April is here and lockdown is slowly easing. We're free to get out and about…
Need some inspiration for things to do this month? We’ve got two bank holidays and half term, so there’s lots of free time to fill. Not to mention lockdown restrictions are finally on their way out. What’s open and what’s accessible in and around Sheffield? Read on to find SHASBAH’s suggestions.
1. Visit the animals at Cannon Hall Farm
Cannon Hall Farm is back open and springtime means there are lots of baby animals to see. With alpacas, highland cows, goats, sheep and Shetland ponies, it really is a great day out. Tickets have to be booked in advance but most areas of the farm seem to be open for business. Perfect for a half term trip.
2. Join us at Stay and Play
We’re so excited that our Stay and Play sessions are resuming this month! Stay and Play is our weekly group for younger members and their parents/carers. We have activities, toys and music for the children, while also providing hot drinks and time to chat for the grown ups. It’s a great opportunity to get to know other families in similar situations, which has been so difficult during the pandemic. We’re based at Burton Street Foundation in Hillsborough, Sheffield. Sessions are every Monday, starting on May 17th, from 10am-12pm. Entry is free and siblings are very welcome too.
3. Catch a show at the Crucible
That’s right, the Crucible is back open from the end of May. If you’ve missed going out to the theatre over the past year, now’s your chance! The Crucible are hosting ‘The Together Season Festival’ from 24th May to 5th June. The festival features thirteen shows from local artist and tickets are on sale now. Learn more and book tickets here. The Crucible is in Sheffield town centre and is fully accessible.
4. Come to a Craft and Chat session
Our weekly craft group for adult members is back! We’ll be getting our creative juices flowing with Handmade in Netheredge, who will be helping us to create some beautiful art using glass. This is a great chance to meet other people with Spina bifida or hydrocephalus, build friendships and try something new. Entry is free and hot drinks are provided. Join us on Thursdays at Burton Street Foundation, with the first session on 20th May from 1-3pm.
5. Enjoy a morning at Wentworth Garden Centre
Looking for somewhere new to get some fresh air or grab lunch with a friend? Look no further than Wentworth Garden Centre. Located near Tankersley in South Yorkshire, they have a beautiful and well-cared for venue and the plants are very tempting too! It’s worth noting that some of the garden paths have steps and may not be wheelchair accessible, however the garden centre and cafe are fully accessible. For more information, see AccessAble’s guide here.
With all of the attractions listed here, we recommended AccessAble’s accessibility guides for accurate, detailed and up-to-date information on the facilities. They’re very helpful if you’re going somewhere new and want to do a bit of research beforehand. Just type the place name into the search bar and select the correct result. Click here to find the AccessAble website.