Connect: Events

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Find an RNIB Connect community event in your area.

May 2019


Blind and partially sighted football 

Date: Every Thursday, 6-7pm until 18 July 2019

Location: Indoor 3G Pitch at Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8QQ 

Cost: £3 per week

Transport: There is a 5:30pm meet at Brixton Tube Station for those that require it.

You can book sessions in bulk on the Fulham Soccer Schools website. Alternatively, please email [email protected] for more information or call 02083367547 to book.

These sessions welcome anyone from the age of five to adults.

A night with John Chapman

Date: Tuesday 21 May, 7pm

Location: Bedford Tavern, 160 Seven Sisters Road, Islington, N7 7PT

Travel: Nearest station is Finsbury Park

A night with John Chapman.  John is our newest Connect member and looking for fellow band members so come on down!

Pub grub available and craft beers include Elbow Crocker and Moon Cursor. Burgers and small bites served.  Come and socialise with Connect London.

For more info mail [email protected].

Audio Described Tour of Smoke & Mirrors

Date: Thursday 23 May, 6pm - 7pm

Location: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Join Visitor Experience Assistant Sarah Bentley for an audio-described tour exploring how magic works on – and in – your mind. You’ll learn about the mediums who conjured spirits and the psychologists who tried to expose them, the magicians and ‘glamorous assistants’ skilled in misdirection, and the mentalists who use their trickery on our unreliable brains.

Sarah is trained in audio-description by VocalEyes and has designed her tour for visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

We’ll meet at the Information Point, which is on level 0, directly in front of you as you enter Wellcome Collection.

Places are free but very limited. If you would like to come along, please email [email protected] or call 020 7611 2222.

For more information visit the Wellcome Collection website.

South West

Time to Talk 

Date: Throughout May and June

Location: Princesshay, 9 Catherine Street, Exeter EX1 1QA

Living Options will be hosting a series of awareness days throughout May and June. Join them for a coffee as they discuss the important issues of loneliness and isolation for people with disabilities and Deaf people and how their Time to Talk project is helping to tackle these.

For more information, download the event information poster (PDF, 462KB) or email [email protected]

West Midlands

RNIB Connect and Campaigns Community Training Programme

Date: Throughout May, June and July

Location: Central Birmingham

Would you like to find out how local government works? Interested in learning more about using social media? Want to improve things for people with sight loss in your local community? Or just gain new skills and meet some great new people? We’re offering a course of ten free training sessions focusing on subjects including campaign skills, working with your local MPs and councillors and organising your own events.

To book on to any of the workshops please contact Rebecca Swift on [email protected] or 0121 665 4260.

Download the full leaflet to find out more (Word,116KB).

East Midlands

Visually Impaired Sports Taster Day

Date: Thursday 30 May, 10.30am - 4pm

Location: New Victory Hall at Holywell Fitness Centre, Loughborough Park, Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, LE11 3QF.

Want to get active but not sure where to start? Always wanted to try a new sport but don’t know where to go?

Come along to the Visually Impaired Sports Taster Day and have a go at Football, Goalball, Tennis and Running. Find out how these sports are accessible to Blind and Partially sighted people and how to get involved.

Lunch will be provided. Parking is available and the Sprint bus from Loughborough Train Station stops close to the venue. Please note all participants must be aged 16 or over and anyone aged under 18 must have parental consent.

For more information and to book contact Hannah Cave on 01509 632418 or [email protected].

Northern Ireland

British Blind Sport: Have a Go Day

Date: Saturday 25 May

Location: Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LS

Have a Go Day Belfast is a sports taster event for people with sight loss. Come along and try your hand at a range of inclusive sports including cycling, dance, football, guide running, tennis and much more. All ages and abilities welcome.

This event is free to British Blind Sport members and £5 to non-members.

For more information and to book, visit the British Blind Sport website or email: [email protected]




Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella

Date: Wednesday 12 June and Thursday 13 June, 7.30pm

Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Albert Hall have made the generous offer of free tickets for Cinderella.

Christopher Wheeldon (Tony award-winning choreographer and director for An American in Paris) restages his sparkling production of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale in-the-round. Cinderella becomes a truly spectacular ballet as the Royal Albert Hall is brought to life with over 90 dancers, a live orchestra, and plenty of surprises.

Requesting Tickets

When calling or e-mailing to register your interest please state the following information:

  • The date for which you are requesting tickets;
  • Number of tickets required;
  • The names of the visually impaired members of your party.  At least one member of your party must be visually impaired. 

These details will be recorded and used when allocating tickets.  Tickets will be distributed in pairs, and at least one seat must be occupied by a blind or partially sighted person.  Tickets are to be used by the named individuals only and are not transferable.

You may request tickets at any point until the allocation date via email or telephone. The allocation date is Tuesday 28th May 2019. For information and to request tickets email [email protected] or call 0303 1234 555.

Successful applicants will be contacted either by phone or by email to confirm their allocation and the tickets will be available at the box office. If the event is oversubscribed a ballot will be held to allocate tickets.  If you are unable to use your tickets, please do let us know as soon as possible so that somebody else may benefit from visiting the Hall.

Please note that registering your interest in a particular performance does not guarantee you will obtain tickets.  We advise you not to make travel and / accommodation arrangements on the basis of receiving tickets until you have received confirmation from us.  RNIB cannot be held responsible for any additional costs associated with your application for Royal Albert Hall tickets. 

South East

AlterViz Holiday Break 2019 for blind and partially sighted people and their sighted helpers

Date: Saturday 8 June - Saturday 15 June

Location: Woodlarks Camp Site, Tilford Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 3RN.

Cost: For the full week (7 nights in total) - £120, for shorter stays - £20 per night.

Woodlarks is an extremely peaceful campsite venue that offers dormitory-style accommodation. It’s tucked away on a private island of woodland on the edge of the Farnham heathlands. All meals are included in the fee and the food is absolutely delicious! 

Food and other supplies have to be purchased in advance of the week therefore a deposit of £50 is mandatory in order to secure your booking. If you are coming as a sighted volunteer, and are on a limited budget, please get in contact as we may be able to offer a reduced fee. We need a qualified Lifeguard and a First-Aider: please contact us if you are able to help. 

Please note that this holiday break is run by volunteers who give up their free time to organise and run the week. We are not a charity and do not receive any financial assistance. We do this because we believe in encouraging others to experience the positive benefits of staying at Woodlarks. 

For more information contact Sean Caveille at [email protected].

Retina UK Information Day

Date: Tuesday 18 June, 10am - 4pm

Location: The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

This free event is aimed at anyone affected by retinitis pigmentosa or an inherited retinal dystrophy and their families as well as professionals working with affected families.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • find out more about inherited progressive sight loss conditions.
  • learn about the latest research information.
  • put your questions to the experts.
  • meet other people and engage with the charity.

For more information visit, email [email protected] or phone 01280 821334. 



Surrey County Cricket Club Disability Day 

Date: Tuesday 2 July, 10.30am - 2pm

Location: Kia Oval, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS

Surrey County Cricket Club invite you to their annual Disability Day at the iconic Kia Oval. Participants can take part in a variety of skills and challenges on the outfield and the ground. As one of the most famous venues in cricket, and being the home of Surrey County Cricket Club, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Activities inclue:

  • Batting, Bowling and Fielding skill challenges on the outfield
  • Take on the Cricket Factory challenges
  • Test yourself in the Batfast simulator zone
  • Tours of the historic Kia Oval
  • Meet Caesar the Lion, our very own Surrey CCC mascot
  • Take part in a variety of other multi inclusive sporting activities around the ground and in the indoor KBC sports centre.

To book your place or for further information please contact Gavin Reynolds on 07725 203962 or email [email protected]