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.
Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1JR
We would like to invite children with a vision impairment and their families to join us for some Easter fun at Cadbury World in Birmingham.
Families can attend one of two parties:
- 9.30am - 1.30pm
- 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Each will include a tour of Cadbury World to explore the various chocolatey zones, then a ‘drop in’ session at our exclusively hired education rooms where there will be the opportunity to meet the children and young people’s services team as well as Cadbury’s Education and Sales Coordinator and see a host of fascinating artefacts including chocolate moulds to touch and explore.
Parents are also invited to attend one of two optional 30 minute information workshops to learn more about how our services can support families. A variety of fun activities will keep little ones busy including facepainting and Easter colouring before heading home with an Easter gift for each child from Guide Dogs.
Leamington Spa Guide Dog Training School, Edmondscote Manor, Warwick New Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6AH
The Training School is where dogs undergo training before qualifying as a Guide Dog. We are inviting children and young people with a vision impairment and their families to join us to gain an understanding of what it could be like to own a guide dog in the future.
Children will experience working with a guide dog on the harness and handle (with staff supervision), learn about instructions used to support a guide dog as well as feeding and grooming.
Families can bring a picnic and we hope it will be a fun-filled and informative experience for the whole family.
Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield S10 3BU
An Easter party for children with a vision impairment and their families that will include a range of fun-filled and action packed activities, together with lunch in beautiful surroundings.
There will also be an Easter bonnet parade with a prize for all the children who take part, with an opportunity for older children with a vision impairment to join the judging panel.
Members of our children’s services team will also be on hand throughout the party to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child.
Cliffden Hotel, Dawlish Road, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8TE
The Family weekend is a unique opportunity for families of children with a recent diagnosis of a vision impairment to access specialised services provided by Guide Dogs’ children and young people team. You will be able to meet the team who will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide information and discuss and issues of concern to your family.
The weekend is also an opportunity to meet other parents and exchange information as well as allowing everyone to partake in family fun and games. There will be workshops for parents as well as evening entertainment suitable for the whole family.
Thomley Activity Centre, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall, Bucks HP18 9JZ
We will have exclusive use of Thomley Activity Centre for our families, with lots of different tactile and fun activities going on throughout the day, including play rooms, soft play area, art rooms, imagination room, music room and lots of outdoor activities.
Bring a picnic to enjoy at lunchtime and join us for a great opportunity to spend the day with other children and their families, together with representatives from our children and young people’s services team.
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 Recreation Team at email@example.com 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.