As short and unpredictable as our summer unquestionably is, it’s important to make the most of it while it’s here. That means heading into the great outdoors, soaking up the rays and visiting some of the great attractions and locations this country has to offer.
When one of your party is a wheelchair user, however, days out or activities always take a little more forethought and planning. It’s for that very reason we’ve put together this short and simple list of five great potential summer activities that are wheelchair accessible.
There are lots of festivals taking place this summer for music lovers all across the UK and Ireland. A good festival experience will consist of meeting people you never normally would, listening to your favourite artists and making memories you can keep with you for the rest of your life. If you’re a festival goer, get in touch with the organisers beforehand to gain access to the accessible viewing area, camping, toilets etc. Many festivals will also provide a free ticket for a carer too.
Visiting an English Heritage Attraction
Some of the most beautiful and significant properties, monuments and castles in Britain are owned and operated by English Heritage. Wherever you live, you’re likely to have an English Heritage property close by and they all provide a really fun and interesting day out.
Crucially, too, being run by such a large and well-respected organisation as English Heritage means that the properties tend to take accessibility really seriously. Facilities for wheelchair users and other disabled visitors, therefore, are often second to none. What’s more, the English Heritage website provides details of those facilities for each of their locations so that you can plan ahead effectively.
There are few things more relaxing or more enjoyable than a sunny day spent fishing. Whether you want to make that a more sociable or a more personal experience, too, there are far more wheelchair accessible fisheries and angling locations than you might think.
In fact, the Disabled Angling Association is a charity entirely devoted to assisting any disabled individual who wishes to take up the hobby. Their website includes a directory of accessible fisheries and also offers invaluable information about events to attend and specialised equipment you may require.
Whilst more still does need to be done to make it easier for disabled people to get involved in sport, there are now far more opportunities than there once were. Sports as diverse as horse riding and sailing, amongst others, now cater far better for wheelchair users and other less able-bodied participants.
It may take a little searching, but the chances are that there will be a local club or organisation that can help you along if playing sport is the kind of activity you’d prefer. National organisations such as the Riding for the Disabled Association or CP Sport are easily contactable and can be a great place to start.
Checking Out a National Trust Property
There are literally hundreds of beautiful country houses and gardens owned and operated by the National Trust in the UK. They are amongst the most popular visitor attractions in the country, as they offer a really full and fun day out.
In a similar vein to English Heritage properties, National Trust houses and gardens also tend to excel when it comes to wheelchair accessibility. The venues admit both manual and powered wheelchairs where possible and also often provide either self-drive or volunteer driven vehicle to aid tours around their grounds.
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