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Get involved in Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day (On March 12) is all about visiting somewhere you’ve never been before whether that’s a coffee shop, cinema, sports centre or anywhere else.

In this blog post, Lauren from Disabled Access Day tells us about the great venues getting venues taking part and how you can get involved. 

Venues across the UK are taking part from the Eden Project in Cornwall to the Orkney Story Telling Centre in the Orkney Islands.

So far we have over 260 independent venues taking part, and more signing up each day. There are so many exciting events, activities and offers happening on 12 March we reckon it will be hard to choose what to do!

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What’s Disabled Access Day all about?

It’s about creating opportunities for disabled people to try something new in an atmosphere of cooperation, safety and fun and we hope that many people across the UK will join us and share their experiences.

We’re pleased to see that so many venues have taken up the opportunity to get involved in the day and showcase their accessibility, welcome new people to their venue or try out something new themselves.

While we wish that every day was disabled access day, we recognise that for now that’s not the case. However, there are lots of venues across the UK that have great accessibility, who want to try new activities, receive open and honest feedback and engage with new customers.

So what’s going on?

Take a look at just some of the exciting activities going on across the country on Disabled Access Day below:

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If you’re in London

There are forty events going on across the Capital so you won’t be short on a thing or two to do on the day! Head over to the Houses of Parliament, who will be offering a BSL interpreted guided tour of the historic building, and will also have a pop-up shop where visitors can learn more about their accessible tours.

More of a theatre fan? The Lyric Hammersmith will be staging an audio described and a captioned performance of their experimental version of Shakespeare’s classic ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Plus, a whole range of workshops will be run on the day from a sensory session to a dance workshop – you’ll be sure to have a great time!

If you’re in Edinburgh

With almost thirty different events happening in Edinburgh there will be plenty going on to keep you busy! If you fancy a walk on the wild side, Edinburgh Zoo’s knowledgeable team will be holding BSL interpreted animal talks throughout the day – and make sure that you check out the famous penguin parade at 2.15pm!

Not an animal lover? Head over to The National Museum of Scotland, who will be offering hands-on tours for visually impaired visitors, with an opportunity to touch objects from their collection.

If you’re in Leeds

Join Leeds City Council at the Leeds City Museum where there are a whole host of events going on, from touch tours of the galleries to try it out sports sessions to craft activities – there’s sure to be something for everyone.

If you’re more of a nature lover then head to Tropical World, who are offering free early entry between 9am and 10am, so that you can explore the attraction in a relaxed environment before the crowds arrive (booking essential).

If you’re in Newcastle

Try out the Life Science Centre in Newcastle, who will be offering 50% off tickets. The centre is interactive and hands-on, and aims to make science fun for all ages! If you have kids taking part in the day, how about heading to Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, where they will be offering early bird entry to the exhibitions and café, and holding multi-sensory Story Time sessions throughout the day.

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What else is happening?

But that’s not all that’s happening on 12 March, there are lots more activities, events and offers across the country.

We are also working with Strada, Barclays, John Lewis and Caffè Nero with selected stores nationwide getting involved in the day too, offering promotions and activities on 12 March.

So the big question is what will you be doing on Disabled Access Day 2016? Stay up to date with all the developments on the run up to 12 March by signing up to our newsletter, following us Twitter and liking us on Facebook and make sure you’ll let us know what you’ll be getting up to – we love to hear people’s plans!

Find out what’s on near you on the Disabled Access Day website