Recreational activities

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:

We had a really enjoyable day with lots to do and lots of professionals on hand for support and information – thank you.

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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 calendar of events below, which is 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 Recreation Team who will then make contact with you to confirm places.

A family enjoying a ride at Gulliver's World

 

Gulliver's Theme Park in Warrington, Cheshire WA5 9YZ

Guide Dogs' children and young people's services would like to invite children with a vision impairment and their immediate families to a Summer Party at Gulliver's Theme Park, with attractions such as Gully Town, Wonderland, Western World, Smuggler's Wharf, Discovery World, Safari World and many more.

Staff from the children's services team will be there to greet families on arrival and in the afternoon in the Starlight Theatre for tea/coffee/juice, cakes and fun, giving you the opportunity to meet other families and chat with representatives from our children and young people's team.

Bring a picnic to eat at your leisure and we will also have a gift for all the children!

More info
Booking form

Father and son at a family day

 

Thomley Activity Centre, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall, Bucks HP18 9JZ

We will have exclusive use of Thomley Activity Centre for our families, with lots of different tactile and fun activities going on throughout the day, including play rooms, soft play area, art rooms, imagination room, music room and lots of outdoor activities.

Bring a picnic to enjoy at lunchtime and join us for a great opportunity to spend the day with other children and their families, together with representatives from our children and young people’s services team.

More info
Booking form

Outdoor fun at the family weekend

 

Cliffden Hotel, Dawlish Road, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8TE

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 Guide Dogs’ children and young people team. You will be able to meet the team who will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide information and discuss and issues of concern to your family.

The weekend is also an opportunity to meet other parents and exchange information as well as allowing everyone to partake in family fun and games. There will be workshops for parents as well as evening entertainment suitable for the whole family.

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 Recreation Team at recreation@guidedogs.org.ukand 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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