Meet the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain contributors

The Rough Guides' team of disabled reviewers and their families scoured the UK to find the ultimate fun experiences for The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. Now you can get inside the minds of the experts and take a look at their insights into what makes a great family day out, their treasured memories of family trips and their top tips for making the most of your accessible family days out.

Andy Macleod, Accessible Guide reviewer for Scotland

Andy Macleod, Accessible Guide reviewer for Scotland

The best family attractions are spectacular, exciting and engaging as well as being educational and they ensure that the whole family can stay together, including the disabled person. My favourite memory of a family day out was to the Oban Sea Life Centre a few years ago where the kids were able to see sea life in their natural environment, seal pups being rehabilitated and we have never forgotten just how much an otter can eat in one sitting! When planning a family day out ensure that there is something really relevant to children - forward planning and research is essential.

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Christopher Cammiss, Accessible Guide reviewer for the Northwest

Christopher Cammiss, Accessible Guide reviewer for the Northwest

A great family attraction truly appeals to everyone and is developed with great skills and imagination. My favourite memory of a family day out was to Filey one summer; there was endless hard sand so I could get right up to the water’s edge without my wheels sinking!
Family days out need to be planned thoroughly, especially timing-wise.

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Emma Bowler, Accessible Guide reviewer for the Southwest

Emma Bowler, Accessible Guide reviewer for the Southwest

My two young sons Archie and Ben love a day out that is hands on and where they can have an adventure! We had a great family day out at Abbotsbury Swannery where the boys spent absolutely ages swinging on the rope next to the bouncing bomb (thankfully not live). My top tip for planning a family day out is to take plenty of snacks and water because you can guarantee that it’ll be when you’re farthest from any café or restaurant that they’ll need an energy boost.

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Jim Rawlings, Accessible Guide reviewer for East Anglia and East Midlands

Jim Rawlings, Accessible Guide reviewer for East Anglia and East Midlands

My favourite family day out memory is a summer trip to Southwold. The sea was warm, the sand soft, the fish and chips excellent and I drove there in a classic car! My biggest tip for making the most of a family day out would be forward planning, including checking the weather, traffic, roadworks and local events. We had a day out planned but found that there was to be an airshow, we rescheduled - same venue but less crowds and traffic congestion!

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Lara Masters, Accessible Guide reviewer for London

Lara Masters, Accessible Guide reviewer for London

All of my family are very creative and fashion-conscious so we love a trip to The Fashion and Textile Museum. It is the perfect day out for us to learn about and get inspired by some of the world's greatest designers. My top tip for a day out is to prepare for every eventuality! Take snacks, drinks, tissues, umbrellas, sunglasses. extra layers, sun cream... we live in the UK, who knows what the weather will do?!

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Rob Smith, Accessible Guide reviewer for West Midlands

Rob Smith, Accessible Guide reviewer for West Midlands

My favourite family day out memory is of a visit to Howletts Wild Animal Park. New window icon We were all happy to spend hours watching a small family group of Gorillas up close and realising for the first time just how similar to humans their interactions really were. As for my top tip - always remember where you parked the car! After a long, exciting but tiring day out, the last thing you need to be doing before a long drive home is traipsing round the massive car park trying to remember exactly where it was you parked the car many hours before.

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Shanta Everington, Accessible Guide reviewer for London and Southeast

Shanta Everington, Accessible Guide reviewer for London and Southeast

We loved Westminster Abbey, we were blown away by the grandeur and history of the Abbey. I worried that my four-year-old might not appreciate the place like me but, boy, he showed me! Be sure to pack your bag carefully ahead of a day out - you want to be well prepared without having to drag a ten tonne weight around, especially if you've got a back like mine! Don't tempt fate by skimping on essentials though - a spare set of clothes is a must for young kids. And make sure you know where the toilets are!

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