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.
Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1JR
Discover the history, the making and the magic of Cadbury confectionery on a self-guided tour that you complete at your own page. Visit a variety of chocolatey zones, such as:
- 4D chocolate adventure
- Purple Planet
- Making chocolate story
- Aztec Jungle
- Bournville Experience
Following your tour everyone will meet up in our exclusive party room for more Easter fun and the opportunity to meet members of the Guide Dogs' Children and Young Peoples team. There will also be an optional information workshop detailing the services Guide Dogs can provide.
Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE8 6LB
We are delighted to invite children with a vision impairment and their families to our special Easter party. We hope the day will be a great day out for the family and includes a visit to the farm and country centre with an opportunity to get up close to some of the animals, have a tractor ride, visit the Watermill and Playbarn. We have a lovely room to use for the day where we’ll have refreshments and lunch for all the family and much more.
Our team who support families in the area will be ready with welcome drinks on arrival. A great opportunity to meet up with other children and their families.
Leamington Spa Guide Dog Training School, Edmondscote Manor, Warwick New Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6AH
The Guide Dogs 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.
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
Eureka, The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE
Explore Eureka! - at a fun-packed day out for kids aged 0-11, and discover six unique zones, each filled with hundreds of interactive exhibits, designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them.
A team of Enablers are on hand throughout the museun to help everyone get the most out of your visit. There are loads of multi-sensory exhibits and information leaflets are also available in large print upon request.
There will also be a dedicated room available throughout the day for refreshments and lunch, where our Guide Dogs team will be based and available to offer advise and support. It will also act as the perfect hub for you to meet up with other children and their families.
Children and young people (over the age of six) together with their families are invited to gain an understanding of what is required to become a guide dog owner in the future.
We will take a look at the positives and negatives of having a guide dog versus using a long cane.
- Experience working with a guide dog on the harness and handle (with staff supervision)
- Learn instructions used to support a guide dog
- Learn about foot positions
- Gain an understanding of how to learn a route with a guide dog
- Experience using standard equipment for working, feeding and grooming a guide dog
There will be two sessions - 9.30am to 12pm for children aged six to 10 and 1pm to 3.30pm for older children aged 11-16. A maximum of six children, with a vision impairment, will be accommodated at each session to ensure comprehensive support for each child.
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 a 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.
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 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.