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Accessible Days Out Directory

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Days out can be really rewarding and a great experience for children but finding activities that are going to be accessible too can be a real challenge. Ruining your day by discovering that there's no wheelchair access or disabled toilets is not a good way to spend your leisure time, so plan your outings to ensure the day goes smoothly!

Leisure activities are a great learning and development opportunity for children with learning disabilities as well as a way of keeping disabled children motivativated and interested by experiencing new surroundings. Browse through our directory of accessible days out to find some activity inspiration.

Charitable Organisations Offering Accessible Days Out

The Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust specializes in outdoor activities for people with learning disabilities.  The Trust has three centres in England, these are at Kielder, Keswick and Exmoor.

Go to the website at www.calvert-trust.org.uk to find out more.

Daytrippers

Founded in 2003 to help children with disabilities, life limiting and terminal illnesses. They provide funding for group daytrips including visits to theme parks, the seaside, museums, pantomimes and wildlife parks.

If your group is interested in applying for funding visit their website: www.daytrippers.org.uk write to;

Daytrippers Charity, 36 Great Pulteney Street, London, W1F 9NS

or contact Brook Morrison on 020 7758 0001

Please note that Daytrippers does not accept applications from individual families.

Out & About & Away

A Bristol based 'not for profit' organisation that organises Leisure opprtunities, short breaks, holidays and respite for children and adults with disabilitites.

To find out more visit the website www.outandaboutandaway.co.uk or telephone 07545565257

Eden Project

A giant crater in Cornwall where stories of our world come to life. A great day out for all the family. As it was funded by the National Lottery it has to meet disability access criteria.

For further details telephone 01726 811911 or visit www.edenproject.com

Penny Farm

An equine rehabilitation centre in Blackpool with a great accessible visitor centre and facilities for groups of disabled children to touch and meet the ponies. Sensory equine contact can have outstanding positive benefits for chidren with special needs.

World Horse Welfare Penny Farm - Preston New Rd, Blackpool FY4 5JS. Contact 01253 766983

Visit their website for events during school holidays at www.worldhorsewelfare.org Charity no - 206658 and sc38384


Companies Offering Accessible Days Out

Drusillas Park Zoo

Located at Alfriston, East Sussex. The park is totally accessible to wheelchair users and wheelchairs are available on request if booked in advance. There are disabled toilet facilities. Concession for disabled visitors and their carers.

Telephone 01323 874100 or visit www.drusillas.co.uk

Hop Farm Country Park

Near Paddock Wood, Kent. Easy access to majority of park. Issues leaflet to assist disabled visitors.

Information line - 01622 872068 or visit www.thehopfarm.co.uk

Alton Towers

This theme park offers concessions and access to disabled people. Also issues disabled pass to avoid having to queue for rides.

Telephone 0870 444 4455 or visit www.altontowers.com

Magna Science Adventure Centre

This is a hands on centre with lots of interactive activities and workshops. Wheelchairs are available to hire free of charge and everywhere is accessible

Visit their website for more information www.visitmagna.co.uk

Bristol Zoo Gardens

The zoo is wheelchair friendly with 20 wheelchairs and 2  scooters available for hire. They also offer concessions for special needs.

Telephone 0117 9706 176 or visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Newquay Zoo

This zoo is wheelchair friendly with disabled toilet facilities and offers free entry with wheelchair users who are with a full paying carer.

Telephone 01637 873 342 www.newquayzoo.org.uk

Cadbury World

Found in Birmingham, find out how chocolate is made and smell and taste it! There is disabled access throughout the attraction.

Information about opening times and prices can be found at www.cadburyworld.co.uk

Sea Life Centres
(There are 5 in the UK)

Enjoy the unique sensation of a kaleidescope of creatures swimming under your feet and over your head. From sharks to rays, turtles to clownnfish. Excellent wheelchair access with low level tanks so vision is not restricted!  Carers are free and so are under three year olds.

For details visit the website to find your local centre www.visitsealife.com

Tropical Wings World of Wildlife

All weather entertainment based in Essex. Lots of different species of birds, insects and animals and interaction is definitly encouraged, also plenty of games and fun things to do. Fully accessible to wheelchairs and has disabled toilets & parking. (They also do Special Sensory Sessions)

Telephone 01245 425 394 or visit www.tropicalwings.co.uk

Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari Park is one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions with around 30 species of mammal roaming 200 hectares of land, plus a few birds, reptiles and invertebrates. It offers reduced rates for people with disabilities and one carer can enter for free with further carers also enjoying the reduced rate. There are also disabled toilet facilities.

For further information visit their website at www.knowsley.com

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