Here for families of seriously-ill children. Always.

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Family Services the bluebells

A place for love, laughter, memory making and relaxation.

We aim to annually deliver 100 family respite breaks, 40 crisis breaks and 500 family day visits at The Bluebells.

the bluebellsWe understand that a young person’s illness or disability can impact on family life in many ways, so we have created a place to relax, recharge and have fun, allowing time for each other away from the stresses of daily life.

The Bluebells, in North Waltham, Hampshire, is the UK’s only purpose built facility offering specialist breaks exclusively to the families of seriously-ill children and where possible, to those who are recently bereaved.

We offer privacy, space and a chance to escape from the rollercoaster of life, enabling families to heal through enjoying precious time together. We can accommodate two families in residence at a time, each occupying their own four bedroom, three bathroom apartment, whilst sharing the leisure facilities which include; an indoor hydrotherapy spa pool, sensory room, cinema, art suite, music room, games room, sensory garden, mini golf course, adventure play area and three acres of open space.

Day visits are also available, whether to take advantage of our provision of music, art and wellbeing therapies or simply to access some of the fantastic leisure and therapeutic facilities we offer.


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How to apply

Time at The Bluebells is available to the families of young people who meet our criteria from all over the UK. Holidays at The Bluebells will generally run from Friday until the following Tuesday and are free, although a voluntary contribution of £100 per family is welcomed. Bookings will be honoured on a first come, first served basis (when considered against our eligibility criteria) following completion of our application form and verification of your child's condition and needs by your child's physician. We do, however, retain the discretion to waive the contribution or help to find appropriate funding where needed, and would always work to make a break at The Bluebells possible for every family meeting our criteria.

To apply, please complete the booking form below. If you have any questions, some answers can be found on our FAQ's page here or for any further questions and queries, please contact


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Please click here to see our frequently asked questions about our family respite breaks at The Bluebells



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