Family events

Our family days out are a great way for your family to relax, have fun together and meet other families with a child with sight loss. They also allow children with a vision impairment to build confidence and make lifelong friends. 


We host events all year round, such as summer and Christmas parties, at a variety of exciting venues including:

  • Audio-described theatres
  • Zoos and animal parks
  • Theme parks
  • Sensory playgrounds

With members from our children and young people’s team at every event, you’ll also be able to ask questions and find out more about the other services we offer.

New events are added all the time, so check here regularly to discover the best days out with the kids.

The events give me the chance to talk to other parents and to build that network of support. I’ve also been able to meet adults with sight loss, including members of staff, and hear about their lives. To see their positive outlook really helps.
Sophie, Alma’s mum

More events

If your child has recently been diagnosed with a vision impairment, we run an annual family weekend just for you and your family. You can also come along to a guide dogs experience day to find out whether your child might benefit from a guide dog partnership in future.

Guide Dogs have partnered with Merlin Entertainments to enable families with children with a vision impairment to book some fantastic days out at top attractions around the UK from theme parks with some of the world’s greatest roller coasters, to fascinating zoos and aquariums showcasing the most amazing creatures and wildlife from around the world. Email us for more information.

Please visit the attraction's website for the latest information.

What’s on?

Take a look at our upcoming family days out and events, then download and fill in the booking form. Children with a vision impairment (plus one parent or guardian) go free, with a suggested contribution for other family members.

  • Cinderella, the pantomime, at The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Sunday 9 January 2022 - FULLY BOOKED

    Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE

    Come and experience this magical performance of Cinderella, starring AJ & Curtis Pritchard as Prince Charming and Dandini, CBeebies’ Evie Pickerill as Cinderella and Five Star’s Denise Pearson as the Fairy Godmother.

    We have 80 excellent seats in the Centre stalls for this special access performance, where headsets with audio description will be available. Welcome refreshments will be provided for all and ice cream vouchers for the children to enjoy. 

    As well as enjoying the dazzling show, you can also join us on one of our exclusive touch tours for Guide Dogs guests in the hours leading up to the 1pm showtime. Due to social distancing restrictions, we may only be able to allow children with a vision impairment and one parent/guardian on the touch tours this year. However, this will be confirmed along with timings as soon as possible. 

    To book:

    Children with a vision impairment plus one parent or guardian are free, and then immediate family members (parents/guardians/siblings) are £7.50 per person. 

    For more information and to fill out a booking form, please email familyevents@guidedogs.org.uk

    Please note, we would like to give priority to new families who have not attended an event with us before to ensure we can support as many families as possible. Families who have attended before we invite to apply to be added to a waiting list until Wednesday 1 December when remaining tickets will be released. We will endeavour to consider any special requests for certain seating but this can not be guaranteed. 

     

March events

April events

May events

  • Easter Event – North West – POSTPONED. Watch out for new date

June events

July events

August events

  • Guide Dog Experience Day – Atherton – Wednesday 24 August 2022 (details and opportunity to book from June 2022) 

September events

October events

November events

  • Christmas Party – North East - Location TBC – Saturday 26 November 2022 (details and opportunity to book from July 2022)

December events

  • Christmas Party – Midlands exact location TBC – Saturday 3 December 2022 (details and opportunity to book from July 2022)

Do you need help?

If you’ve got any questions about our family events, please email or call us

0800 781 1444