UK providers of accessible holiday accommodation, Omni Access, has launched Omnipods to ‘raise the bar in luxury outdoor living’ at UK holiday destinations. The current leisure market for disabled and reduced mobility individuals is significantly underdeveloped as campsites, holiday parks and hotels do not have the facilities to meet high demand for accessible accommodation in Britain.To tackle the issue, Omni Access is sowing the seed for change, investing to create the Omnipod – a first to the market ‘plug in’ accommodation for holiday sites which are specially designed to include those who are disabled or ageing, but can also be easily adapted for able-bodied use. The dual-purpose accommodation proposes a commercial avenue for businesses in the UK holiday sector.
Accessible Holidays & Days Out
The Lin Berwick Trust has the highest standard of facilities and equipment for those with disabilities who need 24/7 care. We have three self-catering properties all sleeping six people in Norfolk, Cornwall and on the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Each property has a disability suite that is second to none both in equipment and space.
All our properties are furnished to VisitBritain’s four-star self-catering standard and considerably better equipped than is required for VisitBritain’s accessibility rating of “Access Exceptional”. The spacious properties have been designed for the comfort of the disabled visitor as well as that of their family members or carers, and are in attractive village or country settings.
We can have up to 14 adults and 5 children (sharing family rooms) in this magnificent house, booking as a whole house let for weeks (in the summer) or weekends or mid week breaks the rest of the year, and yes, we are open for Christmas and New Year bookings.The moment you see this magnificent house with its opulent windows and the green roof, you enter via the large front door into the beautiful entrance hall with its stained glass windows. Immediately you are transported back to the days after the Wall Street Crash, when Art Deco simply meant luxury, glamour and exuberance.
Marine Villa, The Art Deco House is unlike probably any other self catering property in the south of England, and is just 3 hours door to door from London.
Blackrow Farm offers self-catering holiday cottages in Dorset with wheelchair access and all facilities designed for use by disabled guests. The accommodation is suitable for all, but special attention has been paid to guests with mobility needs.
The accommodation is provided in an old red brick barn and former dairy and pig sty that have been converted and furnished with taste and attention to detail. Bedrooms, bathrooms and wet rooms are well appointed and the kitchen/living areas look out onto the glorious views of the Blackmore Vale.
On the west coast of the Lake District, between Barrow-In-Furness and Carlisle, lies the tiny village of Ravenglass. Once a Roman port, part of a chain of defence and supply for north-west Britain, Ravenglass is now known for the almost unique distinction of laying within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District National Park – and, of course, its railway.
As parents of two special needs children our own holiday experiences have been stressful and challenging. In 2002 we decided to try and change holidays for people with disabilities and provide high quality, accessible and welcoming self-catering accommodation for families like ours. It took us 2 years to find Helsey House and its outbuildings. We started work on converting the cattle stalls into cottages in December 2004 and welcomed our first guests in August 2005.
The Pembrokeshire Coast is famous for its winding Coast Path and picturesque sandy beaches, and with the help of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, several beaches can be accessed by specially designed beach wheelchairs.
Wheelchairs for use on sandy beaches are available to hire under the National Park Authority’s beach wheelchairs scheme at eight locations across Pembrokeshire for a small fee or no charge.
The Authority’s Access Manager, Anthony Richards said: “The beach wheelchairs have proved to be very popular over the years and with funding from the Welsh Government we have recently acquired two new beach wheelchairs, to replace the wheelchairs at Saundersfoot harbour and Poppit Sands café.
A Somerset riding stables has gained a national stamp of approval to enable more disabled people to experience the fun and freedom of horse riding. Thanks to its Accessibility Mark accreditation, Pevlings Farm Riding Stables, based in Templecombe, hopes to accommodate more disabled participants after successfully completing the training and criteria set out by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
The RDA, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.
Visitors of all abilities and ages are invited to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest on Saturday 10 March to get out and about, enjoy the park’s accessible facilities and find out about Moors Valley’s approach to inclusivity. A selection of the park’s events and activities for visitors will be showcased throughout the day.
North Devon is leading the way for other UK tourism hotspots by providing fully accessible adventure holidays for disabled people at Calvert Trust Exmoor.
The Minister for Disabled People, Health, and Work, Sarah Newton, and Peter Heaton-Jones, MP for North Devon, both visited the Calvert Trust’s facilities today (Friday 16 February) to see first-hand the work they’re doing so disabled people can enjoy adventurous activities that many others take for granted, such as horse riding, abseiling and canoeing.
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, said:
A mechanical horse called ‘Mr Williams’ is helping disabled riders at a Cumbria riding school to gain confidence in the saddle.
Mr Williams has been part of the equine team at Happy Hooves Riding Centre since 2014, when owner Alison Noble purchased him realising he was a valuable asset for their equine therapy courses, and he was the only mechanical horse in the area at the time.
As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Happy Hooves also saw the benefit that Mr Williams, could bring to their disabled clients.
The joy of Woodlarks is that everyone involved is a volunteer. The disabled people who come here have all sorts of disabilities. They rely on volunteer helpers to enable them to join in all that Woodlarks has to offer.
As one camper said, ‘A new experience every day.’
The summer half term week, and every week through July and August, urgently needs active helpers to engage for a week.
As soon as bookings open in January, camp leaders are flooded with applications from disabled people who want to attend their week. Sadly, they have to put many on a waiting list until they can be sure that they have enough helpers.
On the 11th of November 2017 Croyde’s “almost famous” Deckchair Cinema will be hosting a special screening of the award winning film ‘My Feral Heart’, with all proceeds from the screening going to Calvert Trust Exmoor.
‘My Feral Heart’ has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Actor’ (for Steve Brandon) at the National Film Awards, and ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the IARA Awards. It’s a poignant and inspiring story, beautifully told by director Jane Gull and producer James Rumsey, and staring BIFA nominee Steve Brandon as ‘Luke’.
If you're looking for an accessible day out in the North of England, you won't find many better regions to visit than County Durham. The area is a treasure trove of activities that are both fun and educational, with plenty to do and see.
To help you plan your trip, we've listed our five favourite accessible attractions in the county, with something to suit everyone. Read on to find out more.
Hall Hill Farm
Who'll love it: Younger visitors and animal lovers.
Hall Hill Farm is a fantastic day out for the whole family, with plenty of animals to pet and feed, as well as a host of activities to take part in.