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.
Accessible Holidays & Days Out
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travelling abroad if you have suffered a spinal injury can be an overwhelming experience. Even more so if you are finding yourself in the process of planning it for the first time, when everything, from deciding on a destination, to booking flights and accommodation can seem overwhelming.
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.