DPDC Camping 2018 – Book your places!

27th July to 30th July 2018
Where: Woodside Country Park, Falcon Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2JN (See below for their website)
Price: Download 2018 Price List

They have a lake for wild swimming! Bring your swimming stuff and inflation! Just hope the SUN will come out for us! Brilliant place for cycling and walking! Campfire is allow but need to hire their fire pit! Bring Marshmallows!

Welcomes – Tent, Campervan, Motorhome and Caravan and we will be together in circle! Also they have Pods or bunkhouse, if you want to stay at their pods or bunkhouse, please contact them directly.

Join us? YES! Book now or be disappointed! – Deadline – 28th Feb 2018

(They have not reserved any pitch so better to book now.)

Please follow the instruction to book your family and the campsite have agreed that they will put us together but you need to follow everything to get this right!

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DPDC Camping 2017 @ Wowo Campsite – Report!

This year’s camping took place at the at the beautiful and deaf-friendly, families only WOWO Campsite in Uckfield, East Sussex. There were a record 26 kids in total.

It’s a campsite entirely built around creating a special experience for families. DPDC had its own pitch reserved, with all tents circled around a big firepit, meaning we had our own private BSL space.

On Friday all the families set up their tents while the kids explored the wonderful campsite, which has its own woods, a pretty brook running through it and loads of opportunities for climbing, rope swinging and running around making for plenty of imaginary play! The roaring campfires every evening were a big treat for kids and parents alike.

On Saturday morning all the kids got together to celebrate a birthday and enjoyed ‘Sports Day’ themed games. After lunch, all the kids were enrolled in a 4-hour bushcraft workshop, where through a BSL interpreter they learnt survival skills such as how to find food, how to build a shelter, make a fire and find their way home! This was all made possible by a kind grant from the British Deaf Association. Thank you, BDA!

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Weekly Deaf Tennis Sessions for all Deaf kids at Gosling Sports Park

The weekly Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Sessions for all Deaf kids have been running for a few years now!  

The sessions are every Saturday from 11.00-12.00 (in term time) for all deaf kids aged 3-14 on court number 6 (indoors!) – £3.50 per child.

No need to book – just turn up! Go straight to reception and pay the £3.50 fee. 

All kids are put into groups according to age and ability. Please ensure kids are changed in comfortable clothes and sports trainers ready to start at 11 am.

These sessions were kick-started by Deaf Parents Deaf Children, in partnership with the British Deaf Tennis Association (BDTA), and the Gosling Tennis Centre.  The Gosling Tennis Centre now run these sessions. If you want more information please get in touch with Devon Moore, who runs the sessions at D.Mooretennis@hotmail.co.uk.

Address: Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6XE
Venue website: http://www.goslingsports.co.uk/

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Another DPDC fun day out at Bowood House!

On Saturday 8th of July Deaf Parents Deaf Children returned to Bowood for the fifth time, and what a fantastic day it was! Hidden in the rolling hills of Wiltshire, the Bowood estate boasts one of the best adventure playgrounds in the country. A life-size pirate ship complete with rigging and a crows nest as well as a ‘space dive’ which featured giant slides aptly called the ‘slide of death’, chutes, trampolines, and high-level rope walks. The kids were let loose while the parents caught up on the latest news and got acquainted with new friends.

After lunch, we all went for a lovely walk by the glorious lake to the old temple and visited the caves, which were quite spooky – needless to say the kids loved walking into pitch darkness! We all came out to a view of the beautiful waterfall.

It was a lovely day to see the children making new friends and playing with each other so effortlessly, and for the parents to get together and chat knowing that they had so many things in common to talk about.

Thank you to all the families who came along, especially those who came from afar.  Next years event will take place on Saturday 7th July 2018.  Join the facebook event page and let us know if you’re coming!

Photo belongs to DPDC please do not copy or use without our permission. 

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DPDC Bowood – Saturday 8th July 2017

Five more days until the annual DPDC fun day out at Bowood House! We’re so excited to see you all again and meet some new and old faces.

To make the most of the day we have an agenda which will ensure everyone gets a chance to meet everyone and allow kids plenty of opportunities to play and make new friends!

11am – Gate opens!

Come and find out DPDC space at the back of the adventure playground. Look for our DPDC banner! Bring packed lunches and blankets.

11am –  Free play at the adventure playground!

12pm – DPDC introductions

This is your chance to introduce your family to everyone and learn about everyone at the event. In your introduction we’d like you to introduce your family to the group, tell everyone what’s on your mind right now (this could be schools, statements, interpreter support, CI’s, hearing aids etc!). This is so people can introduce themselves to you if they feel they have information to share or if they are in the same boat and are looking for support.

1pm – 2.30pm – Picnic lunch (Bring your own!)

3pm – Walk to Bowood House for group fun and games

We will all walk to Bowood House for some group fun and games next to the beautiful lake. If you have bags, picnic chairs etc, we recommend that you return them to the car before the walk starts at 3pm.

4-5pm – Waterfall and cave stroll

This is a big favourite, as a group we will explore part of the grounds, who will be brave enough this year to walk through the pitch black caves?

6pm – Gate closes!

Weather: So far it’s looking dry!

This is an event for deaf parents with deaf children. If there one parent that is hearing – they are very welcome! Hearing brothers and sisters are also very welcome!

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DPDC Camping @ Wowo Campsite, Sussex -25th – 28th August 2017


We’re excited to announce that DPDC Camping will take place this year at the beautiful and deaf-friendly Wowo campsite from 25th – 28th August.  Wowo was voted the No. 2 site in the UK by CoolCamping for kids!

We have booked a space for 10 families. If we need more space, we can ask – though don’t leave it too late as spaces go fast.  To book your place, send an email to me at dpdccamping@gmail.com, I will then advise you on how to make your payment as this is done directly with Wowo.

£12.50 per adult per night
£6 per child (4-16) per night
£5 per car, per night
£4.50 per dog, one off charge

This is an event for deaf parents with deaf children. If there’s one parent that is hearing – they are very welcome! Hearing brothers and sisters are also very welcome! Please get in touch if you aren’t sure. Thanks!  If you have any questions, please email dpdccamping@gmail.com

Priority goes to DPDC Members. Deadline to book places June 16th. Want to be a member?  Here’s how.

From the Wowo Campsite website
We specialise in the things that we think are essential to great camping here at Wowo:

  1. Campfires– We think camping just isn’t the same without a crackling campfire to sit around when it grows dark, cook your dinner on and keep you warm.
  2. We are a family campsite – children and dog friendly, accommodating families to camp together in groups.
  3. We have a varied selection of Yurts and Shepherds Huts for those campers looking for added luxury whilst retaining the rustic style of the outdoors.
  4. We believe the great outdoors to be healing and educational.  We host a huge range of Workshopsto nurture and support this belief, as well as making your stay extra fun for all ages.

Wowo Campsite Address:
Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sheffield Park, Uckfield TN22 3QT
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WowoCampsite
Website: http://www.wowo.co.uk/


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DPDC Camping 2016 – Report and photos!

The Ashbourne Heights Country Park in Derbyshire again hosted a Deaf Parents Deaf Children Camping event over the August bank holiday weekend.  All the kids had an amazing time cycling, swimming, playing games, going on walks and making new friends!  The kids loved the fact that they could sign to anyone in the big group and had a range of adults and kids to socialise and play with!

Photos belong to Deaf Parents Deaf Children – Do not use without our permission.

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Exciting new Deaf children’s TV series: Are YOU Up For It?

Are you young, Deaf, talented? Are you Up For It? Join the crew!

Up For It? is the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust’s new children’s series aimed at primary aged children, although people of all ages will want to see the showcase of child Deaf talent in the first series of 10×14 minute programmes.

The series was made for the BSLBT by Flashing Lights Media. It features three young new Deaf BSL using presenters; Nadeem Islam, Mia Ward and Rosie Benn and their dog, Twiks.

In each episode, we meet a mystery hot seat guest – a talented deaf child aged 6-15 – and the presenters have to guess what their special skill or hobby is. When all is revealed, the young guest chooses one of the presenters to go with them to learn about their hobby and do a challenge related to it… often pushing the presenters to their limits!

The BSLBT is keeping the skills and talents of the young hot seat guests very secret so that viewers can have fun guessing each week.

Kerena Marchant, BSLBT’s Head of Content, said: “It has always been my strong view, as a maker of children’s programmes and a commissioner, that children themselves should be at the heart of children’s programmes. Children want to see

themselves or their peers on the screen! Up For It? certainly delivers that – it is a showcase for Deaf children and young Deaf talent.”This groundbreaking series is so strong that it has already been nominated for Deaffest 2017 awards, including Best Programme.

Up For It? was commissioned by BSLBT and produced by Flashing Lights Media: TRANSMISSION SCHEDULE: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/about/tv-programme-schedule

Up For It? will be broadcast for 5 weeks, with 2×14 minute programmes broadcast back to back each week. Starting on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm on the

Community Channel, weekly transmission times are as follows

– Thursdays at 7.30pm on the Community Channel (Freeview HD 63, Sky 539,Virgin 269, Freesat 651)
– Saturdays at 7.30am on the Community Channel (Sky 539, Virgin 269, Freesat 651)
– Mondays at 8am on Film4 (Freeview 15, Sky 315, Virgin 428, Freesat 300)
– Tuesdays at 2pm on the Community Channel (Freeview HD 63, Sky 539, Virgin 269, Freesat 651)

Each pair of programmes will also be available to watch at any time on the BSL Zone website, http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/, straight after their initial broadcast. Viewers will also find plenty of extra activities, sneak peeks ‘behind the scenes’ and resources at http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/.

You can find a promotional video (in BSL with English subtitles) here: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/latest/are-you-ready-for-up-for-it/

For more information about Up For It?, contact:
Kerena Marchant, BSLBT’s Head of Content, at kerena.marchant@bslbt.co.uk (production related enquiries)
Jen Dodds, BSLBT’s Digital Editor, at webeditor@bslbt.co.uk (general enquiries)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BSLZone/
Twitter stream: https://twitter.com/BSLZone

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