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Accessible autumn holidays

Bonfire Night / Oktoberfest / Honey Show / Canada & New England cruise / Woodland cabins / Beach holidays

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Missed booking your summer holiday this year? Or maybe you just fancy treating yourself to an extra bit of R and R?

Either way, you’re in luck, as there are loads of great places and events to experience on an autumn holiday. From cut-price beach getaways in the sun, to relaxing cabin breaks in the UK’s gorgeous natural woodlands, there’s plenty to choose from. Here are just a few possibilities...

See the UK’s most spectacular fireworks display

Celebrate Bonfire Night in style with an evening at the annual fireworks display at Alexandra Palace in London. Taking place at the beginning of November, it features a show-stopping performance of colourful fireworks and lasers, preluded by a parade of fire eaters, animatronics, drummers and flame jets. There’s also a craft beer village and a wide range of delicious street food on offer.

The venue has disabled parking reserved during the display, as well as a viewing platform for guests with mobility requirements.

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Fireworks display

Enjoy an authentic Oktoberfest in Bavaria or Blighty

Pulling in over six million visitors every year, Munich’s Oktoberfest is the world’s largest extravaganza of beer and folk culture. Seven million litres of beer are downed during the two-week extravaganza, as well as countless grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels and even wild oxen. In addition to the food and drink, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, traditional dancing and a variety of fairground rides.

The 2018 event runs from 22 September to 7 October. There are facilities for visitors with mobility needs, with wheelchair access to the site and reserved tables for disabled visitors in all tents.

If you don’t feel like going all the way to Deutschland, don’t despair – the UK now has Oktoberfests up and down the country, with some of the largest in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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Friends drinking beer at Oktoberfest

Treat yourself to something sweet at the National Honey Show

A festival of all things apian, the National Honey Show is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth this autumn. Held at Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey, it hosts honey competitions as well as workshops and a series of fascinating lectures. Best of all there’s a lively trade hall, where you can buy all manner of honeys, mead, beeswax, honey cake and candles.

The 2018 event runs from 25–27 October. Sandown is within the M25 and only 25 minutes by train from London Waterloo, and 15 miles from South West London. It features disabled access facilities, including blue badge parking, wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities. Guide dogs are welcome.

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Experience the natural beauty of Canada and New England on an autumn cruise

Set sail along the Canadian and New England coastline this autumn to witness one of nature’s most magnificent natural displays. Throughout September and October, the vast swathes of forests covering the region’s Appalachian Mountains shift from lush green to a warming palette of reds, yellows and golds, in a spectacle that draws visitors from all over the world. A Disabled Holidays cruise lets you experience this natural wonder from both the comfort of your luxury cruise liner and in person, with excursions to beautiful national parks and charming ports.

In addition, there’s a wide variety of excellent accessible attractions and activities on our itineraries. Follow the historic Freedom Trail in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution; watch beluga whales off the shores of Halifax and the iconic lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove; and marvel at the rock-bound coastline and soaring cliffs of Bar Harbour and Acadia National Park.

We have a number of cruises available to Canada and New England, with varying durations and ports of call. Whatever your preference or accessibility needs, we’re bound to have something for you.

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Autumn foliage in New England

Take a scenic break in a British woodland cabin

You don’t need to travel to North America to enjoy a scenic autumn holiday, of course – there are plenty of opportunities here in Britain, such as our range of accessible cabins set amidst the country’s most magical forests and woodlands. These getaways can be enjoyed in any season, but the autumn ambience of golden leaves and lingering warm weather imbues them with a truly unique beauty. We’ve picked out just a few to give you a taste.

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Spacious cottage in the Forest of Dean

Set deep in the heart of the Forest of Dean, this large cottage comes equipped with log-burning stoves, perfect for those cooler autumn nights. There are excellent opportunities for wildlife and bird spotting, with greater spotted woodpeckers, barn owls, buzzards and even wild boar nearby.

If you come in October, you can catch the nearby Forest Showcase Food Festival, an annual celebration of food that features cooking demonstrations, live music and, of course, loads of tantalising local produce.

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Modern lodge in Thetford Forest

Ideally situated amidst leafy woodland on the banks of the River Thet, this luxury modern lodge embodies peace and tranquillity and is a great place to experience the wonder of nature.

You’ll find plenty of scenic walks right on your doorstep, as well as an activity centre and a shop and coffee lounge. The lodge is also in an excellent location for exploring some of East Anglia’s best sights, such as the Norfolk Broads and the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds.

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Accessible activity centre in the New Forest

In the mood for a more energetic holiday? This activity centre in the heart of the New Forest features accessible pursuits for all, including archery, mountain biking on specialised bikes, canoeing on the onsite lake and much more. Hoists and adapted equipment allow guests to zip-wire across the lake, climb the climbing wall, take part in tree climbing, shoot arrows, or canoe across the water.

The centre is just a short drive from Bournemouth and the beach, and is within easy reach of local attractions such as Paultons Park, Adventure Wonderland and the National Motor Museum.

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Forest cabin

Extend your summer with an autumn beach break in the Med

Don’t want the summer to end? Prolong the sunny weather with a trip to one of the warmest beach resorts in the Mediterranean. Travelling at this time of year means cheaper prices and less-crowded destinations – plus the climate is still fit for sunbathing. Here are a few of the best locations to catch some autumn rays.

Crete

The southernmost of Greece’s larger islands, Crete is one of the hottest places in Europe to spend an autumn break. Temperatures here remain in the mid 20s well into October, when many tourist shops and tavernas are still open for business.

There’s a distinct beauty to post-summer Crete as well, with the end of the blistering weather seeing much of the island’s greenery return, along with numerous Cyclamen flowers and purple autumn crocuses. It’s also harvest season, and there are many opportunities to take part in traditional agricultural activities, such as grape pressing, olive picking and raki making.

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Turkey

Still sunny but not sizzling, autumn is a great time of year to visit the Turkish coast for a beach holiday. The sea retains a pleasant warmth along the Aegean and Mediterranean shores, while the air temperature is much more comfortable than in summer, making for perfect sunbathing conditions.

Some of the most popular destinations include the south coast’s largest city, Antalya, with its golden beaches and family attractions; the lively resort of Alanya; and Izmir, home to a stunning array of over 50 Blue Flag beaches.

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Sicily

With average high temperatures of 24°C in September and 21°C in October, Sicily is a safe bet for warm, sunny weather in the autumn. The island boasts many prize beaches, all of them less crowded than in peak months – and it’s even possible to sunbathe and swim in the sea in November.

The island is also home to an impressive combination of historical sites, from Ancient Greek and Roman ruins, to Baroque palazzi and opera houses – so even in the cooler late autumn there’s no shortage of things to see and do.

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