Accessible days out to beat the winter blues

Guinness Care News Article - 13 January 2020
Accessible days out to beat the winter blues

If you and your loved ones are looking to fill 2020 with adventure, memories and good times, why not kick start things with some of these fun, accessible and age-friendly days out:

From British winter to tropical rainforest

The Eden Project in Cornwall offers a wonderfully accessible doorway to seeing, smelling and learning about the world’s fauna. On cold, rainy days you can shelter from the weather in the Core – a fantastic building full of interactive displays and exhibits – a selection of cafes, and the two Biomes (greenhouses). With activities and events year round, there is always something to enjoy.

Spice up your life

Discover a world of chillies at South Devon Chilli Farm. Taste delicious chilli and non-chilli dishes in their cafe with incredible views, or visit the shop to browse the range of award-winning sauces, preserves, chocolates and gifts with free sampling every day. During warmer spells you can visit the show tunnel and plant nursery, or join a mini tour of the farm. The shop and cafe are both wheelchair accessible, as well as some other routes around the farm.

Step back in time to the Regency era

Visit a magnificent house and estate on the edge of the Peak District. With accessible routes around the house and gardens, Lyme Park offers lavish interiors, spectacular moorland views, the gentle sound of streams and fountains, and the tropical calm of the Orangery.

Take a ride in a heritage carriage

The Avon Valley Railway is a charity dedicated to restoring steam to the Avon Valley. Forty years on since restorations began, three miles of track has been re-laid, and locomotive and carriages restored. They have a specially-modified carriage for wheelchairs, comfortable seating, and ramps to make boarding simple.

Get an insight into the world of salt

When exploring the fully-accessible Lion Salt Works and its restored buildings, you will discover how the salt works operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy and landscape. The current exhibition ‘The Intrigue of Cheese: Cheshire Salt and the Dairy Industry’ runs until late February, as well as regular events including talks, walks, drama and workshops.

And there’s more…

None of these take your fancy? Take a look at AccessAble and Tourism For All to find even more accessible places for visitors of all ages, and keep an eye out for our spring edition of accessible days in March.

If you’d like support with days out for yourself or your loved one, Guinness Care at Home can help, from visiting friends or family to doing the activities you love. Get in touch with us here.

**Any reference in this article to any organisation, activities, products or services, or links to websites of another party, does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favouring by Guinness Care, and other options may be available which are not mentioned here. Please check directly with each organisation about their accessibility and opening times before visiting, as these may be subject to change.
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