What leisure activities can be done at home with sight loss?

There are many activities you can enjoy in and around your own home, sometimes with a little adaptation or special equipment.


RNIB works closely with Thrive to make gardening more accessible. Thrive is a small national charity that uses gardening to help disabled people transform their lives. Further information can be found on RNIB's gardening web page.

Television and DVD

Activities such as watching television or DVDs can be very frustrating, however audio description is becoming more widely available and more and more broadcasters are starting to provide the service. Information about accessing television and DVDs at home with specialist equipment and audio description can be found on RNIB's audio description and television, radio and film web pages.


Most libraries now have a wider choice of large print and audio CD books available for you to borrow. You can also use an e reader, tablet or ipad to download books to listen to or read (most devices allow you to increase the print or change the background colour). RNIB has an excellent talking book service, which supplies a huge range of books in audio format and Guide Dogs sell a range of large print childrens books at the same retail price as standard ones.

Talking Newspaper services are normally offered by most local newspapers via volunteers, to provide audio versions of your local news on CD, USB stick or over the internet. You can find your local service on the Sightline Directory by entering your postcode and the search words 'Talking Newspaper'.

Sewing and knitting

Needlecraft and knitting can be made more accessible through a range of gadgets and accessories such as large print patterns and needle threaders.

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