Days Out in Suffolk with Your WAV

WAV vehicles can make an enormous difference to someone’s quality of life – and not just of the wheelchair user themselves but of their wider social circle. As well as making it easier to carry out essential errands, being able to travel more easily also opens up a world of leisure and freedom and the ability to enjoy trips with family and friends.

Suffolk in particular (home to WAV vehicle specialists Ransome Mobility) offers a huge variety of attractions to visitors, from coast to countryside, historic and modern. Here we have picked out a few wheelchair friendly destinations to give you a taste of what’s possible with your wheelchair accessible vehicle.

WAV Vehicles Suffolk & East Anglia – Days Out with Your WAV

Southwold Pier
A trip to the seaside is a classic day out which can appeal to all the family – but beaches are notoriously inaccessible and difficult to navigate for those in a wheelchair. Southwold Pier – about an hour’s drive north from Ipswich – offers an easily accessible alternative, with all the traditional attractions you could hope for, including fish and chips, ice cream, as well as wonderful views of the beach, sea and sky.

Although originally built in 1900, the pier underwent a series of repairs over the decades, and was finally restored and reopened to the public in 2001. One outcome of this is that the pier and its facilities have all been built with current accessibility requirements in mind, and the result is a wheelchair friendly experience. There are 21 disabled car parking spaces in the public car park and the surface of the pier is flat, including entrances to cafés, shops and other buildings. There are disabled toilets in the Boardwalk Café and a RADAR key accessible toilet in the vicinity of the car park. Entry is free and the pier is open every day except Christmas Day.

Ickworth House
If you enjoy visiting historic stately homes and gardens, a trip to see Ickworth House is a must. Described as a “Georgian Italianate palace”, Ickworth House is a National Trust property about 3 miles south west of Bury St Edmunds in the heart of Suffolk.
The House in its present form was built in the late 18th century and early 19th century, and its most prominent feature is the Rotunda, an Italian inspired, circular building which forms the main living area. To each side are the east and west wings and the house sits in several acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and parkland.

Access features include 20 designated Blue Badge parking spaces where WAV vehicles can park (plus the ability to drop off close to the house, by arrangement if necessary), a flat, level entrance to the visitor reception area and wheelchair accessible toilets in the car park, visitor centre and main house.

The house is generally wheelchair accessible via a combination of ramps and lifts, but motability scooters are not allowed inside the house. Standard wheelchairs are available to borrow and help is available from staff throughout the property. Only one wheelchair at a time is allowed onto the first floor (where the Bedroom and Dressing Room are located).
Outside, the Italianate Garden is generally wheelchair and motability scooter accessible via a series of gravelled paths. However, the access statement warns that some areas do have thicker gravel that may require more effort to cross.

Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo, located a few miles from Woodbridge, Suffolk, is the burial ground of a Saxon king, where innumerable treasures were found including weapons, jewellery and the famous warrior helmet. The Sutton Hoo visitor centre is located next to the burial grounds and is fully wheelchair accessible, including the main exhibition, café and gift shop. There are 4 Blue Badge spaces in the main car park, which is free for all users, as well as a drop off point close to the entrance. A permanent ramp provides access to the main entrance and there are four wheelchairs available to borrow. Once inside the building, there is level access to the reception area, and gentle sloped access to the main exhibition area and to the café. The main building has an accessible toilet which has level access.

The grounds around the main building are partially accessible, with a range of slopes and gravel in different places. The only part of the venue which is not wheelchair accessible is the burial mound area itself, which consists of highly undulating ground. You can find out more information about the burial mounds included within the exhibition.

Ransome Mobility specialise in the sale of used and nearly new WAV vehicles, as well as the adaptation of cars for disabled drivers. Vehicles can be viewed at our showroom in Ipswich, Suffolk, or we can arrange to bring vehicles to your home for viewings or demonstrations. While we have done our best to find out accurate information for all the venues mentioned above, it is advisable to check with each venue prior to any visit.

WAV Vehicles Suffolk – Click here to see our current range of used wheelchair access vehicles.

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