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The Big Day Out

Photo: A return to meeting in person

An in-person event for deaf young people aged 8 to 14 and their families

Would you and your family like to have a fun day out, and meet other deaf young people and their families? If so, this event is for you!

We are delighted to welcome you back to meet us in person, alongside our team of experts, volunteers and other families.

Join us for one of our Big Day Out events, held throughout the UK for young deaf people aged 8 to 14 and their families. The events are free to attend but booking is essential.

What to expect at a Big Day Out event

On arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly team. We’ll say hello, sign you in and be on hand to answer any questions. You’ll receive a copy of your personalised itinerary for the day.

During the event, there will be lots of fun activities for you and your family. These vary by venue but may include:

  • Swimming
  • Science and Discovery
  • Rock Climbing
  • Crafts

There will also be time for you and your family to relax and socialise informally with other families. We invite all families to have lunch together.

We will also have a National Deaf Children’s Society information stall. We invite you to drop by to chat to us, and pick up information leaflets relevant to you. You can also book a session in advance with one of our Advice and Guidance Officers for bespoke advice and support.

Upcoming events

If you don’t see an event near you, you can request a Big Day Out by clicking here.

Big Day Out England

This is an in-person event in Hemel Hempstead, for deaf young people aged 8 to 14 and their families

  • Monday 22 August 
  • The Snow Centre, St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9NH
  • Morning session 10am to 3pm (lunch provided 1.30pm to 3pm)
  • Afternoon session 1pm to 6pm (lunch provided 1.30pm-3pm).

Available activities:

  • Skiing
  • Ringo (inflatables)

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2022.

More information: our hosts 

Amy New, Young People's Programme Officer

Amy has been working with young people for over 10 years and has been at the National Deaf Children’s Society for 2 years. Amy delivers events and services for deaf young people age 8-14. She is passionate about providing opportunities for deaf young people to connect, learn and try new things.

Arran Masterman, Young People's Programme Officer

Arran is a profoundly deaf BSL user who also has a cochlear implant. He has been at the National Deaf Children’s Society for over four years, and has volunteered at many of our events.

Arran feels passionate about ensuring deaf young people can have a bright future, and is delighted to be working with them and their families. 

Communication support

Speak, sign or both - we have it covered!

We will have a team of friendly Interpreters and Communication Support Volunteers on hand throughout the day.

We are committed to making these events fully inclusive. If you have any other communication support needs, please let us know. We will be happy to work with you to meet your individual needs.

FAQs

There isn’t a Big Day Out near me. Can you help?

Yes. You can request a Big Day Out in your area by clicking here. We are also happy to support families to travel to attend. Please get in touch to discuss.

Do I need to pay to attend a Big Day Out?

No. The Big Day Out is paid for by the National Deaf Children’s Society, with thanks to our donors. There is no cost to you. Lunch and all activities are included. If possible, we ask you to cover the cost of travel to and from the venue. If this is problematic, just let us know. As a charity, primarily funded by public donations, we do ask you to let us know if you are no longer able to attend, so someone else can benefit from your place.

Can my whole family attend this event?

Our Big Day Out event is for deaf young people aged eight to fourteen with their family. We welcome parents, carers and siblings*. Where possible, we accommodate requests for grandparents and other extended family to attend, but this isn’t always possible. Please let us know if you wish extended family to attend, at the time of booking.

My deaf child doesn’t want to attend but I’d really love to come along to meet other parents/carers. Is this OK?

Unfortunately no. These events are designed for deaf young people with their family members. If there is anything we can do to help your deaf child feel more comfortable attending, please let us know. Otherwise, you might like to look at our Online Community or Local Groups to help you connect with other parents/carers.

How many other people will be at the Big Day Out?

Our Big Day Out events vary in size. We always aim to have a minimum of 12 deaf young people present, with their families, so there are lots of other people for you to get to know.

If I apply, will my family be guaranteed a place?

Our events can be over-subscribed. If this happens, we will add your family to a waiting list and will get in touch if a place becomes available.

*Please note, some activities may not be suitable for very young siblings. If you have a child under the age of four, please contact us to discuss.

Will there be safety measures in place to protect against COVID?

Please be assured that we will be taking every precaution to ensure your safety at this event. We will have COVID protocols in place for everyone’s protection.