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TICfest Events

Our residential weekend events for families aim to bring people in the TS community together for fun and fellowship.

TICfest 2022

We are thrilled to announce our schedule of exciting events for the 2022 season.

For those who have been previously, you will know what to expect. For those hoping to attend for the first time, please read on for further details.

TICfest provides a safe, non-judgemental environment where parents and children can relax, have fun and make friends. We keep the children busy, with new challenges and games, giving parents the opportunity to share their TS story with others or just chill out and read a book.

All the venues have been chosen for their open spaces, range of activities and friendly staff. The accommodation is warm and practical but very basic - it is NOT hotel standard! Although each family will have their own room, the bathroom facilities are generally shared. The catering is good quality and plentiful but don’t expect Michelin stars!

Please note, a family group must comprise maximum two adults (over 18). The child/children with TS (18 and under) plus any immediate siblings (18 and under).

If we are oversubscribed, a ballot will be held and those successful will be notified. Remaining families will be added to a waiting list and will be notified accordingly. 

Please note we are unable to accept dogs at TICfest or TEENfest. Service dogs may be considered at the Adult weekend.

 

Venues

 

TICfest@Kilve Court, 10 - 12 June

Kilve, Somerset 

A new venue for TICfest! Situated in 40 acres at the foot of the Quantock Hills and just a short walk to the beach. Kilve Court is a Georgian Mansion that has been adapted and extended to provide accommodation with shared facilities. A newly constructed lake provides the opportunity for sailing and canoeing. The Millenium Maze is there to explore plus mountain boarding and many more activities. Bristol and Exeter are both appx 1 hour 20 minutes away, located 30 minutes off the M5. 

 

TICfest@Avon Tyrell, 24 - 26 June

Bransgore, New Forest

Another new venue for 2022. Avon Tyrell is a fabulous Grade 1 listed house set in 65 acres of open fields and woodland. The centre has a lake and fun, water based activities. Easy access with Southampton 35 minutes and London 2 hours.

 

TICfest@Mount Cook, 5 - 7 August

Matlock, Derbyshire

Yet another new TICfest venue for 2022.  Built in 2016, Mount Cook boasts en suite rooms throughout. Situated in 9 acres of land with the rooftop rider zip wire, land karts and much more including a licensed bar for adults. Manchester is just 1 hour 45 minutes away and Birmingham is 1 hour 20 away. 

 

TICfest @Thorpe Woodlands 2 - 4 September

Thetford, Norfolk

A return after three years to this lovely venue in the Thetford Forest. Thorpe offers accommodation with shared facilities in the main lodge plus individual Escape Pods. This is a smaller ‘fest' but just as much fun with canoeing and raft building on the river. As this TICfest comes at the end of the school holidays, it provides a perfect end to the summer! Located just 1 hour from Cambridge.

 

 

What can I expect at a TICfest event?

We understand that some children, and their care givers, may feel nervous about attending their first TICfest event; for many families it is the first time meeting other people with TS. Our supportive team are there to welcome you when you arrive, along with our 'Tic Mates' who are children and parents who have previously attended the events, to show you around, answer questions and help you feel at ease.

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TICfest will begin at 5pm on the Friday evening. All meals are included as are all the activities for the children.

Friday night is about settling in, having dinner together, playing games and a campfire (weather permitting).

Saturday is full on with a variety of instructor led activities for the children, keeping them busy throughout the day; followed by evening entertainment. There will also be the opportunity for a parent discussion group.

Sunday is time for breakfast, reflections on the weekend and exchanging contact details.

 

For further insight into our events, read a summary of previous TICfest's here:

TICfest Devon 2019

TICfest Norfolk 2019 

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE EMAIL MICHELE FOR DETAILS OF OUR WAIT LIST

            

Terms and conditions

Families are limited to one TICfest as we want as many people as possible to enjoy a TICfest experience.

Definition of family group: Maximum of two adults (over 18) and siblings of your TS child. Siblings/TS Child must be 18 and under.

All children with TS must have a diagnosis: we cannot accept people onto the event who are waiting for a diagnosis.

Adults (over 18) pay £50 per head, children (18 and under) go FREE. Full payment required at time of booking.

Please contact us if you have concerns regarding payment as we want to make these events as inclusive as possible.

If you are not successful in obtaining a place your name will be put on the waiting list for your chosen event.

All meals and activities are included in the cost.

We understand that young people attending our events may wish to keep in contact through social media.  We encourage continued friendship and support networks, and advise that both young people and parents read our Top Tips for maintaining safety and wellbeing on social media (right hand side).

 

Our huge thanks go to our various funders of TICfest 2022, including BBC Children in Need, The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous contributions.

 

For further information please contact TA Event Manager Michele Evans

 

 

 

 


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