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.


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 - FULLY BOOKED
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
Fully booked

 

Paradise Park

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Parent Information Day, Wolverhampton
Saturday 28 October 2017

The Beacon Centre, Wolverhampton Road East, Wolverhampton WV4 6AZ

We would like to invite families of children with a vision impairment to a Family Information Day showcasing all of our children’s services.

Representatives from our Specialist Education, Family Support, Habilitation, Recreation and Access Technology services will be present during the day with a variety of information stands and presentations. We will also have children’s activities and treats.

More info
Booking form

 

Children enjoying an animal encounter

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Christmas Party and Winter Wonderland, Tamworth
Saturday 25 November 2017

Tamworth Snowdome, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7ND

Guide Dogs' Children and Young People's Services are delighted to invite children with a vision impairment and their families to our special Christmas Party at Tamworth Snowdome.

At our exclusive Winter Wonderland visit, children will enjoy playing in real snow, hitching a ride on a sledge, meeting Santa's reindeer and visiting Santa's animal village.

More info
Booking form

Atherton Training School

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Family Christmas Party at The Pirate Castle, London
Saturday 2 December 2017

The Pirate Castle, Oval Road, Camden Green, London NW1 7EA

We would like to invite children with a vision impairment and their families to The Pirate Castle for a Christmas Party with The Little Rascals, London’s most imaginative and creative themed children’s party entertainers.

To make the day even more special Santa himself will be paying us a visit after lunch with a special sensory Christmas gift for each child to take home.

More info
Booking form

Paradise Park

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


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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.