Great inspiration for accessible days out may begin with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, but it certainly doesn’t end there. We’ve scoured the country to find even more people and organisations to share great ideas and advice to make getting out and about easier to plan and enjoy. From tourism professionals, to disability experts, and even Rough Guide to Accessible Britain fans who simply have fun experiences to share, the Days Out Blog is regularly updated and includes news and updates that we hope you’ll find inspiring, entertaining and useful. We hope that the Days Out Blog encourages more people get out and about and enjoy the many fantastic, accessible attractions throughout the UK.
I’ve always loved sports matches, whether it be rugby, football or cricket, they make a great day out. Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the media about accessible sports grounds. There are definitely things that could be improved but there are also some great examples of excellence around the UK.
Living in Edinburgh, I have been to countless rugby games at Murrayfield and would definitely recommend it. International matches can be tricky because there are so many people but the facilities are very accessible and the staff are happy to help.
I’m also a regular at Easter Road Stadium to watch Hibs. Each stand, the hospitality suites, the Club store and the Hibernian Learning Centre all have accessible areas and there are accessible toilets in close proximity to the accessible seating areas.
When I’m in London, I like to visit Lords, which is 200 years old this year. One of the reviews on euansguide.com describes the access there as ‘easy peasy’ and it really is. Great facilities run by great staff.
Looking to the future, I’m excited by the prospect of watching the Commonwealth Games. Some of our top reviewers at Euan’s Guide were given a special tour of the Commonwealth facilities and you can read their thoughts on our blog. It is great to a see the introduction of ‘pods’ which allow disabled swimmers to enter the water independently at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Hopefully the innovation behind the facilities at the Commonwealth Games will spread across the UK and make it easier for everyone to enjoy sporting events.
Calling all readers of the Accessible Guide! The next time you visit a sports ground, it would be great if you could help us by filling out a review on our site (euansguide.com). The more reviews we have, the easier it will be for disabled people to find somewhere great to go.
Euan is Edinburgh born and 39.He studied at St Andrews and Edinburgh University before moving down to London for 6 years where he worked in the financial services industry. He has since moved back up to Edinburgh with his family where he fundraises for MND research, working closely with Edinburgh University.
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