Accessible Holidays & Days Out

Home From Home In Disabled Holidaying

Fife Disabled Holiday Home

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.

Christchurch Group make Jonathan’s dream of a holiday come true 

Jonathan and family on holiday

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.

Dual Purpose Accommodation Launched as Solution in Growing Disabled Tourism Market

Dual Purpose Accommodation

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 - the disabled holiday accommodation specialists

The outside of The Lin Bewick Trust House

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.

 

Slip back into the days of Art Deco decadence in the 1930’s

Art Deco bedroom

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: accessible accommodation in picturesque Dorset

Blackrow Farm - the wheelchair-accessible cottages

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.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 150 Years Of Steaming To The Cumbrian Hills

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 150 Years Of Steaming To The Cumbrian Hills

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.

Helsey House Cottages

Helsey House Cottages

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. 

Two new beach wheelchairs purchased for the Pembrokeshire Coast

Two new beach wheelchairs purchased for the Pembrokeshire Coast

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.

Pevlings Farm Riding Stables Opens Up More Opportunities for Disabled Riders

Pevlings Farm Riding Stables Opens Up More Opportunities for Disabled Riders

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.

Exmoor leading the way on accessible adventure holidays

Exmoor leading the way on accessible adventure holidays for disabled people

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:

Mr Williams – The perfect horse for disabled riders

Mr Williams – The perfect horse

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.

Be a volunteer helper!

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.