As summer draws nearer and the promise of a few days of sunshine becomes a possibility, the question that pops into everyone’s mind is ‘what am I going to get up to this summer?’. With hundreds of different options out there it can take some time to find out the ones that are accessible, so we’ve decided to put together our top 5 list of events and attractions you need to visit this summer! Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet or want the fun and noise of a music festival, we’ve found something for everyone.
1. Hit the beach!
It may seem obvious, but the beaches around the UK are beautiful. Add in some sunshine and an ice-cream and you’ve found yourself the ultimate summers day, and with so many different beaches to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits you but here’s a few of our wheelchair friendly recommendations:
- Bournemouth Beach, Dorest – Bournemouth boasts a huge seven miles of award-winning golden sand. But that’s not all that is impressive, Bournemouth has everything from accessible cliff lifts to land trains as well as flat tarmac along the promenade.
- Summerleaze, Bude, Cornwall – A hub of sand, sea & surfing, Summerleaze beach is a must-see. With ample accessible parking & beach wheelchairs available to rent, it should not be missed.
If the thought of live music, buzzing crowds and delicious street food is your cup of tea, then look no further than BST Hyde Park. The festival was awarded the Silver Level of the Charter of Best Practice by Attitude is Everything, a charity that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music. The festival has hard standing walkways, accessible facilities and ground-floor viewing, BST Hyde park is as wheelchair friendly as a music festival can get. And with a line up that consists of Bruno Mars, Michael Buble & Eric Clapton and many more, it promises to be one of the highlights of summer.
Now we all know that the Great British Weather isn’t the most reliable, so when the weather is looking a little glum, having somewhere indoors to spend the day is useful. The Science Museum caters particularly well for disabled visitors with everything from written material available in large print, Braille and accessible events. The premises are fully accessible by wheelchair on any given day, and guests who are disabled will also receive discounts at the on-site ODEON cinema, where carers can also enter free of charge. To find out specific accessible events, click here.
Not everyone enjoys the summer sun, but don’t worry, we’ve found the opposite of summer right here in the UK. Chill Factor Manchester offers possibly one of the most unique experiences for those with limited movement and that’s Disability Snowsport UK. Disability Snowsport UK is a charity that provides adaptive skiing for individuals with any disability! Don’t believe us? Take a look at their video here!
Easily one of the most popular attractions in the UK is London Zoo – with fun for people all ages and all abilities! The building is over 170 years however most of the Zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and all those with mobility concerns. There are ramps and lifts to all the major attractions as well as accessible toilets and EVEN disabled car parking outside the front (which for those that are familiar with London know how rare this is).
If you know of anymore fantastic wheelchair friendly events or attractions that are worth a visit this summer, feel free to tweet us @pridemobilityuk