How to plan the perfect day out this bank holiday.
If you suffer from limited mobility or a disability, that shouldn’t mean you have to stay at home looking at the same four walls over this bank holiday weekend. In fact, seeing, experiencing, and learning new things is proven to be good for our mental and physical wellbeing, so it’s important to get out and about as much as possible.
If you suffer from any mobility problems or other health-related issues, it’s important to carry out some forward planning to ensure that your chosen location is as accessible as possible. After all, there’s nothing worse than planning a day out only to show up and discover that, due to no fault of your own, you’re unable to enjoy it to the full.
Things to consider
When planning an accessible day out, there are a number of things to think about. Of course, it all depends on your individual situation, but some things to consider could include wheelchair accessibility, the availability of braille guides or audio tours, and the availability of adult changing facilities. And, if needed, don’t forget about disabled parking – you don’t want your trip to fall at the first hurdle.
You can usually find out these details by visiting the venue’s website, but if you are unsure, don’t be afraid to phone them before you visit to check what accessible facilities they have available.
Where to go
When it comes to tourist venues and attractions, there are a number of accessible options available throughout the UK, so you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. A number of museums, including the Science Museum in London and St Fagans Natural History Museum in Cardiff, made it into the Telegraph’s top 20 list of the UK’s most accessible attractions , as did The MAC arts centre in Belfast, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, and even a medieval castle or two!
For a comprehensive list of accessible events and venues around the UK, it’s also worth getting hold of publications such as the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, which is free for blue badge holders. There are also regional alternatives available, such as Artsline which concentrates specifically on accessible arts venues in the London area.
Staying active and spending time outdoors is really important for our physical and mental wellbeing so, if this is something you enjoy, there’s no reason why your disability or health condition should stop you.
More and more activities are being made available for people with a disability, and popular options include fishing, horse riding, bird watching, and cycling using customised bikes or tandems. If you’re looking for an activity with a bit more adrenaline, why not try a spot of coasteering? Celtic Quest in Pembrokeshire, West Wales are experienced at tailoring their activities to suit a range of different of people, including people with learning difficulties, hearing or vision impairment, and limited mobility.
Whether you prefer a quiet afternoon soaking up culture at a museum or heading out to the countryside to enjoy some fresh air, you’re sure to find some accessible options that match your interests. And with some forward planning and a little bit of research, you can enjoy a great day out.