Disabled Access Day Gains Support from over 200 Companies and Venues Nationwide

press releases, 2015, Edinburgh, London

Disabled Access Day Gains Support from over 200 Companies and Venues Nationwide

Special events, promotions and activities will take place across the UK on January 17th 2015

6th January 2015, Edinburgh and London: Over 200 companies and venues across the UK have pledged their support for Disabled Access Day, a new initiative taking place on January 17th that aims to encourage disabled people, their friends and families to visit somewhere new together.

VisitEngland, VisitScotland, Visit Wales, Standard Life, BT and disabled access review website Euan’s Guide are supporting the day. A number of events, including venue tours and children’s activities, will be taking place and special promotions will be available on the day at venues including Buckingham Palace, The Cutty Sark, and the National Theatre, among others. The Tate Modern will be offering free guided tours specifically for disabled visitors and touch tours for the visually impaired will be available on demand. Free parking will also be available.

Caffè Nero will be offering a complimentary hand crafted coffee at over 150 participating stores across the country in support of the initiative. Free hot drinks and 50% off cakes and afternoon tea will also be available at a selection of Caffe Concerto stores. People taking part will be sent an e-voucher to avail of these promotions after signing up on the Disabled Access Day website.

The flagship event will take place on the Royal Yacht Britannia and at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, where visitors can get discounted entry, try an accessible bus and meet assistance dogs & learn about the work they do.

Selected Barclays branches around the UK will also be demonstrating their accessible services, from 'high vis' debit cards to Talking ATMs.

Kiki MacDonald, Co-Founder of Euan’s Guide, said: “Promoting good disabled access is at the core of what we do, so this campaign is close to our hearts. By hosting events and offering promotions to visitors on January 17th, all of the partners involved can demonstrate just how important disabled access is to them.”

For more information and for a full list of partners, locations and events, visit www.DisabledAccessDay.com/.

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Note to Editors: Notable venues taking part in London include Houses of Parliament, where guided and audio tours will be taking place. The National Theatre will be hosting a drop-in session with refreshments where people can learn more about accessibility and have the chance to go backstage. The Royal Collection Trust will be offering free admission with a pre-booked ticket at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. The Cutty Sark will be running their first ever Audio Described tour, as well as a BSL tour.

Other activities taking place across the UK include a flagship event on the Royal Yacht Brittania where there will be discounted admission, an opportunity to meet Assistance Dogs and try an accessible bus. Venues including the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh, the Palace at Holyrood House, National Trust Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall, No. 1 Royal Crescent in Bath, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre will also be taking part on the day.

For a full list of partners and events, visit www.DisabledAccessDay.com/what-s-on/.

About Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day is all about getting out and visiting a venue that you’ve never been to before - whether a cinema, coffee shop, sports centre or anywhere else. Disabled Access Day is asking disabled people and their friends and families to visit somewhere that they’ve never been before on Saturday 17th January 2015. For more information please visit www.DisabledAccessDay.com.