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.
Gulliver's Theme Park in Warrington, Cheshire WA5 9YZ
Guide Dogs' children and young people's services would like to invite children with a vision impairment and their immediate families to a Summer Party at Gulliver's Theme Park, with attractions such as Gully Town, Wonderland, Western World, Smuggler's Wharf, Discovery World, Safari World and many more.
Staff from the children's services team will be there to greet families on arrival and in the afternoon in the Starlight Theatre for tea/coffee/juice, cakes and fun, giving you the opportunity to meet other families and chat with representatives from our children and young people's team.
Bring a picnic to eat at your leisure and we will also have a gift for all the children!
Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling FK9 4UR
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park promises to be a great day out for the family and includes a drive through animal safari, boat trips, shows, pets farm, adventure playground and much more.
Our team, who support families in Scotland, will be available in a large marquee in the grounds with welcome drinks on arrival and lunch provided for all our families. The marquee will be our base for the day offering sensory activities and a great opportunity to meet up other children and their families.
Atherton Guide Dog Training School, Gibfield Park Avenue, Atherton, Manchester M46 0SU
We'd like to invite children with a vision impairment and their immediate families to attend a family guide dog experience day at our Training School in Atherton, Manchester.
Children and young people, together with their families, will gain an understanding of what is required to become a guide dog owner in the future. They will also look at positives and negatives of having a guide dog versus the cane.
Participants 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.
There will be two sessions:
- 9.30am until 12 noon for children aged six to 10
- 1pm until 3.30pm for older children aged 11-16
A maximum of 6 children with a vision impairment will be catered for in each activity
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.
Battersea Park Children's Zoo, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Guide Dogs' children and young people's services would like to invite children with a vision impairment and their families who live in London to a Family Fun Day at Battersea Park Children's Zoo.
The Children's Zoo includes stables, monkeys, lemurs, coati's, a play area and much more. We will have exclusive use of the Tree Tops hospitality cabins and will provide welcoming drinks on arrival. A picnic lunch, ice creams and refreshments will all be provided!
There will be time to watch the otters, meerkats and lemurs being fed and we'll have a private rabbit handling session together with plenty of time to enjoy the zoo.
We have 60 places for this event. Children with a vision impairment plus one parent/guardian are free. Immediate family members £5 and under 2's are free.
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.
Redbridge Guide Dog Training School, Findlay House, 7 Manor Road, Woodford Green IG8 8ER
Redbridge Training School is where dogs undergo training before qualifying as a Guide Dog. We are inviting children and young people with their families to gain an understanding of what is required to become a guide dog owner in the future.
Participants will experience working with a guide dog on the harness and handle (with staff supervision) and the instructions used to support a guide dog. They will also learn about foot positions and gain an understanding of how to learn a route with a guide dog as well as experiencing using equipment for working, feeding and grooming a guide dog.
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.