Accessible Holidays & Days Out

 Legoland Windsor: putting accessibility at the heart of a day out

accessibility – ​UCan2's editor visited Legoland Windsor

If your family has accessibility issues, finding a day out can be somewhat of a nightmare at times – ​so ​UCan2 editor Victoria Galligan visited Legoland Windsor to see how accessible the park is, and how scary the rides are, too!

Although Legoland Windsor’s latest attraction has a horror theme, you won’t be left trembling when trying to organise your day out there.

I went along with my family to see how staff at the block-built wonderland have been working with the Business Disability Forum to ensure they are meeting the needs of disabled customers and delivering the best customer experience possible.

Glendurgan Garden to improve accessibility for visitors

Man in mobility scooter in Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan Garden, a National Trust property near Falmouth, recently introduced a brand new all-terrain mobility scooter, to help improve access for visitors.  

The all-terrain mobility scooter, known as a ‘Tramper’, allows visitors with mobility limitations to explore the Cornish gardens more fully, as well as visiting areas previously viewed as too difficult for them to access. 

Trampers are specifically designed to travel easily over uneven ground; allowing them to go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, as well as through shallow puddles and mud.  

Cornish heritage attractions embrace British Sign Language

Women with heritage ability bags

Cornish heritage attractions embrace British Sign Language In celebration of Deaf Awareness week, three local Cornish heritage attractions have introduced brand new guided tours aimed at attracting more visitors from the Deaf Community. The new British Sign Language (BSL) guides aim to help Deaf BSL users gain a better understanding of the history of each of the sites and get more from their visit.

Revitalise Accessible Breaks

Hampshire - Revitalise Accessible Breaks

Every Revitalise break includes a package of accessible excursions, live entertainment and activities, supported by CQC-regulated nurse-led care.

Each holiday centre in Chigwell, Southport and Southampton is purpose-built, offering fully accessible accommodation on a full-board basis.

Other features of the holidays include specialist equipment, five different Care Support Packages to ensure every guest has the care they need, and dedicated volunteers who add to the fun-filled environment.

Vulcan Lodge Cottages

Vulcan Lodge Cottages Exterior

Vulcan Lodge Cottages was created by the conversion of a lovely old country inn.  It sits just off the A470 which gives easy access yet is only 100 metres from the River Wye which runs at the rear of the cottages.  

Each cottage has its  own private entrance and four of the cottages are located entirely on the ground floor.  Two of these – the MIDDLETON AND TUDOR have been specially adapted to provide for guests with disabilities and have easy level access from the car park, large wet rooms and a range of equipment to assist guests – a wheelchair, shower chair, shower wheelchair, shower/commode wheelchair, walking frame, mobility scooter.  The Tudor has an electric tip and tllt easy chair.

Moors Valley Country Park brings visual impairment into focus with exciting new guide  

Moors Valley Country Park lake

Moors Valley Country Park in Dorset has launched a new Large Print guide to help people with visual impairment to enjoy their visit to the park more; by giving them information in a format that makes it easier to read and understand.

The guides are specifically aimed at visitors with some sight, but who have difficulty with everyday activities, like reading and recognising faces, such as Macular Degeneration or Glaucoma. The guides may also be beneficial for visitors who have dyslexia or where English is their second language.

The Glen Clova – Accessible Self-Catering Caravan in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland

The Glen Clova – Accessible Self-Catering Caravan

Wood Leisure is delighted to announce the launch of our new accessible caravan holiday home at Blairgowrie Holiday Park.  This contemporary caravan is designed to provide wheelchair users and their families with safe, easy access in a relaxing and comfortable environment. 

Our accessible two bedroom model features two twin bedrooms and a wet room.  Contemporary open-plan lounge/dining room and well equipped kitchen making it ideal for couples and families up to 4.  With full central heating and double glazing offering extra comfort whatever the weather.

About Our Accessible Caravan Holiday Home

The Hytte – Accessible self-catering holiday cottage near Hexham in Northumberland

The Hytte – Accessible self-catering holiday cottage near Hexham in Northumberland

The Hytte is award winning, accessible, self-catering accommodation for eight people. 

Guests love the character of this Norwegian inspired traditional timber Hytte or mountain lodge with its grass roof. Luxury rated as five star Gold and designed from the outset as a great “get together” venue which has been adapted to meet the needs of guests with disabilities, ensuring all family members and friends can enjoy a holiday together.

New Glamping Site Expands Near York

New Glamping Site Expands Near York

A luxury glamping site that opened less than a year ago is expanding thanks to the success of the business.

Wigwam® Holidays Ball Hall Farm, owned by the Medley family, is just outside the village of Storwood near York and is about seven miles from Pocklington, North Yorkshire.

The site, which currently has six Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins in place, is set to take delivery of three more deluxe cabins and three brand new Accessible Running Water Deluxe Cabins, which are suitable for wheelchair users and their carers. The additional cabins make a total of twelve units at the working farm site.

Emma Medley said: “We opened in June 2018 and had a busy first season, thanks to the glorious summer last year and to the quality of the en-suite Wigwam® Cabins

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

This great little award-winning Museum is aimed at 6 to 12 year olds and their families and is situated in the picturesque Chilterns village of Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. The Museum has three fun and fact-packed interactive galleries. Boy Gallery focuses on Roald Dahl’s school days. Solo Gallery features his original Writing Hut. The Story Centre offers all sorts of fantabulous creative displays and activities to get involved with. In the school holidays and at weekends, an exciting range of workshops, events and free storytelling sessions take place.

New guide Welcoming Disabled Customers published 

New guide Welcoming Disabled Customers published 

A new and updated guide on meeting the needs of disabled customers and clients is being launched on the 7th March at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort.

Welcoming Disabled Customers has been developed by Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation, in collaboration with businesses, disability organisations and people with conditions covered in the guide, and with support from Merlin Entertainments plc.

With 1 in 5 customers or clients estimated to have a disability or long-term condition, the guide offers advice to businesses on how to ensure all customers receive the very best level of customer service.

Disabled Access Day at St Paul’s Cathedral: You and Somewhere New

Disabled Access Day at St Paul’s Cathedral

Join us on Saturday 16 March 2019 as we take part in the National Disabled Access Day and discover more about St Paul’s Cathedral. Whilst we aim to improve accessibility every day of the year, Disabled Access Day puts disabled people at the heart of Cathedral life and showcases inclusive ways to explore St Paul’s.

When Christopher Wren was designing St Paul’s, the concept of accessibility was still centuries away. But in recent times we have worked incredibly hard to be inclusive of all people and Disabled Access Day gives us the chance to show people they should not be nervous about visiting us, whether as a sightseer or worshipper.

Cruising with a Wheelchair – Our customers top tips

Cruising with a Wheelchair

Cruises are understandably popular and we have received increased interest in this type of holiday. Cruise companies have been realising demand for accessibility and continue to make improvements so ships can do more for you.

Cruises can be a brilliant option for wheelchair users keen to travel, as modern ships are better designed with accessibility in mind. Also staff are trained to be helpful, with limited boarding/emergency wheelchairs being onboard.