Disabled Access Day in the city

Leeds is one of the hub cities on Disabled Access Day
Leeds is one of the hub cities on Disabled Access Day
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venues and attractions across the city are backing Disabled Access Day on March 12.

The national campaign is all about encouraging disabled people to visit somewhere they have never been before and will see more than 1,000 venues promote their accessibility on the day.

As one of the hub cities on Disabled Access Day Leeds will host more than 20 activities.

Euan MacDonald, co-founder of the disabled access reviews website EuansGuide.com which is sponsoring the day, said: “There are so many great venues across the UK. Disabled Access Day is not only a chance to promote accessibility, but highlight the value to businesses in catering for disabled people and their family, friends and carers.”

Leeds City Museum will host numerous events from a mellow museum opening at 10am, to touch tours where visitors will get a chance to handle an ancient Egyptian flint knife, to sports try it out sessions in the Thoresby Room.

People can hear from a range of speakers as well as Paul Ralph, Disabled Access Day founder, in the museum’s Broderick Hall at 11.30am.

Leeds Grand Theatre will host an audio described performance of Northern Ballet’s Swan Lake at 2.30pm and people can also join a touch tour before the show at midday.

Tropical World will open its doors early for a relaxed opening between 9am and 10am. Entrance will be free between these times but booking is essential.

A recent survey by Euan’s Guide found 98 per cent of disabled people, their friends, families and carers would be likely to return to places that have good accessibility.

Other venues taking part include White Rose Shopping Centre, Lotherton Hall and John Charles Sports Centre.

Further afield Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax is also taking part.

To find out more visit www.disabledaccessday.com/event-search.