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Rushmere Country Park - Stockgrove Visitor Centre

Brickhill Road, Heath & Reach, Bedfordshire, LU7 0BA

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Introduction

COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in February 2021.
  • The visitors centre is currently closed, but the toilets are still open and the café is currently doing takeaway only.
  • There are separate doors are used for entering and exiting the toilets.
  • There is a member of staff available at the café entrance but not the toilets.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is only a one-way system in the toilets.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Toilets are available.
  • The venue is not certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Leighton Buzzard.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Leighton Buzzard.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 09:30 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 09:30 - 17:00.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the front of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 550cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 1in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 25m (27yd) from the visitor centre entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 32m (35yd) from the visitor centre entrance.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
  • The car park surface is concrete.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

Outside Access (Visitor Centre Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in) wide.

Level Change (Visitor Centre Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the entrance.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 12m (13yd 4in) from the entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Restaurant Bar Internal

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 3m (3yd 10in) from the visitor centre entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 66cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 66cm (2ft 2in).
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are not clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks and drinks.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the visitor centre main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from vistor centre desk.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 250cm x 240cm (8ft 2in x 7ft 10in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 182cm (5ft 12in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste and sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in this accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a wheel-in shower in this accessible toilet.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head and handrails.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left as you enter the visitor centre.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the male and female toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.