Accessible holiday Norfolk

Accessible Holidays in Norfolk

Boundary Stables is a cluster of five accessible one-storey holiday cottages situated in the little village of Happisburgh in the heart of rural Norfolk.

With level access from a spacious carpark to enclosed courtyards, ramps at the door sills, and door handles and gate latches positioned for convenience, wheelchair users can move in and out of the properties with ease. A designated parking area for guests with mobility difficulties is conveniently situated close to the cottage entrances.

Norfolk is probably best known for the Broads National Park (also known as the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, the Norfolk Broads, or simply the Broads); it’s a haven for sailors and fishermen, with many easily accessible fishing sites, as well as numerous fishing platforms suitable for wheelchair users. There are frequent time-tabled boat trips with informative commentary about the origins and history of the broads. Some of the cruisers are fitted with wheelchair lifts and accessible toilets; if you need these facilities, it’s advisable to contact the boat company in advance, as wheelchair places may have to be booked.

Disabled access Broads cruise

Norfolk is a bird-watcher’s paradise, and several RSPB reserves are located within 20 miles of Happisburgh. Disabled toilet facilities and a wheelchair-accessible viewing point are available at Strumpshaw Fen for those with limited mobility. Buckenham Marshes RSPB reserve also has a fully covered viewing hide adapted for wheelchair users.

There is no shortage, in Norfolk, of stately homes to visit. Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall, both within 20 miles of Happisburgh, provide disabled parking and a map of easily accessible routes for wheelchair users. Inside the houses, much effort has been made to accommodate visitors with limited mobility.

Blickling Hall

Also within 20 miles of Happisburgh is Norwich, Norfolk’s only city. With two spectacular cathedrals, the remains of a castle and city walls, and narrow cobbled streets, Norwich is a truly beautiful city. There is a lot to see in the daytime, but for an evening out, you can’t beat a visit to the Theatre Royal in Theatre Street.

From February 28th to March 25th, there’s an opportunity to see the hit musical Mamma Mia!; from March 27th to April 1st, Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party; and from April 4th to 8th, Casanova, performed by The Northern Ballet. From April 11th to 15th, you can see Sunny Afternoon, the captivating tale of how The Kinks, one of Britain’s greatest bands, rose to stardom. In 2015, this show won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Norwich Theatre Royal

Babe, The Sheep-Pig, adapted for the stage by playwright David Wood OBE, is based on Dick King-Smith’s award-winning children’s book, The Sheep-Pig, which was made into the film, Babe, in 1995. This charming production will be showing at the Theatre Royal on April 16th and 17th (Easter Sunday and Monday).

Registered assistance dogs are welcome at the Theatre Royal, and there are facilities for visitors with impaired hearing. There are several accessible toilets throughout the building, with lift access to all floors.

Other Norwich Theatres (all of which offer facilities for wheelchair users and those who are visually impaired or hard of hearing) are:
• Norwich Puppet Theatre (http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/)
• Sewell Barn Theatre (http://www.sewellbarn.org/index.html)
• Maddermarket Theatre (http://www.maddermarket.co.uk/)
• Norwich Playhouse (http://www.norwichplayhouse.org.uk/)

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