Bella Italia

Bella Italia

Bella Italia | 21st March 2017

Parking

There is lots of disabled parking in Gloucester Quays car park you can park here for free for 4 hours with a disabled badge.

Accessibility

There is a large accessible double door leading into the venue. The restaurant is all wheelchair accessible. They offer a larger print menu and a braille menu for the visually impaired.

The seating plan is open with quite a few booths. There are plenty of quite corners within the venue. The 4 corners of the restaurant have adjustable speakers, for those wanting a quieter meal. If you require your food to be liquidised they can offer this facility, or if not they are happy for you to bring in your own food.

The lighting is nice and bright in the restaurant and they allow guide dogs into the building.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located at the back of the building. The toilet is accessible for wheelchair users. It is large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in safely and there is enough room for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user. The toilet has a handrail for both transfer sides. The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

Customer Service

The staff members were extremely friendly, very kind and well mannered. Dan the manager, was so lovely and helpful and he made our visit even more enjoyable. He was more than happy to take the time out of his day to answer our questions.

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Nature in Art

Nature in Art | 7th April 2017

Parking

There is disabled parking located at the front of the building for three cars.

Accessibility

There is a ramp leading into the front of the building making it easy for wheelchair users. You enter straight into the gift shop with a gallery to your right hand side. There is plenty of space to get about in a wheelchair.

There are three galleries within the building, two of which are upstairs. To access these galleries upstairs, there is a lift available on the ground floor. There is a ramp leading outside into the beautiful gardens, there is no gravel or path around the garden but it is easily accessible for wheelchair users especially during the summer months. Any carer with a disabled member has free entry.

There is an education centre located at the back of the gardens, they have art courses and activity days held here.

Lift

The lift is wheelchair accessible but is rather small, therefore, not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in or enough space for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user. This would not be suitable for somebody that would need to be supervised to use the lift. The buttons are nice a low and easy to use for somebody that is able to use these.

Toilet

There is a disabled toilet located in the education centre. This is a large wheelchair accessible toilet, with space for a wheelchair to turn around in safely and a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user. There are handrails for both transfer sides and the sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

Café

There is access to the coffee shop through the main building, or you can access the coffee shop using the ramp outside. The coffee shop is wheelchair accessible with an open seating plan. They offer A4 size menus for the visually impaired.

They have three special chalk boards located above the counter, for easy viewing.

The lighting in the coffee shop is nice and bright.

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GL1 Leisure Centre

GL1 Leisure Centre | 22nd March 2017

Parking

There are 10 disabled parking spaces outside the front of the leisure centre.

Accessibility

There are two large, automatic doors leading into the venue.

For the swimming pool there are designated accessible toilets/changing rooms located on the ground floor. The one has a toilet, handrails for transfer sides and a walk in shower with a seat. The other changing offers exactly the same however, this one also offers a hoist, these changing rooms/toilets require a RADAR key.

The lockers and wristbands are charged at £1 each. This is the same for the ones in the gym. There are two main pools which offer a hoist. A trained member of staff will assist the wheelchair user when using the hoist. The most suitable time to use the pool for somebody with a disability is between 6.30am-9.00am which is the ‘Early Risers’ session and is the quietest time of day.

There are two disabled toilets/changing rooms for the gym, for male and female use. They are located on the first floor. The gym offers facilities to accommodate a wheelchair user and some of the machines in the gym can be operated by a wheelchair user. Once an induction has been completed by a trained member of staff, a PA or family member may assist a wheelchair user in the gym. It is advisable to book in advance for a PT session for a wheelchair user.

Lift

There is  a lift located to the right of the building, this will take you up to the gym. The lift is accessible for wheelchair users, it is not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in but does have enough space for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user. The buttons are easy to reach on the outside and on the inside of the lift.

Customer Service

The staff members are very helpful, friendly and well mannered. The manager Chris took the time out of his day to show us around and answer our questions.

Restaurant/Café

The restaurant/café is accessible for wheelchair users, they serve food from 10am until 5pm. The menu choices are all up on the wall on a large board.

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The Roses Theatre

The Roses Theatre

The Roses Theatre | 1st June 2018

Parking

There is no customer parking at the theatre, however, there are a few standard parking spaces on Sun Street if you can get a space. The closest public car park is Oldbury Road Car Park which is only approx. 100 yards away, there are four disabled bays here and you can park for free with a disabled badge.

Accessibility

There is an automatic double door to enter the building, which leads to a large foyer and the box office reception. There is a lowered section to the reception which makes it easy for somebody in a wheelchair to book and pay for their own tickets or to ask for help or advice. The café is immediately to the left which also leads to the auditorium.

When entering the auditorium, the immediate row as you go in is designated for disabled customers, they have two seats that are permanently removed for wheelchairs, however, the entire row of chairs can be easily removed and fits up to 11 wheelchairs. There are emergency exits on the end of each row which involves no stairs, as well as 4 other exits within the room. The entire row has the best seats in the house and a fantastic view of the stage giving a very enjoyable theatre experience.

It is advised to notify the theatre before arrival if you are in a wheelchair so they can ensure there is enough room for you in this row.

They offer audio description headsets for somebody who is blind or visually impaired which describes to somebody what is going on in the performance, they allow guide dogs into the building and they also offer subtitle screenings for the deaf. They also have parent and babies showings where they show PG, 12 and 15 rated films and parents can take along their babies/toddlers without the worry of them disturbing other viewers.

Upstairs next to the bar is a wide open space where they hold live music and comedy. This is all accessible.

The Roses Theatre – Tewkesbury Visit the website to see what shows are currently on.

Cafe

The café has some small tables and chairs in which were suitable for my wheelchair to fit under, they serve hot and cold drinks and some light snacks here. There is a small menu on the side of the wall but most of what is sold is on show over the counter. There is a lowered section to the counter.

Before entering the auditorium, there is also a small shop selling cold drinks, sweet and chocolates to enjoy the show with, again the bar is nice and low and easy for a wheelchair user.

Upstairs there is a bar serving other beverages as well as alcohol. To the left of the bar is a lowered section.

Toilets

There are two disabled toilets, one on each floor. The ground floor toilets are through the café and to the left, there are adequate hand rails for transfer and the sink, toilet roll dispenser is at an appropriately lowered height, including the mirror! The same applies for the first-floor toilet which is the larger of the two. The toilets have recently had a revamp and were nice and new and clean.

Lift

The lift is located at the back of the building through the café and past the toilets, the buttons are low and within reach for somebody using a wheelchair. The lift isn’t huge but was big enough for a wheelchair and two other people standing, to fit in at a squeeze. A wheelchair could not turn around within the lift.

 

Customer Service

Caroline, Head of Marketing, kindly showed us around the venue and gave us all the information required. She told us about their recent refurbishment at The Roses and when this took place they did it with accessibility in mind and she was happy to see they had done a good job following our feedback. She also advised how all of their staff have had Dementia Awareness Training to help their staff be better prepared for challenging behaviours.

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Sherborne Cinema

Sherborne Cinema | 11th May 2018

Parking

There is parking located to the left of the building and there is one disabled spot.

Accessibility

There is a paved ramp leading into the front of the venue and there is a large accessible double door. The ticket booth is located on the left hand side, this is where you can purchase your tickets and also some snacks and drinks.

There is one cinema screen; this is where all the films are shown. The back row has space for three wheelchair users.The aisle is wider than your average cinema and you are welcome to sit on the end of the aisle in your wheelchair if it is a smaller wheelchair, this may be more suitable for somebody with a sight impairment so they can be closer to the screen. It is advisable to turn up early if you are in a wheelchair so the most suitable. It Is advisable to turn up early if you are in a wheelchair so the most suitable seat for you can be found before everybody else arrives.

They also offer headphones for the blind, this facility offers audio description through the headphones and guide dogs are welcome into the building.

There is a small porch over the main entrance to the cinema, this was added for sound proof. It makes it a little tight getting into the cinema.

Toilets

The toilets are on the right hand side of the building, the disabled toilet or ‘easy access toilet’ as Mark has called it, is at the end of the corridor on the left. The toilet is big enough for somebody to assist a wheelchair user and has suitable hand rails for transferring, The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all at a suitable lowered height.

Customer Service

Mark is an extremely friendly gentleman who has an obvious passion for film and has done a great job at keeping the traditional and personal touch within his cinema, it was a pleasure to meet him and I look forward to many more cinema trips in the future.

 

https://www.sherbornecinema.co.uk/programme Take a look at the website for up to date programme times

 

 

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Gloucester Guildhall

Gloucester Guildhall | 2nd May 2018

Parking

You can enter the Guildhall directly from the Kings Walk car park, which is free after 6pm. You can park in here for up to 3 hours with a blue badge but you do need to complete an application form to get the electronic tag. To enter the building via the car park there is a steel ramp.

Accessibility

If you’re not entering the Guildhall via the Kings Walk car park, the main entrance is on Eastgate street. There is a singular automatic door and straight away steps leading up to the box office on level 1 or a lift which has access to all floors. All of the hallways across the venue are nice and wide and easy to navigate with a wheelchair. Considering the Guildhall is an old building, which is often where accessibility issues can be found, the accessibility across the venue is very good – wide entrances, hallways and big rooms.

The Guildhall monitor how many wheelchair users are in the building at the same time, due to the fact it is all above the ground floor. The maximum capacity is 8 people as this is the amount of wheelchairs they can get out of the building safely in the case of an emergency.

Guide dogs are allowed in the building.

Box Office

The box office is on the first floor and has a low reception point which makes it easy for a wheelchair user to communicate with staff on reception.

Cinema

The cinema is on the second floor, the main entrance for the cinema is down a small flight of stairs which is accessible via a platform lift and then up another platform lift to get into the cinema. There is a rear entrance to the cinema which cuts out the stairs, a member of staff will be happy to open this for you as it will be easier and quicker than using the platform lifts.

If you are in a wheelchair it is advisable to arrive a little earlier than the showing time for the film so that you can find the most suitable position for you. All of the seats within the cinema can be moved so you can sit wherever you prefer.

The Hall

There is a large entertainment hall which is on the second floor, to get to the hall you are required to use the door lift and the platform lift. The hall is used for concerts and gigs etc. There is tiered seating which can be folded away or extend across the hall it is large but would still be an intimate gig.

If the gig was standing it may be a little overcrowded and busy for someone in a wheelchair as there are no cornered off sections or anywhere specifically for disabled people. If it was seated the tiered seating would be inaccessible for a wheelchair but there would be plenty of space at the front.

There is a refuge point just behind the hall in case of an emergency where the emergency services will collect people in need of help, there is a flight of stairs leading to the refuge point which is a fire exit/staff only.

Café

The café is located on the second floor which is accessible via the door lift and platform lift, there is a wide entrance into the café, the tables are suitable for my wheelchair to fit under and the walkways are nice and wide. There is also a lower section to the bar on the righthand side. The menus are nice and light however, they don’t offer a larger print menu. The café uses local and fresh produce and can accommodate for vegan and gluten free.

Studio / Meeting Rooms

There is a studio room with a mirrored wall that can be used for dance lessons, there are also several meeting rooms of different sizes across the venue that can be hired out for meetings, events, conferences etc. Each of the rooms have a wide entrance and are easy to get in and out of.

Customer Service

Chris kindly showed us around the venue at short notice and gave us lots of information about the venue. On other occasions when I have visited the Guildhall all of the staff have been polite and helpful

Lift

The door lift to all floors is easy to use and large enough for my wheelchair and somebody to assist, although a slight squeeze. However it is not large enough to turn around in. The buttons are a low height and nice and big so easy to use.

There are two platform lifts on the second floor, there is a sign to ask a staff member for help but they were easy to use.

Toilet

There are three disabled toilets in the building, two on the second floor and one of the third floor. The toilet on the third floor is a little cramped so a large wheelchair user may find it easier to use one of the toilets on the second floor. However, it still had ramps for a left and right hand transfer and the sink and other facilities were all at a lowered height.

Both toilets on the second floor are larger and again all facilities at an appropriate height.

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Museum of Gloucester

Museum of Gloucester | 2nd May 2018

Parking

There are two disabled parking spaces located outside the building with two drop kerbs to get off the road however, these are hard to access once parked in the disabled spaces, you have to go along the road until the end where there is a drop kerb. There is also St Michaels Square car park close by where you can use your blue badge for 3 hours free parking.

Accessibility

There is a ramp leading into the venue, with a large accessible automatic double door. The reception point is on the right-hand side, as you enter the building. There is a lower section of the reception desk for wheelchair access. There is plenty of space to move a wheelchair around. There are lots of easy access things to see within the lower ground floor. There are also listening options with easy to reach buttons for wheelchair users. Every part of the downstairs floor is accessible, with easy to go through arches for wheelchairs.

There is another floor which is accessible via the lift and plenty of space to move around on the first floor with lots to see and look at. There are also two art galleries located on the first floor. This is all accessible and easy to view from a wheelchair.

Café / Gift Shop

There is a self-service café located on the ground floor. There is a selection of hot drinks available and cold drinks in the fridge. The seating plan is open with lots of space for wheelchair users and accessible tables. There are also a couple of quiet corners.

There is also a fantastic little gift shop with lots of gadgets, books and memorabilia.

Customer Service

All the staff at the museum are extremely friendly and helpful. Angela took the time out of her day to show us around and answer our questions.

Lift

There is a lift located at the back of the building, which will take you up to first floor. The lift is accessible for wheelchairs, there is a double sided door so you drive into the lift and drive out the other side.

It is not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in but there is room for a family member or PA to assist the wheelchair user. The buttons are easy to reach for somebody in a wheelchair and easy to use.

There is an Evac chair available at the top of the stairs, in case of emergencies.

Toilet

There are two disabled toilets on the ground floor, they aren’t large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in but they are large enough for somebody to assist. There are handrails for right and left hand transfer, the sink and hand dryer are at an appropriate height for a wheelchair however, the toilet paper dispenser and soap dispenser are a little high. The toilets are part of the public toilet scheme and are kept nice and clean.

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Jury’s Inn

Jurys Inn – Cheltenham | 27th April 2018

Parking

There are six disabled parking spaces located right at the front of the building with easy access into the hotel. There was also one disabled parking space in the rear car park close to the leisure centre. Once checked in it is easier to gain access via the leisure club entrance as it is closer to the hotel rooms and the same level, so you can avoid the platform lift to save time. The hotel can reserve you a space in the rear car park if requested.

Customer Service

The general manager, Peter Hendry kindly took the time out of his busy day to show me around the facilities in the hotel. He gave me lots of useful information and was very polite and friendly. All other staff in the hotel were well dressed and well mannered.

Accessibility

There is a paved entrance into the hotel with a small slope up to the automatic double doors and a lowered reception point. Most of the rooms in the hotel are accessible via the lift however, there are two specific rooms for disabled guests on the ground floor, each with wide doors to access the rooms.

There is one double and one twin accessible room, both with wider door entrances. The double is the larger of the two with a larger bathroom. Both bathrooms have accessible shower seats which are mounted on the wall under the shower, lots of handrails and everything in the bathroom is at a low height.

Within the hotel they offer a vibrating pillow and flashing alarm system for the deaf in the case of an emergency, if you notify the receptionists of any specific needs upon arrival they will also come and assist you to ensure your safety in an emergency.

Guide dogs are allowed into the building.

Restaurant and Café / Meeting Rooms

There is a restaurant and café area on the ground floor, both have plenty of tables for wheelchairs to fit comfortably underneath. The café is open to members of the public, there are often people having business meetings within the café, they offer table service and you can pay at your table by cash or card.

The restaurant is more for the hotel guests, the food is served as a ‘help yourself’ buffet, which would be difficult for somebody in a wheelchair, but the staff will bring the food over to your table if required.

There are also a number of meeting rooms that can be hired out for private business meetings or functions, these are all accessible for wheelchairs.

Toilet

There is a disabled toilet located between the reception area and the café, the facilities within the toilet are good, there were handrails for right and left-hand transfer and everything was within reach for a wheelchair user. They were also nice and clean.

Lift

There is a lift which takes you up to more hotel rooms, I was able to fit my wheelchair in and my PA was able to fit in too, but it was tight. All of the facilities however are on the first floor as well as a large number of hotel rooms so the lift isn’t a necessity for a wheelchair user staying in the hotel.

There are also two platform stairs lifts to get up and down the small sets of stairs which lead down from the café to the hotel rooms, meeting rooms and leisure club. These both worked efficiently and the staff are happy to help with operating them.

 

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Brewhouse & Kitchen – Cheltenham

Brewhouse & Kitchen | 7th March 2018

Parking

The Brewhouse & Kitchen is located in Cheltenham Brewery quarter therefore there is no specific customer parking. There is an NCP car park just opposite the premises, they do offer disabled spaces however, they don’t offer discounted or free parking for blue badge holders. There is some on street pay and display just outside the brewery as well as double yellow lines to park on if you have a blue badge.

Accessibility

There are large, manual, double doors to enter the building with a flat entrance. The doors are quite heavy.

I visited on a week day at lunch time so it was fairly quiet and I found my own table to sit at, in the evening a staff member would show you to a table. Most of the venue is on the ground floor and is all accessible for a wheelchair apart from a small upstairs area with a few extra tables.

When walking into the bar/restaurant you are greeted with the smell of beer brewing. There was some quiet music playing in the background and it was nice and bright within the building. There are quite a few tables in the restaurant that are not suitable for a wheelchair, for example raised benches and barrels which have been converted into tables which add to the brewhouse effect. There are however, still plenty of tables that are suitable for a wheelchair and I made sure I was able to fit underneath several of them comfortably.

They do not offer braille or large print menus for the visually impaired and do not offer hearing loops for the deaf but the staff are willing to help read through the menu with you.

The restaurant is open plan and there aren’t any secluded booths but there a few quieter corners if you wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle.

The fire exit is up a few raised stairs so could cause difficulty for an electric wheelchair.

There is no lowered section to the bar so would be difficult for a wheelchair user to pay at the bar, however you are able to pay at the table by card or cash.

Customer Service

My PA went up to the bar to order our drinks, the gentleman serving was very polite, helpful and friendly and bought our drinks over to our table. He helped move the furniture, so I could fit my wheelchair under a table and also answered all of my extra questions for the assessment.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located on the righthand side of the bar. The toilet was nice and spacious inside with plenty of room for my wheelchair.

There were handrails to transfer and the sink, soap dispenser and hand dryer were all at a lowered height for wheelchair user.

There were some sanitary bins in the toilet and they were in the corner of the room and out of the way.

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Côte Brasserie

Côte Brasserie | 17th January 2018

Parking

The restaurant is located in Gloucester quays, therefore there is ample disabled parking in Gloucester Quays or Gloucester Docks car park.

Accessibility

There is a flat entrance with a wide manual door leading into the restaurant. There were plenty of tables I was able to fit my wheelchair underneath comfortably.

They don’t offer larger print or braille menus and the regular menus are very small print so no good for somebody with a visual impairment. The staff are very helpful and would read this out for you if requested.

The restaurant is open plan and there are no secluded booths, there was quiet music playing in the background.

The walkways through the restaurant were all wide enough to navigate my wheelchair through.

Customer Service

The service I received was excellent, the waiter held the door open for me upon arrival and gave me a choice of any table. The waitress that took our order was very helpful and the food was served quickly.

Toilets

The disabled toilet is located at the back of the building, the door is behind a curtain. The staff showed me to the toilet and held the curtain and door open for me.

The toilet was very spacious inside, the lighting was good and it was nice and clean.

The sink, toilet paper dispenser and hand dryer were all at a reasonable height for a wheelchair user.

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The Orchard Trust

The Orchard Trust | 5th January 2018

The Orchard Trust are a registered charity based in the Forest of Dean, they have two supported living homes in Lydney and four residential homes located in Lydbrook, Coleford and Ruardeen Hill. There is also a day centre facility which is located in Lydbrook, just a short distance from the home. The day centre is open to the public as well as the service users during the hours of 09.00am-03.00pm They welcome and accommodate people from all walks of life, including all physical disabilities, the elderly as well as mental health issues or even people that just need a bit support. There is no charge to visit the smallholding and sensory garden but they also offer Activities, Creativity, Engagement (A.C.E) you can read the details here on the website as well as pricing.

Parking and Location

Orchard Trust can be tricky to find as a first-time visitor, click here to view directions, my top tip would be to look out for the concrete bus shelter opposite the turning and it’s pretty easy from there.

Once you reach the top of the hill there is a car park located on the righthand side, the small car park is unmarked and there are no designated disabled spots but the accessibility from the car park to the venue is fine. There is a newly paved even pathway leading from the car park to the reception area.

Accessibility 

The Orchard Trust reached out to me and asked me to visit the site, the purpose of my visit was to advise them on how they can improve accessibility issues they have as they are looking to make continuous improvements to the site. They are located on an uneven hillside which causes some accessibility issues.

Learning Centre

The main learning centre and reception point is in a two-story converted barn with no lift, the only access point to the second story for wheelchair users is across a raised ramp which you are required to go outside for, the turning point into the building is quite tight and a little tricky to manoeuvre. All the doors across the site are manual so a wheelchair user would require assistance from somebody who is able bodied. Despite some of the accessibility issues, I was still able to access all areas of the building.#

Kitchen

Within the learning centre is a kitchen with four separate colour coded areas, in each area there is an oven, a sink and basic kitchen appliances such as chopping boards and frying pans etc. In the pink kitchen there is a height adjustable worktop at the touch of a button. There is plenty of space to navigate around the kitchen in my wheelchair.

Activity Park

There is a newly built activity park which is designed for adults with disabilities as well as children, there are also activities for the able-bodied which provides a fun day out for all families. In the park there is a swing and merry-go-round designed for wheelchairs to mount. Along side it is a standard swing to all be enjoyed at the same time and the merry-go-round has seats to be sat on as well as up to 2 wheelchairs. There is also a in ground trampoline which will also hold a wheelchair.

Activity Park

There is a newly built activity park which is designed for adults with disabilities as well as children, there are also activities for the able-bodied which provides a fun day out for all families. In the park there is a swing and merry-go-round designed for wheelchairs to mount. Along side it is a standard swing to all be enjoyed at the same time and the merry-go-round has seats to be sat on as well as up to 2 wheelchairs. There is also a in ground trampoline which will also hold a wheelchair.

Smallholding

There is a lovely smallholding which is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Here you’ll find some farm animals including Milly the pig, sheep, pygmy goats (two of which are pregnant!), chickens and ducks which you are able to pet and feed. The goats in particular are very fun and friendly!

There is a newly paved pathway which leads around the smallholding, it is wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass by each other. There are also stopping points with benches dotted along the pathway, so people can stop for a rest if needed.

At the far end of the walkway there is a sheltered wooden outdoor classroom, in here is a long bench purposely built to fit a wheelchair underneath. It’s also nice and quiet in here with a nice view and perfect for a picnic.

Sensory Garden

Even though I visited the sensory garden on a cold winter day I was still able to appreciate the surroundings, I can imagine it would be twice as lovely in the summer.

I was able to navigate around all the garden in my wheelchair, however some of the areas I wasn’t able to reach from my wheelchair due to them being too far away from the pathway.

There was however still plenty of areas I could enjoy including a xylophone, plants I could touch, feel and smell and a small water feature.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located round the back of the building on the ground floor in the learning centre. There is quite a tight turning point into the toilet which is hard to manoeuvre as a wheelchair user.

I was unable to transfer from my wheelchair to the toilet due to not having an appropriate hand rail. There are manual adjustable hand rails for left and right-hand transfer, however for me to be able to transfer from my wheelchair I need a static handrail attached to the wall that doesn’t move for safety purposes. I advised Phill about this and he said he would look to install a new handrail as soon as possible.

I was unable to turn the tap on by myself as it was too stiff, again Phill is aware of this and considering other options. The toilet paper and soap dispenser are also a little too high for me in my wheelchair.

There is an overhead hoist and an adjustable bed however I didn’t use these facilities, so I can’t comment any further.

There is enough room in the toilet for a wheelchair to turn around safely.

Note there is another toilet in the Leisure Centre which I was able to use.

Leisure Centre

There was a flat entrance into the leisure centre, it was accessible through a manual double door. There was also an accessible fire exit at the back of the building via a ramp.

There is an onsite fully equipped pool room, jacuzzi and floor level trampoline. I didn’t use any of these facilities however, at first glance they all looked very good. There was somebody in the swim gym, so I couldn’t look at this area, but I did view the rebound centre which has a ground level trampoline with a hoist to assist with transfer. There was plenty of soft mats around the trampoline to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

There is a disabled toilet in the leisure centre, access to the toilet is not ideal for a wheelchair user as you are required to drive the wheelchair over the mats for the trampoline and there is a danger of driving over the trampoline by mistake causing damage or injury.

Customer Service

Project manager Phill Hucks and George gave us the tour of the venue, they were both very polite and friendly and took all my comments on board with a view to take action. It is obvious that they both have a passion to give their service users the best experience possible.

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Coffee Lab | 15th December 2017

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The Coffee Lab is located in Gloucester Docks, there are plenty of disabled parking spaces either in the Gloucester Docks car park or the Gloucester Quays car park. These are both a short distance to walk  to the restaurant.

Accessibility

The Coffee Lab café is located within the restaurant the Grillshed, please read the full review here to read about accessibility and toilets within Coffee Lab/Grill Shed.

You can also order drinks to takeaway.

Customer Service

I was served by the manager Jack who was very welcoming and friendly our drinks were served quickly and efficiently.

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Grill Shed | 5th April 2017

Parking

The Grill Shed is located in Gloucester Docks, there are plenty of disabled parking spaces either in the Gloucester Docks car park or the Gloucester Quays car park. These are both a short distance to walk  to the restaurant.

Restaurant

There is a large accessible entrance leading into the venue.

The staff members are all very friendly, well-mannered and helpful. Jody took the time out of his day to answers our questions.

They currently don’t offer a larger print menu or braille menu for the visually impaired however, these have been ordered and are coming soon.

They do however offer a gluten free menu, a blender if you require your food to be liquidised and a baby bottle warming facility.

The seating plan is open, with plenty of booths and quiet corners. There is quiet music playing in the background.

The restaurant lighting is nice and bright.

They allow guide dogs in to the building.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located at the back of the building. There is a ramp leading up to the toilet, this will take you down a corridor. The lighting is quite dim down the corridor.

The toilet is wheelchair accessible and is just large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in safely. There is enough room for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides.

The sink and toilet paper dispenser are accessible for wheelchair users. However, the hand dryer is slightly too high for a wheelchair user. The lighting is nice and bright, the toilets are clean.

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Ibis | 28th November 2017

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There are six disabled parking spaces located right at the front of the building with easy access into the hotel.

Customer Service

Shanique was very helpful and happy to show me around one of the disabled rooms. The hotel staff had to find a clean room for me to take a look at and this was no bother for them.

Accessibility

There is a flat entrance with a large automatic door into the reception area. The reception point was quite high with no low access point but the staff came round to speak with us.

Most of the rooms in the hotel are accessible due to the lift and they’re all quite spacious but there are seven specific disabled rooms with the large wet room and handrails for assistance with transfers, they also have a deaf guard facility. The room that I viewed was on the third floor, this was easy to get to in the lift.

The wet room and the bedroom are both very big and easy to navigate around. The bed was low down and not too high to make it easy to transfer from a wheelchair.

They also offer a vibrating pillow for the deaf in case of emergency.

Service dogs are allowed in the hotel.

Restaurant/Café

There was a café area on the ground floor near to the reception which was fully accessible. The restaurant is open from 6am until 10pm and the bar is open until midnight.

Lift

All floors can be accessed via the lift, the lift was large enough for the hotel assistant, my PA and I to all use at the same time. However, it was too small for me to turn the wheelchair around in. The lift buttons were all easy to reach for a wheelchair user

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Gloucester Prison | 3rd November 2017

Jailhouse tours organise the tour of Gloucester prison. The tours are conducted by ex-prison officers who share their interesting stories from when they worked at the prison. I found it very interesting learning all about the history of the prison and would definitely recommend a tour. They have development plans to turn this into flats in April 2018 so get booked if quick while you have the chance. Here is an artist impression of what they think the flats will look like.

Parking

There is no customer parking however there is a public car park on Ladybellegate street which is a five minute walk from the venue.

Accessibility

There is a ramp leading to the venue with double doors and there is a small reception point before entering the prison.
There are a few restricted areas due to stairs and the age of the building which I have highlighted in green on the map, I was able to access the first floor in B wing but the rest was inaccessible due to the stairs.

However, I was able to view most of the tour in my wheelchair. My guide advised me that we had to take a different route due to my wheelchair so before booking if you are in a wheelchair, advise a member of staff so they can accommodate for you.

There were quite a few tight corners and doorways, I was able to get around in my wheelchair but if you are in a wider wheelchair this may be an issue.

I was able to get a good insight into what life may have been like as a prisoner as I was able to view inside some of the cells and most areas to the prison.

Customer Service

When I emailed to enquire, Paul responded very quickly and was happy for me to assess the venue. Lucy gave me the tour of the prison on the day she was very informative polite and friendly and answered all of my questions.

Toilet

There was a disabled toilet but it was very old and there was no handrails so personally wouldn’t recommend it for a wheelchair user. The soap and hand dryer were also too high for a wheelchair user.

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Kingsholm | 31st October 2017

Parking

On match days the car park is closed to the general public, they offer a park and ride bus service from St Oswalds Tesco which is organised by the stadium, which runs every 10 to 15 minutes.

Accessibility 

The disabled access gate is gate 3C, where a ramp is laid down for easy access, however you are able to use any of the gates if you wish.

There are two standing zones and two seating zones surrounding the stadium. The standing zones are inaccessible for wheelchair users, but the front rows of the seating zones are all designated disabled seats, with the row behind designated for carers and family members. The view from these seats gives a wheelchair user a great view of the action.

There is also a viewing platform for disabled fans, this was more secluded so therefore would be better for people who wanted to get away from the crowds and noise.

I was shown around all areas of the stadium including the bars, hospitality suites and corporate areas. There are also lots of food stands selling things like pasties and hot dogs. Workers on the stands are advised to go around and take an order from a disabled fan if they can’t hear over the noise of the crowds.

I was shown around the private boxes for the corporate fans the rooms were very posh with excellent views of the pitch and all accessible for wheelchair users.

Customer Service

I emailed Helen Grayer the operations co-ordinator to discuss the possibility of assessing the stadium, she responded very quickly and was very helpful. When I met Helen for the assessment she was very thorough with the tour of the stadium and explained every detail and all of the facilities they offer for the disabled.

On arrival I was greeted by Lisa at reception who was also very friendly and welcoming.

Toilets

There are lots of disabled toilets located around the stadium and on every floor. I assessed a few of them and all of were satisfactory.

They were all large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in safely and for a PA or family to assist. All of the facilities, sink, handrail etc were in a good position for a wheelchair user.

Lift

There were two sets of lifts within the stadium, both were large enough to turn around in safely. The buttons were easy to reach for a wheelchair user.

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Wetherspoons in the Docks

18th October 2017

Parking and accessibility

The Lord High Constable of England is located in Gloucester Docks on the waterside.

There is good accessibility to the building with a flat entrance and double doors leading into the venue.

There are lots of disabled parking spaces located in The Quays car park, where you can park for free for up to four hours with a blue badge. Take the parking ticket and the blue badge with you to customer service desk in the mall where you will be given an exit ticket.

Wetherspoons don’t operate via table service you are to place your order at the bar on arrival and then find your own table. The customer service I received at the bar was good, the staff were polite and friendly and the service was reasonably quick.

Restaurant

The venue is very spacious and there are plenty of seating areas suitable for wheelchairs. There are secluded booths if you need to get away from the noise.

Wetherspoons also have a service which allows you to download an app on your phone and you can order food this way rather than queuing at the bar. This is very useful for the disabled, deaf and non-verbal.

Toilets

There is one disabled toilet which is located close to the entrance. This requires a RADAR key. The toilet was adequate with enough room for a family member or PA to assist.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides. The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser were all accessible for a wheelchair user.

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Gloucester Park

15th September 2017

Accessibility

When arriving at Gloucester Park there is disabled parking located on Park Road which is a two minute walk from the park entrance. There is pay and display roadside parking and also double yellow lines which would have been suitable for my blue badge, however; there were no dropped kerbs so that I could safely access the pathway. St Michaels car park is also a 10 minute journey in a wheelchair however, there are uneven broken pathways which aren’t ideal for a wheelchair

There were a few entrances into the park which were even and easily accessible. The pathways around the park were fairly smooth for my wheelchair, there were a few gravelled areas but I was able to access most of the park.

There are lots of nice areas within the park including a play park for children, grassy picnic areas, monuments, flowerbeds, a bird enclosure, a ping pong table (own equipment required) and rugby posts. There is a small café within the grounds however, this wasn’t open when I visited the park and I wasn’t able to find out the opening times.

 

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet which requires a RADAR key. This is located next to the bird aviary. There is no sign outside the toilet to indicate that there is a disabled toilet and I missed it at first. I have since met with David Pritchett, the Open Spaces Strategy Officer for Gloucester Park. He advised me about the disabled toilet and informed me that they will have clearer signage in future.

The toilet was large enough for someone to assist a wheelchair user and all facilities including sink, hand dryer and toilet roll dispenser were at an appropriate height. The toilets were clean and hygienic.

David also advised me that he will also look into the parking issues within the surrounding area and speak to the relevant people to see if we can get this issue resolved by adding some disabled parking spaces and also dropped kerbs. Hopefully the Council and Gloucestershire Highways will look into these issues ASAP. I will update the site with any changes in the future.

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The Priory Harvester At St Oswalds Retail Park

The Priory Harvester At St Oswalds Retail Park

22nd August 2017

Parking and access

There are three disabled parking spaces close to the entrance of the building. There is a flat entrance leading in with a large double door.

There are also some outside benches suitable for a wheelchair user if you wanted to sit outside for a drink on a hot summer’s day.

I received good customer service throughout my visit. I was shown quickly to my table where they had already removed a chair so I could fit my wheelchair underneath straight away. My waiter Chris was very friendly and helpful and answered all of my questions and requirements.

They had taken the time to choose my table which was close to everything I needed – for example toilets, salad bar and drinks refill station.

Toilets

There is one disabled toilet at the back of the building which requires a RADAR key. There is enough room within the toilet for a wheelchair to turn around safely. There is also enough room for a family member or PA to assist the wheelchair user.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides, the sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for a wheelchair user.

The toilets are nice and clean and safe to use and the lighting is nice and bright.

Restaurant

The restaurant serves breakfast from 9.00am to11.30am. The varied menu starts at 11.30am and ends at 10.00pm.

The restaurant has an open plan seating area but there are also quiet booths. The menus were nice and clear but they do not offer braille or large print menus.They are looking into it and I will update with any changes.

If a customer requires their food to be liquidised they will do this for you, however, you need to bring in your own liquidiser. They will also let you bring in your own food if you require it to be liquidised. They are happy to host groups of less able customers.

They allow guide dogs into the building and there was also some quiet music playing in the background.

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Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut

21st June I visited Pizza Hut, Eastern Avenue.

Parking

There are two disabled parking spaces located at the front of the building.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue with a large accessible, double door.

All the staff members were very helpful, friendly and well mannered. Our waitress was fantastic from start to finish and answered any of our questions.

Toilets

There are disabled toilets located at the back of the building.

They are accessible for wheelchair user and there is enough room for a wheelchair to turn around safely.There is enough room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides. The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The lighting is nice and bright, the toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

Restaurant

The restaurant is accessible for wheelchair users. The restaurant has an open plan seating area and lots of accessible tables.

There is a raised area of steps which is inaccessible by wheelchair users, however there is still plenty of easy access.

There are lots of booths and quiet corners to get away from the hustle and bustle.

The restaurant offer a larger print menu and braille menu for the visually impaired but they don’t offer a hearing loop for the deaf.

The menus are nice and light.

There is a moderate level of background music. This will get louder if the restaurant is full.

They allow all service dogs into the building.

 

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Jet Age Museum

Jet Age Museum

17th June 2017

There are two disabled parking spaces located at the front of the building.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue with large accessible double doors.

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Once inside, you go through a set of accessible double doors to enter the museum.

Attraction

Once inside there is a large open space which is all completely accessible.

There are lots of planes and little bits of information that you can get up close and personal with. I could drive my wheelchair right up to any of these displays with no trouble.

Outside there are some planes that are open for the public to go in and sit in. However these are inaccessible for wheelchair users due to the gravelled ground leading up to the planes. 

There is a possibility of them looking into getting a third seat at the back one of the Harrier planes. Then this will make the plane accessible for wheelchair users. Watch this space for an update!

Toilets

There are disabled toilets located to the right as you enter the building.

These are accessible for wheelchair users. There isn’t quite enough room for a wheelchair to turn around safely. There is room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user.

There are handrails for both transfer sides. The sink and toilet paper dispenser are both accessible for a wheelchair user. The hand dryer is a little too high for a wheelchair user.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The lighting in the toilet nice and bright. The toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

Café

There is a café to the left as you enter the building. This is accessible for wheelchair users.

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There are lots of tables that you can fit a wheelchair underneath.

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Sailing for Disabled at Over Basin

Sailing for Disabled at Over Basin

26th April 2017

http://www.sailing4disabled.org.uk/

Had fun driving the boat for Sailing for Disabled last week 👍🏼

Posted by Christian Drewitt on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

This is a fantastic attraction for all wheelchair users. Pete’s passion and care for the disabled really shows in his work and I enjoyed his company from start to finish. It is great to come across people who have a real passion for helping people with disabilities and I highly recommend this little trip. The half-mile boat trip runs Tuesdays only from 11am until 2pm

Pete owns an accessible, fully electric boat that can carry up to three wheelchairs and two crew members.

There is a ramp on the front of the boat which winds down onto the slipway for wheelchair access. Wheelchairs  need to be pulled on backwards for easier access when leaving the boat. Pete or a member of the crew are happy to help with this. The boat will take you along the canal with lots of things to see.

This service is free to use however, if you wish to make a donation then you can.

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National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum

19th April 2017

There is disabled parking located in the Gloucester Quays Outlet Shopping Centre.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue with a large accessible double door.

The staff were all friendly and well-mannered, Sam helped to answer any of our questions.

Toilets

There are disabled toilets located on the ground floor, these are accessible for wheelchair users.

There is enough room for a wheelchair to turn around safely.

There is enough room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user.

There are handrails for both transfer sides.

The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

The toilet itself is lower than usual .

The lighting is nice and bright, the toilets are nice, clean and safe to use.

The lower ground floor of the museum is completely accessible for wheelchair users. There are lots of things to view and look at on the lower ground floor.

Lift

There is a lift located on the ground floor which will take you to first floor attractions.

The lift is wheelchair accessible. The lift is not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in safely. There is enough room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user.

The lift door closes quickly!

The lift has easy to reach buttons and the lighting is nice and bright.

On the first floor there are more attractions to see and do. There is plenty of space for a wheelchair user to get around easily.

Café

There is a small café located on the ground floor. They serve drinks and cakes from 10am until 4.30pm.

There are a few accessible tables and a few more tables located outside.

There is also a small accessible gift shop, selling memorabilia.

 

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Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

29th March 2017

Slimbridge is a fantastic day out for all families.

It is home to over 30,000 wild birds.

There is lots of exploring to do and so much fun for little children.

Most of the park is wheelchair accessible, with good paths. However, some of the hides and walkways are inaccessible.

You can use an electric or manual wheelchair. The park offers manual wheelchairs to hire, at no cost.

You can hire an electric buggy, for a small charge of £5. You need to call in advance and book the buggy.

They are due to make the summer walkway accessible and some of the inaccessible hides will be getting a face- lift.

There is an outdoor theatre coming soon and also an app for your smartphone to use, whilst walking around the park.

My only bit of advice for anyone who is able bodied, bring wellies!

The staff were all extremely helpful, friendly and well mannered. Jackie took the time out of her day to answer our questions. Jackie was extremely helpful and showed a lot of support towards my project.

There are plenty of disabled parking spaces located in the car park and a disabled toilet, too.

There is a ramp leading up to the entrance of the venue.

Before entering the venue you have to disinfect your feet or wheels of your wheelchair.

There is a mat and wheel wash provided.

There is a large double automatic door leading into the venue, with a button for disabled users to press, which will open this door.

In the reception area there is a lowered section of the desk for wheelchair users.

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Once inside you can go and collect bird food from the volunteers stand and also collect your tokens to access the Viewing Platform.

Start of the adventure.

There is a lift which will take you up to the Platform.

This is accessible for wheelchair users, it is not large enough to turn a wheelchair around in safely but there is room for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user.

The lift has easy to reach buttons but the light within the lift is quite dim.

The Viewing Platform gives you a 360 degree panoramic view of the Wetlands. I had no trouble viewing this using my electric wheelchair.

There is a large ramp leading from the main reception down to where the attractions start.

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The Toad Hall, is a fantastic little area where you can view toads. There are toys, games and a soft play area. They also do handling sessions and talks on the toads.

Outside

Once outside you walk over a bridge taking you to try and spot all the different birds.

Along the walk you will come to a part called the Wader Shore, this has slight rough gravel so a little bumpy for the electric wheelchair.

There are flat footpaths leading all around the park which makes it really accessible for wheelchair users.

The South Lake Discovery hide is absolutely fantastic for wheelchair users, there are lots of low windows for you to be able to look outside and see all of the wild birds.

If suitable for you, they have binoculars so you can have a closer look at the birds.

This is definitely the best hide for wheelchair accessibility.

Along the walk you will come across a few gates, these are fairly easy to use by lifting the latch and pushing the gate. This is quite difficult to do if you are in a wheelchair so the help of a PA or family member will be needed.

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We came across the Otter pool which was a nice surprise, there is great flat decking all around the pool so you can get a really good view of the otters.

There is a cave that will take you through to see the otters swimming underneath the water.

The Flamingo Lagoon has a fantastic accessible hide, which gives you a great view of the flamingos and the lagoon.

 

We decided to have a look inside the Tropical House.

You must disinfect your wheels and shoes before entering.

The floor inside is extremely bumpy and uneven but completely accessible and definitely worth a look inside.

We stopped off at the Kiosk, not far from the Chilean Flamingo’s. There are disabled toilets located by the Kiosk and tables for you to sit at to have your snack. However, you cannot fit a wheelchair under any of the benches by the Kiosk.

Not far from the Kiosk is the Kingfisher hide, we were advised that this is wheelchair accessible but we didn’t make it that far to have a look.

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We then headed back towards the main reception. There is another tower called the Holden Tower, however, this is inaccessible for wheelchair users.

There are two places to eat within the venue. The Swan Café located upstairs in the main reception and the main restaurant downstairs.

In the main restaurant the seating plan is open with lots of long tables, easily accessible for wheelchair users. There are lots of open windows so the lighting is extremely good within the restaurant.

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There is a little gift shop as you exit the park which is filled with lots of nice gifts and souvenirs if you wish to purchase them.

You exit the park through the gift shop which will take you straight back to the car park.

You will need to disinfect your wheels and shoes before leaving the attraction, wheel wash and disinfectant mat is provided.

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Brewhouse and Kitchen

Brewhouse and Kitchen

10th March 2017

There is disabled parking located in the Gloucester Quays outlet shopping centre.

There is a large accessible entrance leading into the venue.

The staff members were friendly and well-mannered and the manager, Shane, took the time out of his day to show us around and answer our questions.

Toilets

There are disabled toilets located at the back of the building.

They are accessible for wheelchair users, they are large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in safely and there is enough space for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides.

The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

The lockable toilet requires a RADAR key.

The lighting is nice and bright. However, the lightbulb was flickering but the manager said he was sorting it out that day.

Restaurant

The restaurant is wheelchair accessible.

The seating plan is open with one large long booth.

There is more seating available upstairs which might be quieter, for people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle.

They serve food from 12.00pm until 10pm Monday to Saturday and until 9pm on Sundays.

They currently don’t offer larger print menu, braille or a hearing loop but this is something that is coming soon!

If you require your food to be pureed they can help with this facility. If not they are happy for you to bring in your own food.

There is music being played in the background, which is quite loud.

The lighting is really good and very bright.

They allow guide dogs and all other dogs into the building.

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Gloucester Quays Disabled Toilets

Gloucester Quays Disabled Toilets

24th February 2017

 They are located on level 1, lifts are required to gain access to these toilets.

 There are two disabled toilets, one for right hand transfer and one for left hand transfer.

 The toilets are both large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in safely and for a family member to assist the wheelchair user.

 The sinks, hand dryers and toilet paper dispensers are all accessible for a wheelchair user.

 Both toilets require a RADAR key and also have a workable lock on the door.

 The lighting is nice and bright the toilets are clean and safe to use.

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Gloucester Quays Disabled Parking

Gloucester Quays Disabled Parking

24th February 2017

 The disabled parking is located on the first parking level.

The disabled spaces are clearly marked with bright yellow paint, and a bright yellow wheelchair symbol.

There are signs on the walls and concrete posts, explaining what to do if you are a disabled badge holder. It states that you get the first 4 hours free of charge. You need to present your blue badge ID and your car parking ticket to the Customer Service Desk located on the ground floor.

 To exit the parking there are double doors leading to the lifts, which will take you down to the shops.

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Greek On the Docks

Greek On the Docks

17th February 2017

There is disabled parking in The Quays Outlet shopping mall.

There is a large accessible entrance into the venue.

The staff were great – helpful and very friendly, the manager Yiannis took the time out of his day to show us around.

There is a disabled toilet located in the middle of the venue.

The toilet is accessible for wheelchair users and large enough to turn around in safely and there is enough space for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides.

The sink hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are accessible for wheelchair users.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The toilet has automatic lighting.

The toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

Restaurant

The restaurant is wheelchair accessible, they also have 4 tables outside which are suitable for wheelchairs, in the summer sunshine.

The seating plan is open but they do have booths available for a quieter meal.

They currently don’t offer a larger print menu or braille menu but this is something that Yiannis is looking into.

They serve food from 11.30am until 11pm.

They have facilities to help anyone requiring pureed food but they are also happy for people to bring in their own food requirements.

The lighting in the restaurant is very good.

There is quiet music playing in the background.

They allow guide dogs into the building and they allow other dogs to sit outside in the summer.

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Eastgate Shopping Mall Toilets

Eastgate Shopping Mall Toilets

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17th February 2017

The Eastgate toilets are located on the first floor; there are lifts available on the ground floor, which is in the middle of the shopping centre.

The toilets are accessible for wheelchair users.

They are large enough for wheelchairs to turn around safely and large enough for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user.

The toilet has a handrails for both transfer sides.

The sink and hand dryer are accessible for wheelchair users. However, the soap dispenser is too high.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key and does have a workable lock on the door.

The toilets have enough lighting and are safe to use.

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The Cheltenham Chase Hotel

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel

31st January 2017

There are six disabled parking spaces located outside the front of the building.

There is an accessible flat entrance into the venue. There is a large automatic door.

The staff are all friendly, well mannered and helpful.

Toilets

There are disabled toilets, these are located on the ground floor. These are accessible for wheelchair users. They are not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around safely but there is enough room for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user. The toilet has a handrail for both transfer sides. The sink and hand dryer are accessible for wheelchair users. The toilet does not require a RADAR key. There is enough lighting and the toilets are safe to use.

Lifts

There are two lifts within the building, these are located on the ground floor. They are accessible for wheelchair users but they are not large enough to turn around in safely. There is enough room for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user. The lighting inside the lift is good, however, the lift buttons are out of reach of a wheelchair users.

Restaurant

The restaurant and lounge have plenty of space and are accessible to wheelchair users. They serve breakfast Monday to Friday 7am-930am, Saturday 730am-1030am and Sunday 8am-11am. The bar and lounge serve food and snacks throughout the day. Dinner is served 7pm-930pm. They offer a larger menu for the visually impaired. If requested, staff will read the menu.

Rooms

There are two disabled twin rooms, these are located on the ground floor. There is clear access to both the rooms. There is a walk-in shower with a seat and plenty of room for a wheelchair user. The toilet has a handrail, one of the rooms has a left hand transfer and the other room has a right hand transfer. They offer a deaf guard and a hearing loop.

Facilities

The facility also offers a health spa, located on the lower ground floor. They offer a large disabled changing room with it’s own poolside entrance. There is a large walk in shower with a seat inside the changing room. They also offer a hoist with help into the pool. They also offer a gym and every staff member is trained to help with the disabled.

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Mercure/Bowden Hall

Mercure/Bowden Hall

13th January 2017

There are two designated disabled parking spaces, close to the front entrance of the building. No ramp needed and clear access through door. There is a large double door and another door inside.

The staff are very helpful and friendly, great customer service.

On ground floor there is a disabled toilet which is big enough for wheelchair user and PA. The toilet has hand rails and the sink and dryer are at a good level. No RADAR Key needed. There is good lighting and clean to a good standard.

There is a lift available; it is a platform lift with a red phone to call reception for assistance or you can call from your room. The lift is located on the ground floor and accessible for a wheelchair user but not enough space for PA, they wait at the top or bottom of the stairs.

The restaurant is wheelchair accessible, with plenty of dining space.

Breakfast – Monday – Friday: 06:30am – 09:30am, Saturday: 07:00am – 10:00am, Sunday: 08:00am – 11:00am

Dinner – Sunday – Thursday: 19:00pm – 21:30pm, Friday and Saturday: 18:30pm – 21:30pm.

Bar food served until 10pm. The restaurant does not offer a larger print menu for visually impaired.

There is clear access to the two accessible rooms but there is not a huge amount of space to turn a wheelchair around in safely. Double & twin rooms, with walk-in shower and seat.There are handrails for the toilet. They offer a vibrating pillow option for the deaf

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