Holiday opportunities for disabled people
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This is a brief guide to some holiday opportunities available for disabled people. This page can only give details of a fraction of holidays and services available. For further information please contact a specialist organisation such as Tourism for All, tel: 0845 124 9971 or the local tourist boards.
Accessible mainstream holidays in Europe and America
Disability Holidays Guide.com Information and a holidays search facility for disabled people. www.DisabilityHolidaysGuide.com
Enable Holidays Tel: 0871 222 4939 Website: www.enableholidays.com This service provides detailed, audited information on resorts, travel options and available adaptations.
Accessible accommodation in the UK
Dalraddy Chalet Scotland Dalraddy chalet is an accessible holiday chalet in the Highlands of Scotland. It is only four miles from Aviemore. It sleeps six people in three twin rooms and is fitted with digital TV, a DVD, an oven, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine and walk-in shower. A hoist and a shower trolley are available at no extra charge. It is managed by Capability Scotland. Tel: 0131 347 1064
Forest Holidays Bath Yard Moira Derbyshire DE12 6BD Tel: 0845 130 8225 – cabins Tel: 0845 130 8226 – campsites Website: www.forestholidays.co.uk Provide a range of holiday cabins on five sites, some of which have been specially adapted for disabled people and are suitable for wheelchair users. Also have 21 caravan and camping sites across the UK, many of which have disabled facilities.
Farm Stay UK Ltd National Agricultural Centre Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire CV8 2LG Tel: 024 7669 6909 Website: www.farmstayuk.co.uk Holidays on farms using Accessibility Scheme symbols to denote levels of accessibility for disabled people.
HELP (Holiday Endeavour for Lone Parents) 25 Brook Street Hemswell Gainsborough DN21 5UJ Tel: 01427 668717 Website: www.helphols.co.uk Provides low-cost holidays for lone parents and their children. Some accommodation is accessible.
Pitchup.com A web-based database of over 5,000 campsites and holiday parks in the UK and Ireland. The search function enables a search for sites with disabled access and disabled facilities. Website: www.pitchup.com
Holiday accommodation with care
Vitalise Vitalise Bookings Shap Road Industrial Estate Shap Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 6NZ Website: www.vitalise.org.uk
Holidays for disabled adults and children, offering a range of accessible residential respite breaks and other services designed for disabled people and carers. Provides five purpose-built holiday centres around the UK. Holiday centres are in Southport, Nottingham, Chigwell, Southampton and Cornwall. Accommodation is fully accessible and nursing care is available. Also has self-catering accommodation and organises overseas and adventure holidays.
Companies providing specialist holidays for disabled people
Holidays for All Tel: 08451 249 973 Website: www.holidaysforall.org A group of UK charities and UK tour companies, offer leisure activities and accommodation throughout the UK and abroad for people with physical, sensory or learning disability, their families and friends.
3 H Fund B2 Spelhurst Business Park Langton Road Spelhurst Tunbridge Wells Kent TN3 0AQ Tel: 01892 860 207 – office Tel: 01892 860 219 – grant programme Website: www.3hfund.org.uk Provider of group holidays for disabled people and respite for carers. Holidays in UK and abroad. Care is provided by volunteer helpers, experienced leaders and a nurse or access to local medical facilities. May give modest grants in special circumstances.
Holidays for Disabled People Ltd PO Box 164 Totton Southampton Hampshire SO40 9WZ Tel: 01252 332 452 Website: www.holidaysfordisabled.com Organises group holidays for disabled people in the UK and abroad. Medical staff in attendance.
Livability Holidays A wide range of accessible holiday accommodation.
Accessible Travel and Leisure Avionics House Kingsway Business Park Naas Lane Quedgeley Gloucester GL2 2SN Tel: 01452 729 739 Website: www.accessibletravel.co.uk Travel booking service for disabled people and tailor-made trips worldwide.
Access Travel (Lancs) Ltd The Hillock Astley Lancashire M29 7GW Tel: 01942 888 844 Website: www.access-travel.co.uk Offers holidays to wheelchair-accessible resorts.
Can Be Done Ltd 11 Woodcock Hill Harrow Middlesex HA3 0XP Tel: 020 8907 2400 Website: www.canbedone.co.uk Personalised tour planning service for disabled people with short-break holidays in UK and overseas.
Access to Africa Safaris Website: www.access2africasafaris.co.za Safari Tour Operator specializing in disabled travellers, wheelchair accessible travel and tours to South Africa.
Bespoke France Website: www.bespokefrance.co.uk Family run holiday company specialising in organising holidays to France for disabled people, their families and friends.
Epic Enabled Website: www.epic-enabled.com Accessible safaris and travel in South Africa.
Badaguish Centre Aviemore Inverness PH22 1QU Tel: 01479 861 285 Website: www.badaguish.org Activity holidays with support and accommodation for adults and children with learning, multiple or physical impairments. Individuals and groups [usual group size 10 or less].
The Lake District Calvert Trust Little Crosthwaite Keswick Cumbria CA12 4QD Tel: 01768 772 255 – phone and minicom Website: www.calvert-trust.org.uk Adventure centre near Keswick providing accommodation, care and facilities for disabled people. Accommodation includes ensuite, twin, family rooms and self-catering. Courses include sailing, riding and abseiling. Facilities include heated indoor swimming pool with sauna, hydrotherapy pool and games room.
Calvert Trust Kielder Kielder Water Hexham Northumberland NE48 1BS Tel: 01434 250 232 Website: www.calvert-trust.org.uk Close to Kielder Water, the centre has accommodation for disabled people, their families and friends. Ten self-catering chalets are also available. Activities include climbing, walking, archery and swimming.
Calvert Trust Exmoor Wistlandpound Kentisbury Barnstaple Devon EX31 4SJ Tel 01598 763221 Website: www.calvert-trust.org.uk Offers a wide range of activities for people of all abilities and ages.
King Line Cottages Ferry Road Horning Norwich Norfolk NR12 8PS Tel: 01692 630 297 Website: www.norfolk-broads.co.uk Self-catering holiday lodges in Norfolk. Wheelchair accessible day boats available for hire.
Disability Snowsport UK Cairngorm Mountain Aviemore Inverness PH22 1RB Tel: 01479 861272 Website: www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk Opportunities for disabled people to participate in winter outdoor activities.
A selection of companies offering travel insurance for disabled people
J & M Insurance Services (UK) Ltd Peregrine House Bakers Lane Epping Essex CM16 5DQ Tel: 0845 338 1638 Website: www.jmi.co.uk
AllClear Insurance Services AllClear House 1 Redwing Court Ashton Road Romford Essex RM3 8QQ
Telephone: 0845 250 5200 Website: www.allcleartravel.co.uk
Fogg Travel Insurance Services Ltd Crow Hill Drive Mansfield Nottinghamshire NG19 7AE Tel: 01623 631 331 Website: www.fogginsure.co.uk Specialist insurance provider for disabled people. Each policy is tailored for individual needs.
Good To Go Insurance 1 – 4 Limes Court Conduit Lane Hoddesdon Hertfordshire EN11 8EP Tel: 0844 334 0160 Website: www.goodtogoinsurance.com
Tourism for All (UK) c/o Vitalise Shap Road Industrial Estate Shap Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 6NZ Tel: 0845 124 9971 – information 0845 124 9973 – bookings Website: www.tourismforall.org.uk Provides holiday information and advice for disabled people and their carers, including group holidays, activity holidays, holidays for unaccompanied children and young adults, holidays where care is provided, transport advice and much more.
RADAR (Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) 12 City Forum 250 City Road London EC1V 8AF Tel: 020 7250 3222 Website: www.radar.org.uk Compiles book entitled “Where to Stay” for the UK and Ireland.
Traveline National enquiry service for public transport information. Tel: 0871 200 22 33 Website: www.traveline.org.uk
Disabled Holiday Directory Tel: 01457 837578 Website: www.disabledholidaydirectory.co.uk Web directory where you can find or add information on accessible holiday accommodation.
Accessibility at the Airport guide www.parkat.co.uk/disabled/
Disabled Travel Guide Online resource founded by and managed by disabled travellers. www.disabledtravelguide.co.uk
Accessible Living New guide to accessible hotels, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions in the UK. www.accessibleliving.co.uk
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This information was last reviewed February 2011.
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