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English Tourism Week coincides with Autism Awareness Week and Helsey House Cottages would like to offer a 10%+ discount in the Cow Shed cottage for the week of Friday 24th to 31st March 2017 to families with a member on the autistic spectrum.
This is the time of year when many of us look forward to a change of scene, a short break away from the routine, somewhere to stay where we can relax but with all the comforts and facilities of home! Crathie Opportunity Holidays is available all year round and short breaks can be arranged.
The Lincolnshire Autistic Society is holding their 14th Annual Conference in Woodhall Spa on Thursday 23rd March 2017. Helsey House Cottages would like to off a 10%+ discount on a 4 night stay from Monday 20th March in either The Dairy or the Cow Shed cottage for anyone with an autistic spectrum disorder and their family who would like to attend the Conference.
Fairytale Farm, the magical farm park just outside Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, has announced details of its 2016 Christmas Fairytale event, after its 2015 event was almost plunged into darkness after thieves stole most of the lights.
Having a specific need or requirement when planning your holiday should not mean that you have to compromise on your expectations or the quality of the accommodation you use. Luxury self-catering site, Cottage Gems, aims to cater for all, whatever your needs or wants.
I was lucky enough to be the first ever guest at Croft Bungalow, in the Peak District, back in April. I was encouraged to fill the lodge, which had 2 bedrooms, so along came my husband Darren, friends Rachel and Alastair, and of course, Poppy the puppy. Croft Bungalow is a level access bungalow that can sleep 3 or 4. It has been recently refurbished (completed October 2015).
The lovely people at Homelands Trust-Fife invited me there back in February. I was encouraged to fill the lodge, which had 2 bedrooms, so along came my husband Darren, friends Chris and Kate, and the newest addition to our family, Poppy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy!
Homelands sits in mature woodlands in the pretty seaside village of Lundin Links, with panoramic views across Lundin golf course and Largo Bay to Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Changing Places People’s Award for most popular Changing Places Toilet Facilities in the UK from more than 800 facility providers. Sandcastle Waterpark MD John Child said, “we are proud to receive this award which has been voted for by members of the public” We are a business that wholeheartedly supports Changing Places as they strive for every town in the UK to provide this facility.
VisitEngland, the national tourist board revealed the winners for the Awards for Excellence 2016 at its 27th annual ceremony held on 8th March at Winter Gardens Blackpool, with with Hoe Grange Holidays scooping Gold, and Calvert Trust Exmoor & The Roman Baths joint silver in the “Access for All” category. Celebrating excellence across the industry, the prestigious ceremony - held for the first time this year during English Tourism Week - announced 16 winners including Best Tourism Experience, Best Visitor Attraction and Best Large Hotel and this year’s new edition, the Best Dog Friendly Business.
The UK can sometimes be an intimidating location for accessibility, with often cramped roads and even busier public transport. But despite the ancient heritage of many the nation's biggest cities, special care has been taken in many cities across the country to give wheelchair users and individuals with mobility issues full access to the storied spectacles of Britain.
Our accessible holiday cottages in the New Forest have been upgraded and we now have two cottages with profiling / carers beds available. Bench Cottage sleeps up to four people – the master bedroom has twin beds – one of which is a profiling carers bed – fully adjustable and the 2nd bedroom is also a twin.
Lundin Links based charity, Homelands Trust-Fife (SC027281), would like to welcome guests to their purpose-built, fully accessible self-catering lodges and drop-in centre. The Homelands estate has four wheelchair-accessible lodges, specifically designed to meet the needs of people with a range of disabilities and long-term health conditions.
Ta Mill is the perfect location for a secluded rural hideaway retreat in North Cornwall. Escape this summer to the wonderful Cornish Countryside. Only a 15 minute drive from the stunning and rugged coastline and set on the edges of Bodmin Moor. The Dairy Cottage which sleeps 4/5 guests has been graded under the National Accessible Scheme. This unit is suitable for older and less mobile guests, and assisted wheelchair users. Other cottages and lodges on site offers accommodation all on ground level which is more suitable for those who want to avoid stairs.
JD Wetherspoon, already a champion in its provision of accessible toilets, is setting new standards by becoming the first major national pub chain to open a Changing Places. The ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ assisted accessible toilet- supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat- is in Wetherspoon’s new ‘The Velvet Coaster’ pub, on Blackpool Promenade.
Lynne Goodwyn, owner of Heath View holiday accommodation in Suffolk, tells us about searching for accessible holidays with her daughter Holly, who is a wheelchair user. Read how these experiences lead to Heath View - a home from home that really is as described.
On the 9th February, I was invited by the Vickridges family for a three night stay at Bwthyn Creigiau, inclusive accommodation for holiday makers with additional needs and their families. After an incredibly sunny drive from Leeds to Llangain, Carmarthenshire via the A483, I was to discover that I’d gain much more than an accessible stay in beautiful surroundings. On arriving at Bwthyn Creigiau in the evening, I was greeted by Clare and Monty the dog, who was delighted to meet me, if slightly confused by my wheelchair!