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Accessible spring holidays

Spa breaks / St Patrick's Day / Flower shows / Beach holidays / City breaks / Farm holidays

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A spring holiday is a great way to beat the summer rush and save a bit of money in the process. There are a wealth of accessible destinations and events to experience at this time of year – from visiting the world’s most spectacular flower shows, to enjoying sunny crowd-free beaches, or exploring some of Europe’s most elegant cities.

Here are just a few suggestions for a fantastic spring break in our extensive range of accessible accommodation.

Treat mum to a spa holiday she’ll never forget

This Mother’s Day, give mum the relaxing break of a lifetime with a luxury spa treatment in one of our accessible holiday cottages.

Disabled Holidays have partnered with My Personal Sanctuary, an indulgent beauty therapy service, who deliver five-star quality treatments to the comfort of your cottage.

My Personal Sanctuary’s carefully selected therapists ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. Using heated treatment beds and lovely fresh products, their therapists offer a range of treatments, from warming deep-tissue massage, replenishing facials, hand and foot treats, to holistic full-body journeys.

My Personal Sanctuary spa treatments are available all over Britain – so you can take your pick where you want to have that perfect Mother’s Day experience.

Read more about My Personal Sanctuary and how to book your luxury spa treatment

Drink and make merry on St Patrick’s Day

If you’re in the mood for something a little more raucous, St Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let your hair down. Celebrations are held all over the world – so wherever you are, you won’t have to travel far to join in the fun. One of the biggest takes place in Dublin, from the 15th to 19th of March. It provides a number of disabled access viewing areas, which must be reserved in advance. Other major parades are held in New York, Chicago, Sydney, Montreal, London and the Caribbean island of Montserrat.

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St Patrick's Day beer and clover

See Britain in bloom at some of the country’s best flower shows

What better way to celebrate the onset of spring than a visit to one of Britain’s premier flower shows? Immerse yourself in the sights and scents of dazzling floral displays, before retiring to one of our conveniently located accessible hotels or cottages to relax and unwind. Some of the best accessible spring flower shows for 2018 include:

Harrogate Spring Flower Show (26 to 29 April, 2018)

Voted Britain’s best flower show by readers of Which?, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show is the first major event on Britain’s gardening calendar. Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, it features wonderful show gardens, over a hundred plant nurseries, great shopping, live entertainment and beautiful floral art.

Disabled access: All marquees are fully ramped and floored, and most of the show is accessible from hard surfaces. Carers enter free of charge. There are approximately 400 Blue Badge car parking spaces next to the main entrance.

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The National Flower Show (18 May to 20 May, 2018)

Enjoying its third year in 2018, the National Flower Show is a celebration of the very best of gardening, home and lifestyle. Held in the exquisite Hylands House and gardens, near Chelmsford, it features celebrity guests, lavish floral displays, a wide range of gardening and crafts stores, and a mouth-watering food and drink pavilion.

Disabled access: Hylands House and Estate is wheelchair accessible, with wide paths throughout the gardens and ramped access to the house and Huttons Courtyard Café. A hearing loop has been installed in public areas, and there are designated parking spaces for the disabled. Carers enter free of charge. Guide dogs welcome.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22 May to 26 May, 2018)

A British institution for over a hundred years, the Chelsea Flower Show continues to impress thanks to its innovative selection of imaginatively themed gardens, created by leading horticulturalists and designers. This year the floral displays and gardens will be inspired by the themes of tradition and romance, and promise to be just as spectacular as ever. Make sure to book your tickets early, as they must be purchased in advance and always sell out quickly.

Disabled access: All marquees, gardens and floral exhibits at the show are accessible and can be viewed from ground level. Where possible, gardens are fronted by hard-surface pavement, road or trackway. Carers enter free of charge. Guide dogs welcome.

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Daisies

Avoid the summer crowds with a spring beach holiday

Save money and dodge the crowds by scheduling your beach holiday early this year. There are plenty of destinations that offer warm sun in springtime, making them the perfect choice for a quieter trip away from the sweltering summer heat. Here are three of the best:

Canary Islands

The Canaries benefit from mild weather year-round thanks to their southerly location off the edge of the Sahara. Average temperatures get up to 23°C in March, 24°C in April and 25°C in May. Many beaches are adapted for disabled access and provide beach wheelchairs, and there are lots of other accessible attractions, such as the specially designed trail in Teide National Park, in Tenerife.

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Florida

Spring is an ideal time to visit the Sunshine State, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C in March to 25°C in May. Florida has dozens of accessible beaches, some with beach wheelchairs and others equipped with a Mobi-Mat to allow access for standard chairs. There’s also Disney World Florida, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld and many more great attractions to keep you busy.

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The Algarve

A spring visit to the Algarve will ensure you avoid the majority of the crowds while still enjoying the sun. The average high temperature here climbs to 18ºC in March, 20ºC in April and 22ºC in May – and there are plenty of places to enjoy it, with 55 beaches and marinas across the region accredited with the Praia Acessivel – Praia para Todos (Accessible beach – Beaches for everyone) flag. These beaches comply with access requirements such as ramps, footpaths and walkways, support facilities (such as bars and first-aid posts), handrails, adapted toilet facilities, parking places and lower bars and counters.

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Explore some of Europe’s most accessible cities

Europe’s tourist cities sparkle in the spring, when the sun has returned and the parks and gardens are in full bloom. We have accessible holiday accommodation in hundreds of towns and cities across Europe, but here are just a few to spark your imagination.

Paris

It’s not hard to see why everyone loves Paris in the springtime. The weather is clement, tree-lined boulevards are bursting into life, street cafés hum with activity, and parks and gardens are a riot of colour.

Paris has a wealth of accessible attractions that can be enjoyed year-round, such as the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, Champs-Élysées and Notre Dame Cathedral but it also boasts a range of exciting spring events. These include the Salon du Livre (16 – 19 March 2018), the most important book festival in France; Art Paris (5 – 8 April 2018) in the Grand Palais, with its exhibitions from established and up-and-coming artists; and the Foire du Trone fun fair (31 March – 28 May), one of Europe’s largest fairs, attracting over five million visitors.

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Barcelona

With its flat city centre, accessible metro and bus system, and a host of accessible attractions, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most convenient cities for disabled visitors.

Famous landmarks like the Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló are both wheelchair-friendly, while the old town of the Gothic Quarter is free of cobblestones. Spring is also the perfect time of year to visit Barcelona’s extensive range of parks and gardens, such as the Gaudi-designed Park Güell; Parc de la Ciutadella, with its zoo and wonderfully ornate central fountain; and Montjuïc, home to several themed gardens, castle and cable car.

In addition Barcelona boasts eight accessible sandy beaches, complete with extended wooden platforms, beach wheelchairs and disabled toilet facilities at regular intervals.

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Amsterdam

Spring holidays and Amsterdam go hand in hand. The first half of April sees the city erupt in colour when it holds its famous Tulp Festival, in which half a million stunning tulips are displayed in the gardens of museums, attractions and private homes.

Our five-day coach holidays to Amsterdam are a fantastic way to experience the best the city has to offer at this time of year, with excursions to its iconic windmills, shopping districts and tulip fields, all topped off with a stylish cruise along the river.

Alternatively you might prefer a visit to the spectacular Keukenhof, the world’s most beautiful spring gardens. Located between Amsterdam and The Hague, Keukenhof showcases a staggering seven million flowers, including 800 varieties of tulips. These very accessible gardens are only open for eight weeks a year – from 22 March to 13 May 2018 – so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands

Experience the magic of springtime on a country farm

Spring is the perfect season to enjoy a stay on a country farm. The warm weather and dawn chorus have returned, the daffodils are in bloom, and newborn lambs and calves are just finding their legs.

You can do everything or nothing on a farm holiday. Watch animal feedings and milking demonstrations, go for walks or scooter rides across accessible trails, or just sit back and absorb the ambience.

We have lots of accessible farm cottages across the UK to choose from, with three highlights selected below.

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Large family farmhouse in Carmarthenshire

This spacious family farmhouse is set on a working dairy farm. The house sleeps up to twelve guests, and the owners are happy to show visitors around and introduce them to the animals. The farm is within easy reach of many of Carmarthenshire’s top attractions, including the glorious sandy beach at Llansteffan, the National Botanical Gardens of Wales, several historic houses and some great Norman castles.

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A stunning sea-view dairy farm in Cornwall

Situated on the spectacular north Cornwall coast, this family-run organic dairy farm spans 267 acres and offers stunning views of Lundy Island and the surrounding countryside. Guests are welcome to see the regular milking sessions – and children can enjoy the indoor all-weather play barn, with a trampoline, play towers, scramble net, slides and a large hard-surfaced area complete with basketball hoops for racquet and ball games.

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Spacious Somerset farmhouse with plenty of activities

This large renovated farmhouse specialises in residential education programmes, care farming experiences for children, and family holidays. The dedicated team of qualified teaching and care staff encourage children and adults to learn new skills, benefit from therapeutic experiences and develop a deeper understanding of the countryside.

The farm is set amidst beautiful Somerset scenery and has an accessible trail that’s perfect for Tramper mobility scooters.

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