This week, our city spotlight is on London. The vibrant, capital city is never short of exciting events and Disabled Access Day is no exception. From a football community open day at Hackney Wick F.C. to a beach themed craft activity day at the Unicorn theatre, there’s sure to be something to suit even the pickiest of tastes.
First up is Tate Britain. This modern gallery houses art that dates all the way back to the 1500s and is a top tourist attraction in London. On Saturday the 11th of March the gallery have organised a welcome on arrival, free tea and coffee and a volunteer entrance host to introduce the building. There will also be a guided tour of the Tate Archives with opportunity to touch the original items. Tate Britain has also organised Touch Tours of sculptures from the collection displays which will be available for visually impaired visitors. Check out the full event here!
Next we’ve got an event for all you football fans out there. Hackney Wick F.C. will open its doors for the ‘Our Hackney – Community Open Day’. The football association are encouraging all members of the community to come down and find out how to support or become involved with the club and their wider community campaigns. Following this event there will be a friendly football match with one of the Hackney Wick F.C. adult teams! Sounds like a fun day out to us, find more information here.
What better way to beat these cold winter blues than a beach – themed craft activity?! That’s exactly what The Unicorn Theatre will be providing if you pop along there on Saturday 11th of March. This activity is inspired by their show Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore. The Unicorn Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences based in London Bridge. The building is fully accessible and there’s a Sennheiser system in place for sound amplification. The event is for ages 4+ and is free of charge – awesome! Check out the full event information here, now where did we put our bucket and spade..?
Here’s something for all you history buffs out there. The Imperial War Museum have organised a number of events for Disabled Access Day this year including three free British Sign Language interpreted gallery talks. One on ‘The Baghdad Car’, another on ‘Ten Stories by Hiroshima’ and the final on ‘The Falklands War’. There will also be a free live audio described tour of their First World War Galleries. These talks and tours will be held at numerous different times on Saturday the 11th of March. Find out more here.
It’s time to start get all royal as Kensington Palace opens its doors to several events this Disabled Access Day. They will be offering a range of presentations and tours throughout the weekend of 10th – 12th of March. The Palace will be providing British Sign language presentations and tours on the 10th of March, deaf guide tours on the 11th of March, and describer handling sessions and tours on the 12th of March. These tours will allow guests to discover more about the palaces fascinating 300 year history. BSL presentations and describer handling sessions are free of charge whilst a ticket will be required to be purchased to gain entry to the palace. Booking in advance will be necessary to guarantee a space, get the full details here.
Were you one of the millions of people who watched the London 2012 Olympics? Have you ever wondered what it was like to be living in the Olympic village? Or imagined what the many stadiums looked like in real life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have just the event for you! The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford will be opening its doors to several tours throughout Disabled Access Day weekend. The tours will showcase design features and the most memorable 2012 venues. You will get the chance to find out more about the venues accessibility and inclusive design work. These tours will take place on Friday 10th and Sunday 12th of March, make sure you book in advance to confirm your space!
These are just a handful of events that are taking place throughout the weekend of the 10th,11th and 12th of March in London. There will be many other events at venues around London including The Southbank Centre, The Playhouse Theatre, The Cutty Sark, Borough Market, and WAC Arts! For a complete list of events up and down the country check out our full listing here.