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 aim to reschedule events later in the year dependent on government guidelines. 

You can find our online information and resources here, or you can call the advice line 0800 781 1444


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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.

Fancy visiting Legoland, Alton Towers or a Sea Life Centre? Our partners Merlin Entertainment are offering discounts on entrance tickets for families with children with a vision impairment. To get your money-off brochure, just email us at the address below. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, all Merlin attractions and hotels are currently closed until further notice.

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.

 
  • Easter party at Paradise Wildlife Park - Saturday 21 March 2020 - POSTPONED

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

    This is your chance to get up close and personal with meerkats, lemurs, red pandas and more at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. Feeling brave? Take a walk on the wild side and discover the park's collection of big cats.

    Dinosaur fans can go back in time and walk among 30 life-size, moving, roaring beasts in the World of Dinosaurs, while those who prefer their creatures to be smaller and furrier will love the animal encounter sessions.

    Your family day out includes:

    • welcome drinks
    • exclusive access to the Discovery Centre
    • face painting
    • various tactile activities
    • gifts to take home

    Members of our children and young people’s services team will also be available to offer advice and answer any questions.

    You need to bring a picnic lunch but hot and cold drinks will be provided throughout the day (10.30am - 3pm).

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. ALL CONFIRMED ATTENDEES ARE BEING CONTACTED BY THE FAMILY EVENTS TEAM.

  • Easter party at Folly Farm, Wales - Saturday 4 April 2020 - POSTPONED

    Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0XA

    Enjoy an Easter adventure for the whole family at Folly Farm in Pembrokshire, Wales – voted ‘Best UK attraction for little kids 2019’.

    With four major attractions to enjoy, you can:

    • explore the zoo, with animals including black rhinos and the only giraffes in Wales!
    • visit Jolly Barn for a chance to pet lambs, ferrets and donkeys
    • take a step back in time at the vintage funfair
    • let off some steam at the indoor or outdoor playgrounds

    Your day (10am – 3pm) includes welcome drinks, a hot lunch, and exclusive use of the Funfair Restaurant. You’ll also get the chance to chat to other families and experts from our children and young people’s services team. 

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. ALL CONFIRMED ATTENDEES ARE BEING CONTACTED BY THE FAMILY EVENTS TEAM.

  • Guide dog experience day, Midlands - Wednesday 8 April 2020 - POSTPONED

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

    Thinking about getting a guide dog? Bring the whole family along to a guide dog experience day at our training centre in Leamington Spa.

    You’ll learn all about our guide dogs, including what’s involved in looking after them, and how a guide dog could encourage your child to develop their physical skills and build confidence. 

    Your day (11am – 3pm) includes:

    • welcome drinks and an introduction
    • a tour of the centre
    • practical handling sessions for all family members
    • question and answer session
    • fun activities

    You will need to bring a picnic lunch but hot and cold drinks will be provided. We only take eight families for each experience day to make sure everyone has enough time with the dogs, so book your place as soon as possible. 

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. ALL CONFIRMED ATTENDEES ARE BEING CONTACTED BY THE FAMILY EVENTS TEAM.

  • Day out at Pleasurewood Hills, Suffolk - Saturday 16 May 2020 - POSTPONED

    Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Leisure Way, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4TZ

    Experience an unforgettable family day at Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft, in Suffolk. The biggest theme park in the east of England has over 35 rides, shows and attractions for everyone to enjoy.

    You can:

    • take smaller children for a spin in the teacups
    • set your teens free on the thrill rides
    • challenge each other on the bumper cars
    • watch a sea lion or parrot show
    • discover the soft-play centre

    Your day (10am – 2:30pm) includes welcome drinks, lunch, and exclusive use of Tony’s Restaurant. You’ll also get the chance to chat to other families and members of our children and young people’s services team.

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. ALL CONFIRMED ATTENDEES ARE BEING CONTACTED BY THE FAMILY EVENTS TEAM

  • Day out at Eureka, The National Children’s Museum, West Yorkshire - Saturday 13 June 2020 - POSTPONED

    Eureka, The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax. HX1 2NE

    A museum unlike any other. Come explore, discover, play and learn with us:

    • get in a giant mouth - one of the ways you can learn about your body
    • visit the digital Spark gallery - to discover the latest interactive technology from around the world
    • get creative - with sensory play, arts and crafts
    • stroke the coyote and turn the giant crank - to discover the desert through sound and smell
    • visit the child-sized town square, complete with shops and a fountain - and learn about the world around you
    • dress up, listen to lullabies and create your own butterfly - while exploring the Sound Garden (for under 5s)
    • help Orby the alien test and create sounds - learning about the properties of sound and how to make it!

    Your day (10am - 3.30pm) includes refreshments, a sandwich lunch box for the family, an exclusive tactile printing workshop experience and a display by our Access Technology Team of laptops, tablets and computers, Braille devices, magnifying equipment, speech software, and multi-sensory items.

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. ALL CONFIRMED ATTENDEES ARE BEING CONTACTED BY THE FAMILY EVENTS TEAM

  • Family weekend, Devon - Friday 23 to Sunday 25 October 2020 - POSTPONED

    The Cliffden Hotel, 20 Dawlish Road, Teignmouth TQ14 8TE

    Join us for a unique weekend, just for families with young children who’ve recently been diagnosed with a vision impairment. Everyone will enjoy the fun games and activities, family entertainment, and the indoor pool.

    Your weekend at the Clifton Hotel, Teignmouth, includes:

    • workshops run by experts from the children and young people’s team, including play ideas and accessing the right education support
    • a crèche for small children, so you can attend workshops
    • the chance to discuss your concerns, and get information and advice from Guide Dogs professionals
    • an evening meal on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and late-morning refreshments on Sunday

    You’ll also be able to meet other families in similar situations, with recently diagnosed pre-school children.

    Thanks to a generous subsidy from Guide Dogs, the weekend costs:

    • £80 per adult
    • £20 for children aged 4 – 12
    • children under 3 go free
    • some funding is available for low-income families

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. ALL CONFIRMED ATTENDEES ARE BEING CONTACTED BY THE FAMILY EVENTS TEAM


Do you need help?

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

0800 781 1444