Accessible Holidays & Days Out

City celebrates 70 years of festival fever


The city streets of Scotland’s capital is preparing for the mother of all festivals next month. 

Edinburgh Fringe is back and this year it is celebrating 70 years of artistic excellence in the heart of this beautiful city. 

Talented artists from across the globe will be making their way to the festival that strives to be open and accessible to all. 

The story of Edinburgh Fringe is one of defiance and inclusivity - a characteristic that still runs deep in its identity to this day. 

The festival began in 1947 when eight theatre companies arrived to perform uninvited at the first ever Edinburgh International Festival. 

Incorporating an Open-Minded Approach to Riding, with Accessibility Mark

A Hampshire equestrian centre has become the latest riding establishment to sign up to a national scheme to encourage more disabled people to take up riding.

Russells Equestrian Centre based in Eastleigh is honoured to have met the criteria set out by Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), to gain their Accessibility Mark accreditation.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Happy Hooves Riding Centre Receives a Funding Boost

Happy Hooves Riding Centre

A Cumbria riding centre has been awarded a £2000 grant to help more disabled people to enjoy the benefits of riding and spending time with horses.

Happy Hooves Riding Centre based in Penrith, applied for the funding through the Cumbria Community Foundation, who put them in touch with the Edmond Castle Educational Trust. 

The Trust helps support local people and organisations who seek to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged members of their local community.

The centre regularly runs a six week course attended by clients put forward by the Cumbria Health and Care Services, mainly disadvantaged adults and children with learning difficulties.

Family business offers unique opportunity for disabled riders

Family business offers unique opportunity for disabled riders

A riding school in the heart of magnificent countryside is offering a fantastic new experience for disabled riders.

Penycoed Riding Centre lies just a few miles outside the border town of Oswestry and is encouraging more disabled people to get in the saddle.

Situated right on the Welsh border, the riding centre boasts staggering views over the Shropshire countryside and borderlands, giving guests an unrivalled riding experience.

The family run business has been operating for more than 40 years, and during that time it has established a fantastic reputation for creating a friendly, welcoming, and safe atmosphere for nervous and disabled riders.

RNIB opens new hydrotherapy pool at Pears Centre

Bradbury hydro centre opening

Leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has officially opened the new Bradbury Hydrotherapy Centre at the Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry.

The new hydrotherapy pool is part of the Pears Centre, which is run by RNIB and offers tailored education, care and therapies to children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs.

The sky’s the limit for helicopter fan James

James Jenner

A young man with learning disabilities from Worthing has fulfilled the dream of a lifetime and taken to the skies on board a helicopter.

James Jenner, who is on the autistic spectrum, and who has a passion for all things aeronautical, made the pleasure flight from Goodwood airfield.

The 20-year-old, who lives at Coneyhurst Lodge residential service in St Lawrence Avenue, was accompanied by his key worker Aimée White.

The pair enjoyed a thrilling 30-minute flight along the Hampshire and West Sussex coastline on board the G-Sunn helicopter.

“James really loves aeroplanes and helicopters and was delighted when he got the chance for a flight from Goodwood,” said Aimée.

‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badge and card to be rolled out permanently, as trial proves to be a great success

badge of ladies top

• 1,200 people with invisible impairments took part in the successful six-week trial across TfL’s network 

• Badge and card to be introduced on a permanent basis in spring 2017

• TfL will be first European transport provider to officially recognise invisible impairments and conditions


Transport for London (TfL) is pleased to announce that a blue badge for those less able to stand on public transport will be introduced on a permanent basis in spring. 

Newby Bridge Park

Newby Bridge Park

Easily accessible by car and bus, Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park is a perfect location for accessible self-catering holidays or a stay a little longer with a private holiday home. Surrounded by woodlands, the Park provides a tranquil setting with an abundance of wildlife, excellent facilities and easy accessible to a variety of local activities. There are nine self-catering units on the park and one fully accessible unit, The Derwent. Located near the Southern shore of Windermere at the edge of the Lake District National Park and just three miles to the ancient village of Cartmel, famous for its sticky toffee pudding, racecourse and the Cartmel Priory.


Get that festive feeling with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Accessible Britain

As the festive season gets into full swing and decorations adorn every shopping street, start getting into the Christmas spirit with The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.

The free online Guide features in-depth reviews of accessible attractions across the UK including the Eden Project where visitors can explore behind the scenes of Santa’s grotto. Discover the bunkbeds where elves sleep and the pigeonholes full of letters to Santa in a cosy tent, before meeting the man himself, accompanied by his jolly working elves. The Eden Project also offers sessions for autistic visitors and anyone with sensory and communicational needs, making the event accessible for all.

Great Achievement for Steve

Steve Wall

Steve Wall from Somerset has thoroughly caught the equestrian bug thanks to the team at Urchinwood Manor based in Bristol.

Steve, who is partially sighted and has been registered blind all his life, has been riding at Urchinwood Manor for nine years after first having a go on an excursion with a day centre. 

The centre has been run by Sally and Peter Hall since 1979 and was one of the pioneer centres of the Accessibility Mark scheme, taking up accredited in May 2014.

Young disabled people enjoy woodland holiday supported by national charity

• The short break in Gloucestershire was run by national disability charity Sense

• Charity is now calling for volunteers to join its unique holiday programme taking place in 2017

 A group of 10 young people, with a range of disabilities, recently enjoyed a short break at Macaroni Wood in Gloucestershire, run by national disability charity Sense. 

The holiday makers, with the help of team leaders and volunteers, crammed the week with fun filled activities including; a bouncy castle, walks in the wood, cooking classes, musical sessions and a visit from a travelling zoo.

County Park’s accessible cycling to feature on prime time TV

Victoria-Milligan (left) with Sean O'Connor and the film crew at Moors Valley

The crew of ITV’s Lorraine programme recently spent the morning filming at Moors Valley County Park near Ringwood.

The segment features presenter Victoria Milligan, mentor and Patron of the Child Bereavement Trust. Victoria lost her leg in a speedboating accident in Cornwall, which also took the life of her husband and daughter. Three years on, fitness fanatic Victoria is not letting the loss of a limb define her. She takes part in 10k fundraising runs and is helping others with similar experiences to overcome their disabilities and take on new challenges.

Disabled Angling Forum Wins Award

Disabled Angling

The Suffolk Disabled Anglers’ Forum is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Award. The charity has won £500 towards the cost of equipment and bait.

Known as the SDAF, the charity provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to gain access to angling, and runs sessions at Woody’s Lake, Barking Tye from May to October. Volunteer helpers and angling coaches provide all the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to help disabled people to enjoy coarse fishing.