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 available from RNIB or elsewhere.


A popular and relaxing pastime which you can continue or start to enjoy when you have sight loss. 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. Find out more on our gardening webpage.

Television and DVD

If you have sight loss, activities such as watching television or DVDs can be very frustrating. We can offer advice on how to make it easier to access television and DVDs at home with certain equipment and audio description. Find out more about audio description.


Lots of books are available in large print or on CD from local libraries. You could also become a member of our popular RNIB Talking Book Service, which supplies a huge range of books in audio format. You may also have a local Talking Newspaper, service that can provide an audio version of your local news on CD, USB stick or over the internet.

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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