Wheelchair-friendly days out that are not to be missed!
Being in a wheelchair will not stop you from sampling some of the best experiences to be had in the UK. There are many wheelchair-friendly days out to be had where venues are accessible and cater for all visitors. This means that it's not as difficult as you might think to have a great day out, or even a weekend away.
If you are looking for inspiration about trips that you can take here are a few ideas to get you started.
See a show in London
A London theatre break is a great idea if you enjoy live entertainment. The theatre world has made a big effort to ensure that premises are accessible, as it was reported in 2017 that the majority of theatres have from two to twenty spaces for wheelchairs available. The main reason for the lack of disabled access throughout theatres in the first place was due to the time of which the buildings were designed. Most theatres were constructed during the late Victorian and Edwardian period – times where the disabled were often discriminated against, and because of the history of these buildings, many designers cannot find the permission to create the required facilities. But, new theatres are being designed with these accommodations in mind.
Being in a wheelchair should be no barrier if you want to experience the buzz of going to the theatre in London's West End. It's a magical experience, no matter which show you decide to see.
Take to the slopes at Chill Factor
Chill Factor in Manchester is one of the best venues to enjoy snow sports. Do not worry that your wheelchair may stop you from getting the full experience.
The folks at Chill Factor have made sure that everyone is included by working with Disability Snowsports UK to accommodate the needs of individuals with any type of disability. You can use the adaptive equipment that is provided while receiving access to specialised instruction and support. This means that you can learn to ski and snowboard and get full enjoyment from your day out.
Sample the Titanic story in Belfast
You will know the story of the doomed Atlantic liner Titanic. It's a sad tale, but a fascinating one. The great news is that you can learn more about the vessel, and it's history, at the Titanic Experience.
The venue is accessible for wheelchair users and there is also a loop system in place for anyone that is hearing impaired. This means that anyone can experience the Titanic Story. There is also the opportunity to take in a luxurious afternoon tea, on Sunday afternoons.
Spend time exploring Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the most accessible cities in the UK. This makes it the perfect choice for a day trip or short break if you use a wheelchair. It’s a beautiful city steeped in history and tranquility – it’s certainly worth a visit.
You won’t have to worry about getting around this prestigious city, as Edinburgh’s public transport is incredibly accessible for those in a wheelchair, going out of the way to ensure that travel is less challenging for everyone. The airport provides special assistance, while the buses kneel to kerb height for step-free access.
During your visit, there are several different attractions to visit including:
Spend time at the beach
UK beaches may not be quite as inviting as those abroad, but they still have their own special appeal. If you are thinking of visiting a beach in a wheelchair, you should choose one that you know is going to be accessible.
For instance, the beach at Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire is a good choice as you can use one of the all-terrain wheelchairs that are provided – just remember to book before you travel. Other beaches that are a good choice for wheelchair users include:
● Whitmore Bay in South Glamorgan
● Port Stewart Strand in Northern Ireland
● North Berwick Beach in Scotland
● Boscombe Pier Beach in Dorset
Explore Beningbrough Hall
Beningbrough Hall is a National Trust property and, like many of the Trust's properties, it's accessible for wheelchair users. It's a beautiful place to visit, with a large country house and stunning gardens to explore.
You can take a look around the galleries at the Hall - you can even learn how to make your own art while you are there. Outside the Hall are woodland walks which provide the perfect opportunity for kids to let off steam, and there’s a restaurant on site where you can explore local seasonal delights created with local produce. It's an ideal venue for a day trip that appeals to all the family.
Get some excitement at Avon Tyrrell
Avon Tyrrell is an adventure centre in the New Forest, and there are more than 40 different activities available to try. All of them are accessible to everyone as there is a range of different special equipment provided. This means that there is no reason to miss out on any of the excitement.
There are also accessible activities available in the wider forest area, including horse riding and wheelchair friendly trails. This means that you can visit the New Forest with your family, or a group of friends, and everyone can experience the fun.
Whatever needs you have, there are places in the UK that you can visit. There are also organisations that arrange trips and holidays that are specifically aimed at people who have accessibility needs. Take a look online and you will find many trips that you are certain to enjoy.