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 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
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.
Technology and information drop-in day, Newport - Saturday 14 September 2019
Riverside, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR
Join us for free, anytime between 10am and 2pm, for a variety of hands-on assistive technology demonstrations and learn how to get funding to help your child play and/or study.
Meet Guide Dogs staff from the family support and education support teams to get specialist advice, and practical and emotional support at home, nursery, school or college. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about our large print CustomEyes books, tailor-made to suit your child's eye condition.
No need to book but please email us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Summer party at Camel Creek Adventure Park, Cornwall - Saturday 28 September 2019
Camel Creek Adventure Park, Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7RA
Bring the whole family for a cracking adventure in the beautiful Cornish countryside, with family-friendly rides, giant play areas and other all-weather attractions. Experience exclusive close-up animal encounters and try out the 10 new attractions for 2019.
Catch up with Guide Dogs staff from the children and young people's team, based in a private function room, with welcome drinks and a lunchtime hot and cold buffet. We'll be happy to answer any questions, offer advice and introduce you to other families with vision impaired children.
Children with a vision impairment, plus one parent/guardian, go free and immediate family members are £5 each with under-twos going free too. But make sure you book early, as we only have 60 spaces which will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Well-being workshop, Watford - Monday 21 October 2019
Watford Connexions One Stop Shop, 206-210 Lower High Street, Watford WD17 2EL
Inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week, join us and MIND for a day of workshops and activities focusing on how to feel good about yourself. Aimed at young people, 11 years and older, with a visual impairment and their parents/carers, there will also be:
- sessions in the kitchen to develop independent living skills
- workshops for parents/carers on well-being
This free day runs from 10.30am to 3pm and includes lunch. Places are limited, so please book by Friday 18 October by calling 0345 1430228 or emailing email@example.com
Family guide dog experience day, Redbridge - Tuesday 22 October 2019 - FULLY BOOKED
Guide Dogs Training Centre, Woodford Green, Near London IG8 8ER
This is a day when the whole family can experience what it would be like to own a guide dog. The programme includes:
- welcome introductions
- a practical hands-on dog handling experience for all family members
- dog grooming
- fun activities
- a question and answer session
The day starts at 10.30am and will finish at around 3.00pm, with a lunch break where families can bring a picnic and we all have time to chat – drinks are provided.
Join us for a fun-filled and informative experience for the whole family.
Annual family weekend, Windermere - Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October 2019 - FULLY BOOKED
Windermere Manor Hotel, Rayrigg Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1ES
The Family weekend is a unique opportunity for families of children, with a recent diagnosis of vision impairment, to access specialised services provided by the Guide Dogs’ children and young people team.
The team will also be on hand throughout the weekend to provide information and discuss any issues of concern and to run workshops for parents.
The weekend is an opportunity to meet other parents and exchange information as well as allowing everyone to join in family fun and games, including evening entertainment suitable for the whole family.
Children’s Christmas party and Winter Wonderland, Tamworth - Saturday 23 November 2019
Tamworth Snowdome, River Drive, Tamworth B79 7ND
Kick-off the day at 8.30am with hot chocolate, tea or coffee and Danish pastries in readiness for an exclusive visit to Santa's Winter Wonderland!
This ultimate Christmas adventure for all the family includes:
- Real snow and falling snow, for the best snow slides, snow tubes and snowball fights
- A sledge ride and stroll through the enchanted forest
- Meeting Santa, his reindeer and visiting his animal village
- A hot and cold buffet lunch
Children with a vision impairment and one parent/guardian go free and immediate family members are £7.50 each. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment
Christmas party at We The Curious Museum, Bristol - Saturday 30 November 2019
We The Curious, 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB
We The Curious Museum, on Bristol’s harbourside, is like an indoor festival, with all sorts of different experiences where you can interact with exhibits and take part in experiments. It's an adventure with less SHHH and more play, where you DO touch the exhibits and DO laugh out loud! Where science is accessible to all.
Children's entertainer, Lucy Lost-It, will also be on hand to dazzle the children with astounding magic, dancing, hilariously funny puppet shows and fun party games. There'll be crafts, colouring and face painting and a sandwich buffet for all to enjoy. And of course, there will be a visit from Father Christmas!
All this crammed between 10am and 2pm, so be sure to have an early night the night before!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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