Activity Centre

Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre is a specialist recreational, sensory and social centre for disabled people of all ages and caters to a wide spectrum of need. Funded entirely by The Alan Shearer Foundation, all of our activities are completely free of charge for disabled children and adults, their families, friends, schools and groups.

Using the Centre

Our Activity Centre is specifically designed for people with a disability and has a range of specialist equipment including overhead tracking and hoists, to give full access to all areas for those with limited mobility.

To use our facilities, you must first become a member. Membership is free, and can be done simply by downloading and completing our application form. If you prefer, you can request a membership form by ringing the centre, or collect one from our staff at reception.

Once your membership is complete, you can begin enjoying everything the centre has to offer - although we do ask that you book your sessions in advance.

Your Alan Shearer Activity Centre membership gives you free use of our:

Music room

Creative sound & music room

Gardens and grounds

Gardens and grounds



Sensory cave

Sensory cave

Sensory room

Sensory rooms





Dining in Browne&ampapos;s café

Browne's Café

Live & Learn

Live & Learn is our fun, educational and social series of informal events, classes and courses for adults with learning disabilities. Entirely free of charge, we offer arts and crafts on Tuesdays from 11 am till 1pm and our ever-popular cookery sessions on Thursdays from 1pm till 3pm.

Come along and enjoy seasonal crafts and social events ranging from pastimes and performances to dinners and discos. There's always something exciting to do - whether it's learning new skills or enjoying organised activities with friends.

Contact us for more details or to book your place.

Parties and group visits

Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre is available for celebrations and parties and we welcome visits by school groups and organisations.

For further information please contact Amanda Head on 0191 267 8118 or email


Opening hours

Monday to Saturday from 9.00am until 5.00pm, including Bank Holidays.
The Activity Centre is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Next steps

Download a membership application form

For more information or to make a booking, ring our friendly reception staff on 0191 2678118