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.
Accessible Holidays & Days Out
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
When accessibility is an issue, heading for days out can be a little nerve-wracking. To help you plan a fantastic day out without any of these worries, mobility stairlift supplier, Acorn Stairlifts, has highlighted the best and most accessible places to visit all across the UK.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.