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Fancy trying something new? Blesma is offering it's Members the chance to try lots of activties - just take your pick!

Liverpool
Couples' Weekend

Family

19 Jul 2024  - 22 Jul 2024

Liverpool


Enjoy a new location for this year’s Couples Weekend.


Any Member along with their spouse/ partner. Please note that Members are not expected to share rooms with other Members
Golf day
Colin Wilson Memorial Golf Day

Golf

29 Jul 2024  - 1 Jul 2024

Forest Pines Hotel, Lincolnshire


Join us for our first ever Memorial Golf Day in member of the late Colin Wilson. Taking place during Members Weekend.


Any Member with a set of golf clubs.
Summer Bike Ride
North Wales Cycle Week

Cycling

4 Aug 2024  - 10 Aug 2024

North Wales


A week of cycling in North Wales.

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Couples' Weekend London

Family

9 Aug 2024  - 12 Aug 2024

London


A weekend break for Members and their spouse/partner


Any Member
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Glamping North Weekend

Family

17 Aug 2024  - 21 Aug 2024

Berwick-upon-Tweed


The aim of the event is to engage with other Members and their families and allow you to share in some of the friendships our Members enjoy whilst being in the great outdoors.


Any member with a family of between two and five members (eg. Member + up to 4 others)
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Horseriding

Equestrian

1 Sept 2024  - 4 Sept 2024

New Forest


Ride western through the horse country of the UK. Spend three full days discovering all things cowboy and horsemanship.


Applicants must have a level of fitness that allows them to ride horses everyday and have been to an intro to horsing event or have history of being with horses.
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Greek regatta

Sailing

14 Sept 2024  - 22 Sept 2024

Greece


A chance to set sail and discover the variety of the Med - one of the world's best sailing destinations.


Anyone can apply but you must be physically fit and a confident swimmer in open water. The boat is not wheelchair accessible and Members must be able to move around with minimal assistance on a 40ft non-adapted boat. Members must state if they are unable to swim in their application
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Wintersports Tryout Day

Winter Sports

16 Sept 2024  - 6PM

Tamworth Snowdome


An introduction to Wintersports at Tamworth Snowdome.


Any member
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Couples Accessible Glamping

Family

20 Sept 2024  - 23 Sept 2024

Somerset


A weekend break for Members and their spouse/partner to spend some quality time together as a couple.


Any Member and their spouse/partner.  Members are not expected to share rooms with other Members.
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Scuba Diving Try Dives

Scuba Diving

21 Sept 2024  - 1PM

Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater and explore the world beneath the waves? If so, this introductory diving session may be just the thing for you. It will provide you with opportunity to learn to dive with experienced instructors in the safety of dive pools whilst working towards your PADI qualifications.


Available to all but subject to medical clearance.
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BA Flying Experience Day

External Third Party Opportunities (not endorsed by Blesma)

26 Sept 2024  - 11PM

Heathrow (but meeting point is White Waltham Airfield)


We're thrilled to share details of a BA Flying Experience Day organised by The CASEVAC Club. Blesma has kindly been offered spaces for a limited number of our Members to attend this exciting event.

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Female Veterans Spa Weekend

Funded Activities

27 Sept 2024  - 29 Sept 2024

Wrightington Hotel & Spa, Lancashire


A chance to socialise and relax in a beautiful setting with full use of the hotel facilities.


Female Veteran Blesma Members
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Golf UK

Golf

27 Sept 2024  - 29 Sept 2024

Carden Park Golf Resort in Cheshire


Members will be able to enjoy three rounds of golf that will be spread across three days at Carden Park Golf Resort in Cheshire.


Any Member with a set of golf clubs. Please state your golf handicap when you apply if you have one
East Anglia
Photography Course

Arts & Photography

1 Oct 2024  - 31 Oct 2024

TBC


Throughout the Photography Course Members will get the opportunity to put their photography skills to the test.


Any Member who owns their own photography equipment.
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Ride To The Wall

Motorsports

4 Oct 2024  - 5 Oct 2024

National Memorial Arboretum


Join the Blesma crew for this poignant and meaningful ride in memory of the fallen. Finishing at the National Memorial Arboretum.


Any Member with their own motorcycle
A group of veterans enjoying glamping
Cookery Retreat

Lifestyle

11 Oct 2024  - 13 Oct 2024

East Yorkshire


This is a new addition to the Blesma calendar, and one which will give Members the chance to try something different.


Any Member
Tai Chi
Tai Chi - From Martial Art to Modern Medicine

Lifestyle

14 Oct 2024  - 5PM

Virtual activity


A one-hour session consisting of approx. 40 minutes on the Origins of Tai Chi, and 20 minutes of movement. Date TBC.


Any member
Scuba
Scuba Diving Expedition

Scuba Diving

19 Oct 2024  - 27 Oct 2024

Egypt


A great chance to enjoy some of the world’s best scuba diving in warm water.


Anyone who can move up and down stairs on a 60ft dive boat with minimal assistance.
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England v New Zealand Rugby Match

External Third Party Opportunities (not endorsed by Blesma)

2 Nov 2024 

Twickenham Stadium


Your chance to attend the England v New Zealand Rugby Match.

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Remembrance Weekend

Remembrance

9 Nov 2024  - 10 Nov 2024

The Cenotaph, London


The annual Blesma Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph over Remembrance Weekend.


Any Member.
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Fitness and Lifestyle Course

Lifestyle

15 Nov 2024  - 23 Nov 2024

Fuerteventura


The aim of the course is to give Members a chance to look at their fitness levels and current lifestyle choices.


You must have six months’ validity on your passport at the time of travel.
SKI Spectacular
Colorado Ski Spectacular

Winter Sports

1 Dec 2024  - 31 Dec 2024

Colorado, USA


The world's biggest ski spectaculars for adaptive Winter sports.


Most injury types can be catered for on the slopes, however hotel rooms are not adapted and are only outfitted with baths
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Ski La Plagne

Winter Sports

11 Jan 2025  - 19 Jan 2025

La Plagne


A week-long trip of snow sports in France!


You must have at least 3 month'd validity on your passport at the time of travel.
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England v Scotland Rugby Match

External Third Party Opportunities (not endorsed by Blesma)

22 Feb 2025 

Twickenham Stadium


Your chance to attend the England v Scotland Rugby Match.

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Members in New York
Soldier Ride New York City

Cycling

15 Jul 2024  - 21 Jul 2024

New York


Cycle with the Wounded Warriors around New York for 3 days, ending with a huge celebration!


Anyone who can use some form of adaptive bike. These will be supplied by the Wounded Warrior Project. Please note: temperatures will be hot and you will be expected to cycle more than 70 miles in three days.
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Exploring Balance

Lifestyle

1 Jul 2024  - 31 Dec 2024

Virtual Activity


A virtual session exploring what balance is, and how it can be improved. Date TBC.


Any member
Event full
Member's Weeknd
Members' Weekend and AGM

Members' Weekend

29 Jun 2024  - 1 Jul 2024

Forest Pines Hotel, Lincolnshire


Meet up with old friends and make some new ones; find out what Blesma Members are up to and have your say on what Blesma should be focusing on to support Members.


Members’ Weekend is open to all Members and their partners or carers
Event full
Casting Away Trauma Project

External Third Party Opportunities (not endorsed by Blesma)

20 Jun 2024  - 30 Nov 2026

TBC


The University of Essex and iCARP CIC are running a research study to investigate how angling in a peaceful, friendly setting can help military veterans and emergency service personnel living with PTSD.

Event full
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Managing Nerves and Making a Good Impression

Storytelling and Online Workshops

17 Jun 2024  - 12PM

Online


Making a good impression in the room, both online and in real life, is important and sometimes nerves can get in the way. In this session you will have insight in how to present in an authentic and powerful way.


Members, spouses/partners and carers
Event full
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Dave Lewan Memorial Match

Fishing

7 Jun 2024  - 9 Jun 2024

Newcastle under Lyme


Fishing Competition in Memory of Blesma Member Dave Lewan


Any Member, regardless of experience.
Event full
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Female Veterans Discussion Group

Funded Activities

17 May 2024  - 1PM

Virtual Activity


A discussion group for our Female Veterans, based around how we can create events for you.


Female Veteran Blesma Members
Event full
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Seniors' Week

Widows' and Seniors' Weeks

13 May 2024  - 17 May 2024

Studley Castle, Warwickshire


Based at one of the prestigious Warner hotels, the week focuses on relaxing and socialising, with the added bonus of gentle activities and sightseeing in and around Warwickshire.


Seniors' Weeks are open to Members and Widow(er)s over the age of 60.
Event full
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Tai Chi Courses

Lifestyle

13 May 2024  - 16 Dec 2024

Virtual Activity


Tai Chi courses for all to enjoy


Any Member, with or without Tai Chi experience
Event full
Gwennili Sailing Trust

Sailing

13 May 2024  - 17 May 2024

Solent


A chance to sail the Solent, one of the most desirable sailing locations in the world.


Any Member, please note the yacht is not modified, and there will be steps and ladders onboard.
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Storytelling workshop
Storytelling, Season 3

Storytelling and Online Workshops

8 May 2024  - 12 Jun 2024

Online and in person workshops across London, South East and East


Immerse yourself in the glorious world of storytelling by taking part in these wonderful workshops.