culture for disabled people. They can arrange reduced ticket prices for a range of events in London, and drivers or escorts. Deane House Studios, 27 Greenwood Place, NW5 1LB
Tel: 020 7242 7330
Textphone: 020 7424 7368
Fax: 0845 521 3458
The Victoria and Albert Museum
Events for people with sensory impairments.
Bookings: Tel: 020 7942 2211
Telephone Disability officer on: 020 7 942 2766
Text phone: 020 7942 2002
To receive the events programme by email
Tate Britain and Tate Modern
Programmes and services for disabled visitors.
Tel: 020 7887 8888 Minicom: 020 7887 8687
Parks and open spaces
Merton has a large number of parks and gardens. Access and facilities vary, so check before you visit.
All libraries in the Borough are accessible and most have a selection of large print books, music, audio-books, CD’s and internet access. Braille may also be available in some libraries. Some have accessible toilets but call the individual library for details.
Colliers Wood Library
Pollards Hill Library
Raynes Park Library
London Libraries Consortium Library Catalogue
This website offers access to the combined catalogues of public library services from many London Boroughs:
Housebound Library Service
A special home delivery service for older and disabled residents who cannot get to their library:
020 8640 7355
The Home Visits Library Service
Not able to get a library or have difficulty in using a library due to physical difficulty or illness? The Home Visits Service takes books to individual’s homes on a regular basis. If you're interested in using the service please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The Home Visits Library Service is a delivery service to Merton residents who cannot get to their local library and have no one to go for them. This is a free service and covers the whole of the London Borough of Merton. One of our trained volunteers will visit the home of the reader and will deliver materials to the readers taste. The books will then be collected and a new selection delivered once a month. All our volunteers carry identity cards for the reader’s reassurance. We cater for all tastes, providing a wide range of materials from the whole of the library service including: Books in large print, Talking books and Free Postal Service for Talking books is also available.
If you are aged 75 or older you can get your TV Licence free. You will need your National Insurance Number.
Tel: 0300 790 6131
You can get a 50% reduction on the TV Licence fee if you are blind or severely sight impaired. Your licence will also cover anyone who lives with you.
The British Wireless for the Blind Fund
Provides audio equipment specially designed and adapted for listeners with sight loss, available on free loan if you meet their criteria. People who do not qualify for free loan can buy the radios through BWBF Direct.
10 Albion Place, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5DZ
Tel: 01622 754757
Fax: 01622 751725
Audio description on television
The RNIB has information on audio description
RNIB Helpline Tel: 0303 123 9999
Subtitles on television
Action on Hearing Loss (the new name for RNID) has a fact sheet on getting subtitles on television
Information Line: 080 8808 0123
Text phone: 080 8808 9000
BSL on television
The BBC website has a dedicated Sign Zone area on its iPlayer, allowing access to all signed programmes.
Merton Talking Newspaper
People with visual impairments and/or other physical disabilities can receive free weekly recordings of local news.
Address: The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Centre,Colliers Wood,London,SW19 2DX
Telephone: 020 8544 0551
Tourism For All
Tourism for All UK is a national charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all.
7A Pixel Mill, 44 Appleby Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6ES
Tel: 0845 124 9971
Typetalk: 18001 0845 124 9971
Fax: 01539 735567