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.


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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
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

Events

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.

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
  • 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.

    More info
    Booking form

  • Family guide dog experience day, Leamington Spa - Wednesday 8 April 2020

    Leamington Spa Guide Dog Training School, Edmondscote Manor, Warwick New Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6AH

    Get the whole family together and come along to our Leamington Spa training school to experience what it would be like to own a guide dog. From 11am to 3pm, the day includes:

    • Welcome and introductions
    • A tour of the training centre
    • Practical hands-on dog handling
    • Fun activities
    • Question and answer session

    Bring a picnic, drinks will be provided, and chat with Guide Dogs' staff and families on a similar journey to you and your family. To ensure everyone has as much time as possible with the dogs, only eight families will get the chance to book - so don't delay!

    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.

To request a copy of the discounted offer leaflet please contact the Family Events Team at familyevents@guidedogs.org.uk.

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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Do you need help?

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

0800 781 1444