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Family Outings & Entertainment

Many local attractions offer concessions to disabled people or their carers. Exact details vary, but it is always worth asking whether concessions are offered.

You might like to use the Traveline Scotland journey planner to plan your visit to some of the under-noted attractions.

Cinemas

Your child may be eligible for a cinema concession card, allowing them to bring a carer to the cinema for free. To apply for the card, your child will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

a) be in receipt of the disability living allowance or attendance allowance or b) be a registered blind person.

The card is valid for 1 year from the date of issue and costs £6.00, with a photo required. See the website for an application form, or contact your local cinema, who should be able to help. Signpost can download the necessary information for you if required.

The local ‘Vue’ cinema in Livingston has some film showings with audio descriptions or subtitles. A list can be found on their website, or contact them on 08712 240 240, E-mail:customerservices@vuemail.com for further information. They also have a webpage detailing their facilities for disabled guests.

They also have social stories which are great for those families who have to prepare their child in advance – see their  web-page for the latest social story for autism friendly screenings.

To prebook carer tickets using the card at the local cinema, contact Vue’s guest service team on 08712 240 240, select your local cinema and press 0 to speak to a guest service advisor.

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth is a visitor attraction based in the heart of Edinburgh telling the unique story of our planet’s past, present and future.  As well as having the Mother Earth of all adventures, you’ll discover lots of fascinating facts about our planet.  Telephone 0131 5507800.

Facilities: natural selection gift shop, food chain cafe, Ocean Commotion soft play area, full disabled access and car park.

Cost: Adult/Disabled £12.50, Children (3-15) £7.95, Junior (under 3) Free, concession  £10.50.    

Almond Valley Heritage Trust

Almond Valley Heritage Trust or ‘Mill Farm’ has enough going on to keep the whole family busy all day. Suitable for tinies right up to pre-teens, there are indoor and outdoor attractions including a museum, water mill, play areas (including soft play), train and tractor rides as well as walks through the fields and lots of farm animals. Telephone 01506 414957.

Facilities: mostly level access, accessible toilets, café. Very friendly and helpful staff. Special activities during the school holidays.

Almond Valley is open from 10 am to 5pm every day of the year (except December 25, 25 and January 1st & 2nd. Admission costs £6.50 for adults, £5.00 for children aged 3-17 years and senior citizens.

Family ticket for 2 adults and up to 2children costs £21.00. Annual Memberships are available and a few activities cost extra.

The Seagull Trust

The Seagull Trust provides free canal cruising for disabled people in Scotland. Daily cruises run from bases at Ratho & Falkirk, for groups which include at least one disabled person. For more information, telephone 0131 335 3318.

Facilities: fully accessible boats, mini-bus parking.

Cost: Free but donations are welcomed

East Links Family Park

East Links Family Park near Dunbar has animals, a narrow-gauge railway, walkways, indoor and outdoor play, tea-room and more. Tel 01368 863607

Facilities: access to all buildings (some ramps), accessible toilets, electric scooter available for hire.

Cost:  Concession £9.00each. Adults £12.00, children £12.00, Two’s and under FREE. Family Ticket – 2 adults and 2 children £44.00 then £1.00 off per head.

Blair Drummond Safari And Adventure Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is near Stirling (junction 10 of the M9 and follow the signs), and offers a host of activities including a children’s zoo, sea-lion show, fun fair, play areas, boat trips, boating lake, cafes and safari drive. Closed November for the Winter months. Tel 01786841456

Facilities: wheelchair hire, accessible toilets, most areas accessible.

Costs: Adults: £14.00, Children (3-14 inclusive): £11.00 (must be accompanied by an adult), Senior Citizens £11.25, Disabled (15 years and over) £12.50,  Children (2 and under) Free, Students £12.50 (current matriculation ID card required), Carers £8.50 (when accompanying disabled person; proof may be required)

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway offers train trips from Bo’ness on the firth of Forth to Birkhill station and fireclay mine, plus a railway museum and cafe. There are a number of special events each year, including Thomas the Tank Engine events (advance booking essential!) Tel 01506 822298/825855.

Facilities: wheelchair accessible carriage on most trips (excluding special events??) The fireclay mine is not accessible due to a long flight of steep steps.

Cost: Adults from £9.00, Child from £5.00, Concession from £8.00, Family ticket (2 adult and 2 children) £25.00, depending on exact trip and attractions visited.

Five Sisters Zoo

Five Sisters Zoo is located just outside Polbeth, West Calder. It is a small and friendly zoo with a variety of animals such as lemurs, meerkats and birds.  Telephone: 01506 871111/870000

Facilities: contact the zoo for details.

Cost: Adults £9.95, Children £7.95, concessions £8.45, Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) £28.00 – additional child £5.95.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo has lots to see and do at any time of the year, but beware, the site is very steep and so pushing buggies and wheelchairs is hard work!. However, there is a ‘bus’ which can take you to the top of the hill, which can carry up to three wheelchairs.

Facilities: There is a page  on their website for visitors with disabilities, suggesting ways the zoo can help, and a helpline number to call for further information: 0131-314 0326 or email info@rzss.org.uk.

Cost: Adult £16.50, Child 3-15years £12, Child (Under 3) FREE, Concession(ID Required) £14, Family Tickets, 2 Adults + 2 Children £51.30, 2 Adults + 3 Children £62.10,  Car Park £4.00. The prices above include a voluntary 10% donation to our various conservation projects -you can opt out of this.

Deep-Sea World, South Queensferry

Deep-Sea World has a variety of things to see, including seals, an underwater tunnel where you can view sharks swimming overhead, and tanks of exotic sea creatures including piranha fish! Telephone 01383 411 880.

Facilities: there is a disabled visitors’ guide  on their website.

Costs: *All carers go FREE when accompanying disabled person and maybe asked to provide documented proof.*Students must show a current ID matriculation card.

Adult (13+) £13.50, Child (age 3-15 years) £9.50, under 3s go free, Concession (OAPs, students, carers) £11.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £44.00, Groovy Grandparents (2 concessions + 2 children) £40.00

Walks With Wheels

Walks with wheelchairs is the only UK web-site totally dedicated to providing free information on routes that are suitable for those that use a wheelchair.

The walks on their database have been tried and tested by either them or those knowledgeable about routes in the great outdoors. For further details you can visit the website.

WL Council Sports Development Team/Scottish Disability Sport

West Lothian Council

West Lothian Council has a team of development officers working to make sport accessible to all. The key contact on the team for disabled people is:

Sports Development Officer – Shirley-Anne Duff

Marketing, Website, Equity and Disability Sport

Contact: shirley-anne.duff@westlothian.gov.uk

07920547870

Scottish Disability Sport

Scottish Disability Sport is the Scottish governing and co-coordinating body of all sports for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. They may be able to offer advice on accessing particular sports, if local contacts cannot help. Telephone head office on 0131 317 1130.