Summer holidays week two and three: woodland adventures, beach fun, and musical memories

Two children sit in rubber tyres (snow tubes) pushed by an adult on an artificial snow slide
Two young holidaymakers have a snow tubing adventure at Macaroni Wood

Children who are deafblind, and those with complex disabilities, are having an incredible summer with our Sense Holidays programme so far.

Over the last two weeks, holidays have been happening at Macaroni Wood, Hall Farm, Conygre Farm, Broadstairs Music Festival, Coldwell Activity Centre and Barnstondale.

Climbing, swimming and more in Macaroni Wood

Macaroni Wood, one of our most loved venues in the Gloucestershire countryside, was filled with the boundless energy of six young holidaymakers.

The trampoline received quite the workout! Throughout the week the group went climbing and swimming, visited the fire station (where they got to dress up as fire fighters), and enjoyed massage and music therapy.

But one of the biggest hits of the week was definitely the visit to the ski centre to go snow tubing, which all the holidaymakers seemed to really enjoy.

Kite flying and ice skating at Barnstondale

Over at Barnstondale, our holidaymakers enjoyed swimming, sensory rooms, tractor rides, kite-flying and ice skating – and of course they couldn’t spend the week near Liverpool without taking a Ferry ‘cross the Mersey!

Boy holds kite on beach
A holidaymaker flies a kite on the beach at Barnstondale

The week certainly made a lasting impression on Cameron, one of our volunteers. He told us the biggest impact the holiday had on him was the connection he had with his holidaymaker and that he’ll definitely be volunteering again on a future holiday.

Carer and boy in wheelchair
Cameron and his holidaymaker

Rocking out at Broadstairs Folk Music Festival

Five adult holidaymakers had a fantastic time last week at Broadstairs Folk Music Festival. The sun shone, the bands played, and the holidaymakers made some incredible memories.

Our troop of holidaymakers, leader and volunteers spent time watching bands and dancing late into the night, before emerging from their tents the next morning for chips on the beach, salon visits for some pampering and shopping sprees in the local charity shops. Two holidaymakers even got to experience swimming in the sea for the first time!

Two women dancing in tent to people drumming
Holidaymakers and volunteers dancing away at the Broadstairs Folk Music Festival

These breaks are part of the Sense summer holidays programme, where children, young adults, and adults with dual sensory loss and additional complex needs, can have fun, make friends and be active.

Next week, holidays are happening at Macaroni Wood, Conygre Farm and Rosliston Forresty Centre

Sian Stamper

Author: Sian Stamper

Holidays coordinator at Sense

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