TODAY IS DISABLED ACCESS DAY!
Today is the country's first-ever disabled access day!
The focus of the day is to encourage disabled people, their friends, families and carers, to get out and visit somewhere new and to encourage business to do something different to welcome therm.
Around the country there are a wide range of events taking place from touch tours at the Tate Modern to the launch of the Cutty Sark’s brand new audio described tour. The Royal Yacht Britannia is offering discounted entry and access to The Queen's Gallery Edinburgh is free!
Derbyshire is full of accessible activities and places to visit which are showcased on www.accessiblederbyshire.org. You can hire an accessible bike for the day at Parsley Hay and explore one of the area's accessible trails, take an accessible tour of one of our stately homes or perhaps try your hand at accessible sailing with Sailability at Carsington Water. The possibilities are endless.
Two Derbyshire businesses with special offers for today include the tearoom at Cliffe Park in Dronfield which is offering free tea or coffee to disabled people and their carers with every cake purchased ( and trust us, their cakes are truly delicious!) and Hoe Grange holidays who are offering free hire of their Boma 7 'All-Terrain' wheelchair today.
When you're out and about why not take a photograph and enter the special photographic competition that has been organised to mark the day?
Just visit somewhere you've never visited before, take a photo with your family and friends and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Founders of Accessible Derbyshire Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver are part of the judging panel for the competition which also includes judges from Visit England, English Heritage and the National Trust. Prizes up for grabs include a Panasonic Lumix camera, £100 towards a day out, National Trust passes and English Heritage membership.
Www.accessiblederbyshire.org is full of accessible places to explore and www.disabledaccessday.com has information about the businesses up and down the country who are taking part so make the most of Disabled Access Day: get out there and get exploring!