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Activities and clubs for children and young people

Advice for choosing activities


The activities listed in this section show what was on offer before the current restrictions. We recommend that you check with each individual provider to find out what they are able to provide currently and how they may have adapted their activities.


We hope these pages make it easier to find activities in the local area all in one place.  This is a work in progress! Please let us know of any activities or opportunities that could be added or any corrections to the page if you find something that is not quite right.

You can use the feedback faces or email with more detail.

Short Breaks

We recomend that you also look at the Short Breaks (opens in new window) section on this website.  Activities that are Aiming High Commissioned Short Breaks (opens in new window) are marked with an * in the list below.  This means that they are free of charge or subsidised for families in Kingston and Richmond.

Activity Funding (opens in new window) of up to £140 per year may be available as a contribution or to fund other activities of your child's choice.

Additional Support Funding (opens in new window) pays for additional support for children and young people with disabilities, complex health and special needs who access mainstream short break activities. An activity provider can apply for the additional support funding, which allows an increase in their staff ratio. The funding pays for a designated staff member to work with a child or young person who requires additional support whilst taking part in an activity.

The national organisation Contact has published a guide with useful information - Holidays, play and leisure (pdf)

Richmond and Kingston BuddyUp

This service is for young people with disabilities or additional needs aged between 14 to 17 years and living in the Richmond or Kingston boroughs. BuddyUp works by matching young people up with their own young volunteer (‘buddy’) and aims to enable young people to increase independence and confidence through travelling and getting out and about more in their community. And of course it’s about having fun and building a friendship!

Richmond and Kingston BuddyUp (opens a new window)

Safeguarding advice when choosing activities for your child

We recommend that you read the Disclaimer notice (opens in new window) on this website.

What to look for and how to check if an activity is suitable and safe for your child.

You can find information and advice for parents and carers on the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children
Partnership website (opens in new window)

There is useful advice on the NSPCC website to help you know what to look for and questions to ask. 

Read more here (opens in new window)