October is in full swing and although Halloween isn’t over just yet, we can totally start talking about mince pies, tinsel and carol-singing without being frowned at by everyone else. Hurrah!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year for a lot of reasons, none more so than the festive events that pop up all over the country. In this edition, we are going to take a look at what will be going on in London this Christmas time and what accessibility options are available so all can enjoy!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland23 November 2018 - 6th January 2019
Famous up and down the country, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is truly a mecca for the Christmas fanatics amongst us! From the shows and parties, to the Bavarian village stocked with German beer, hot chocolates and delicious mulled wine. Sounds. Awesome.
Wheelchairs can be accommodated on bookable attractions. Getting in contact in advance will ensure the right facilities are in place for your visit.
Carer/Personal Assistant tickets are available for guests who require assistance. There is also complimentary PA access on rides at the discretion of the ride operator.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Hogwarts in the Snow - 17th November 2018 – 27th January 2019
Harry Potter fans unite! Immerse yourself at Hogwarts in the Snow as The Great Hall is transformed into the setting for the iconic Yule Ball while other sets also receive a yuletide makeover. It’s definitely worth a visit if you loved the books and films!
One free carer ticket per each paying disabled visitor.
British sign language tours are available at no extra cost, for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. These must be booked at least 14 days in advance.
Audio descriptive tours are also available to those with a visual impairment. A member of staff accompanies you around on the tour to give you additional information. Again, this must be booked at least 14 days in advance.
Fully trained assistance dogs are welcome and water will be provided.
Both manual and electric wheelchairs are welcome but larger groups should advise of their visit with plenty of notice.
Digital Guides are available for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Personal induction loops can be provided.
Ear defenders are available for those who are sensitive to loud noises, for the duration of the cinema portion of the tour.
Accessible toilets (note – you must bring your own sling to use in the hoist as they are not provided).
Nutcracker at London Coliseum 13th – 30th December 2018
Taking in a show at Christmas time is a lovely experience and the ballet was made for the festive period! Over 100 dancers and musicians work to bring Nutcracker leaping from the stage, enchanting audiences throughout December!
Dedicated spaces for wheelchair spaces.
Transfer seats for those able to transfer out of their wheelchair.
Adapted unisex toilets on four out of five levels.
Two lifts which provide access to most floors.
Free enhanced sound system for those hard of hearing.
For the more traditional Christmas revellers, a carol service in a beautiful cathedral should be the top of the list! (next to eggnog, mince pies and Christmas films). There are different charities putting on services to help raise money as well as have a heart-warming evening of Christmas cheer. Sounds lush right?
Some step-free entrances and lifts and chair lifts to Cathedral floor.
A ramp is available by prior arrangement for larger groups.
Audio description guides are included in the cost of admission.
Guided touch tours are also available for visually impaired/blind visitors.
Induction loops are available.
Any enquiries regarding parking should be made in advance.
Assistance dogs, guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome and water is available.
Mobility scooters are welcome however some may be too large to be accommodated in the lifts etc so make sure to check first.
Christmas at Kew 22nd November 2018 – 5th January 2019
Back for another year, Christmas at Kew Gardens is a stunning sight and great for those who like to get wrapped up warm and go exploring! The likes of the Laser Garden, Moonlight Woods and Fire Garden is a sight to behold, so don’t forget your camera!
Seating for limited mobility users along routes.
Some routes suitable for limited mobility users and some suitable for wheelchair users.