Banham Zoo is delighted to announce its first Accessibility Weekend, being held at the zoo on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September, and everyone is welcome!
The whole weekend will be offering extra on-site facilities and activities enabling guests who would otherwise be unable to visit to enjoy a day out at the zoo with additional assistance provided.
The zoo will be raising funds for ZSEA’s accessibility aims throughout the weekend, and all the donations received on the day, including the donations on admissions, will be designated to its long-term plans for improving guest accessibility to include a permanent Changing Places facility within the zoo.
For this weekend, we are pleased to have a ‘Mobiloo’ in the zoo. The Mobiloo, a pop up changing places facility, offers a hoist, adult size changing bench and all you would expect to find in a fully accessible toilet.
In addition, in partnership with National Mobility Hire, we will be offering additional mobility scooters for hire plus additional manual wheelchairs, a facility, which the zoo offers on a limited basis everyday however, for this weekend, an additional fleet of chairs will be available to hire. For those who prefer to walk limited distances, the zoo, in partnership with Ben Burgess, will be offering guests the opportunity to have assistance with electric buggies being available to take guests around the zoo.
From 4:00pm the zoo becomes relatively quiet… well, as far as the animals will allow us to! The Roadtrain will still operate, however without its usual informative commentary. The zoo will also stay open late until 7:00pm each evening allowing guests who seek the quieter side of the zoo to be able to enjoy the early evening in surroundings that are more peaceful, for those who require them. A limited number of ear defenders will be available on loan. During this time, our feeding talks will be available as question and answer sessions, accompanied by Makaton signing, we are also really pleased to confirm that a number of the feeding talks and activities throughout each afternoon of the weekend will have British Sign Language interpretation. Just yet another reason to visit us and support us in our aims to improve accessibility for all.
“David Field, CEO for the Zoological Society of East Anglia, said “ZSEA is committed to improving accessibility at both Banham Zoo and Africa Alive!. Zoos have proven to be some of the most inclusive environments providing the perfect situations for all guests, irrespective of ability, to enjoy getting closer to nature. Funds raised over the weekend will be going direct to our commitment to improving the facilities we offer.”