Saturday 16 March is Disabled Access Day and venues across Scotland are offering a range of events to celebrate good access across the country.
Disabled Access Day is all about ‘you and somewhere new’ and encourages both disabled people and venues to use the day to break from routine and try something different.
The day is organised by Euan’s Guide who have revealed the findings of their 2018 Access Survey in advance of tomorrow. The responses to the survey have revealed the good and the bad situations that arise when visiting places as a disabled person, and show the need for better access provision, availability of information, and awareness raising events like Disabled Access Day.
Venues taking part in Scotland include:
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- Edinburgh Castle
- Royal Yacht Britannia
- Scotch Whisky Experience & The Amber Restaurant
- Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
- Scottish Storytelling Centre
- Edinburgh Zoo
- Stirling Castle
- Glasgow Film Theatre
- Dumbarton Castle
- SportScotland National Centre
- HMS Unicorn
- St Andrews Castle
- Perth Museum & Art Gallery
- Perth Opera House
- Dawyck Botanic Garden
Glasgow Film Theatre has always celebrated inclusion and has a range of events organised for Disabled Access Day. They consider the day as a vital platform for venues to showcase their accessibility and highlight the value of catering to the accessible market.
The Theatre developed an Accessibility Guide using our Accessibility Guides website, created in partnership with VisitEngland, and have enjoyed the benefits it brings.
Having information that is easy to understand and all in one place is essential and we hope that our patrons find all they need. At this year’s Glasgow Film Festival we had 123 access requests so we can trust that Glasgow Film Theatre is very much seen as the inclusive and welcoming venue it is!
Disabled Access Day is a great opportunity for businesses to celebrate their Accessible Tourism offering and highlight the value of the purple pound. I’m thrilled to see so many venues in Scotland getting involved and I’m sure it will be a fantastic day.
It is VisitScotland’s aim to make tourism inclusive and accessible for all, so that every single person can benefit from all that Scotland has to offer. It also represents a huge commercial opportunity for the country with accessible tourism spend valued at £1.3bn.