Summer holidays week four: skating, music therapy and sailing

A man and woman on board a sail boat
Ready to set sail near Conygre Farm

An incredible series of Sense summer holidays, for children and young adults who are deafblind, continued for its fourth week with sailing, trips to the farm, music therapy and more.


Macaroni Wood

Our Macaroni Wood based holidays continued last week, and our five holidaymakers certainly made the most of what Gloucestershire has to offer.

It was the first Sense holiday for many of the young people who, after settling into the cottage, visited the pigs and chickens who live nearby, and collected some eggs for breakfast.

Over the week, activities included ice skating, a pub meal, swimming in the hydrotherapy pool, an African drumming session, and time spent in the on-site sensory room.

Getting to ride on a steam train and meeting the train drivers produced lots of smiles and giggles from the young people!

A young man and boy playing a drum together
A volunteer and holidaymaker taking part in a sensory music session

Conygre Farm

At our Conygre Farm holiday, three children enjoyed a day out on the water where they were able to experience both sailboats and motorboats – one definitely went a lot faster than the other!

The week was also full of trips to the park, soft-play. and the farm, as well as making the most of the on-site pool with plenty of swimming and splashing.

A girl lying on the floor with red lights
A holidaymaker enjoying the sensory room at Conygre Farm

Sycamore Lodge

During a week in Derbyshire that was full of baking, trips to the library, the sensory room, and countryside walks -the visit to the farm was one of the biggest hits. From feeling the vibrations, when riding the tractor, to stroking a rabbit and getting a whiff of the smelly pigs!

The group even enjoyed a sign-a-long to ‘Old Macdonald had a farm,’ before popping to the supermarket for supplies, firing up the BBQ and eating lots of burgers.


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.

In the fifth and final week, holidays are happening at Macaroni Wood, Ribby Hall and Standon Bowers.

Sian Stamper

Author: Sian Stamper

Holidays coordinator at Sense

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