Looking to get out and about this festive season? Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, and a good time to explore the great outdoors.
From sherry tours to magnificent gardens, woodland trails to unique Advent calendars, there’s something for everyone. Here is Quingo Scooter’s guide to the very best accessible Christmas tours and trails.
Countdown to Christmas with the Living Advent Calendar, Saltaire
If you want a unique and accessible Christmas experience, then this Advent trail in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, is one of the best. Saltaire is a special place – a purpose-built village for the workers at nearby Salt’s Mill.
We think their Living Advent Calendar trail is a wonderful idea. Each year, houses in this historic place decorate their windows with a new opening, every night from 1 December. They open in turn through to 24 December. They’re endlessly inventive and well worth exploring. However, bear in mind that if you want to see the full trail then you’ll need to visit after 24 December!
While you’re there, why not pop into Salt’s Mill itself? Today, there’s an art gallery, bookshop and an excellent restaurant in this former industrial space. It’s also fully accessible with lifts to all floors.
It’s worth saying that it is hilly in Saltaire (it’s Yorkshire, after all). There is also one cobbled street (Albert Terrace) too. But the village itself is generally accessible, particularly for those of us using a mobility scooter. You can find out more about accessible facilities here.
Transport yourself to a Winter Wonderland
Every year, London’s Hyde Park is transformed into something truly magical. Of course, it is a great city park at any time of the year. But when the Winter Wonderland arrives in town, it’s well worth a visit. It’s a wonderful experience, not just for the kids but for people of all ages.
Of course, if you are visiting with family then there is plenty here to keep the little ones entertained. From spectacular circus acts to a big wheel, you’re spoiled for choice. But it is a wonderful place to just get into the Christmas mood too. The park itself is beautiful at this time of year. It is a lovely place to just wrap up warm and explore. It is also completely accessible to all.
The Winter Wonderland itself is free, and there are over 100 Christmas stalls to browse for last-minute gifts. These sell everything from jewellery to Christmas treats to keep you going. There are a number of ticketed attractions however, so make sure you book ahead for these. For more accessibility information, check out their dedicated page here.
Explore the light trail at RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Wisley is one of the most renowned gardens in the world and is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. There is a huge amount to explore here, from its world-class plant collections to seasonal events such as a magical Christmas light trail.
The light installations are inspired by the plants and trees in the garden and are truly beautiful, especially on these dark winter nights. Follow the accessible trail from the welcome building.
Once you’ve taken in the light trail, there is still plenty to keep you busy. The restaurant here is excellent, as is the plant centre where you can get advice from some of the best in the business. They’re all fully accessible to mobility scooter users too.
Blow away the cobwebs with a Boxing Day trail in Brighton’s Stanmer Park
After a few days of over-indulgence, there is nothing quite like getting out and enjoying some fresh air. Of course, there are a huge number of accessible trails right across the country, and we’ve picked out some of our favourites in a previous post.
But for this festive season, we recommend the lovely Stanmer Park near to Brighton. It is a five-mile trail though beautifully peaceful woodland. There are a few hills but the trail is firm and accessible.
The surroundings are peaceful, and a day out here is the perfect way to recharge your batteries. If you’re looking to finish the trail with a meal, then the Swan Inn in Falmer does affordable, no-nonsense pub grub.
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