‘Holidays for deaf people in the uk’

There’s nothing like the Great British seaside, fish and chips and a good game of bingo to get you in that holiday mood. It’s even better when you know that all your fellow holiday-makers will be signing, transporting you to a deaf-lead world – even if it is just for one week. Leave your chores at home and your cares at the workplace, and sign-up for a week of fun-filled activities, all delivered in BSL, at the annual Deaf UK 50+ holiday.

Announcement – New Gold Sponsor

We are thrilled to share some exciting news. It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we unveil Deaf Action as our esteemed Gold sponsor for the remainder of the year. Deaf UK 50+ extends a heartfelt appreciation to Deaf Action for their abundant contribution and unwavering support.

Philip Gerrard, Deaf Action CEO, said:

“At Deaf Action, our work is geared towards empowering all deaf people to achieve their potential and fully participate in society, with equality of rights, access and opportunity.

“For 20 years, Deaf 50+ have been providing an invaluable service by bringing together our community to forge lifelong friendships and create unforgettable memories.

“I have witnessed its impact first-hand through my mother’s time with the group, and I have seen the positive impact it had on her life. We recognise the importance of the work Deaf 50 + does in enhancing the lives of deaf people, and that’s why we are proud to sponsor this year’s 20-year anniversary event.’

‘Transporting you to a deaf-led world – even if it is just for one week.’

Deaf UK 50+, formerly known as England Deaf Darby and Joan (EDDJ), has been taking older deaf people on a holiday to seaside resorts around England for 20 years. It aims to provide a place for people to meet and socialise, to help reduce isolation and loneliness amongst this age group. It’s just one way of filling the void left by the closure of Deaf clubs and offers the chance to meet up with friends old and new.

Set up in 2003 as a day trip to the East Coast with lunch and bingo included, it has grown to a week-long break packed full of accessible activities and entertainment, and regularly attracts up to 800 people, including a number from overseas.


Every UK holiday camp has its own entertainment, but it’s always aimed at hearing holidaymakers – Deaf UK 50+ provides fun and games for deaf guests such as ‘Play Your Cards Right’ and ‘The Generation Game’ all in BSL.  Well-loved Deaf performers such as John Smith, magician Alex Jobson and the D-Live cabaret have also appeared, this is entertainment delivered by deaf people for Deaf people. There are also many indoor & outdoor activities and the ever popular bingo which are enjoyed by all the guests.

Deaf UK 50+ is a community organisation run by a team of committed volunteers. The rebrand from EDDJ to DUK50+ demonstrates that it is working for the Deaf community right across the UK. So whether you’re based in Scotland, England, Ireland or Wales, you are more than welcome to join in.


Apart from Pakfield, Minehead ,Skegness and Haying Island. Bodelwyddan Castle is one of my favourite place to visit. We were celebrating 15 years of Deaf UK 50 plus formerly EDDJ. One of the best place to visit and fantastic place, lovely bedroom with walk in shower. Magnificent ground and woods for a walk. I had a wonderful time to be with my friends.  Praise should go to the committee members for their hard work.

Anne Lawrance Hinckley

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Joe Collins



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