Recreational Activities

We support everyone in the development of their particular skills whatever they may be. Individual support is given to enable communication and self-expression through practical, artistic and musical talent.

Residents frequently enjoy outings to the cinema, theatres, National Trust properties and other places of interest. We offer weekly external sessions in local towns of swimming, sports, gym, sailing, horse riding, college and dance.

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Gardening and Horticulture 

Solden Hill House is set in 8 ½ acres of grounds attractively laid out with trees, lawns, flower beds, vegetable garden and a greenhouse. Residents are encouraged to participate in outdoor activities, where they are able to tend flower beds, grow plants in the greenhouse, tend the vegetable garden, gather leaves in the season, and generally assist with the tending of the whole garden area.

Our gardeners work as a group and gain immensely from the social interaction, working together towards a goal and enjoying the achievement of a job well done.

Craft Workshop

Our craft workshop is where it all happens. From card making, painting, writing and rug making there are lots of activities that the residents can take part in. It is a popular session for residents who enjoy making items for family members.

Special dates in the calendar are always remembered with residents often making fabulous items for their families and seasonal items to decorate their houses.

Cookery & Kitchen Skills

Choosing food, seeing it prepared or helping to prepare it is part of the daily process for us all. It is a communal and productive activity. As far as possible we are led in menu choices by the residents themselves.

We order fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh fish and fresh meat from our local family butcher and more recently have been producing our own vegetables in the garden.

Running alongside this practical experience are our in-house courses about food hygiene, kitchen safety and the importance of choosing and eating the right foods. 

Animal Therapy & Interaction

The residents help to care for our chickens, collecting the eggs and making sure they are fed and watered and as we also have many sheep and horses that roam the surrounding areas.  Solden residents have many opportunities to interact with animals and the residents are currently enjoying regular sessions at the local horse riding stables.  

Bluebell Café

Bluebell Café is used for internal use and external use with the residents assisting with the running of the café.

This not only opens it up to the community but allows the residents to gain work experience in line with our living and learning ethos.

Theatre & Drama

Held in our large hall, drama sessions are a favourite with staff and residents alike.  Our hall has stage lighting and a sound system. Residents also assist in creating any props that are required.

Expressing themselves through their individual performance’s residents are involved in regular plays throughout the year.  We also plan regular visits to the theatre to see the professionals in action!

We have recently added a cinema screen which has been well received as we use the screen to project Zumba classes amongst other things which helps to ensure that our residents remain energetic whilst having fun.

Outdoor Pursuits

Come rain or shine (or snow) our residents love to make the most of the fabulous outdoor space we have here at Solden. Whether its bike riding in the grounds or enjoying a walk in the surrounding countryside, there is rarely a day when we are not outside enjoy the fresh air.  During the summer months, barbecue lunches take place on our large patio area and picnics are taken into the garden. 

Music Therapy

Music plays a very important part in the life of residents at Solden Hill. We have a designated music room where music workshops are held on a regular basis. Using percussion instruments, xylophones, metallophones, drums, electronic keyboards and instruments which we have made ourselves, our service users are encouraged to join in group and individual music sessions.

Group sessions are run on a person-centred basis. Music is a wonderful tool which enables those with limited communication skills to express themselves fully. Emphasis is on enjoyment and fun and this is always the aim of the sessions. Singing is also an important tool and most of the themes we used are based around the seasons of the year and their festivals. Everyone is encouraged to improvise and express themselves through music.

Everyone has a ‘voice’ and everyone is given a chance to be heard.

Swimming, Gymnasium and Physiotherapy

Our residents have the opportunity to go swimming regularly at a choice of local swimming pools, including a hydrotherapy pool.
In the past, residents have taken part in sponsored swims to help fundraising. Swimming is certainly a favourite activity at Solden Hill House, and nearly always includes a well-deserved tea break too!  Regular gym sessions take place and residents are encouraged to use all of the equipment at the local leisure centre. 


Many of our residents enjoy a pamper.  Whether is't going into town to get a haircut or a manicure or relaxing in the house with a foot spa.

Appearance is a vital method of representation and all of residents are encouraged to use their individual style to express themselves.

Days Out

Our residents enjoy a variety of days out throughout the year including zoos, castles and heritage sites.  Everyone is encouraged to use public transport where possible including rail and bus services which allows residents to experience independent travel.  

Entertainment Breaks

Some residents love a good tribute act. Abba, Queen, Take That? Whoever you want to see, we can source a few nights away staying at a luxury hotel normally with the addition of spa facilities. Hotels chosen are done so as they cater for adults with learning disabilities.

Seaside Holidays

Blackpool, Weymouth, Bournemouth? We’ve been to them all. Staying in accommodation suited to the groups needs, a trip to the seaside is normally a 4 night, 5 day affair. Taking in local attractions, toe dipping in the sea and the obligatory fish and chips on the seafront this is a popular trip with residents and staff alike.

Country Cottage Breaks

For those residents who want a more relaxing break, these holidays suit them best. Normally in quieter areas with plenty of local attractions and the odd National Trust property, residents are away for 4 nights and 5 days. Evening meals are prepared in the cottage after full days out with the odd evening meal out at a local pub.