A Bookworm’s Guide to Disabled Access Day

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A Bookworm’s Guide to Disabled Access Day

Do you love getting lost in a great book? March 3rd marks World Book Day, the international celebration of books and reading – so there’s no better time to get stuck into a good page turner! It’s also the perfect excuse to start planning your Disabled Access Day, as there are tons of literary events going on up and down the country. From libraries to storytelling centres, we’ve got Access Day covered for book lovers!

Take a look at just five of the events guaranteed to get bookworms excited:

Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle

Seven Stories in Newcastle are organising a whole day of fun, imaginative and accessible events to get little ones excited about reading.

Early Bird opening at 9-10am will allow visitors to avoid large queues and crowds, and explore the exhibitions a whole hour before doors open to the general public.

There will also be multi-sensory ‘Story Times’ throughout the day, using props like sand, water, feathers and bubbles to bring stories to life and take kids on a journey into the depths of the jungle.

Image of different authors cut out into a collage

The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Can you believe that the National Library of Scotland is home to a staggering 24 million printed items, 100,000 manuscripts and two million maps? On Disabled Access Day, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this treasure trove of information on a BSL interpreted tour of the library. There will also be the opportunity to drop in for tea, coffee and biscuits and learn more about the library and its exhibitions. Library staff will be on hand to answer your questions and welcome feedback about they can improve accessibility.

Grand Opera House, York

Poetry lovers, here’s an event for you! Wendy Cope is a critically acclaimed poet who has spent decades at the forefront of the British poetry scene, famous for her comic and high perceptive love poems and parodies. She will be appearing at the Grand Opera House as part of the York Literary Festival – the Opera House will be 2 for 1 tickets to people participating in the day.

Image of a peach from James and the Giant Peach

Southbank Centre, London

Most of us know Roald Dahl wrote incredible children’s books like ‘Matilda’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, but did you know he was also a spy, a fighter pilot and historian of chocolate?

‘The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl’ at the Southbank Centre invites kids to embark on a magical and interactive journey revealing more about the man behind the books, and there will be a 50% discount for wheelchair users on their ticket.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden

Disabled Access Day promises to be a real treat for Dahl-lovers, as The Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire will also be participating!

Situated in the village where Dahl once lived and wrote, the museum has all sorts of creative and interactive activities to get involved with, from arts-and-crafts to tours around Great Missenden.

On Access Day, there will be BSL interpreted talks about the author’s life and works, and signed storytelling from Revolting Rhymes throughout the day. Visitors will also be able to try out the museum’s brand new signed content app, ‘Signly’.


Not a book lover? Not to worry! There are all sorts of venues taking part in Disabled Access Day, from cinemas to museums to sports centres – there’s bound to be something going on which will float your boat. Take a look at our ‘what’s on’ guide to see the full listings, and whatever you do get up to on the day, remember to let us know!