Days Out in Norfolk with Your WAV


Having access to a WAV vehicle means that as well as being able to make essential journeys to shops, doctors, dentists or work, you also have the option of getting out and about for leisure activities much more often.

If, like many of our customers, you live in Norfolk, you will be aware of the wealth of beautiful countryside and interesting places to visit in this area – but which ones are wheelchair friendly?

Ransome Mobility specialise in the sale of WAV vehicles and car adaptations and have picked out just a few candidates for a great day out in Norfolk. As well as considering the appeal of each attraction we have also checked out the level of wheelchair accessibility at the venue.

Holkham Hall

Located on the north Norfolk coast, close to Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham Hall offers a wide range of things to see and do around the estate. Holkham Hall itself is a large stately home, built in the 18th Century in Palladian style. The hall is still home to the 8th Earl of Leicester and is open to the public during the summer months.

There are a number of disabled parking bays close to the hall, and there are parking attendants on arrival who can direct you. The hall is wheelchair accessible via a ramp to the main entrance and a “Jolly Stairclimber” stairlift to the first floor state rooms. The stairlift is not suitable for electric wheelchairs but there are two manual wheelchairs available to transfer into if required. There is a 20 stone total weight limit for the stairclimber. Although there are no public lavatories inside the hall, there are accessible toilets in the courtyard and in the restaurant.

Elsewhere on the estate there is a “Field to Fork” farming exhibition which includes interactive displays and activities for all ages, a Walled Garden and a children’s Woodland Adventure Play Area, as well as a gift shop and café, all of which are fully accessible, although the terrain in the Walled Garden is described as “uneven in places”.

Admission charges apply to all attractions except the play area. There is a parking charge of £3.00, but this is refundable if you spend £10 or more in the gift shop.

Visit www.holkham.co.uk for more information.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

A great destination for anyone who loves horses and donkeys, the Redwings Horse Sanctuary is free to visit and has no parking charges. The sanctuary is located in Aylsham, Norfolk, about nine miles north of Norwich, and is home to around 50 horses, ponies and donkeys, all of whom have been rescued. Amongst its current residents are six miniature Shetland ponies (affectionately known as The Gangsters), and two donkeys named Wiggins and Wacko.

The venue runs guided tours so you can learn about the animals, or you can have a look round by yourself. The paddock fences have large gaps between them to enable wheelchair users and children to get a good view of the animals, and the paths around the paddocks are of a good width for wheelchairs to pass. However these can get muddy and therefore more difficult to navigate in bad weather – so it’s best to choose a dry spell to visit.

There is also a visitor centre, café and gift shop on site, all fully accessible. In addition there is a children’s play area and a picnic area which has some wheelchair friendly tables.

The sanctuary has disabled parking (10 spaces) and disabled toilets. They also have a manual wheelchair which can be borrowed, and a facility for washing the mud off your wellies or wheels at the end of your visit.

Redwings is open to the public all year round on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays (closed midweek) between 10am and 4pm. Visit www.redwings.org.uk for more information.

Bressingham Steam and Gardens

Bressingham Steam and Gardens is located close to the Suffolk border, about three miles west of Diss in the Waveney Valley, and offers a variety of attractions to appeal to young and old. The primary attraction is the Steam Museum which includes an exhibition hall and narrow gauge railways which visitors can ride on. Two of the lines (Nursery and Waveney lines) have carriages which can accommodate standard wheelchairs – so you can go for a ride in a very different kind of WAV vehicle!

The Gardens are well worth a visit by themselves, and are accessible via paths which are either grass or tarmac, and the Museum is mostly wheelchair accessible except for one of the galleries in the exhibition hall and the signal box.

Bressingham sometimes holds special event days (e.g. 1940’s, Steampunk and Garden Railway are three that are planned for 2016) which attract an extra charge. The site also sometimes hosts additional fairground-type rides and games, which are paid for separately as required.

As well as a gift shop and café, there are two unisex disabled toilets, one at the garden centre and one in the Museum buildings. A number of wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first come first served basis.

Admission is charged which varies depending on whether you want to visit just the Museum and Gardens, or whether you want to include some train rides on your visit.

The number and type of trains operating does vary depending on the day of the week and time of year (e.g. there are more trains running at weekends and on school holidays) so it is best to check before you visit. Visit www.bressingham.co.uk for contact information and more details.

Ransome Mobility sell a variety of used and nearly new WAV vehicles from our showroom in Ipswich, Suffolk, and can arrange at home visits to view any WAV that you might be interested in.

WAV Vehicles Norfolk – Click here to see the used WAVs we currently have available.

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