Facilities for people with disabilities visiting Suffolk
If you have any comments or information to add to this article please send an email to email@example.com so that your knowledge can be shared.General ActivitiesAvenues Group
organises sport and leisure activities, day trips and taster sessions for disabled people across Suffolk. They organise weekly 'Big Splash' supported swimming sessions at a variety of pools throughout Suffolk, including -
Lowestoft Leisure centre every Friday from 1pm to 2pm. Please call 01473 836770 for more information.
Newmarket Leisure centre every Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm. 01638 782500.
Ipswich at Crown Pools every Thursday from 10am to 11.30pm. 01473 433655
Bungay Swimming Pool every Sunday from 6pm to 7pm. 01986 895014
Stowmarket – Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre every Monday from 3pm to 4pm. There is a chair hoist into the pool, or accessible steps and volunteer support in the water. Poolside wheelchair available (also for shower use).
Sudbury at the Kingfisher Pool every Monday from 11am to 12noon. Nice sloped access to the pool, poolside wheelchair available for use in pool and showers and volunteer support.
Haverhill Leisure Centre every Tuesday from 11am to 12noon. A hoist and chair are available with volunteer support and swimming instructor.
Leiston Leisure Centre every Wednesday from 3-4pm.
Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre every Friday from 10am to 12noon.
Mildenhall Swimming Pool every Thursday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
For more information about the Big Splash and the other events and activities that Avenues arrange please see Big Splash supported swimming by Avenues Group
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Kelsale Holiday CottagesThe Bure Valley Railway
Beautiful new luxury self-catering holiday cottage sleeping 4-6 set in the heart of the Suffolk Heritage Coast region. The bedrooms both have luxury en suites worthy of a boutique hotel, one double walk in shower and one free-standing bath with waterfall tap. A lovely private garden with comfortable patio furniture can be accessed through large sliding doors allowing seamless inside and outside living.
It has been furnished to a very high standard with all modern conveniences incorporated including ground level disability friendly access.
Underfloor heating throughout the cottage makes it a cosy all year round ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern life
is proud to be probably the first railway of any sort in the region to provide six carriages in which wheelchair-bound people of any age can be accommodated in comfort and security, along with their fellow passengers, friends and family.
The Bure Valley Railway offers full access to disabled passengers in wheelchairs.
Both Aylsham and Wroxham stations are all on the one level, including shops, toilets, café, platforms and even the workshops at Aylsham.
Along with our standard carriage fleet, there are six specially designed coaches which can carry wheelchairs easily. Each has a special seating arrangement plus double doors on both sides and detachable ramps. When the ordinary seats are down, these carriages have the same carrying capacity as regular carriages, but when the seats are raised they can each accommodate four manual wheelchairs securely.
Other types of wheelchair may be carried depending on their size.
When the BVR is running a full three-train service, every train normally has two of these coaches, giving disabled passengers a completely free choice of which train to catch.
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All kinds of places are visited in person and assessed. You can find detailed information about access to all kinds of places - cinemas, hotels, hospitals, colleges, sports grounds, restaurants, council offices, parks, tourist attractions – the list goes on and on.
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Many of the rambling trails in Suffolk are fairly easy, partly because Suffolk is infamously flat! So ramblers with disabilities
can get about and enjoy our countryside reasonably easily. The best organisation to contact for information on accessible trails and group hikes are the Disabled Ramblers
. From their website "We are a group of like-minded disabled people who enjoy being in the countryside, and who get about using paths and trails of all kinds. We are truly 'ramblers', although very few of us can walk more than a few yards! Our membership consists mainly of mobility disabled people and we get about mainly through use of a wide variety of mobility aids, ranging from electrically powered pavement buggies, scooters, powerchairs and, in some cases, manually propelled wheelchairs. We organise rambles of varying difficulty from easy to challenging all over England and Wales, and, along with our volunteers, spouses and friends, each event provides recreation and challenge to suit every taste. " Click on the link above to access their website for more details. Access for all in the Brecks
includes 10 trails for everyone including those with restricted mobility. Call Brecks Partnership on 01842 760116
The National Stud in Newmarket has disabled toilets, a coach for the tour of the Stud grounds with a ramp, and also a ramp into the restaurant. Prebooking essential. Please see the National Stud, Newmarket
The East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST) is based in Ipswich and provides disabled people and their carers with regular opportunities to access and enjoy sailing activities whilst promoting enhanced independence, confidence and community involvement. see website for more details East Anglian Sailing TrustHadleigh Mobility Centre
, 11 Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DL tel 01473 823235 provide Scooter Hire & Wheelchair Hire with lightweight aluminium frames, fully folding, on a daily or weekly basis, and they will deliver up to a 20 mile radius. British Red Cross
- provides short term loans of medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walking frames at a number of Red Cross Centres around Suffolk. For further information please contact the Medical Loan Service on 01473 219261.OTHER INFORMATION SOURCES
Tourism for All UK - is the UK Voice for Accessible Tourism. They are a national charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all.
0303 303 0146 - https://www.tourismforall.org.uk/
Tailor made holiday and travel service for people with disabilities:
Accessible Travel and Leisure 01452 729739
Providers of holiday information for people with disabilities and their carers:
Holiday Care 01293 773716
Holiday Information and advice for people with a visual impairment
RNIB Holiday Service 020 7388 1266
The Hearing Care Centre LtdArea Specific Information -
Suffolk's Only Multi-Award Winning, Private, Independent Hearing Aid Audiologists. Hearing assessments and the fitting of digital hearing instruments are the core business, but we also offer other services including custom made earplugs, repairs, batteries, accessories and tinnitus management. 13 centres available across Suffolk. We also organise several fundraising events across Suffolk for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
See website above for details.
Karen Finch RHAD FSHAA FRSA
5 High Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3JZ - Tel: 0800 096 2637
5/09 One reader advises that the following restaurants/pubs have disabled access and disabled toilets
The Sole Bay, Southwold
The Five Bells, Wrentham
The Plough, Wangford
The Eels Foot, Eastbridge
The Racehorse, WesthallLowestoft area
D.I.A.L - Information Line - For general information on disability matters, and wheelchair hire in the Lowestoft area - call 01502 511333
Information supplied by DIALEating Out
- the following are accessible for wheelchair users – Lowestoft
Brewers Fair 01502 733073 (wheelchair accessible with adapted toilet facilities)
*Carlton Manor 01502 566511 (wheelchair accessible toilets)
Potters Kiln 01502 733073
East Point Pavilion Restaurant 01502 538902 (fully accessible with adapted toilets)
*Hotel Victoria 01502 574433 (wheelchair accessible toilets and rooms)
Number One Pizza and Pancake Co 01502 501880
Thatched Roof Restaurant 01502 566310 (no adapted toilets)
The Library, Godfrey’s Store 01502 516298 (adapted toilet)
The Ship Inn, 01502 562592 (fully accessible with adapted toilets)Pakefield
*Fishers Hotel and Restaurant 01502 569805 (no adapted toilets)Southwold
Five Bells Inn, Wrentham, 01502 675249 (wheelchair accessible toilets and rooms)
The Plough, 01502 578239 (adapted toilet)
The Randolph, Reydon 01502 723603 (no adapted toilets)
*Also provides accommodation. Info from Lowestoft TIC
East Coast Mobility - 01502 514500
Shopmobility - Electric and manual wheelchairs and scooters are available for hire - 01502 588857
Social Services offer a variety of services for Blind and Partially sighted people -01502 405000
Toilets - Waveney District Council has introduced the Radar National Key Scheme for its disabled persons toilets. Keys vcan be purchased from the TICs at the East Point Pavilion, Lowestoft, and 69 High Street, Southwold, the DIAL office an the Shop Mobility Office.
Public conveniences specially equipped to cater for wheelchair users are situated in the following locations -
Lowestoft - Pakefield St, Claremont Pier South Beach, Triangle Market, Kirkley Cliff Road, South of South Beach, East Point Pavilion Visitor Centre, Town Hall High St, 161 Rotterdam Rd.
Oulton Broad - The Boulevard
Kessingland - near the Beach
Southwold - Church Green, Harbour Car Park, North Pier
Halesworth - Thoroughfare Car Park
Bungay - Bus Station St Mary's St
Beccles - The Quay Toilets, Blyburgate car park
Car parking - visitors in possession of an orange or blue badge may park their vehicle free of charge on all Council operated car parks for up to 3 hours, providing a current badge is displayed and the clock is correctly set.
Lowestoft South Beach promenade recommended as being flat with toilet facilities. Ipswich
Shopmobility - Ipswich Shopmobility provides free hand-propelled and electric wheelchairs and electric scooters to help people who have limited mobility, whether through permanent or temporary disablement, illness, accident or age, to shop and use other facilities in Ipswich town centre.
The Shopmobility Centre is located inside the Buttermarket Shopping Centre, on the Lower Ground level. When arriving by car use the Falcon Street entrance to the Buttermarket Car Park.
Ipswich Shopmobility (Buttermarket)
Buttermarket Shopping Centre
Lower Ground Level
St Stephens Lane
Ipswich, IP1 1DT
Open, Monday - Saturday 09.15 - 16.15. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. For more details contact 01473 222225 or see Shopmobility - IpswichBury St Edmunds Area
British Red Cross - British Red Cross - provides short term loans of medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walking frames at a number of Red Cross Centres around Suffolk. For further information please contact the Medical Loan Service on 01284 767215.
Please also see the Medical Equipment Service listed at British Red Cross, SuffolkTheatre Royal, Disabled Access
A signal from the induction loop should be received from every seat in the auditorium.
There are four wheelchair accessible seats available in Dress Circle Boxes F, H, K and M. You are advised to book early for these seats. In the unlikely event that they are not available we will do our best to accommodate you elsewhere in the Theatre, or on an alternative date. On arrival, all wheelchair users are kindly requested to make themselves known to the duty manager who will be pleased to help you to your seat.
There is ramped access to both foyers and a ground floor adapted toilet in the Theatre foyer.
Please note that there is no level access to the Pit and the Upper Circle seating areas. All Dress Circle boxes have level access.
Guide Dogs are admitted to Dress Circle Boxes.
To receive any of our publications in a large print format please contact the Box Office. There are British Sign Language Interpreted Events at Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service
Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service strives to make its museums, exhibitions and events accessible to all kinds of visitors and the provision of British Sign Language Interpretation at 11 of this year’s summer events is testament to this aim. The museum service is a leader in the field of disability access and in 2007 was awarded a commendation for excellence at the Jodi Awards for ‘Excellence in Accessible Technology’.Beaches in Suffolk with disabled accessSouthwold
- the beach does have ramp access and the Pier is accessible too. One end of the beach is shingle but the Gun Hill end is a wide open sandy stretch down to Southwold Harbour. Lowestoft South Beach
promenade recommended as being flat, and there are toilet facilities near the beach. Felixstowe
- The beach at Felixstowe is not really suitable for wheelchairs, because although there are access ramps the beach is all shingle so it would be difficult to manoeuvre the wheelchair once you reach the bottom of the ramp.
The local TIC does however have a beach wheelchair that can be used free of charge on a daily basis and you can book it by calling 01394 276770.
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