Wheelchair friendly days out

The various lockdowns and restrictions that have had to be endured over the last 18 months due to the Covid pandemic have undoubtedly been hard for everyone.

Arguably, however, they have been doubly difficult for those with limited mobility who need to use a wheelchair when they are out.

Whether it is going out for tea or for some fresh air and lovely scenery, there is no doubt that an excursion is important for mental health and well-being.

Add to that the limitations of finding somewhere to go that is wheelchair friendly.

But there are wheelchair friendly places In Suffolk and these are just a few suggestions.

Perhaps one of the best-known and loved places is the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. You get a taste of history from the medieval ruins, the joy of spectacular and colourful floral displays, plenty of wheelchair friendly paths and of course, the Garden Café for a drink and a bite to eat.

For those who want the open air next to some water, a visit to Alton Water on the Shotley Peninsula could be the perfect outing. There are plenty of wide, flat paths suitable for wheelchair users and mobility scooters and of course a café, and plenty of space for picnics with the family.

For the tang of the sea, rather than a lakeside, Southwold Pier is free of steps and so is wheelchair friendly with the added bonus of arcades and a café. There are disabled toilets in the Boardwalk Restaurant and plenty of disabled parking spaces close to the pier.

How about a Sunday lunch out close to the River Orwell? You can try the Cookhouse Restaurant within the Suffolk Food Hall. The path from the car park leads to a lift for those who need help to get inside.

There are plenty more places in Suffolk that are welcoming to wheelchair uses, from Ickworth House, which has both wheelchair friendly gardens as well as access to all levels in the Rotunda, to that favourite of Beatrix Potter fans, Melford Hall, near Long Melford.

So why not do yourself a favour and book our wheelchair-accessible car for a family day out?