Accessible Days Out in Cornwall
To conclude our #AccessibleCornwall series we thought we would share some of the many accessible attractions the county has to offer. There’s something for everyone in Cornwall, from fun days out to theatre performances and of course some surfing too!
Here at Stayathome, our Care Support Workers are on hand to assist your family during your holiday to Cornwall. We offer a range of holiday care packages, which can be adapted to suit your unique requirements. So you can sit back, have pasty and enjoy the Cornish sunshine, safe in the knowledge that your family’s additional needs are taken care of.
Eden Project, St. Austell
Explore the largest captive rainforest at Cornwall’s Eden Project. Famous for its stunning biomes, the Eden project is the perfect day out, whatever the weather! The Eden Project hosts family friendly events throughout the year, including the Eden Sessions through the summer.
The Eden Project offers accessible facilities including parking bays, toilets and free hire of both manual and powered wheelchairs (for a £20 deposit.) Personal Assistants and assistance dogs are admitted for free and the Eden Project has copies of their information leaflets in both large print and braille, as well as audio described
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
Experience a theatre performance like no other, an amphitheatre built into the side of a cliff looking out over the Atlantic ocean. The Minack Theatre is a remarkable experience, particularly on warm summer evenings!
The car park has ample disabled parking bays close to the entrance, with ramped access to visitor facilities including the visitor centre and café. The main auditorium is accessed by steps, however a wheelchair friendly balcony overlooks the theatre, complete with a hearing loop for deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
you are visiting the Minack and would like to use the balcony you can telephone the Box Office on 01736 810181 to book.
Trelissick Gardens, Truro
An exotic garden lies at the heart of the Fal Estuary, take a trip on the ferry from Truro, Falmouth or the Roseland Peninsula and be transported to a tropical oasis. A year round spectacle of colour, with rhododendrons, camellias, oak trees and conifers.
Though not all of the grounds are accessible via wheelchair, maps of accessible routes are available from the garden entrance. There is also one power assisted mobility vehicle, which can be hired, though book is essential.
Big Blue Surf School, Bude
When you think of Cornwall a few things come to mind, most notably pasties, cream teas and surfing. Release your inner adrenaline junkie and hit the waves in the surf capital of Britain!
The Big Blue Surf School in Bude offers a range of services, from learn to surf sessions to tandem wave riding. They have specialist adapted equipment, such as extra wide surfboards to aid stability and adapted paddleboards to cater for additional needs. Staff are experienced in working with young people with Autism and Down’s Syndrome and their one-to-one sessions ensures maximum safety and fun!
Land’s End, Sennen
Land’s End has captivated imaginations throughout the ages, inspiring countless artworks, performances and stories over the years. Experience this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty site for yourself and learn more about its rich history. Explore the western most point of Cornwall for yourself, with free admission for carers and assistance dogs. Accessible parking and manual wheelchairs are also available, though can be limited at peak times.
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Nestled in the heart of Cornwall’s only city, Hall for Cornwall is a year round hub of activity. Hall for Cornwall understands the importance of accessibility and has ensured its facilities cater for everyone in the community. From signed and captioned performances, through to touch tours, where audience members are invited to explore the sets, props and costumes before the show, Hall for Cornwall is incredibly inclusive. They have also specially designed relaxed performances, which are perfect for individuals with additional learning, sensory or communication needs. The auditorium remains lit and no loud bangs are featured in the show, which helps maintain a relaxed environment for all.
There are a range of performances this summer including The Gruffalo’s Child, The Sound of Music and Sister Act.
Have you visited any of these attractions or are you planning an accessible summer trip to Cornwall? If so we’d love to see your photos! Remember to use the hashtag #AccessibleCornwall on Twitter and Instagram!