Top 10 Accessible Places in the North and Scotland: The Christmas Edition

26/11/2018 10:55

Hurrah for Christmas! It’s coming ever closer and while some will grumble it’s too soon to break out the tinsel, it’s never too soon to prepare when your days out require a little more planning to cater for everyone!

In this edition, we are heading to the north of England and Scotland, to see what festive indulgences are on offer this year. There are some doozies!


The Snowman at The Sage, Gateshead

22nd to 24th December 2018, various times


Kicking off the Christmas period with a classic, you can sit and watch the Snowman, accompanied by an orchestra, in the beautiful Sage Gateshead which is located right on the riverside of the Tyne.


  • Blue Badge bays account for 15% of car parking in the main car park and parking is free for Blue Badge holders
  • One complimentary ticket available for an accompanying carer
  • Assistance Dogs are welcome at the venue but valid ID from Assistance Dog (UK) must be provided
  • Various access to the building with level surfaces
  • Four lifts to provide assistance to higher levels
  • Designated areas inside concert halls for wheelchair users
  • 34 designated award-winning accessible toilet facilities throughout the building


For more information, click here  


Hadrian’s Tipi, Sunderland and Newcastle  

From October 2018

Christmas is all about good food, drink and company in the coziest of places and Hadrian’s Tipi is the perfect place to sit and enjoy those vibes! Located in both Sunderland and Newcastle, it promises log fires, a well-stocked bar and you can even bring the dog! Magic.


  • Completely wheelchair accessible
  • 2 wheelchair accessible toilets


For more information, click here   



The Christmas Market, Edinburgh

17th November 2018 – 5th January 2019

Getting wrapped up and heading to the Christmas market is definitely on the festive to-do list and Edinburgh Christmas Market is a strong contender for a visit! Plenty of Christmas crafts, gifts, food and drink to be snapped up in time for 25th December!


  • East Princes Street Gardens are fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets are available – contact a member of staff for the key
  • Pods in the Big Wheel designed to accommodate wheelchairs
  • Free parking for Blue Badge holders


For more information, click here    



Christmas at the Botanics, Edinburgh

Selected evenings from 23rd November to 29th December 2018

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is a sight to behold anytime but they definitely step their game up at Christmas. Fantastic displays of incandescent flowers, marching reindeer, gingerbread men as well as the scented Fire Garden and, not forgetting, Santa and his elves make for an enchanted experience!


  • Free tickets for carers
  • The route is on hard standing and alternative routes will be made for those with mobility needs
  • Accessible toilets onsite
  • Four parking spaces outside of the West Gate entrance
  • Guidelines on photosensitive epilepsy have been considered when creating strobe lighting displays


For more information, click here        



Various Christmas Activities and Events at Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

From 17th November 2018

The Alnwick Garden is pulling out all the stops and putting on events such as The Grand Lantern Parade, The Christmas Market, The Christmas Light Show, Christmas lunch and afternoon plus much more! That’s enough festive entertainment to keep you going till New Year.


  • Level access to many of the areas
  • Some staff have disability awareness, BSL and Next Generation Text training
  • Glass doors and full-height windows have contrast markings
  • Concessionary rate for disabled visitors
  • Complimentary ticket policy for personal assistants
  • Accessible toilet


For more information, click here 


Enchanted Belsay, Northumberland

6th – 9th December 2018


Explore Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens as they are transformed this holiday season! With elements from Alice Through the Looking Glass including the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatters Tea Party, you can meander through and treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine and toast a marshmallow over the fire. Sounds pretty perfect to us!


  • Parking on site for Blue Badge holders
  • Wheelchair friendly paths however these may be gravel in places and have a slight incline/decline
  • Wheelchairs available on site however these are on a first come, first served basis
  • Assistance dogs are welcome


For more information, click here 



Etsy Made Local: Manchester

30th November – 2nd December 2018

Hosted in the People’s History Museum, this is a fantastic chance to support local small businesses and buy some gorgeous handmade gifts for friends and family! Pair that with some delicious food and drink, and it’s a fab outing!


  • Automatic doors
  • Hearing Loop System
  • Lifts to all floors, which are all wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets have accessible facilities
  • Guide dogs are welcome
  • Staff have undertaken equality and diversity training, including disability awareness


For more information, click here 



The Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Chester  

23rd November – 23rd December 2018

This festive season is the perfect time to go and see Chester Zoo as you’ve never seen it before! With nine stunning spaces to explore, make sure you are wrapped up warm as you won’t want to miss a magical thing!


  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Free entry for carers
  • Disabled parking available
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • Accessible pathways


For more information, click here     



 A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse

21st November 2018 – 19th January 2019

A classic Christmas story is sure to get you ready to embrace all things festive and what better way than to see the story on stage! Get ready to be entertained as the four ghostly spirits of Christmas try to show cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge the error of his ways!


  • Different types of performance available including BSL and captioned
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome
  • Disabled parking
  • Braille signs
  • Lifts inside the building


For more information, click here 



Leeds Christkindlemarkt

9th November – 22nd December 2018

The German Market is back again at Millennium Square, and the family-friendly market will not disappoint! With children’s shows, food stalls, bars, a Christmas Carousel and much more, this will prove to be a day out everyone can enjoy!


  • Accessible toilets
  • Free carers ticket
  • Accessible viewing areas
  • Induction loop
  • Assistance dogs welcome


For more information, click here 



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