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TICfest Events

Our residential weekend events for families, teens and young adults aim to bring people in the TS community together for fun, rest and fellowship.

TICfest 2020!!

TICfest Norfolk has now been moved from May 2020 to August  2020 in response to social distancing measures.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will inform you as soon as possible if there is to be further re-scheduling to our events.

We know how much these events mean to TA families and the disappointment if we have to cancel TICfest 2020, so we have already made a start on planning for 2021 when we intend to run TICfests with the capacity for everyone to attend! All bookings made this year will be guaranteed a place next year if we are forced to cancel.

If you have any queries please get in touch


Nine year old Barney who attended TICfest 2019, has made a short video with Children In Need (who fund our TICfest events) sharing his feelings on how he's finding the lockdown.  And here he is again with another wonderful video diary, sharing his highs and lows of the week.


TICfest Devon July 10th – 12th

With such a stunning location near Lynton in North Devon we are back for a third year! All indoor accommodation is at the Beacon Centre. This is our smallest event with room for approx 12 families. Situated on the coast with beach access and a fantastic Sunday Roast.

TICfest Windermere July 31st – 2nd August

New for 2020 and our most northerly TICfest. Ghyll Head Outdoor Centre is located on the eastern edge of Lake Windermere, stunningly beautiful. Family rooms are in the lovely old house. Another medium size event with room for approx 16 families. All the usual outdoor activities plus sailing on Windermere!

TICfest NorfolkAugust 7th - 9th

We are back to the lovely Thetford Forest again and the fabulous Thorpe Woodlands Outdoor Centre. This is a medium size event with space for approx 16 families. Indoor accommodation in a purpose built block or the popular heated camping pods. Acres of forest and the River Thet for canoeing and other water based activities.

TICfest Farnborough August 21st – 23rd

Another new location for 2020, Runways End in Farnborough. Indoor family rooms plus heated glamping pods. This will be our biggest TICfest with space for over 20 families. In a peaceful woodland setting yet with easy access to M3.



What can I expect?

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 the '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.



All TICfests 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, 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 brunch, reflections on the weekend and exchanging contact details!

TICfest is funded by BBC Children in Need and the Sobell Foundation.


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 £30 per head, children (18 and under) go free! When booking you will be asked to pay a deposit of £30 so if you are the only adult in your group there will be no further payment required. If a second adult is attending there will be a further £30 to pay 6 – 8 weeks before the event, we will request this payment via Paypal.

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)



We'd like to say a huge thank you to BBC Children In Need for supporting our TICfest events.








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