Accessible Holidays & Days Out

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.

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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.

CPISRA To Hold Outdoor Recreation Camp For Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Outdoor Recreation Camp For Adults With Cerebral Palsy

CPISRA (Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association) to hold inaugural outdoor recreation camp for adults with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions

Head of Recreation for CPISRA and Scottish Adventurer Julie McElroy talked to us about the exciting, upcoming outdoor adventure camp for adults with Cerebral Palsy being held by CPISRA. 

National Trust at Croome

People walking their dog at the National Trust at Croome

The National Trust at Croome, a beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, historic house and wartime museum, is striving to make Croome as accessible as possible to its visitors.

On arrival, the Visitor Centre team offer orientation to routes around the estate.   Croome’s accessibility map also shows the gradients of garden paths within the parkland and where seating is available.  

Visitors can pre-book one of the free electric outdoor mobility vehicles before heading off to discover the parkland with statues, temples, follies and lake.

Wheelchair friendly shuttle buses also run between the Visitor Centre and the house throughout the day.

Rose Apartment

Rose Apartment

Rose Apartment was built specifically for wheelchair users, alongside my own home.  The level entrance leads into a wide hallway at the end of which is a dining bay.  The bed-sitting room has twin beds, armchairs, cupboards, and TV, with plenty of space.  A mobile hoist (not provided) can fit alongside the beds.

The kitchen is designed to have everything accessible from a wheelchair, with knee space under sink and hob. There is also a perching stool. Equipment includes a fridge-freezer, 4 ring electric hob and a combination microwave. 

The level entry shower has an optional seat, and the toilet has rails either side.  .  

Home From Home In Disabled Holidaying

Fife Disabled Holiday Home

Disabled people can enjoy a holiday knowing they have those key aids they rely on at home, through a considerate approach to accommodation.

The Homelands Trust runs four luxury accessible lodges in Lundin Links, Fife, and is planning to build a further five to cope with demand- the current accommodation is almost completely booked solid for the year! 

Part of the popularity of the development stems from its commitment to making people feel they can access a ‘home away from home’ as closely as possible. The commitment extends to the bathroom fixtures- two of the purpose-built, open plan, two storey lodges feature a ground floor wetroom equipped with, among other aids, a Closomat shower toilet.

Christchurch Group make Jonathan’s dream of a holiday come true 

Jonathan and family on holiday

A neurological rehabilitation centre in York has helped a man realise his dream of going on another holiday, with the help of their sister service in Lincoln.

When he moved to Woodlands due to his Motor Neurone Disease, Jonathan thought he would have to say goodbye to holidays.

Since moving in August 2014, Jonathan has been completely reliant on his tracheostomy and his ventilator, which he uses 24 hours a day to breath. He receives therapy twice a week and the rest of his social and psychological support is given by the team at Woodlands.