Disability and inclusion writer Heather Lacey, who has Cerebral Palsy, writes for AccessAble about spontaneous, accessible days out.
It's nice to be spontaneous, isn't it? An impromptu trip to the shops, or visit to a park, or to enjoy a meal out at a new restaurant.
Well, the thing is, although spontaneity sounds like a great idea, for many disabled people this spontaneity can be elusive. When you have access needs to think about, that quick jaunt outdoors can be difficult.
But, by using AccessAble's handy App and Detailed Access Guides, we're going some way in helping those with access needs to become more spontaneous, bypassing the need to go to the same old places or the hassle of ringing up to try and discuss - often in earnest - the requirements they have. In the spirit of National Simplicity Day, I wanted to showcase some of the more relaxing and serene locations in the North West that can be searched for on AccessAble 's wonderful App.
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
Nothing quite beats exploring a museum when trying to escape the hustle and busy of city-life. There's something so wonderful about discovering historic artefacts and pondering the lives of those who created and used them.
With AccessAble, you can also filter out the Accessibility Symbols so you know what’s available at the location. Don’t forget to click onto the Accessibility Symbols Guide to find out more!
For example, you can see here the following accessibility features:
- Mobility Impaired Walker
- Offsite Parking
- Blue Badge/Accessible Parking Bays
- Step Free Standard Toilet
- Seat(s) Available
- Sign Language
- Assistive Listening
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa - Wirral
There’s nothing quite like escaping the urban jungle like booking in a spa experience. Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa offers a wide range of relaxing treatments, drinks and food, to enable you to sit back, unwind and appreciate the simpler things in life.
You can very easily contact Thornton Hall via the phone or email details on the App or website, making that relaxing escape away even easier to arrange! Thornton Hall's accessibility features include ambulant toilet and accessible showers.
Witton Park, Blackburn
For those of us who feel serene and stress-free wandering around nature, give Witton Park in Blackburn a try. With a variety of amenities and activities to help you make the most out of your spontaneous day out, you can be sure there’s something for everyone. playgrounds to the parks and gardens, Witton Park is an impressive escape away from the hustle and bustle.
Don’t forget that there’s an option to toggle on the Easy Read options if you need to: another great way to make your trip out that little bit easier. Here, we can see that there's a bus stop within 150m of the venue, and that the nearest National Rail station is Cherry Tree or Mill Hill.
So, that’s it! A few relaxing ideas to see how AccessAble can make your days out more spontaneous. National Simplicity Day falls on the 12th July: why not see how AccessAble’s website and App can help you to enjoy your days out with ease?
Don’t forget to share how you can #KnowMoreGoMore to @AccessAbleUK ‘s social media channels: we’d love to see how you spend your simplicity day!