Daytrippers is proud to support inclusive events and days out for disabled children and young people.
We receive brilliant feedback which we value and act upon. Find out what the children, young people, parents and carers think…
It was really lovely to see my son try new things and push the boundaries of his abilities.
We won a magnificent prize feeding Maggie the giraffe! Thank you for such a brilliant gift [that] I will never forget. I can’t stop smiling.
Dear Daytrippers, Thank you for our lovely day at Beamish Museum. We really enjoyed our lesson at the Victorian School. We went down a coal mine, and rode on a tram and a bus, and I loved all of it.
The children were all mesmerized by the tunnel where all the sea life swims around you. It was lovely to do something different and to give the children a proper treat.
The setting (the zoo) was amazing – and the sensory tour allowed the children to engage with animals in an extra special way.
Thank you so much for the possibility of SK attending Hindleap Warren – she was… so delighted to be able to participate. It makes me incredibly happy and hopeful as, as long there are people and organisations like Daytrippers, SK will be able to participate fully in life, despite her condition.
Many of the children would not have been able to attend without the free places [provided by Daytrippers]; it enabled families to enjoy a much needed day out together.
The experience was absolutely fantastic. The staff were brilliant! So very well organised and the staff were so kind and paid so much attention to all the children.
I jumped the queue four times with my pass and I am actually tired for the first time in ages.
The young people were challenged and brought out of their comfort zone. They all achieved a level of success and overcame their fear of heights. The social interaction between the teams were excellent and they all encouraged each other to participate and complete the tasks at hand.
We could never dream of affording a day like this – thank you! Just seeing all my family stress free and happy makes such a difference.
Quite simply, without the Daytrippers grant this trip could not have taken place. Many parents cannot afford to pay donations for trips and the school was unable to cover the costs of the whole trip. Thank you.
All of the students really enjoyed the performance – they loved the music, costumes and snow! Thank you so much for the opportunity!
L had a great time and loved every minute.
What Daytrippers does as an organisation is amazing.
I love new experiences and this was a totally new experience!
Thanks for a great bowling party, the young people LOVED it!
The children and staff all had a wonderful time. Your event hosts were lovely and very helpful, and we would certainly get involved again.
[The] children all varied widely in ability and some barely knew each another. Yet this is the kind of trip that brings children together and allows them to share, challenge one another safely, and socialise.
The children loved responding to the colour and light with head movements, vocalization and tracking.
I was particularly pleased with the readiness of students (and staff!) to engage with dance activities.
The mixture of music and sound was a great experience for a lot of students, who talked about it for days and wanted to go back and have another go.
Some pupils who usually shy away from musical input seemed to really engage with this workshop which was fantastic to observe.
All the children really enjoyed this sensory experience.
My daughter had a fantastic time, she enjoyed the musical workshop a lot and had fun with the other families. Thanks so much for making this day so special for us.
I would have never brought my family here on my own. I was so nervous but I have had such a fabulous day. I cannot thank you enough.
I could not have imagined how much fun and laughter we [would] all have today. My children now have the memories forever.
All members enjoyed this trip as there was something for everyone. Our host was very well informed and took care of our needs.
The children and young people [were] able to take part in an activity which is usually a preserve of the more able.
Seeing my daughters out of their wheelchairs and up in the air. They have never done anything like this before.
Dear Daytrippers, I had an excellent day and really enjoyed all the activities. Thank you so much. A.
Thank you so much for the opportunity of going on the Touch Tour. It was really great. It was really good being able to have an almost 1:1 experience with the keepers, being able to ask questions etc. The touch tour part was great, ‘T’ was able to touch and feel all sorts of textures, and also to be in a relaxed environment with other special needs children meant I didn’t have to explain, or feel under pressure to tell anyone why ‘T’ couldn’t sit still, or concentrate etc.
Thank you so much for letting us fly on the plane.
The highlight was seeing our autistic son being able to participate and do things at his own speed and ability. Fantastic experience for him.
It allowed children to enjoy a fun evening in a secure environment with their friends and family. This was the first time that some of the children had done bowling and they loved it.
Dear Daytrippers, I loved flying in the sky. I want to do it again. It was my best trip. Thank you it was so special. I want to be a pilot.
All the children benefitted greatly from the trip. They all got to experience meeting and feeling different animals which was engaging for them regardless of their abilities.
Dear Daytrippers, I liked seeing the pictures, they were lovely. The whole day made me feel happy.
Thank you. From R.
This trip was essential to everyone as it is the holidays, many parent/carer become apprehensive when taking a child with disabilities out. Many carers were glad to have spent time with their families and to meet other families who are in the same ship.
Thank you for giving us this opportunity. It was a wonderful experience for our group members to come together and take part in this challenge. We would love the opportunity to come back some time in the future.
Thank you again for all your support this year! We have you to thank for giving our students unforgettable experiences!
‘M’ loved the touch tour, thank you so much for including us. He particularly liked touching the giant snail and cockroach, although probably not as much fun for the latter as ‘M’ dropped him! He also loved making the enrichment toy for the Lemurs and then taking them into the enclosure with all the lemurs gathering round. It was the highlight of our day.
The children had a chance to do something that they had never done before – high ropes. It increased their confidence and working as a team with their fellow students.
Thank you once again for an amazing day out for everyone at Tate Britain. So inspiring and fun, we were well looked after as usual and very grateful to you for inviting us.
We all really enjoyed Challenge for Change. I thought ‘E’ was very brave being blind-folded and guided through the tyre pit on the mats. ‘E’ enjoyed all the activities but the best bit for all us was the aeriel climb. I dislike heights so ‘E’ found it very funny watching me up there out of my comfort zone. It was worth the long drive to Manchester.
I had a fantastic time on Saturday, the activities were great fun and well thought out and organised! Opportunities for deaf children to meet other deaf children are very rare so we were so happy for A to meet her friends and other deaf children in a different setting, and learn all about forming characters and storytelling at the same time. Louise was superb, I thought her presentation was just right for the kids, very interesting and it certainly got them all very engaged!
Thank You so much to Daytrippers for funding our children’s trip to the pantomime on Tuesday. Everybody had a fantastic time and it was interesting that children who found it difficult last year, because they had no experience of a pantomime, were this year able to cope and enjoy the event
R is not able to tell me if he enjoyed the trip, but I knew he did by his happy mood the rest of the evening at home. Trips like these make a huge difference to my son’s life as he does not get many opportunities to go on trips. As a lone parent getting respite during school holidays is very difficult but with R out most of the day I was able to do things which I would have otherwise put off. Your service is very important to families like me who have disabled children. Keep up the good work, thank you to Daytrippers for supporting disabled children to lead normal lives.
It’s great. You feel free and you don’t get judged by disability. The environment is for them.
Today’s trip to go bowling, made my brother who is autistic, laugh and smile alot! We are always afraid to take him to these places alone as other families will look at him weird but today’s opportunity was great because we wasn’t worried about anything like that. Thank you very much!
I have never been to the Theatre in London before. It was the most fantastic show and it was a wonderful experience.
I can’t get over D’s expression when he became aware of the giraffe leaning all the way down to reach for the carrots; K and F were equally mesmerized – as were we to be honest!
It was a wonderful day. I thank Daytrippers for making it happen. There is something very special about seeing the students creativity on the big screen. The face painting and photo booth was a great idea.
Thank you for allowing my son C to attend The Challenge 4 Change event in Manchester – What an amazing place! C is timid and naturally inactive, so he certainly was challenged at this venue. It required tremendous effort for C to have a go and try the obstacles but with all the support and encouragement from everyone there, he certainly overcame some fears and learnt to trust. I thought the staff at the centre were superb. They made the activities fun and manageable, and really supported the children there and made them feel that they didn’t have a disability, and that nothing was insurmountable. I can’t thank you enough.
My son who happens to have Down’s syndrome, had a fab time and enjoyed the team spirit of participation by all. He was fearless trying everything!
What an amazing day…. excellent facilities and staff!!! All the children and some adults were gently pushed passed their comfort zones and finished with a massive sense of achievement…. lots of encouragement and a brilliant atmosphere…..we will be returning…. B had a wonderful time!!! Thank you all so much.
Everybody made us welcome and the staff could not have been more encouraging, getting us all to work as a team, helping each other, ensuring everybody was involved. E loved it! It was a truly exhilarating experience. E had the best time ever and proudly took his certificate and trophy into school for Show and Tell.
I did not go myself but I always treasure the invaluable experiences that are available through the CATs organisation for my children. Always striving to expand the horizons of those who are at a disadvantage, offering inclusive opportunities that enhance their daily living. I am utterly grateful to charities like Daytrippers who make this happen for us without them my child would have never experienced the theatre.
I’m having the best day of my life!
Very beneficial as a season experience and a social experience. Children had a fantastic opportunity for learning and enjoyment and their parents were able to share information.
…the day out enabled us to give 55 children with moderate to severe physical learning disabilities memories of a day of fun and laughter they can treasure in their darkest times.
It was heart-warming to see some children who usually have difficulty expressing themselves now fondly murmuring to the animals they stroked.
Children with a life-threatening or terminal illness have spent so much time in hospital or medical isolation, so to be able to spend a day out in a safe and enjoyable environment is just amazing. We cannot thank Daytrippers enough.
This was a perfect opportunity for integration of our children with disabilities in every day life and social events. Especially for children who did not have an opportunity to leave London during summer school break.
A massive thank you to you all for the events that have been organised by yourselves for families like mine. It has made a really big difference to be able to all go out together and there be something that my daughter who is severely learning disabled can enjoy with us.
It was a fabulous show and both children and adults enjoyed it. It was a wonderful opportunity to take the children out and not worry about them getting up during the performance.
Thank you Daytrippers for helping us to achieve our goal of giving our very special group of youngsters experiences that will last a lifetime.
Our group don’t have much verbal communication but they show us so much through their responses and reactions.
The children tried new experiences and were relaxed and excited.
A, who has autism and has a great deal of difficulty relating to others, didn’t upset anybody on the day. This is very unusual, but it shows that taking part in an exciting group activity can help children with severe problems to overcome their social isolation.
Just wanted to say a big thank you from all of us at Lark Hall centre for Autism, everyone had a great time at Colourscape yesterday. We really appreciate you offering this experience again, the children get so much out of it. Please pass on out thanks to the other staff members who helped on the day.
Thanks so much for the brilliant time my daughter had at Chessington, she loved every minute of it. It’s been a great highlight of the summer holidays for her and a real boost to her confidence.
My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the Drayton Manor experience, having time away from us also helps build her confidence and independence.
My daughter is usually so scared of any type of costume or people dressed up but she really liked the bear-Dale! She even shook his hand and spoke to him and had a photo taken with him. This has never happened before, she would have been just too upset even to look at him. She was trying to be so brave, I think, that and the fact that she was made to feel at ease by all the helpers and seeing all the other kids interacting with him. It was definitely a breakthrough for her and us, again thank you. It was lovely to meet you.
It was a great experience to build up their independence. All pupils enjoyed.
…I have never seen O smile and clap so much as he did at the Circus. The time flew by so quickly!
All he talked about when he got home was the birds and he tried to make the same noises!
The trip was very beneficial for all the children that attended the trip as the weather was lovely and the children were able to have a lovely sensory experience by smelling and touching the animals.
It was great fun and a fantastic opportunity for our pupils, many of whom have never experienced a real live theatre performance before. We are very fortunate to have benefited from Daytrippers and please would you convey our thanks and gratitude for such a generous concession to your staff at Daytrippers.
We look for ways to allow families to meet so they can support each other; as many are isolated. The families thought the day was brilliant. It was lovely to see them all relaxing and chatting.
The families were able to have family time, visit somewhere different, chance to meet and mix with other families in similar situations. Without this trip the families would not have had any of these experiences.
One point that I particularly enjoyed was during the lunch break when I was having a kick about with my child when a boy from another team asked if he could join in. Soon there were approximately 30 children from different teams all playing together (allowing me to gracefully beat a retreat). It showed the power of sport to unify.
Thanks to you and your team that has made this possible please please please invite us again as the boys are already asking about when the next one is.
We haven’t been to a beach in 12 years. It’s the first time my youngest has ever seen the sea.
A little boy who is easily overwhelmed was able to lie in the red dome, really relax & chill; seemed to be in sheer bliss. It was a rare time for him.
One mum brought her boy who is scared of everything and we worked together to get him inside and he eventually experienced it with the other children providing a normal moment for her.
One boy really didn’t want to go and ended up as ‘Best Camper’ – parents were delighted.
The pupils benefit from this trip because it broadens horizons. Many pupils have never been beyond Wirral boundaries.
The children I work with who attended the trip really got a lot out of it and really enjoyed themselves. I think it was nice for them to spend that time with their parents doing something exciting – and quite scary!
It was great to get out as a family to do something that I didn’t think was possible.
A was a bit anxious to start with and the music was a bit loud for him so he kept away for a bit. However soon he started getting comfortable with the setting and had the best time. He couldn’t stop bowling and he absolutely loved it.
It’s so lovely to be part of a group where all special needs children and families can feel so comfortable and relaxed together.
B just wanted to see and photograph everything! She couldn’t believe she was really there.
I had a good time. I walked all the way around and I am proud I did that. I was a good boy!
Children went that wouldn’t have been able to go with their families. Going with their friends was very beneficial and they achieved more because of it.
He was fully engaged in the theatre, constantly moving his head around to see the differing lights on the ceiling. He can understand what is being said by people and listens carefully to others. Based on this day, I will say that he does not fear or dislike loud sounds.
It was lovely to see my girls with permanent smiles on their faces and belly laughing at the jokes. I think my daughter summed it up when she said ‘that was great Mum, the best show ever!
Being a parent of two children with special needs, things can get very expensive and it is important for the funders to know how supported we feel to be able to experience these activities that others without disabled children might take for granted.
I just wanted to write on behalf of all the children and staff who went to see the show yesterday, to say what a really, really fantastic day we all had!! The show was brilliant and engaged/entertained throughout. Thank you again for making this possible for us here at Woodfield, we really do appreciate it.
Thank you very much for yesterday at London Zoo my children had a great day and were treated really special by all the staff.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you again – the London Zoo day was absolutely amazing and all of our families thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
I just wanted to write and say thank you so much for laying on such an amazing event. J had a great day and really enjoyed it and it was a very nice change for us parents to be watching football in the warm instead of shivering on the side of the pitch! Everyone I spoke to thought it was an amazing event and enjoyed the whole day.
Parents and carers giving our children a wonderful day and we were not made to feel not the ‘normal’. It was a fabulous day!
W took lots of photos of the animals, particularly the monkeys and lemurs. I have never seen him so excited by the colourful birds and the fish. He even recognized the reptile house as featured in one of the Harry Potter films.
It was also great to be among so many families with special children, nice to not be ‘different’ for a change.
It was so lovely to go to the zoo and to be with other families like us with other children like my son.
It was a very nice day at London Zoo. It was like being on “our world”… everyone understanding what was going on when your child was “flapping” around, making noises or whatever the “normal” society think it is odd…
Thank you to everyone at Daytrippers for organising this event as we would have found this outing financially impossible without you.
There aren’t many places where you can go that are big open safe spaces to walk around in, with wonderful animals, other families unphased by your child’s bizarre behaviour and staff who just take it in their stride – brilliant!
I have nothing but praise for you and your army of helpers who made it such a great day. If there was more people like yourself in the disability football world I am sure that disability football would get a lot more recognition than what it presently gets.
We really appreciate these events and they do wonders for the kids development not just on football terms but also socially.
At first my tummy was bad and then I was brave and I loved it. I saw the football pitch. I had a smooth landing.
I enjoyed flying and having a meal. P.S. Next time I want to land on the roof.
Thank you … I was very happy when my photo was taken because I had flown for my first time in a little plane.
The young people were fully engaged by the musicians throughout the hour set. The team of workers were also relaxed by the journey that the musicians took us on – what fun! Many thanks for the opportunity.
After discussing the experience with pupils and staff, it was felt that the music workshops were excellent and our pupils really engaged in them.
We really enjoyed the day. It was an eye opener for my son to see so many children with different disabilities all under the same roof.
I am just emailing to give a feedback on the bowling party and would like to thank you so much for making us a have a such a lovely day. I mean B never used to enjoy bowling before but since that day he keeps saying he wants to go back.
It was a great start to half term, especially as we have no spare money for outings. It made a day out possible for us and R is still talking about it.
It was absolutely amazing! The pupils were overwhelmed and I have never seen them so excited! Everyone was so helpful – very accommodating which made the experience even better.
Many thanks for the work that Daytrippers put into the London Zoo day. The children had a fantastic time and it was nice to be part of a community that is supportive and understanding when your children behave oddly!
Thank you so much for yesterday at London Zoo. D had “the best time of my life” he said, and so did his Dad. It was a wonderful day out. Thank you so much.
He really came out of his shell and I saw him do things I thought he was not capable of (bit teary eyed now) so a heartfelt thanks to you and the team at Daytrippers.
The kids coped so well with the day, with not one ‘meltdown’!! The parents enjoyed getting together and sharing experiences and this is something I now want to do more of. So lots of trips out with pupils and parents!! The event was so well organized and everyone enjoyed it. M (or should I say George Clooney) was so happy to win Best Dressed Boy. It has given him and his family such a boost.
We were really excited and we had a great time. We couldn’t stop laughing it was really funny, it was better than going to the cinema or watching TV at home. Can we please go again?
I haven’t been here before… it’s beautiful; I laughed too much I’m going to tell my Mum when I get home.
The children and families found the day very useful with everyone having a wonderful interactive day. Having a coach meant that lots of children could join us whom would not normally be able to attend.