Recreational activities

Young Boys With Snakes

Our events, specifically arranged for children with a vision impairment and their families, around the UK,  are a great way for families to take a break and meet others in a similar situation, in a safe and secure environment.

Relaxing and having fun can encourage children with sight loss to develop confidence and make new friends. One family who attended a recent event said:

“We had a really enjoyable day with lots to do and lots of professionals on hand for support and information – thank you.”

Representatives of our children’s services teams are present at each event to offer support and discuss any areas of concern you may have regarding your child’s vision impairment.

Children with a vision impairment plus one parent/guardian go free to most events and there is a small charge for immediate family members.

Events include trips to:

  • the pantomime
  • Easter, Summer and Christmas parties
  • a family weekend for families with a child recently diagnosed with a vision impairment
  • family guide dog experience days
  • events in partnership with other charities

Please see our calendar of events below, which is added to regularly.

Each event has a flyer with further information. To request places, a booking form needs to be completed and returned to the Recreation Team who will then make contact with you to confirm places.

Jack and the Beanstalk, audio described pantomime, Wolverhampton - FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 7 January 2018

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE

We have 120 excellent seats in the centre stalls for this special access performance. New style headsets with audio description will be available.

Families will need to meet at The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre at 11.30am prompt for our exclusive touch tour. The performance starts at 2pm so bring a picnic for lunch which we can all enjoy together. Welcome refreshments will be provided for all and ice cream vouchers for the children to enjoy.

Priority will be given to families who are not attending our Christmas party, to ensure that we can support as many families as possible.

More info
Fully booked

Panto actor with a young girl who is visually impaired

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Family Guide Dog Experience Day, Leamington Spa
Wednesday 4 April 2018

Leamington Spa Guide Dog Training School, Edmondscote Manor, Warwick New Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6AH

The Training School is where dogs undergo training before qualifying as a Guide Dog. We are inviting children and young people with a vision impairment and their families to join us to gain an understanding of what it could be like to own a guide dog in the future.

Children will experience working with a guide dog on the harness and handle (with staff supervision), learn about instructions used to support a guide dog as well as feeding and grooming.

Families can bring a picnic and we hope it will be a fun-filled and informative experience for the whole family.

More info
Booking form

A young girl with a guide dog at a family experience day

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Merlin Entertainment

Merlin Logos

We have a corporate partnership with Merlin Entertainment, which gives discounted tickets for our families and staff to Merlin Entertainment venues such as Legoland, Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, Blackpool Tower, Edinburgh/York Dungeons, Sea Life Centres and many more.

You can pick up many buy one get one free offers on cereal packets/ bus tickets etc. and if you are a family of three, five, etc. or going at short notice then these can be useful.

There is a charity Merlin's Magic Wand, which has supported us over the last few years and parents may like to consider applying individually to this charity for free tickets to Merlin attractions.

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Merlin Entertainment

Merlin Entertainment

The special rates we have can be viewed on this corporate pricing document and are booked by calling 0871 222 4001 and quote ELG2017.

Calls are charged at 13p per minute plus network extras.

Need help?

Please call freephone 0800 781 1444 or email recreation@guidedogs.
 if you'd like some advice, or to chat about how we can help you.

Visit our Facebook page to get the latest news on new activities and events.

Unfortunately, some versions of Mac OS do not support the info and booking form downloads. If you are affected by this, please contact the Recreation Team who will be happy to help.