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.
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, Stirling FK9 4UR
Join us at a top family attraction and home to over 350 rare and exotic animals. Meet Scotland's only giraffes, experience the monkey drive-thru, immerse yourself in the sea lion and bird of prey presentations, take a boat trip to Chimp Island and explore the giant adventure play area.
Our team will be based in a large marquee in the grounds, serving welcome drinks on arrival and lunch for all our families. The marquee will also house sensory activities and be a great location to meet up other children with a visual impairment, and their families.
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
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.
Thomley Activity Centre, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall, Buckinghamshire HP18 9JZ
Join us at Thomley Activity Centre where we will have exclusive access to all the different tactile and fun activities going on throughout the day including:
- play rooms
- soft play area
- art rooms
- imagination room
- music room
Bring a picnic to enjoy at lunchtime and take this great opportunity to spend the day with other children and their families, as well as representatives from our children and young people’s services team.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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 email@example.com 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.