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 absolutely love travelling, and before my MS diagnosis I had been to over 60 countries, climbed the Himalayas to Everest base camp (5700m) and spent a year on tour with a Latin American rock star.
I used to just pack my bags and go. Now I need to know so many more details – are there dropped curbs? Are there any disabled toilets? Are there hills (and I don’t mean steep hills, any kind of slope is a hill when you are in a wheelchair!)? Did you know that cobblestones, which bring rustic charm to an old town, are a complete nightmare for wheelchair users, causing us to be rattled around in our wheelchair like a solitary pound coin in an over enthusiastic charity collectors tin?
This is the kind of information that only other wheelchair users notice and can tell you! Every time I have gone somewhere I have rigorously searched online and found a few snippets of wheelchair user information. So I came up with the idea for WheelchairWorld.org. A place where we can bring all of this information together, add more reviews and make it easy for wheelchair users to find information that they need!
Accessibility is pretty good in Britain (globally speaking). Obviously it is not perfect but most pavements have dropped curbs and disabled toilets can often be found in chain eateries and coffee shops. I do a lot more travelling in the UK visiting the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, the Isle of Wight, the Shakespeare theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon and number of London venues.
I recently met the lemurs at Wingham Wildlife Park. An encounter with the meerkats was impossible as they are based in the sand, but with the lemurs, I was able to go right into the enclosure and the lemurs were not at all bothered by my wheelchair, enjoying clambering all over it to get to their food which I was holding!
On Wheelchairworld.org, for the UK, there are already 50+ reviews and resources – including, of course, the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain!
I often search for new information to put on Wheelchairworld.org. And what is great? I find information about places that I would love to visit and are wheelchair accessible!
Visit us at www.wheelchairworld.org
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