Take a tour of a Hearing Dogs training centre

Take a tour of one of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’s training centres located in Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire. See behind the scenes to learn how we train our clever hearing dogs.

Both centres are open to the public on Thursday afternoons for pre-booked guided tours, with The Beatrice Wright Centre taking bookings from January to November, and The Grange from 14 March to November. They are conducted by some of our valued volunteers and include a guided tour of our training facilities with the opportunity to meet hearing dogs in training, a demonstration of a hearing dog’s work, visit to the kennels and the screening of a DVD about the Charity.

Our tours are often booked several months ahead, and tours during half term and school holidays for groups of children are especially popular, so it is wise to book ahead. In order to reduce disruption to our work, tours are limited in numbers to 20 guests per weekly tour.

The Grange,
Buckinghamshire

Weekly Tour at The Grange

Our headquarters are at The Grange – which consists of office space for our fundraising, communications, finance, volunteering and HR staff. As well as this, we have hearing dog training houses, recipient accommodation, kennel blocks, a puppy training hall and 27 acres to exercise the dogs.

Many of our tour guests also jouin us at The Restaurant for lunch beforehand. You can also choose to try one of our delicious Cream Teas, or you might like to treat yourself to one of our Afternoon Teas.

Our tour is very popular and books up quickly! This year we have added two Tuesday tours a month.

Scroll down for current 2020 Tour dates

If you'd like to join our waiting list/be notified of future tour dates please email the address below.

Tour cost

  • Tour with cream tea (freshly baked scone, jam and clotted cream) - £13.00
  • Tour only - £7.50

Any cancellations received with less than a weeks notice notice will incur the full charge.

Tour itinerary

Please report to Reception on arrival.

  • 1.00pm – Tour, including video presentation
  • 2.00pm – Visit to our Welfare Hub
  • 2.30pm – Hearing dog demonstration
  • 2.50pm – Cream tea or Afternoon Tea (optional)

Current available Tour dates:

February
6th, 11th, 13th, 27th 

March
10th, 19th (limited availability), 26th (limited availability)

April
2nd, 9th, 14th (limited availability), 16th, 21st, 23rd

May 
7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 28th (limited availability)

June
4th, 9th, 11th, 18th 

July
2nd, 9th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th 30th 

August
6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 27th

September
3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 24th 

October
1st, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 29th

November
5th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th 

For further details and booking please fill in the form below, call us on call 01844 348161 or email veronica.pearce@hearingdogs.org.uk

How to get to The Grange

Find The Grange on the map.

The Beatrice Wright Centre, Yorkshire

Weekly tour at The Beatrice Wright Centre

The Beatrice Wright Training Centre in Bielby in the East Riding of Yorkshire was purchased in 2006 and officially opened by our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, in 2008. It is a purpose-built centre with everything we need to train our hearing dogs including training houses, a kennel block and a puppy training hall as well as acres of land to exercise the dogs.

Tour cost

Tour including afternoon tea with homemade cake - £5.00

Tour itinerary

Please follow Thursday Tour signage on arrival down to the Puppy Hall.

  • 2.00pm – Tour starts in Puppy Hall
  • 2.00pm – Talk and video presentation
  • 2.30pm – Hearing dog demonstration
  • 3.00pm – Tour of the centre including a trip to the training kennels
  • 3.30pm – Afternoon tea and the opportunity to buy items from the catalogue

For further details and bookings please fill in the form below, call us on 01759 322255 or email BWCinfo@hearingdogs.org.uk

How to get to The Beatrice Wright Training Centre

Find The Beatrice Wright Training Centre on the map.

Enquire about a tour

If you're interested in a tour at either our Buckinghamshire or Yorkshire centres, you can use the contact details listed above or submit your enquiry using the form below.

(max 20 The Grange, Bucks)
Tours run every Thursday, check above for details

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