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.

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:

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.

Feedback from the Summer Party at Gulliver's World on Saturday 16 June 2018

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

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.

Sleeping Beauty, starring Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell and Sooty. Doreen Tipton and Ian Adams

 

Magic, music, comedy and special effects, make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams. Starring Debbie McGee direct from the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom and Richard Cadell and Sooty. Panto favourites Doreen Tipton and Ian Adams, both back by popular demand, return for a third consecutive season! And West End star Oliver Ormson (Book of Mormon, The Addams Family) plays the Prince.

Book your family's place in our exclusive behind the scenes tour, followed by a picnic lunch and then settle down in our excellent centre stall seats where new style headsets for audio-description will also be available, for a special access performance of this well loved pantomime.

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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.

Logos of attractions, to include Thorpe Park, Sea Life Centres and LegolandTo request a copy of the discounted offer leaflet please contact the Family Events Team at familyevents@guidedogs.org.uk and we will be happy to forward onto families that we support".

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.

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

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