Accessible adventures and days out – try something new in 2015

rough guides familyThis New Year, try an adrenaline-filled adventure, from skiing and ice skating to indoor skydiving. Ideal for all abilities, these activities and many more are reviewed on The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain: Family Days Out microsite.

Created by the same team that brought you the award winning Rough Guide to Accessible Britain; the Family Days Out microsite is a compilation of the best accessible outings from around the country, suitable for the whole family – granny and granddad included.

The website features reviews of accessible family-friendly attractions including SNO!zone @ Xscape in Milton Keynes. With conditions matching that of a snow-covered mountain, 1,500 tons of real snow and a 185 yard slope, the venue offers an authentic Alpine adventure. Ideal for experienced enthusiasts and beginners alike, Disability Snowsport UK also provide lessons at SNO!zone, as do Silent Snow who operate sessions for deaf and hard of hearing people; they can also provide BSL interpreters.

Head to the home of ice-skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the Olympic-standard National Ice Centre in Nottingham. The rink offers dedicated skating sessions for beginners, families, teenagers, parents and toddlers, or experienced skaters as well as inclusive sessions. Disabled visitors can access the ice in a number of ways including using ice-adapted frames, manual wheelchairs and self-propelled hockey sleds. Real adrenaline junkies can experience the thrill of flying in a vertical wind tunnel at Airkix Indoor Skydiving in Manchester. Suitable for all abilities, including those with physical disabilities, visitors enter the flight chamber, where a column of air (with wind speeds of over 100mph) creates the sensation of freefall.

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain and the Family Days Out microsite have been developed in association with Motability Operations, the company that operates the Motability Car Scheme for disabled people. These online reviews contain all the must-have accessibility information needed to enjoy a great day out.

The fully refreshed Family Days Out reviews feature over 100 ideas for accessible days out, including 10 brand new additions. The new reviews of popular attractions will excite and delight children of all ages, including the Titanic Belfast and the Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour. Each attraction has been visited by disabled people and their families and alongside information about the venue such as opening times and entrance fees, each review also includes details on the accessibility features and what to expect on your day out.

The website’s reviews are grouped by region, type of attraction and accessibility requirement, making the guide easy to navigate and helping you find the most suitable attraction depending on your location and particular interests.  As well as hints and tips on each attraction, there’s advice from Battersea Dogs and Cats home on the ‘Woof Stuff!’ page on how to keep your dog safe on days out to ensure that all members of the family have fun.

For more information, please visit www.accessibleguide.co.uk/family-days-out, follow www.twitter.com/accessibleguide or ‘like’ www.facebook.com/accessibleguide.

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