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Accessible Easter holidays

Easter egg hunts / Lambing shows / Botanical gardens / France / Florence / Easter sun

Easter eggs in the grass

Enjoy an exciting, accessible Easter holiday with DisabledHolidays.com…

The Easter break offers loads of wonderful and unique holiday opportunities, both at home and abroad. Join a traditional Easter egg hunt, see an amazing live lambing show, watch nature come to life at one of Britain’s best botanic gardens, or simply relax in some warming spring sun at one of Europe’s most popular beach resorts – there really is something for everyone.

Join an accessible Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunts are great fun for the whole family, and there are hundreds across the UK to choose from. Why not make one part of your Easter holiday with DisabledHolidays.com? A few of the best accessible events include:

The Children’s Trust Easter Fair

Find the Easter Bunny’s hidden eggs in the Easter egg hunt before shopping at the Easter market and treating yourself to a hot cross bun and other tasty festive treats. You can also take part in raffles, games and activities and meet the visiting Shetland ponies.

When? Saturday 31 March 2018

Where? The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, KT20 5RU

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Beamish Living Museum of the North

Enjoy a cracking day out at Beamish this Easter with lots of fun-filled activities happening at the museum. As well as the Easter egg trail, there’s egg-decorating and craft-making activities, an egg-rolling competition and plenty of traditional Easter baked products to sample.

When? Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018

Where? Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

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Knebworth House

There’s loads to do at Knebworth this Easter. Kids can follow the Easter egg trail symbols around the gardens and Dinosaur Trail and complete the quiz sheet to claim an exciting reward. There’s also the huge Adventure Playground, with its astro slide, drop slide, zip wire and splash water play features. After a full day’s play, much-needed refreshments and Easter treats will be available in the gift shop and tea room.

When? Friday 30 March to Saturday 31 March

Where? Knebworth House, Knebworth, SG1 2AX

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Basket full of Easter eggs

See an incredible lambing show

Being present the moment a newborn lamb comes into the world can be a magical experience for both children and adults alike. Lambs are born from November to May, but births peak in springtime and Easter, when many farms across the country host lambing shows and talks for guests. Some of the best accessible shows include:

Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Norfolk

Guests at Church Farm, near King’s Lynn, can bottle-feed newborn lambs across four sessions a day throughout the spring. The farm features disabled parking, level wheelchair access and disabled toilets.

When? 8 February to 7 May 2018

Where? Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, Downham Market, West Norfolk, PE34 3HT

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The Big Sheep, Devon

This popular family amusement park near Bideford in Devon holds an Easter Lambing show every year, where guests can bottle-feed lambs and see newborn goats and piglets. The park features disabled parking, wheelchair access, disabled toilets and large-print maps and timetables.

When? Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April 2018

Where? The Big Sheep, Abbotsham Road, Bideford, EX39 5AP

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Gaston Farm, West Sussex

Gaston Farm holds springtime Open Lambing days, where you can get up close with lambs, chicks and ducklings. There are also free tractor and trailer rides. The farm features disabled parking and wheelchair access.

When? 17 March to 15 April 2018

Where? Gaston Farm, School Hill, Slindon, West Sussex, BN18 0RS

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We also offer a range of accessible cottages situated on farms, perfect for enjoying the buzz of springtime in the British countryside.

Lambs nuzzling in a field

Visit a beautiful botanic garden

Nature puts on its most magnificent shows in the spring, making Easter ideal for exploring one of Britain’s excellent botanical gardens. Lots of gardens arrange special events over Easter, giving visitors even more reasons to go. We’ve selected three of the UK’s most accessible gardens to add to your holiday itinerary.

The Eden Project

One of the world’s most iconic gardens, the Eden Project puts on annual Easter events in its famous domed greenhouses, including an Easter egg hunt and egg-themed games.

The Eden Project is renowned for its commitment to being as accessible as possible and boasts a range of amenities for those with mobility, visual and hearing impairments, including hearing loops, Braille guidebooks and tours, and extensive wheelchair access (even extending to its canopy walkways).

The gardens themselves are packed with thousands of exotic plants from around the globe, housed in a variety of diverse biomes. They feature the world’s largest indoor rainforest, split into four environments: tropical islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and tropical South America. A “relaxed” version of family activities is also available for those with sensory or communication needs.

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The Eden Project, Cornwall

Kew Gardens

Home to more plant species than any other garden in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have been delighting the public ever since 1840.

This Easter you can enjoy an exciting adventure featuring Peter Rabbit™ and his friends. Take part in games and learn about the vegetables Peter found in Mr McGregor’s garden. Follow a trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. Discover Beatrix Potter’s links with Kew, her struggles to get recognised in the scientific community and how this led her to create her world-famous characters.

The majority of Kew Gardens is wheelchair-accessible. The Gardens are largely flat, with tarmac paths in most places, while most of the buildings, and all the cafés and shops, have level or ramped access.

The big day out with Peter Rabbit runs from Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April 2018.

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Greenhouse in Kew Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is an oasis of greenery situated one mile from the city centre. Opened in 1832, the listed gardens offer family-friendly facilities, four glasshouses filled with exotic plants, and fifteen acres of landscaped gardens.

Easter events include arts and crafts activities, Easter-themed trails, face painting, and an Easter bonnet parade for kids to show off the imaginative creations they’ve been making at home, nursery or school.

The gardens are accessible to wheelchair and mobility scooter users, and all glasshouses have level or ramped ground-floor access paths.

The Easter festivities run from Sunday 1 April to Friday 6 April 2018.

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Hop across the Channel for a fun-filled French holiday

Northern France is an ideal destination for an Easter break, being easily reachable via ferry, plane, Eurotunnel and Eurostar from the UK and boasting some of the country’s best scenery and attractions. Whether you want a quite pastoral retreat or an action-packed stay at Disneyland, we have advice, services and accommodation to suit you.

Disneyland® Paris

Disneyland® Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, making this magical destination all the more unmissable.

Experience an unforgettable wonderland bursting with new attractions, spectacular shows and a star-studded parade! Hurtle through space in the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. Be dazzled as Sleeping Beauty Castle is lit up by fireworks and magnificent light projections. Celebrate Disneyland Paris’s 25th year at the Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show – and loads more!

The Easter holidays coincide with the Princesses and Pirates Festival (31 March – 31 May 2018), where aspiring princesses will be swept off on an enchanting fairy tale, joined by Disney royalty Belle, Cinderella and Moana. Meanwhile, young pirates set sail on a swashbuckling adventure with a crew of Disney Characters, including Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Mr. Smee. This brand-new street sensation gives you the chance to meet your heroes and immerse yourself in a magnificent celebration.

Disneyland is highly accessible, with many of its rides suitable for people with disabilities. The park has special services for guests with hearing impairments, visual impairments, reduced mobility, mental or cognitive disabilities and photosensitive epilepsy. Disneyland Paris employees are also on hand to answer all your questions and are able to issue disabled guests with Priority and Access cards for faster and more convenient access to rides and attractions.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

Brittany

Brittany has long been a popular holiday destination for both domestic and international tourists on account of its stunning natural beauty and wealth of diverse landscapes.

It’s best known for its series of wide sandy beaches, along with numerous secluded coves, which populate over 700 miles of coastline. Running along the northern shore is the iconic Pink Granite coast, where rose-coloured rocks impress in striking natural formations. Farther inland the scenery transforms into rolling green countryside populated by ancient monuments, like the Carnac standing stones, while here, there and everywhere you’ll come across delightful rural pubs serving traditional crêpes and locally brewed cider.

Recommended accessible attraction

Bourbansais Park and Gardens: Located 10 miles south-east of Dinan, Bourbansais is a 16th-18th-century chateau, gardens and zoo, all in one. A great day out for the whole family, it features excellent dog and falconry shows. Bourbansais is very disabled-friendly, having been awarded access suitability by the French tourism board for people with mobility, cognitive, visual and hearing impairments.

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Brittany countryside at sunset

Normandy

Oft-regarded as France’s version of Devon (with Brittany being its Cornwall), Normandy is lower-lying and less rugged than its neighbour, while still matching it in natural beauty and historical sights.

There are great beaches here, too, with large, shingled expanses backed by dramatic cliffs between Dieppe and Le Havre, and flatter golden sands west of the Seine – the scene of the D-Day landings. Today the beaches are popular for traditional days at the seaside as well as reverential battlefield tours, which visit all five of the D-Day landing sites, along with other local attractions. Accessible tours are available; please contact us for more details.

Recommended accessible attraction

Bayeux Museum: Home of the famous 11th-century tapestry telling the epic tale of the Norman invasion of England, the Bayeux Museum is accessible-friendly, with a wheelchair entrance and a lift to the upper floors. The 70-metre tapestry is located on the ground floor, and there are audio guides available in English.

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Normandy cliffs and beach

Experience the spectacular Explosion of the Cart in Florence

If you really want to celebrate Easter with a bang, why not take a trip to Florence to witness the Explosion of the Cart (Scoppio del Carro)?

Dating back 500 years, the festival takes place on Easter Sunday and begins with a magnificent parade through the city’s streets, where a team of white oxen pull a towering 17th-century wagon, accompanied by hundreds of soldiers, musicians and revellers in period costumes.

Once the procession arrives in the Piazza del Duomo, worshippers sing Gloria in excelsis Deo at Easter Mass, and the archbishop lights the cart, setting off a magnificent 20-minute firework display. According to tradition, if all the fireworks ignite successfully, there will be a bountiful harvest, as well as good luck for Florence and its citizens.

After enjoying the show, there are plenty of other sights to keep you busy. Florence has a flat city centre, with many of its top attractions within close proximity of one another. Two of the best are the Uffizi Gallery, home to The Birth of Venus, and the Accademia, where you’ll find Michelangelo’s David. Both are wheelchair-accessible and offer free admission to disabled guests and a companion.

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View over Florence

Soak up some Easter sun

Cheaper than summer and warmer than winter – Easter holidays offer great deals for a sunny European break, with fewer crowds than at peak times. Here are some of the best places to bask in some glorious Easter sunshine.

Canary Islands

The Canaries enjoy warm, welcoming temperatures at Easter thanks to their southerly location off the edge of the Sahara. This means perfect conditions for exploring the islands’ many diverse environments, from soft, sandy beaches, to lush prehistoric jungles, charming port towns, and even otherworldly volcanic landscapes.

Easter is a time of great celebration on the islands, when numerous religious ceremonies and processions take place during Semana Santa (the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday). There’s also a party atmosphere, with live music events in bars and public squares.

Expect temperatures in the low to mid 20s, with a good nine hours of sunshine a day.

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Sunny beach on Tenerife, Canary Islands

Cyprus

Home to one of the warmest climates in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a great choice for escaping a rainy British Easter, with temperatures reaching the low twenties in late March and early April.

The Cypriot scenery is at its most attractive this time of year, when the spring sunshine ushers in the sprouting of verdant flora, as meadows burst into colour with poppies, golden daisies, orchids and carpets of anemones.

There are lots of Easter celebrations going on, with Holy Week bringing an air of festivity to the towns and villages. This period incorporates numerous religious ceremonies and is capped off with firework displays and feasting, all with a warm welcome to locals and tourists alike.

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Traditional street in Limassol, Cyprus

Crete

Crete has one of the earliest springs in the Mediterranean, meaning eight hours of Easter sunshine and average high temperatures around 20ºC.

Much like Cyprus, Crete’s landscape is in its element at springtime, with swathes of beautiful wildflowers adorning its fields and valleys. The island is home to 1,700 types of wild plants, many of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. The weather is also great for visiting Crete’s array of wonderful sandy beaches and fascinating historical sites, such as the colourful palace at Knossos.

Easter celebrations include church services, processions and bonfire displays, culminating in traditional roasted lamb feasts to mark the end of Lent.

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Beach wheelchair in Crete

Madeira

As you might expect from a destination known as the Floating Garden, Madeira is a particularly attractive place to holiday at Easter.

Its wide variety of green spaces are in full bloom in the spring, the most popular of which – the Madeira Botanical Garden, in Funchal – overflows with 3,000 exotic plants, including unique island flowers like the shocking pink Madeira geraniums and the striking pride of Madeira.

Easter festivities include religious parades and services, as well as the chance to sample some delicious seasonal treats, like the brightly coloured Torrões de Açucar – sugar cubes that come in all kinds of flavours.

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Beautiful sea view in Camara de Lobos, Madeira

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