Family events

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.

Young girl sitting on the floor with a guide dog

 

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.

More info
Booking form

A family sitting with Father Christmas at a Guide Dogs CYP family event

 

Plymouth Ski Centre, Alpine Park, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8LW

Join us for a day full of festive fun where children with a visual impairment can take part in activities, such as:

  • tubing - sliding down the slopes on large inflatable rings that can be spun and linked together
  • viper drop - an exhilarating tube slide twisting through the trees from the snake's head to its tail
  • musical workshop - provided by Plymouth Music Zone
  • colouring and crafts
  • face painting

More info
Booking form

A man wearing a Santa hat with a woman and baby surrounded by Christmas decorations

 

The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ

We are delighted to invite children with a vision impairment and their families to a festive day out at the museum, with tactile and audio described activities, a fish and chip lunch with dessert, a visit from Father Christmas and much more.

Our team will be based for the day in a large hospitality room, with welcome drinks on arrival, providing a great opportunity to ask questions and meet up with other children and their families.

More info
Booking form

Merlin Entertainment

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.

Logos of attractions, to include Thorpe Park, Sea Life Centres and LegolandTo request a copy of the discounted offer leaflet please contact the Family Events Team at familyevents@guidedogs.org.uk 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.

Do you need help?

Please get in touch if you'd like some advice, or to chat about how we can help you.

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