Having Fun

Having Fun

Activities and Family Breaks

We are organising activity trips throughout the year so please get in contact if you would be interested in participating. Please contact Catherine Lewis on 01803 613117 or email catherine.lewis@alstrom.org.uk or contact Kerry Leeson-Beevers on 01709 210151 or email kerry.leeson@alstrom.org.uk

We have provided lots of family activities throughout 2016 including activity trips, residentials and even driving experiences!

We have also provided ‘Foodie Friends’ clubs to encourage children and young people to explore healthy food.

Sailing Fun in 2015


To coincide with the ASUK Conference in Torquay we arranged another family week of fun in Torquay, Devon. A HUGE THANK YOU to Brunel Manor who provided the complimentary accommodation for families attending.

Families had a great time exploring South Devon including fun filled days at the beaches, cultural explorations and days out at many of the tourist attractions including Bygones in Babbacombe, Torquay which was a trip back in time including a life size Victorian Street (pictured above). Thank you to Bygones who enabled families to visit and explore their wonderful attraction for free.

Torbay Family Fun Week

ASUK organised a family week in Torquay from the 18th – 25th August 2013 which incorporated 15 adults and 15 children.

Families had a fabulous time in Torquay being involved in lots of fun activities and benefiting from sharing each other’s experiences.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Torbay Holiday Helpers Network who provided each family with an activity pack which included a free pass into many fun attractions. Also a HUGE thank you to Brunel Manor who organised complimentary accommodation for all families, without this support the family week wouldn’t have been able to take place. Also Dawlish Rotary club provided ASUK with a grant to make sure all families had a wonderful time in Torquay, so thank you to everyone who made the family week truly special – we are hoping we can do this again next year!

Chessington World of Fun

On the 27th August 2013 many families enjoyed a fun-filled trip to Chessington World of Adventures. Thank you to Merlins Magic Wand who enabled families to gain access to the park free of charge.


Maariyah’s Special Wish – Came True!

Maariyah’s wish of being a Princess for the day was granted by ‘Rays of Sunshine’ at Dudley Zoological Gardens on the 23rd August 2013. Maariyah was dressed as a beautiful Princess and had a personal tour around the castle accompanied by her own personal guard. She was given a bag full of goodies on behalf of the zoo and was treated with the utmost priority, just like a Princess.

She had a close encounter with the amazing animals at the zoo and enjoyed the personal experience of touching the birds. Maariyah’s joy was visible to see through her beaming smile which lasted all day. Maariyah’s family were pleased to see Maariyah having a fantastic time as she has recently spent lots of time in Hospital. Maariyah was crowned queen and a scroll was honoured to her on behalf of the castle. The best part of the day was the arrival of the horse and carriage to take Maariyah home .A perfect ending for a truly special princess day.

Family Fun at the Calvert Trust

On the 25th – 28th October 2013 youngsters and adults who
e affected by Alström Syndrome had a fun-filled artime at the Calvert Trust in the Lake District. They took part in many outdoor adventure activities and had a great time doing Gladiator challenges in the swimming pool. We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Bradford Short Breaks who funded this trip.



Maariyah, Kion and their families have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party at Drayton Manor, thanks to the National Blind Children’s Society.

“It really was a great day and all of the children really enjoyed themselves. NBCS staff were on hand to offer support and discuss the services they provide. We had time to enjoy the rides and Ayisha and Cole even got me and Javed on the roller coaster which was great fun! We had a very nice lunch and even a visit from Santa with lovely gifts for every child and the day ended with a firework display. This was also a good opportunity to meet other families who have children with a visual impairment.” Kerry Leeson-Beevers



In 2012, we organised many outings and breaks for families including Birmingham Sea Life Centre, Bocketts Farm in Surrey, Calvert Trust, Butlins, Torbay Family Week, Think Tank, Duxford Christmas party at the Imperial War Museum and many more fun trips. Please have a look at these fab photos!

Centre Parcs Adventure

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Close Encounters Children’s Outing!

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Media Reviewed: March 2017
Next Review: March 2019