Bournemouth Blind Society offers a programme of social events. Each Monday and Thursday members enjoy chatting over a cup of tea or coffee during the morning, followed by a cooked lunch and popular afternoon activities, such as:
Music, Arts & Crafts, Quizzes, Talks, Skittles, Curling, Bowls, Bingo, Memory Box, ‘Extend’ Exercises.
We also arrange Pub Lunch outings, Garden Parties and Beach Hut Days.
Occasional Saturday extended trips to local places of interest may also be offered.
All Bournemouth Blind Society members living within the Borough of Bournemouth are entitled to use our subsidised transport service.
The current standard charge for Monday or Thursday events is £12, (including Lunch and Transport). Payment is made on arrival at the Centre. Outings away from the Centre may cost more and are payable in advance. Lunch and Transport are pre-booked. Please contact Caroline or Jo to book your place or telephone the office on 01202 546644.
Please click on the link to view our Current Activity Calendar
Drop in Café
Bournemouth Blind Society runs a Drop in Café every Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm which is open to any visually impaired person in the Bournemouth area who would like to call in. The Café regulars are a friendly group of people and anyone new is always given a warm welcome.
A cooked breakfast is available at a cost of £4.50 – last orders for breakfast are at midday.
On the last Tuesday of each month, breakfast is replaced by a roast dinner at a cost of £5.50 for 2 courses or £6.50 for 3 courses. (The roast lunch needs to be booked and paid for a week in advance).
Any blind or partially sighted person is welcome on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm to enjoy games of Whist or Cribbage. Large Print or Braille cards are used and refreshments are served during the afternoon. The cost for this activity is £1.50. Transport can be provided (£4.50).
An annual Cards Tournament between Cards Club players and the Centre staff is held in December.
Hard of Hearing Club
The Hard of Hearing Club meets every second Wednesday of the month in our café from 10.30am to 12 noon.
Primarily for those with limited hearing, the group was started in spring 2014 and offers a place for those with similar hearing difficulties to sit and chat over a cup of coffee, sharing experiences and learning from others. An optional programme of activities includes board games, Arts & Crafts, practising or learning basic Sign Language.
For more information, please contact Philip or phone 01202 546644.
Thanks to the generosity of the Steve Bernard Foundation in providing the equipment and the Wimborne Sagittarii Archery Club providing the tutors, a VI Archery group runs most Tuesday evenings of the year.
During the dark evenings from September to April, the group meet in the Rooper Hall from 6pm for two 1 hour sessions. In the lighter summer months, the group meet outside near Canford Magna Golf Club and shoot arrows over a longer distance. The cost for this activity is £1. Transport can be provided (£4.50).
If you would be interested in joining the Archery group, please contact the office on 01202 546644 as we need to ensure that sufficient helpers are present for the number of archers.
Bournemouth Blind Society owns a fleet of six tandems for use by blind and partially sighted people during the summer months. Two brand new tandems were donated by the Steve Bernard Foundation in 2013.
The tandem group is totally reliant on volunteer ‘pilots’ to ride on the front. Trips have ranged from ‘easy’ along Bournemouth seafront to ‘extreme’ for one or two who took part in the ‘Dorset Knobbler’ (100km through the Purbecks.)
To have a trial ride, or to make a regular commitment as a ‘stoker’ (the person on the back), please contact the office on 01202 546644 so that we can arrange a suitable pilot for you.
The Bournemouth Blind Society Walking Group meet on the last Friday of each month from April to September. Walks are gentle to moderate, usually on hard paths and end at a café. Guides are available for blind members and there are usually optional ‘shorter’ and a ‘longer’ routes planned. The guides will describe the scenery/architecture throughout the walk and often have little gems of local knowledge to make the walk even more interesting!
Previous walks have included Poole Park, Upton Country Park, Bournemouth Chines, Christchurch, Poole Quay, Moors Valley Country Park and the New Forest. Transport is provided from your front door (charged according to destination.)
Unfortunately, we are unable to take wheelchair users or anyone who relies on walking aids other than a walking stick. Booking is essential, since numbers are limited by guide availability. Please phone the office on 01202 546644 for further details.
Dorset Dolphins VI Cricket Team
Bournemouth Blind Society supports the Dorset Dolphins VI Cricket Team.
The team started up in September 2013. They are a mixed gender team with a wide age range of players in their squad. They currently play in BCEW’s Southern Regional League.
The Bournemouth Blind Society minibus is used by the team to travel to away fixtures.
If you are interested in joining the team or want to find out more information, please check out their website or phone our office on 01202 546644 and we will pass your details onto Dolphins Captain Steve Bailey.