Top days out not far from Hampden Hall
Hampden Hall, our care home in Aylesbury, was built in 2008 and is equipped to offer residents the complete care package. However, sometimes it’s nice to get a change of scenery too, and we actively encourage our resident’s family and friends to enjoy trips out if they’d like to. Here are a few of the best days out near Hampden Hall that you and your loved on could be enjoying soon!
Bucks Goat Centre
Literally on our doorstep, just a five-minute drive from Hampden Hall, Bucks Goat Centre is a great place to enjoy getting up close and personal with all creatures great and small. The centre is home to a wide variety of hens, alpacas, pigs, rabbits and, of course, goats. Handling is encouraged and there are often baby animals to see too.
The whole site is wheelchair friendly and there are reduced admission prices for those who are registered disabled. The on-site café has disabled toilets and a wide range of cakes, hot meals and great coffee. If you pop along on a Sunday, there’s even a traditional roast on offer too.
Tiggywinkles Visitor Centre
Just 15 minutes’ drive from our home, you’ll be able to enjoy some close encounters with some of the wonderful wildlife that live in the UK. From deer to hedgehogs, badgers to foxes, St. Tiggywinkles specialise in rescuing sick and injured wild animals and nursing them back to health.
There is full wheelchair access all over the site and disabled toilets available. Over 65’s go free of charge, as do very young children, making this an accessible and budget friendly idea for all the family.
Just 20 minutes from Hampden Hall, Waddesdon Manor is a firm favourite with those looking for a relaxing and enjoyable day out in the area. Owned by the Rothschilds but managed by the National Trust, the house is an impressive site and inside has one of the finest collections of 18th century French art in the world. The Victorian Gardens are wonderful to explore, complete with an aviary, fountains and a statuary.
All areas are accessible to disabled visitors and wheelchair users, and there are good, clean disabled toilets for use too. The National Trust also cater for the visually impaired, with large print leaflets and audio guides on offer, as well as a hearing loop in the Powerhouse for those who are hard of hearing.
To really get a breath of fresh air and enjoy some of our stunning local countryside, Wendover Woods is a great spot to head for. Taking in 325 hectares of open woodland on the edge of the Chilterns, you can experience beautiful bluebells, relaxing greenery and wonderful wildlife including birds and deer.
Wendover Woods is, perhaps surprisingly, fully wheelchair accessible. The Forestry Commission have a dedicated easy access path for disabled visitors and those who are less mobile, which takes in the highest point in the Chiltern Hills. Dedicated disabled parking is available, and the Café in the Woods has a wheelchair accessible toilet and excellent coffee.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Less than half an hour in the other direction, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a wonderful choice if you or your loved one adore the age of steam. The exhibitions include large express passenger engines, small shunting engines and everything in between. Steaming Days will see a full-size steam train in action taking passengers for a ride or go on a Static Day to enjoy a less crowded look around all the old engines on display.
There is full wheelchair access around the site, and even a ramp to get onto the steam train and see inside. On Steaming Days, wheelchair users can travel in the brake van to enjoy the experience. Carers go free with disabled visitors; disabled parking spaces are available and there are plenty of accessible toilets all around the site.
If you’d like any more information on any of these attractions or need assistance in organising a day out with your loved one, please just speak to one of our team.