Wheelchair-friendly activities for you and the grandkids this summer
With the summer holidays just around the corner, find out about what wheelchair-friendly activities there are in Yorkshire for the whole family to enjoy.
When it comes to spending time with your grandkids, it can seem like a challenge to think of things to do and places to visit that are accessible for you but will also keep the kids entertained.
The summer holidays are just around the corner, and with many grandparents having the delight of being roped into childcare, Fenetic Wellbeing has found some accessible activities in Yorkshire that are perfect for making memories with your grandkids.
Yorkshire has lots of wheelchair-accessible activities that grandparents and grandkids can enjoy together during the summer. From exploring national parks and wildlife centres to learning more about Yorkshire’s rich heritage at historic sites and museums, Yorkshire has attractions to cater for all interests and ages.
We’ve rounded up some accessible activities to do with the Grandkids this summer – come rain or shine these days out are bound to be hit.
Wheelchair-friendly outdoor adventures in Yorkshire
If the weather is looking nice and you want to make the most of it, both the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors offer accessible trails, picnic spots and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
• Yorkshire Dales: In the Yorkshire Dales, Malham Cove and Aysgarth Falls are two spots that are particularly wheelchair friendly. There are wheelchair-friendly routes to follow and plenty of space for the kids to run around, so you and the family can enjoy a few hours out in the fresh air.
• North York Moors: Similarly, North York Moors is a great spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers to visit this Summer. Some of the best spots include Dalby Forest and parts of the Cleveland Way, both of which have accessible paths for you and the grandkids to explore.
• Yorkshire Sculpture Park: The Yorkshire sculpture showcases a collection of sculptures set against views of the Yorkshire countryside. The park has wide and smooth pathways, making it easy to navigate in a wheelchair.
Wheelchair-accessible museums in Yorkshire
Museums are a great day out for grandparents and grandkids as they’re so accessible. Everyone can explore and learn together!
• National Railway Museum: The National Railway Museum is an absolute must-visit for train lovers! Located in Yorkshire, this museum is home to some incredible historic trains; from steam engines to modern locomotives. So, step aboard, discover the interactive exhibits and learn all about the history of the railway.
• Royal Armouries: The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is a great spot to visit for keen historians of all ages. With an impressive display of armour, weapons and military artefacts from different eras and cultures, you and your family will embark on an epic journey into the world of knights, warriors and ancient battles.
• Yorkshire Air Museum: Prepare you and your family for take-off and you soar into the exciting world of aviation at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Take a flight through history with their collection of historic aircraft; ranging from vintage biplanes to iconic warplanes. This is also a fantastic opportunity to learn about the brave men and women who served in the Royal Air Force.
Wheelchair-friendly activities in Yorkshire for animal lovers
Attractions such as wildlife centres, zoos and aquariums are fantastic wheelchair-friendly days out. These attractions cater to everyone, including wheelchair users. With accessible pathways, designated viewing areas and inclusive facilities, wheelchair users and their grandkids can explore together.
• The Deep: Dive into a world of aquatic wonders and marvel at the beauty and diversity of marine life at The Deep – a deep-sea adventure that’s perfect for both grandparents and grandkids. From graceful sharks and colourful tropical fish to mesmerising jellyfish and playful penguins.
• Yorkshire Wildlife Park: Embark on a wild adventure at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park with your grandkids! This extraordinary wildlife park is a must-visit for animal lovers of all ages. You won’t only be able to visit the lions, meerkats, and giraffes, but you’ll also be able to learn about the park's conservation efforts and the importance of protecting endangered species.