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Wales’ Top Accessible Venue Named

Folly Farm has been named Wales’ Venue of the Year by disabled access charity Euan’s Guide for the second year in a row.

The family friendly attraction has taken steps to make the experience as accessible as possible.  Both the Big Wheel and Land Train can accommodate a wheelchair user and they also have a Changing Places facility on site.  A Changing Places toilet includes a hoist, an adult sized changing table, a privacy screen, and space for a wheelchair user and up to two carers in addition to the facilities found in an accessible toilet.  Changing Places toilets are used by more than 250,000 people across the UK.  When these facilities are made available it gives thousands of people the chance to safely enjoy a great day out.

Euan MacDonald, Co-Founder of Euan’s Guide said: “Folly Farm has once again been named the Welsh Venue of the Year because of their commitment to making everyone feel welcome and ensuring all of their visitors have a great day out.”

Zookeeper Caroline Davies with the Euan’s Guide award pictured beside the penguin enclosure

Emma Owen, PR Officer at Folly Farm said: “We’re delighted to be awarded ‘Welsh Venue of the Year’ 2019 by Euan’s Guide.  We strive to ensure all guests have a wonderful guest experience with us and make a visit to our venue as inclusive as possible.  It’s rewarding to know our guests feel we offer an outstanding welcome for disabled guests.”

Disabled people nominated hundreds of venues for the awards. Eight regional winners were selected who each provide an outstanding welcome for disabled visitors.

The winners included another animal attraction, Newquay Zoo, Southern England’s Venue of the Year and arts and learning centre Barbican, London’s Venue of the Year.  A family favourite, Cadbury World was named Midlands’ Venue of the Year while the immersive open air Beamish, The Living Museum of the North was awarded Northern England’s Venue of the Year.  Edinburgh’s newest distillery, Holyrood Distillery took the award for Scotland South with the Scotland North award going to the historic Culloden Battlefield and its contemporary Visitor Centre.  Helping people travel to and from Belfast, the George Best Belfast City Airport was named Northern Ireland’s Venue of the Year.

Disabled access information can often be hard to find which is why disabled people use the disabled access review website Euan’s Guide to share their own experiences and find new places to visit that have been recommended by other people.  The website holds thousands of reviews for all types of places making it easier for people to find great accessible places to go.