As a wheelchair user it’s easy to think that certain places are off limits due to steps, uneven surfaces and other such obstacles. While some locations, such as beaches, will almost always need specialist equipment to access, do not be so quick to dismiss other places to visit due to access issues. My advice is to research and to take venues on a case by case basis. If you want to go somewhere, Google it and see how easy it would be for you to access. Here is some advice on places to visit that you may have previously thought impossible.
I used to love going to the woods before I became reliant on my wheelchair, and regular trips to the New Forest and other local wooded areas are something I really love the chance to do. With a bit of research on The National Trust website, I’ve found Forests all round the country that are wheelchair accessible.
Although grass can often leave you on your…own, a lot of public gardens offer well manicured lawns and beautiful flowers, just perfect for the sunny weather we are currently enjoying. Some of the best accessible gardens to visit, summed up beautifully in this article from AgeUk.
The Theater or the Cinema
For those who prefer the great indoors to the great outdoors, or perhaps like me are suffering a little from hayfever and to much sun, a daytime show or movie is a safe bet. Most theaters are now equipped to accommodate wheelchair users, and are largely step free. Large cinemas are also widely accessible and level access. To be safe, it’s always best to call ahead if you have a venue in mind.
Do you have any ideas for accessible days out?
If you’re a wheelchair user, where are your favourite places to visit?