If you or your loved ones have spent the past few months shielding, you’re likely keen for a change of scenery when it’s safe to do so. While the stress of travelling abroad is off the table for now, why not consider a holiday closer to home? Whether you’re longing for rest and relaxation on a beach or keen to blow the cobwebs away with an action-packed trip, there’s a disability friendly staycation option right here in the UK to suit everyone.
Turn Up the Glam-ping
There’s nothing like taking time out and getting close to nature. Here in the UK we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to spectacular scenery. But camping isn’t always the most accessible of activities. A glamping getaway in an accessible pod or yurt, however, can give you the best of both worlds. Glamping lets you get away from it all, while keeping some essentials like toilet and shower facilities. Glamping pods and yurts give you step free access and their roomy interiors make them perfect for wheelchair users.
We love: Tucked away next to a Scottish nature reserve, Stuc a’Chroin yurt is set on a fully wheelchair accessible site with a wooden, wheelchair-friendly walkway and has access to a well-equipped accessible bathroom too.
More and more beaches around the country are introducing beach wheelchairs that are available to rent. Their enormous wheels tackle tough terrain with ease leaving you to sit back and enjoy. Some beaches are even starting to invest in floating wheelchairs which allow you to safely enter the water and have a paddle if it’s warm enough that is!
We love: Head to sunny Poole beach on the south coast to rent some great floating wheelchairs and try out the ingenious Mobi Mat. It’s a portable, lightweight and tough rubber walkway that can be placed anywhere on the beach, allowing wheelchair users to bypass pesky sand altogether!
Summer in the City
If hustle and bustle and bright lights are more your kind of thing, you can’t go wrong with a city break. Due to disability laws, most cities in the UK are well equipped for disabled visitors, but certainly some more than others.
We love: The Welsh capital, Cardiff has been praised as one of the most wheelchair-friendly cities in the UK thanks to its highly accessible tourist attractions like the fascinating National Museum. Take advantage of the wheelchair accessible Aquabus to go between Cardiff Bay and the city centre.
Planning a family day out? The UK enjoys some of the top accessible attractions. From the industry leading accessibility standards of the Titanic Experience in Belfast to the enchanting Harry Potter Studio Tour, the UK is chock-a-block with accessible attractions that every family member is sure to love.
We love: Step back in time to the roaring ‘20s at Brooklands Museum in Surrey. The open air motoring and aviation museum has a host of exhibits to explore, including the world famous Concorde and a fully accessible Concorde simulator.
Action Packed Accessibility
For adrenaline junkies who want to get their blood pumping, strap in for thrills and spills on an outdoor activities adventure holiday. They strike a fantastic balance between high octane pursuits and relaxing getaway.
We love: The Calvert Trust has outstanding features at their outdoor activity break locations dotted around the UK. From wheelchair challenge courses to wheelchair accessible zip lining, The Calvert Trust really puts inclusivity and accessibility at the heart of everything they do.