Royal Leamington Spa & A guided tour of The National Breeding Centre for the Guide Dogs for the Blind
Monday 6th December 2021
Limited availability so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Join us on this exciting day out to Royal Leamington Spa and the National Breeding Centre for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
After a morning departure from Essex, we shall head to Royal Leamington Spa where there will be time for lunch and some shopping ! Wide boulevards, Georgian and Edwardian architecture and expansive, award-winning parks provide a sophisticated backdrop to this Regency shopping paradise. Leamington town centre combines a treasure-trove of independent, specialist boutiques with all the national chains you would expect to find in a large city and a fine choice of restaurants .
After our visit to Leamington Spa, we shall head to the National Breeding Centre for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The new National Breeding Centre breeds 1,500 puppies a year. The guided tour will show you where life begins for a guide dog and how these life changing animals are bred. The tour will give you the chance to see the puppies as they socialise and grow, gaining experience of everyday sights and sounds which will help them develop the skills they need as guide dogs. You can expect to see the National Breeding Centre going through its daily activities and find out how they use the latest technology and innovations in their breeding programme.
You will also see the journey a dog takes from six week old puppy to becoming a trained and qualified guide for a blind or partially sighted person and more learn about all the ways they help people with sight loss to become more independently mobile .
The guides will take you through the specially built walkways which enable you to view their work without disturbing either the dogs or staff. Towards the end of the tour you'll have the opportunity to purchase items from the gift shop, and enjoy light refreshments.
Importantly, you'll have the opportunity to meet some of the dogs, who will accompany the Centre Guides on the tour.