Keeping families together

If you’re a family affected by childhood cancer, we’re here for you. We hold lots of free events throughout the year for children affected by cancer and their families. Over the years, 75,000 guests have joined us at these amazing days out, which help families to create precious memories away from the hospital ward. Our events are also a great way for families to meet and form support networks with others who are going through similar experiences. If you’re a family affected by childhood cancer, we’d love to welcome you to one of our events soon.

COVID-19 update: Our family days out are currently on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to be informed about our virtual events and activities as well as kept up to date with future events, sign up to our family newsletter at the bottom of this page

Virtual events for families

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Super science party

On Sunday 27 September, we were joined by 70 families affected by childhood cancer at our virtual science party. Each guest received a home lab kit in the post with everything they needed to get involved in the experiments, including slime making, bubbles and rainbow glasses. It was great to see so many families joining in the fun!

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Harry Potter birthday party

On Friday 31 July, Harry Potter’s birthday, we invited children affected by cancer and their families to join us for a virtual party to celebrate. Harry Potter was the party host and there was a scavenger hunt, magic show, games and a Harry Potter quiz. We even held a costume competition where the winner received a replica of Hermione Granger’s wand. We hope Harry enjoyed his virtual birthday party!

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Children enjoying a virtual fairy party

Virtual parties

Our family days out may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun virtually. We held two parties for children affected by cancer and their families in May, one hosted by Pirate Pete and one hosted by Fairy Sparkles. Each party involved games, dancing and magic, allowing the children to forget about lockdown, COVID-19 and cancer for a little while.

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Amazing days out

A little girl with cancer on one of the free rides at the day the day our at the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

A trip to the seaside

At our annual day out at the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, families are treated to unlimited access to rides for the day, lunch and entertainment, including magic tricks and balloon modelling. The indoor theme park has hundreds of amusements on offer, a range of thrilling rides and attractions to suit all ages, as well as the Adventure Cove soft play area. The Grand Pier is also home to Britain’s smallest rollercoaster – one to tick off the bucket list! We’ve been running this event since 2014 and it’s a real highlight in our events calendar. We always look forward to welcoming families back to the Grand Pier.

Applications are currently closed for this event.

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A family affected by cancer visit our free family event at Zippos Circus

Showtime at Zippos Circus

We have a longstanding relationship with Zippos Circus, who help us put on a very special event each year. Families enjoy a sensational and exclusive circus extravaganza with performances from acrobats, contortionists, foot jugglers and more. Families join us for a delicious post-show lunch where they can meet the stars of the show. With happy faces and full stomachs, the children go home with a goody bag to top off a fantastic day out at the circus.

Applications are currently closed for this event.

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Two children with cancer on the rides at the free Alton Towers event

Alton Towers

In 2019, we hosted a brand new day out at Alton Towers, where we were joined by 50 families at one of the UK’s top theme parks. All families received fast track wristbands for the day, meaning unlimited access to the rides with no queues! Alton Towers is home to thrill-seeking rides such as Wicker Man and Galactica, but there’s also plenty for younger ones including CBeebies Land, which is bursting with music, stories and adventure. All families receive a free lunch where the entertainment continues, with balloon modelling, face painting and magic.

Applications are currently closed for this event.

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Two little girls with cancer at the Christmas party

Christmas parties

Christmas is a time to make precious memories as a family and our Christmas parties provide the perfect setting for this. We hold two Christmas parties, one at the Hard Rock Café in Manchester and one at the Hard Rock Hotel in London, where families are treated to delicious food and a meet and greet with the man of the moment – Father Christmas. With face painting, gingerbread decorating and Christmas presents for the children, it’s the perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas as a family.

Applications are currently closed for this event.

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Childhood cancer stories

Many parents and survivors have shared their experiences with us to help raise much-needed awareness of childhood cancer and bring hope and comfort to others going through similar situations. If you have a child with cancer, hopefully these stories can serve as a reminder that you are not alone.

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If you have a story that you’d like to share, please email

Help and Support

If you are a family affected by childhood cancer, there is a lot of support out there. We have put together a list of organisations that offer a variety of different forms of help and support.

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Frequently asked questions about our family events

All families affected by childhood cancer are welcome to join us. This includes children currently going through cancer treatment, as well as children who have finished cancer treatment. We completely understand that the effects of childhood cancer can continue past the end of treatment and that children may have missed out on many events during treatment.

Our family events are there to support all children and young people affected by cancer within the age range of 0-24.

We require all children under the age of 18 to have a parent or legal guardian with them at all of our events.

We want to ensure as many families as possible have the opportunity to attend our events. For this reason, we limit tickets to 6 per family and ask that this is immediate family only. However, we do understand that some families may require more than 6 tickets, so we ask that these families get in touch with us directly when applying for an event.

We usually approve applications to our family days out on a first come first served basis. However, we also take into consideration the number of events a family has already attended in the year to try and give each family equal opportunity.