Being a single mother (wow I say that a lot) means I spend a lot of time with my parents and immediate family. I moved back home so I could have help while Little Miss was a baby, and I’m staying for the time being so members of my family can have her in their life. I lost both my grandfathers in short sucession and it really was a wake up call, I wanted LM to know all our family before it was too late. Of course this means we have a lot of family days out. Days out should be for all members of the family, including those with mobility issues as well as the elderly and as I have a large family this is incredibly important. As my parents and Nanny get older there is a chance they may need assistance or even a mobility scooter. That’s what the #DayOutForAll campaign is about, days out that everyone can take part in from parents with prams to the elderly and those requiring assistance. I’m taking part in it because you never know what the future may hold and I’d like to know that there are places that we can go as a family, even if we end up requiring mobility assistance.
Alnwick Gardens happens to be one of those days out that have put thought into designing the gardens so everyone can visit them. A couple of summers ago we went while LM was still in a pushchair. Although she walked most of the way, it was so easy to navigate the pushchair with no worries there was going to be somewhere we couldn’t access with it. Accessibility is at the heart of the Alnwick Gardens and they want to encourage all to visit through out the year.
We went in the height of the summer, although it was over cast is was rather warm and dry. We did the Garden of Fairy Tail which was a clued trail around the gardens. I would say all the areas were perfect for pushchairs, wheel chairs and even mobility scooters so it can be enjoyed by all. You don’t have to do the trail though. You can enjoy the garden at your own pace, look for wild life, at the plants and insects or simply have a picnic in the grass. In the summer they also have both free and paid for events for the whole family (my cousins have attended a Pepper Pig one!) If you don’t fancy a picnic in the grass there is The Pavilion Cafe and the Fishy Dishy you can eat in as well as the plant shop & gift shop for you to explore.
It’s so great seeing more places get on board with making areas accessible for all. Family days out shouldn’t be a worry as to whether or not everyone will be able to get full enjoyment, they should be straight forward and stress free. This is why I think #DaysOutForAll is such an important campaign.
As part of the #DaysOutForAll campaign, I’m giving away a Family Day Out Voucher. The voucher is valid for 10 months for 2 adults and 2 children. It can be used for over 180 different family days out all over the country.
To win simply follow the steps on Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted by email within the week after the giveaway has ended. You have two weeks from today to enter, the giveaway will close at midnight on the 29th May 2017.