5 things we are already excited about…
Disabled Access Day has now passed the 150 days to go mark and over 70 amazing venues covering the length and breadth of the U.K. have signed up to hold events on the big day on 12th March 2016. While most venues are still busy planning exciting activities for the day, some are super organised and have already decided what they’ll be doing. Take a look at some of our favourite activities so far:
1. Watch out for Gangsta Granny
Shhh! Do you know Granny’s secret? Join Granny and Ben at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield to embark on an exciting adventure and find out exactly what Granny gets up to on Friday nights!
Best-selling author David Walliams recently wrote the hit book ‘Gangsta Granny’ and the Birmingham Stage Company have turned it into a fun-filled production. For Disabled Access Day a relaxed performance will be shown at the theatre ensuring everyone has a fabulous time as Granny and Ben get up to all sorts of mischief on stage. Tickets are sure to sell out fast so it’s just as well we’re telling you about this one now!
More information about the performance plus access information can be found on the Lyceum Theatre’s Euan’s Guide listing.
2. Go for a stroll in Norfolk
Sculthorpe Nature Reserve will be opening a brand new riverside board walk in March 2016 – just in time for Disabled Access Day! Visitors will be invited to join local knowledgeable volunteer wardens for tours around the reserve to learn all about the local inhabitants and will be able to use the wheelchair accessible 4 metre high viewing platform for a great view across the reserve.
And what makes it even better? The nature reserve have kindly offered visitors taking part in Disabled Access Day free entry! So grab your friends and family, you never know you might spot a tawny owl or a kingfisher – keep those eyes peeled (and send us a photo if you see one!).
More information about the event and access at Sculthorpe Nature Reserve can be found on their Euan’s Guide listing.
3. Take a break in the Welsh countryside
How about a relaxing weekend break over Disabled Access Day? If you’re staying at the picturesque Tyddyn Retreat not only do you have the beautiful view to look forward to, you will receive a complimentary warm Welsh welcome tea when you arrive. What better place to enjoy it than in front of a cosy log burning fire… take us there now!
Find out more about the access at Tyddyn Retreat by taking a look at their Euan’s Guide listing.
4. Explore Stratford
What better way to explore a town than by taking an award winning guided tour! The lovely people at Stratford Town Walk are offering people taking part in Disabled Access Day a free guided tour of the picturesque streets of the town. Unravel Shakespeare’s past, learn about bizarre medieval cures and meander along the River Avon all in two hours– just don’t forget that camera!
More information about the event, including access information can be found on Stratford Town Walk’s Euan’s Guide listing.
5. Dive into an underwater world
If you want to learn more about the fascinating world underneath the sea, what better place to start than at the UK’s largest Aquarium? At National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth you can come face-to-face with a shark or a deadly jellyfish, and take a stroll through a beautiful coral reef full of colourful exotic fish.
Between 3-6pm on Disabled Access Day, a BSL interpreter will be accompanying one of the tour guides around the building. There will also be a quiet area to sit and observe the fish, and a hands-on sensory area where visitors can touch coral and turtle shells.
Find out more about the National Marine Aquarium’s plans for Disabled Access Day, as well as their access information, by visiting their Euan’s Guide listing.
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