Find out more about accessibility of venues that Chris uses for singing weekends and workshops. This is a work in progress. More information will be added from time to time.

Disabled access issues

Accessibility of workshop venues

This page will contain an outline of the general accessibility of the venues that I use. The main issues covered will be possible issues for those with mobility problems and wheelchair users. For specific questions that you might have that go beyond this summary, it will probably be best to contact the venue directly.

Brathay Hall

Ambleside, Lake District, residential weekend venue

There are two fully accessible ground floor rooms in the Scafell lodges (superior accommodation at the side of the main house). They are next door to each other. The main house and dining room are accessible without using steps. All accommodation in the main house is on the second floor. There are no lifts. If you need a ground floor room, please let Chris know when booking. Our workspace is the theatre which is about 150 metres from the main house on a tarmac path. There are no disabled toilets near the workspace.

Cliff College

Hope Valley, Derbyshire Peak District, residential weekend venue

There are three accessible rooms available. They each have two single beds, wet rooms, alarms etc. Only one is suitable for an electric wheelchair though. There are disabled toilets in most public spaces, notably next to the dining room and workspace. There are plenty of parking spaces near the accommodation blocks. The main accommodation block has stair access only, although there are ground floor rooms available.

Felden Lodge

Hemel Hempstead, residential weekend venue

There are no fully accessible rooms available. There is one room with a shower on the ground floor which is suitable for those with mobility problems. It has a seat, but there is a small step into the shower. There is a lift to rooms on the higher floors. No accessible toilets. Non-step access to the workspace, lounge and dining room.

Holiday Inn

Peterborough West, residential weekend venue

There are no ground floor bedrooms, but all rooms are accessible by lift. All rooms have baths with a shower over. Two rooms have hoists for those with mobility problems. There is a wheelchair stair lift to those rooms. The workspace, lounge and restaurant are all accessible without steps. There are designated disabled parking spaces in the car park.

Church on the Corner

Islington, London, singing day venue

There is level access direct to the workspace with wide enough doors for a wheelchair. However, there is no disabled toilet. There is just one toilet for everyone to use and it's quite a small one.

Sarum College

Salisbury, residential weekend venue

Sarum College has lift access to all floors and some bedrooms have handrails and able to accommodate a wheelchair. There is also a fully accessible ground floor room with a profile bed.

St Nicholas (formerly Parochial) Hall

Kenilworth, singing day venue

There are a few steps in the main entrance, but also a wheelchair lift. Once in the building, everything is on the level, including a disabled toilet.

St Osyth Parish Church

St Osyth, near Clacton-on-Sea, singing day venue

Unfortunately there is no disabled toilet and the entrance is narrow. However it is possible to squeezes a large electric chair through. Otherwise, most machines can access the church around the back. The loo however is a problem as there's only one. There are public conveniences just outside the church but I am pretty certain there's no disabled facilities.

Holiday Inn

Telford International Centre, residential weekend venue

The lobby bar and restaurant areas are all on one level and fully wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible toilet in the bar area. Entrance to the leisure club and changing rooms are on one level although access to the swimming pool is by steps. There are five accessible bedrooms and the venue is always happy to arrange bedroom furniture differently if this will help further with accessibility in the room. The accessible bathrooms do not currently have walk in showers.

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Saturday 29 April 2023

Harmony singing day Hursley, near Winchester

Theme to be announced in January 2023.

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