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Another Successful Downs Syndrome Taster Weekend at Kielder

Ready to Head out on Kielder Water

Last weekend we welcomed over 20 guests to Kielder, for the second of our new Downs Syndrome Taster weekends.

Children and adults with Downs Syndrome along with their family, friends and carers spent the weekend taking part in a range of activities including Laser Clays, Motor Boat, Archery and Zip Wire.

Kielder Water Birds of PreyOn the Friday evening guests enjoyed a quiz and few drinks in the bar after a delicious evening meal prepared by our Catering Team.  Saturday morning everyone was up bright and early for breakfast and spent their morning on Kielder Water or at the Archery range.  The afternoon followed with more activities plus a special visit from Ray from Kielder Birds of Prey Centre with Willow and Rambo the Owls and Rose the Kestrel.  Some guests even enjoyed a relaxing aromatherapy treatment in our sensory room by Simon from Naturel Therapies.

After dinner there was time for guests to wind down with a soak in the hydrotherapy pool and relaxation in the sensory room, followed by some singing on the karaoke.

Ready to ClimbAfter more activities and lunch on the Sunday morning it was time to go home.  Everyone had an amazing time and made new friendships during the weekend and are looking forward to their next visit to Kielder.

Guest comments:

“Our first visit was some 15 years ago.  Because of our daughters limited skills there were restrictions as to what she could attempt.  However this visit was different.  We both tried everything; the zip wire was the best activity.”

“The weekend proved that some people can achieve more than they believe they can.”

“We made new friends and pushed ourselves to the limit.”

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For further information on future special events please contact a member of our Business Development Team for details on 01434 250232.




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our Fundraising Team:


Fundraising Team

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

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Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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