Family events

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.


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Relaxing and having fun can encourage children with sight loss to develop confidence and make new friends. One family who attended the Summer Party at Gulliver's World on Saturday 16 June 2018 said: "Today was a brilliant opportunity for vision impaired children to be able to play with others who have similar conditions. It was also great as a parent to be able to gain useful information to better inform me before attending our annual EHC Review. Thank you for a lovely day out."

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
Amazing day with amazing people. The staff are almost like family. Being with people that get it and swapping ideas and information is invaluable. Thanks Guys.
Feedback from the Blair Drummond Safari Park family event on Thursday 5 July 2018

Events

Please see our events below, which are 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 Family Events Team who will then make contact with you to confirm places.

Fantastic day! So informative and interesting. Also a huge confidence boost for two children who were a little uncertain of dogs. Our son really enjoyed his experience of being led by the guide dog. A really helpful experience and something to think about for the future. Thank you! What a lovely team!
Feedback from the Family guide dog experience day on Thursday 25 October
  • Family Easter party at Paradise Wildlife Park - Saturday 21 March 2020

    Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7QA

    Join us for a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some small mammals, including meerkats, lemurs, and red pandas. Or if you’re feeling brave enough, then why not make your way to the big cat territory and view the breath-taking collection of lions, tigers and more!

    The dinosaur enthusiasts among us can also visit the World of Dinosaurs, one of the UK’s biggest and most spectacular animatronic dinosaur attractions. Set in acres of natural woodland the 30 life-size, moving and roaring dinosaurs are a real thrill for any dinosaur adventurer!

    We'll have exclusive use of the Discovery Centre, where we'll be ready to greet our families with hot/cold drinks and our children and young people’s services team will be around at lunchtime if you want to chat or get any advice. Different tactile activities will also be going on throughout the day, including animal encounter sessions for all the children.

    Booking is essential and don't forget to bring a picnic!

    More info
    Booking form

  • Family Easter party at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire - Saturday 4 April 2020

    Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0XA

    Have an Easter to remember at Folly Farm - 'Best UK attraction for little kids 2019' and 'Best visitor attraction in Pembrokeshire 2019'. With four big attractions in one place, there's something for everyone:

    • Explore the zoo and discover over 90 species of animal
    • Experience the thrills of yesteryear at the vintage fairground
    • Enjoy getting up close with the furry, feathery and friendly farm animals
    • Embark on adventures in the outdoor and indoor play areas

    We have exclusive use of the Funfair Restaurant, so also take the opportunity to catch up with specialists from Guide Dogs' children and young people team and chat with families on a similar journey to you over welcome drinks and a hot lunch. We challenge you to fit this all in between 10am and 3pm!

    More info
    Booking form

  • Family guide dog experience day, Leamington Spa - Wednesday 8 April 2020

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

    Get the whole family together and come along to our Leamington Spa training school to experience what it would be like to own a guide dog. From 11am to 3pm, the day includes:

    • Welcome and introductions
    • A tour of the training centre
    • Practical hands-on dog handling
    • Fun activities
    • Question and answer session

    Bring a picnic, drinks will be provided, and chat with Guide Dogs' staff and families on a similar journey to you and your family. To ensure everyone has as much time as possible with the dogs, only eight families will get the chance to book - so don't delay!

    More info
    Booking form


Merlin Entertainment

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.

To request a copy of the discounted offer leaflet please contact the Family Events Team at familyevents@guidedogs.org.uk.

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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Do you need help?

Please get in touch if you'd like some advice, or to chat about how we can help you.

0800 781 1444