Accessible Holidays & Days Out

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.


Croyde Deckchair Cinema supports Calvert Trust Exmoor

My Feral Heart

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’.

5 great accessible days out in County Durham

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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.

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.