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.

Claret Centre

Buckden, Cambridgeshire, residential weekend venue

There is one en suite, ground floor twin suitable for the less able. It has a bathroom with complete access for anyone in a wheelchair, as does the ground floor of the house. The workspace and dining room are on the ground floor. There are 25 steps to the first floor and no lift. There are further bedrooms on the second floor. We have use of the lounge on the first floor, but there is an alternative lounge on the ground floor.

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 stairlift to those rooms. The workspace, lounge and restaurant are all accessible without steps. There are designated disabled parking spaces in the car park.

Sidholme Hotel

Sidmouth, Devon, residential weekend venue

The back entrance has a wheelchair friendly access with ramp and a ramp up to the front hall and into the music room (our workspace). The main entrance has four steps and there are three steps to Reception from the Front Hall. There is no lift access in any of the buildings. There are two disabled-adapted rooms: one standard, one superior, both twins with wet rooms. Click here to find full access information on the Sidholme website.

Willersely Castle

Cromford, Derbyshire, residential weekend venue

There are two disabled parking spaces at the front of the castle and an additional space along the front of the castle where the disabled entrance is located. The ground floor of the hotel is on one level and there is ramped access into the building. There is also a disabled toilet situated on the ground floor. Meeting/public rooms/dining rooms are on the ground floor and accessible by wheelchair. There is a lift to access bedrooms on the first and second floors. There are four stone steps (with bannister) at the main entrance. Click here to find full access information on the Willersley website.

Wychcroft House

Bletchingley, Surrey, residential weekend venue

Wychcroft has two rooms which are suitable for those with limited mobility. They include walk-in showers. There is wheelchair access from the side of the house. The rest of the house, dining room, workspace, etc. are all on the same level.

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.

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.

Scout Hall

Wivenhoe, Essex, singing day venue

The hall is disabled friendly, with a ramp and a disabled toilet. Only one of the doors open at the entrance, but there is a fire door at the back of the Munson Room. One of the Scout leaders has to use a wheelchair, and uses the front entrance with no problem.

Ansell Centre

Hadleigh, Suffolk, singing day venue

There is a small water barrier lip about 1cm high but wheelchairs and mobility scooters negotiate it no problem. Both doors at the front open and the inner doors are wider with a small extra door to the left of the main door that makes the opening as wide as the front doors. There is a dedicated disabled loo in the building.

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.

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