Accessible York – Encouraging Inclusive Tourism in North Yorkshire

pippa in power-chair, pointing to outdoor sign reading 'speed limit within this yard 15MPH' and laughing

Back in September 2013 when I moved to York for university, it’s safe to say my new friends and I fully made the most of all the city had to offer. As a non-disabled student at the time, there were no barriers holding us back from exploring the tourist attractions and thriving indie businesses that York is increasingly becoming well-known for… besides the pesky student budgets and the occasional hangover, of course.

However, part-way through my degree, chronic illness inconveniently invited itself into my life. And as I’m sure you can imagine, things have never since been the same. Whilst my health has declined over the last 5 years and I’ve become an ambulatory wheelchair user, my eyes have been well and truly opened to the unrelenting and often invisible obstacles that disabled and chronically ill people face in day-to-day life. And the tourism industry here in Yorkshire, wonderful as it is, is no exception to this.

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Northwood Trail – York’s New Fairy Sanctuary, Buttercrambe Moor Woods

[GIFTED] Many thanks to Northwood Trail for inviting us to this press event. You can find out more about the experience and book tickets for yourself on their website.

path surrounded by trees and forest, with small fairy house nestled in the brances of the tree on the right

If you go down to the woods today… you’ll likely find some extremely excited bloggers gallivanting off to hunt for fairies. Situated in Buttercrambe Moor Woods, just outside of York, Northwood Trail offers a unique and immersive experience in which families can explore the fairy sanctuary and museum, grab a drink and some snacks, and enjoy a leisurely walk the woodland fairy trail.

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Disabled Coconut – Aaron Simmonds, Great Yorkshire Fringe 2019 (Edinburgh Fringe Preview)

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Image Credits: Great Yorkshire Fringe

Press tickets #gifted in exchange for review.

★★★★☆

Any performance that kicks off by quizzing unsuspecting audience members on what their favourite disability is, is one that I can 100% get on board with. Within the opening minutes of the set, having already pitted Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy against each other and thrown in a disability-oriented Harry Potter reference, I knew I could relax and enjoy Aaron Simmonds’ preview of his upcoming Edinburgh Fringe performances.

With recent credentials including being a BBC New Comedy Award finalist and Jewish Comedian of the Year 2018, Disabled Coconut fearlessly tackles some of the big issues: disability and identity, stigma and public perceptions, sex and relationships, social media trolling, and most importantly, the coveted accessible seats on public transport.

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Books You Need In Your Life, January- March 2019

five books stacked on white table next to decorative flowers

I usually kick off these posts with a passing comment about how time flies but my goodness, it’s been a long three months hasn’t it? Quite frankly, I’m glad to see the back of them. Thankfully I had some cracking reads to get me through it, and I’m so, so ready for the warmer weather and new summer releases. 

As always, the following contains affiliate links and some books are kindly gifted (scroll to the bottom of this post for more info), and any recommendations of your own are always welcome. I genuinely love to know what you’ve been reading lately!

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay (Picador)*

“We’re OK in obs and gynae – the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit sister took pity on us, no doubt clocking the size of the bags under our eyes, and had a spare key cut so we can kip on a hospital bed in her unit. It’s an act of charity so kind and so rare that it made my colleague Fleur cry, and then scour the honours website trying to work out if Sister would be eligible for an OBE. […] It’s a bed with stirrups, but beggars can’t be choosers; I’d have accepted a bed with a grand piano dangling from the ceiling above it by a single pube if there was any chance of some shut-eye”.

Whenever I see a book so highly praised by so many people, part of me always expects it to fall short of my expectations. I had high hopes for This Is Going To Hurt but thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. I tend to steer clear of real-life stories and biographies, however I’m so glad I discovered this book: it’s hands down one of the most insightful reads I’ve encountered in recent years.

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