Summer holidays week one: a grand adventure on the canal

Three women and a man on board canal boat
The holidaymakers get ready to set off on their grand adventure

Our five week summer holidays programme for adults and children who are deafblind got off to a great start last week with an accessible boat trip on the Grand Union Canal.

The three holidaymakers were joined by Sense volunteers on a fully accessible canal boat and after finding their ‘sea legs’ enjoyed a week full of fun and friendship.

Starting in Hemel Hempstead, the holidaymakers steered the canal boat through central London and regularly hopped off board to enjoy some of the sights along the way – including swimming in Kings Cross Pond, canoeing along the canal and picnics in the park.

The boat also stopped in Camden, where the holidaymakers dived into some of its famously alternative shops –  and after grabbing some UV hair spray and brightly coloured clothes, the party continued on the boat with a Camden style makeover session.

Young man and woman on canal boat
A camden-style makeover party with UV hair-spray from an alternative shop

The holidaymakers also taught the boat’s crew some British Sign Language (BSL), leaving a lasting impression on one of our holiday volunteers who now can’t wait to enrol in a BSL course.

After a fab week, the holiday ended with fond farewells and amazing memories of new friends and experiences.

An artist sketch of two men and 5 women
A Camden street artist’s caricatures of Sense holidaymakers and volunteers

This break is just one of several Sense summer holidays happening over the next five weeks, 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 for children and young adults will be happening in Barnstondale and Macaroni Wood.

Sian Stamper

Author: Sian Stamper

Holidays coordinator at Sense

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