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Shortbreaks for Disabled Children and young People are offering free Max Cards to Essex County Council residents (excluding Southend and Thurrock) Max Card is a national, local authority commissioned discount scheme for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-19 years. The scheme enables families to visit a huge range of attractions across the UK at a free or discounted rate.  The card would cover 2 adults and 2 children and lasts for two years Families simply need to show their Max Card on arrival to obtain discounted admission into any of the 1100 attractions listed on the website and in some occasions pre-book before your visit.

To apply please email the following details to

  • Name of child
  • Name of adult
  • Address
  • Contact number

If you are not currently registered with Shortbreaks you may be asked for some further details including confirmation of diagnosis.

Details of where you can use you the Max Card and also what discount and if pre-booking is needed can be found by clicking the link below and there is also on-line offers including merlin passes

The Max Card team are also prioritising attractions across Essex so if you have any suggestions on attractions please feel free to pass this on via email to or by calling 01133 947 951


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