With the summer holidays finally approaching, it’s time to plan some great days out for the whole family to enjoy with the help of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.
It wouldn’t be summer without a beach day with the family. Bournemouth Beach is the perfect place to build sandcastles with a seven-mile stretch of golden sand complete with a pier and the cool ‘beach pods’. The beach is also highly accessible with cliff lifts and free access to Bournemouth Pier, “sand buggies” for wheelchair users available to borrow from the beach offices and accessible beach huts available to rent for the day.
Discover the wild residents at Howlett’s Wild Animal Park which is home to big cats, elephants, rhinos and gorillas and allows visitors to get up close to all the animals. Families can even try out life as a monkey, taking part in Howett’s Treetop Challenge filled with aerial walkways and zip wires.
Cool off this summer and visit the indoor ski centre, SNO!zone @ Xscape Milton Keynes, which is perfect for all ages and abilities. Beginners can take advantage of ski and snowboard lessons while enthusiasts can sharpen their skills and tricks. This summer SNO!zone will be introducing special disability Snowsports lessons for those with sensory, cognitive or physical impairments, meaning the whole family can join in the fun and learn at their own pace.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain has been developed in association with Motability Operations Ltd, the company that operates the Motability Scheme for disabled people. These online reviews contain all the must-have accessibility information needed to enjoy a great day out. The website also features the Days Out Blog which has first-person experiences of accessible days out across the country, written by disability experts, tourism professionals and Rough Guide to Accessible Britain fans.
The accessibleguide.co.uk website also offers fans of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain the chance to submit their own reviews for places they have visited or great days out they’ve experienced. Visitors to the website can read reviews by other readers; download a free activity pack to keep kids entertained on long journeys and access special offer vouchers too. The online format allows readers to easily browse through the Guide and simply select chosen chapters and reviews to read and print – ideal when planning days out. Added benefits to the online format include direct links to attraction websites and pre-populated Google maps for the Scenic Drive routes.