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Family Weekend 2017

The Encephalitis Society is once again hosting our Family Weekend, a special weekend away for families affected by encephalitis.  Importantly child places are absolutely FREE! To be able to join us you can be either a family with a child or young person affected by encephalitis or a family with a family member affected by encephalitis. 

We will be hosting the weekend at the Bendrigg Trust in Cumbria. To find out more about this amazing venue visit:  

The venue is ideally located on the M6 to provide an outdoor activity programme and has good public transport and they can arrange pick-ups from the train station. The rooms have en-suite facilities and the weekend is fully catered (specialist dietary requirements catered for).

There are activities for everyone and all abilities such as Rock Climbing, Zip Wire, Canoeing, Caving  and a fantastic sensory room! The instructors are highly qualified and have vast experience of working with youth groups and disabilities. Activities are run in such a way that encourages teamwork and will require young people to support and encourage each other, building confidence and friendships.

“the best thing was the children’s confidence, achieving activities they would never have thought possible”

Alternative indoor activities for children can be provided including indoor caving and rock climbing and we will have workshops for adults during the morning and adult outdoor activity groups in the afternoons. Staff and Volunteers from The Society will be on hand and we can provide specialist childcare to help provide the chance for respite.

“My family has been able to share others experience of living through and with Encephalitis, it gives us a new understanding and appreciation of life”

Child places are absolutely FREE, however there is a cost for parents attending the weekend. The cost (£125/adult) covers 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals from supper on Friday night to breakfast on Monday morning and all activities. We can help source funding for families on low incomes. 

Booking Form

If you would like to attend the event please complete the below booking form and send to or post to 32 Castlegate, Malton, YO17 7DT


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The Encephalitis Society is the operating name of the Encephalitis Support Group which is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 4189027. Registered Office as above. Registered Charity No. 1087843.