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.
Children’s Christmas party and Winter Wonderland, Tamworth - Saturday 23 November 2019 - FULLY BOOKED
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 - FULLY BOOKED
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!
Dick Whittington, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Sunday 5 January 2020
The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Staring Ryan Thomas (from Coronation Street and Neighbours), Su Pollard (from Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M'Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!) and Jeffrey Holland (from Hi-de-Hi!).
This panto season, at a special audio described performance, join Dick Whittington on the ultimate rags to riches adventure as he outwits Queen Rat and takes his rightful place as Lord Mayor of London. The Grand’s sensational Christmas show features all the ingredients for a magical pantomime – side-splitting comedy, live music and a lot of audience participation!
Prior to the panto, meet at 11.30am for an exclusive touch tour where everyone will be able to go back-stage and meet some of the actors in their costumes and familiarise themselves with a selection of the props and sets. Bring along a picnic and then take your seats in the centre stalls for a 2pm showing of the main event.
Priority will be given to families who aren't attending the Guide Dogs Christmas parties, to ensure as many families as possible enjoy this festive time of year. Children with a vision impairment plus one parent/guardian go free and immediate family members are £7.50 each.
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.
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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