Recreational activities

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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.


Summer Party at Crealy Adventure Park, Exeter
Thursday 24 August 2017

Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Exeter EX5 1DR

Crealy offers a warm Devon welcome and is home to 60 amazing rides and attractions.

We will have a picnic area base for the day so bring your picnic rugs, chairs and a picnic, and we'll provide ice creams for the children, refreshments, treats and tactile activities throughout the day.

We will be putting on two mini beasts events in the Animal Barn giving the children an opportunity to get up close with the animals.

You can also meet our children and young people’s services team and learn more about our services.

More info
Booking form

 

Paradise Park

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Summer Party at Beaulieu, Brockenhurst
Saturday 9 September 2017

Beaulieu Motor Museum, Home of the National Motor Museum, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZN

Beaulieu is an award winning family visitor attraction at the heart of the New Forest National Park, with over 800 years of heritage to be seen throughout the Estate. This beautiful site features many attractions from the Palace House to the world famous motor museum.

Beaulieu are offering touch tours in the museum and palace house, exclusively for us, plus we have hired a beautiful function space to provide a base to enjoy refreshments.

At the event you can also meet our children and young people’s services team and learn more about our services.

More info
Booking form

 

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Family Weekend at Windermere Manor Hotel, Cumbria
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October 2017

Windermere Manor Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1JF

The Family Weekend is a unique opportunity for families of a child with a recent diagnosis of a vision impairment to access specialised services provided by the children and young people’s services team. The team will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide information and support to you and your family.

The weekend is also an opportunity to meet other parents and exchange experiences as well as allowing everyone to partake in family fun and games. There will be optional workshops for parents as well as evening entertainment suitable for the whole family.

More info
Booking form

 

Paradise Park

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Family Guide Dog Experience Day, Atherton
Wednesday 25 October 2017

Atherton Guide Dog Training School, Gibfield Park Avenue, Atherton, Manchester M46 0SU

We are inviting children and young people with a vision impairment and their families to an informative and fun day to gain an understanding of what is required to become a guide dog owner in the future.

Children and young people will experience working with a guide dog on the harness and handle (with staff supervision) and learn about instructions used to support a guide dog. They will also learn how to create a route with a guide dog and experience using equipment for working, feeding and grooming.

More info
Booking form

 

Atherton Training School

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Family Guide Dog Experience Day, Redbridge
Thursday 26 October 2017

Redbridge Guide Dog Training School, Findlay House, 7 Manor Road, Woodford Green IG8 8ER

We are inviting children and young people with a vision impairment and their families to an informative and fun day to gain an understanding of what is required to become a guide dog owner in the future.

Children and young people will experience working with a guide dog on the harness and handle (with staff supervision) and learn about instructions used to support a guide dog. They will also learn how to create a route with a guide dog and experience using equipment for working, feeding and grooming.

More info
Booking form

 

Paradise Park

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Merlin Entertainment

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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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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.
org.uk
 if you'd like some advice, or to chat about how we can help you.


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