Renfrewshire’s accessible activities – choose your adventure

Wednesday 28th March, 2018

We pride ourselves on being a region accessible to everyone. Renfrewshire is fun, Renfrewshire is friendly; check out some easily-accessible events and activities happening around the area.

It’s the ‘Great Outdoors’

Renfrewshire is blessed to have wonderful regional parks with plenty to see and do when you get there.

Stay active amidst the amazing natural surroundings at the Castle Semple Visitor Centre. The centre has the specialist staff, facilities and equipment to accommodate people of all abilities. Experience adventure with specially adapted Hansa 303 sailing dinghies and kayaks, powerboats for wheelchair users, adapted hand-bikes, trikes and more.

Have fun in the ‘Great Indoors’

Does anyone want to hit the slopes, burn some rubber or bowl the perfect game?

Renfrewshire has brilliant thrill-seeking and leisure facilities that cater for everyone. For a day out on real snow, join the brilliant staff at Disability Snowsport UK at Snowfactor, intu Braehead. They have all the equipment and skills for you to push the boundaries as much as you want on your ski and snow sport experience.

Swap the skis for wheels at The Experience in Hillington. Choose between a tandem kart and side-by-side kart which is fully accessible for wheelchairs – both promise an adrenaline-pumping drive. Top-class staff are there to make your day out as enjoyable as possible – so go at your own pace and win the race.

The Experience’s accessible Sensory Room is a great place to chill out and stimulate the senses before or after you put the pedal to the metal.

For a more chilled-out day, pick a lane and be a ‘Kingpin’ over at the Bowlplex in Inchinnan. The Hollywood Bowl Group offers disabled access across all of its bowls which includes ramps onto the lanes (where required), ball ramps and lane bumpers for use with or without wheelchairs.

Accessible arts with Renfrewshire Leisure

Our friends over at Renfrewshire Leisure host a brilliant programme of events and workshops that cater for all. Join them at their accessible venues including Paisley Arts Centre complete with easy access to the café, theatre and lifts to the workshop and bar areas. The PAC is also fitted with an induction loop system allowing visitors with hearing impairments get the most out of the performance.

Events at Paisley Town Hall are also very easy to enjoy with wheelchair access to the balcony and main hall area.

Get fit, chill out and learn some new skills at the Disability Resource Centre

The DRC is a great place to hang out and enjoy some great activities. The guys over at 74 Love Street in Paisley get up to all sorts, including art, tai chi, Yoga, knitting, history, computing, film making, photography, woodwork, web design, gardening, social sciences, cookery, creative writing, and relaxation.

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

The brilliant SMHAF festival comes to town this May.

Renfrewshire Leisure is up to its same old tricks by bringing you two amazing theatre productions in association with the festival that raises awareness of mental health.

For an interactive theatre experience that explores the world through the prism of gaming, head to Paisley Arts Centre on 6th May for ‘Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World’. ‘Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka’ on 12th May is brought to you by the award-winning company On The Button. Discover a one-woman show, which channels the spirit of someone for whom no challenge is too big.

Keep an eye on the festival, more is to be announced.

Renfrewshire has a huge of variety easy-accessible attractions and is not limited to the above.

If you ever have any questions about visiting one, simply call ahead for more information.

Check out some great accessibility reviews on Euan’s List.

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