Chloe looking at the lights in the sensory room at Eltham.

Sensory rooms

Our fully accessible sensory rooms in Kent, South East London and East Sussex offer children of all ages a safe and peaceful environment for play, therapy and relaxation. With their calming colourful lights, soft music (and water beds in Kent and South East London), time in these rooms can be a relaxing and immersive experience.

A girl enjoys the cinema room at Demelza's Kent hospice.

Cinema room

Our popular cinema room has a great range of over 300 movies to choose from, including children’s classics, Disney films and the newest blockbuster releases. With lots of comfy chairs and bean bags it’s a welcoming space that feels homely and relaxed, as well as offering a treat. Popcorn, snacks and drinks are all on hand so that it feels like a real day out.

Hydro pool

Since the hydro pool opened at Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne in 2012, it has been a popular facility for families.

With disabled changing facilities, hoists and ramps, our lovely pool will enable you to swim with your child, something that may not be possible at a public pool. It may be the first time you will swim together as a family.

The warm water is kept a constant 32-34 degrees to help relax the muscles, increase circulation and relieve pain. For some children who cannot walk, it offers the chance to feel mobile.

Two girls using the hydro pool at Demelza Kent.

The changing areas are quiet and warm and there is access to appropriate moving and handling equipment, such as overhead hoist ceiling tracking and shower trollies.

You don’t need to be staying at the Demelza in order to use the pool as our popular Sunday sessions enable you to come and book a slot. Sessions can be relaxing or loud and fun, with a jacuzzi, lights and music available if you wish.

Water safety is paramount, so a life guard is on duty for all sessions and floats, life vests, arm bands and rings are available to use.

Two girls with dad using the hydro pool at Demelza Kent.

“Olivia was just 17 months old when she was diagnosed with a massive, inoperable brain tumour which caused her to lose her vision. She has been on treatment ever since and is currently undergoing gruelling weekly chemotherapy.

Olivia relies on her sense of touch to experience her surroundings and this has proved impossible since the start of the pandemic. She also has a reduced immune system which puts her at risk of catching viruses and other nasties.

The hydro pool at Demelza is an amazing sensory activity for Olivia to enjoy with her mummy, daddy and little sister. When we visited for the first time Olivia did not stop talking about it afterwards. She loved every second. It means so much to families like ours who are so limited in the experiences that are available to us.”

Lisa, Mummy to Olivia

Olivia and her sister about to use the hydro pool.

Book these experiences

To enquire about booking on to any of the above experiences, please get in touch with our care administration team on

If you're not currently supported by Demelza, complete our referral form to see how we can help.