Day trips

Organising day trips for you and the person you care for can sometimes be difficult, but getting out and about can be beneficial to you both.

When planning a day trip, bear in mind factors such as accessibility for disabled people, dietary requirements and transport. It’s wise to plan the trip in advance to make sure that you both have an enjoyable and stress-free day.

Where to go

Events and places to go are regularly listed in magazines and local or national newspapers. You can also search websites such as Artsline, which provides information on more than 1,000 arts venues across London that are accessible for disabled people and can cater for individual needs.

Books, such as The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, also provide a wide range of ideas for days out across Britain. The guide is free to Blue Badge holders.

Once you have decided on where you would like to go, you should contact the venue directly to enquire about what facilities they have on offer, such as disabled parking spaces, wheelchair access, disabled toilet facilities and restaurant facilities. If the venue or event you are attending requires you to book in advance, then you should do so at the earliest opportunity.

Concessions

If you contact the venue beforehand, you should ask whether they offer a reduced entry fee for people who are ill or disabled and their carers.

Carer's tip from Netbuddy

"When you’re out and about it can be difficult changing pads on older kids and adults. They are too big for change units and the floors are too dirty to lay them on. I take a plastic tablecloth, which is big enough yet portable and easy to wipe clean."

 

Accessibility

If the person you care for has mobility problems, then it’s a good idea to check that the place you want to visit is accessible and appropriate, which could save you a lot of time and stress when you get there.

Some venues are able to hire out wheelchairs for the day. This could be a good idea if you are on the move for most of the day and the person you care for may find it tiring or uncomfortable. Contact the venue beforehand to find out what they offer.

You may also want to find out whether there are disabled toilets at the venue or nearby. Some locations may even have adult changing facilities, although these are still quite scarce. Use the Changing Places website to find your nearest adult changing facilities.

You may also want to buy a RADAR key, which allows you to open accessible toilets that cannot be left permanently open.

 

Travel

When considering the venue or event that you want to visit, you must think about how easy it will be to travel and stay at your destination.

If you are travelling by public transport, then make sure you know the times of the bus or train that you are hoping to catch. It may be better if you can plan your journey to avoid rush hour. You should also allow enough time either side of your journey for delays and a rest break if necessary. You can check public transport details using the Transport Direct website, which can also help you plan car journeys.

If you are travelling with other family members or friends, make sure that there is something on the trip for them to do. Time away from the caring environment may be a rare opportunity, so ensure that you can all enjoy it.

If you are not travelling with the person you care for, then you should find out who they are travelling with. If it is a visit arranged by a school or day centre, find out which members of staff are going on the trip and whether they are aware of any appropriate care or aid techniques.

For more information, see the getting around section of the Accessible leisure activities page.

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