Spring Days Out in Suffolk and Norfolk for WAV Users

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Owning your own wheelchair access vehicle can give you a whole new lease of life. It makes essential trips to the shops, work or doctors that much easier, and it also gives you the chance to get out and about and enjoy some local tourist attractions.

Ransome Mobility, who specialise in supplying nearly new and used WAVs and adapted vehicles, take a keen interest in all disabled motoring issues. Here are five top wheelchair-accessible places ideal for WAV users who fancy a spring day out in Norfolk or Suffolk.

The Bure Valley Railway

Located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, this rail line offers six carriages for wheelchair users of any age. The narrow-gauge steam trains run between the towns of Wroxham and Aylsham, and both the stations are on one level, including shops, cafes and toilets.

The 2018 spring season starts on March 24, and there is a fuller timetable over the Easter holiday period, when children accompanied by a fare-paying adult will get a free egg.

Dunwich Heath and Beach

In Anglo-Saxon times Dunwich was the capital of the Kingdom of the East Angles, but centuries of coastal erosion saw it reduced in size from a port to a village.

There is still plenty to see and do in this National Trust property which is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It houses a major nature reserve which is home to several unusual species, including nightjars, woodlarks and adders. There are also walks and trails to explore. The tea room, gift shop and sea watching centre are all wheelchair-accessible.

The National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket

This award-winning museum in Newmarket High Street is open all year round (except at Christmas) and tells the story of British horse racing. There are plenty of hands-on exhibits, while in the Rothschild Yard you can see former racehorses being retrained as part of the work of the RoR charity.

The Museum forms part of the Palace House complex which also houses the National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and the whole site hosts special events, exhibitions and talks throughout the year. The museum has step-free access to all areas, with lifts to all floors. Wheelchair accessible toilets are on the lower ground floor, and there are a number of spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders in nearby car parks.

Norwich Cathedral

This is one of the most complete Norman cathedrals in England, with plenty to see and do. Architectural highlights include the impressive cloisters, and the spire, which measures 315ft; throughout the whole of the UK, only Salisbury Cathedral’s is taller. Regular exhibitions are staged in the Hostry Visitor and Education Centre and, if you want to relax, you can look around the herb and Japanese gardens in the grounds or enjoy a cup of tea in the refectory cafe.

Blue Badge holders may be able to park in the nearby Close, while wheelchairs can be hired for free. Both of these are dependent on availability, so you should check in advance of your visit. Level access to the cathedral, and lifts, are via the visitor and education centre. When this is closed, you can enter either via the South or West Doors.

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

Somerleyton Hall, near Lowestoft, is one of the finest Victorian stately homes in the country. It opens for the 2018 season on March 29, and there will be Easter Egg hunts on Good Friday and Easter Monday. There are also 12 acres of gardens to explore, including a famous yew hedge maze.

Opening days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays (gardens only), Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. All areas of the hall and gardens which are open to the public are accessible by wheelchair; there are also two disabled toilets at the top of the gardens and another in the Winter Garden.

Ransome Mobility (link: https://www.ransomemobility.co.uk/wheelchair-access-vehicles/wavs-for-sale/) supply a variety of nearly new and used WAVs to customers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

We can fit a number of adaptations to your vehicle, such as steering wheel balls, easy release hand brakes and twin flip accelerators, to make sure it is ideal for your individual requirements. Follow the link above to see our current range of vehicles. If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, get in touch, as we constantly have new vehicles becoming available.

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