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September Guide – Accessible Historical Attractions

September may be the month where everything starts getting back to normal – kids are back at school, the days aren’t as sunny and it starts to get darker earlier as autumn approaches, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t prolong some of that summer fun. We’ve compiled some of the best historical and educational outings to be doing in September which are fun for the whole family.

image: Torre Abbey house and gardens

Agatha Christie’s Riviera in Torquay

Visit the bustling town of Torquay and walk in Agatha Christie’s footsteps. The world’s most famous crime writer was born here in 1890 and many of the locations around the Riviera are recognizable from her novels. The festival is held on the 13th – 17th September this year at Torre Abbey’s historic house and gardens. Explore five days of stories, tea parties and murder mystery dinners at this incredible festival. The Abbey’s recent and  Incorporation of a central lift and two additional platform lifts makes the building 95% accessable for all.

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Yorkshire Walking & Outdoors Festival

Choose from an exciting range of outdoor pursuits historical walks, cycling, Nordic walking, horse riding or even boat trips.  Set in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds and in its 7th year, the festivals activities appeal to people of all ages and ability.  A ten day event being held from the 9th to the 17th September this year.

image: close up of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey book

Jane Austen’s Georgian World

2017 marks the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and the festival this year will be bigger and better than ever! The festival hosts a huge range of events including workshops, dances & masquerade balls, talks & readings and theatricals. Join in the country dances and costume promenades while taking in Bath’s beautiful architecture and scenery. This years theme is Austen’s book Northanger Abbey, so expect a touch of gothic! The festival is on from the 8th to the 17th September. Blue Badge guides provide tours of the city starting and finishing at the Roman Baths, which is a level walk from the visitor information centre. It’ s a good idea to start here first which will allow you to gain all the accessibility information and tours you may need.

image: Medieval knight helmet and sword

Journey Through British History at Kynern

An epic story-telling journey through 2000 years of history, myth and legend. Begin at sunset with the spectacular live-action show and end beneath the stars on a voyage through time.  Played out on an open-air stage with a lake at its centre, in the Vale of Durham. From pyrotechnics, lighting and water effects to dance and combat and ships and steam engines.  On from the 1st September with various show dates. There is Blue Badge parking on site and is accessible via a flat pathway which is 350m away from the site. Seats can be reserved on the front row for wheelchair users and must be accompanied by a companion, who is also eligible for a complimentary admission ticket to sit next to you.

image: Dragon gargoyle on a brick wall

Meet the Dragons at Conwy Castle

On show until the 17th September, dare to meet Dylan and Cariad, Cadw’s Baby Dragons, at Conwy Castle.  While your feasting your eyes on the mythical beasts, explore the castles incredibly preserved walls and towers, head for the battlements and take in the breathtaking views across the mountains and sea. Entrance into the castle is via a steep slope with a handrail and 15 steps. Inside, the walkways are cobbled but there are some grassed areas to walk on, however there are some spiral staircases. Conwy Castle has accessible toilets and an induction loop system for the guided tours. Disabled visitor and companion are admitted free.


image: Viking carved ornament

Jorvik Viking Centre in York

The world famous viking centre reopened earlier in April after a multi-million pound renovation. Hop aboard the Jorvik ride and travel back over 1000 years to experience the Viking Age.  A multi-sensory experience for all ages, Jorvik offers you the chance to delve into York’s Viking past.  If you are a wheelchair or mobility scooter user, you will need to pre-book your visit as most of the ride is underground so it is restricted to one wheelchair at a time however one of the capsules is fitted with a modified space for wheelchair users to enjoy the ride without having to leave your wheelchair. Trained staff are on hand to provide assistance and there is full access throughout the galleries too.