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Accessible Adventures: A Guide to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Updated: Apr 6

Whether you are a parent or guardian with a disability, have an adult family member with a disability or a child with a disability - going on holiday is no easy feat. Either individually or as a family, going on a holiday for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions involves numerous specific considerations, extensive accessibility planning, and often comes with additional costs.

As a mother with both cerebral palsy and two SEND children, Tara Mackings BEM experienced first hand the unique and almost insurmountable challenges that their family faced to go on holiday. She became determined to reduce barriers and create a place where families with complex needs could have a holiday - to create family memories, get some respite and have inclusive fun.

Accessible Luxury Caravan

To achieve this dream, she created Tailored Leisure's Accessible Luxury Caravan. It's a exclusive collaboration between Tailored Leisure, Haven's Berwick Holiday Park, Red Sky Foundation and Holistic Holidays that perfectly blends inclusivity, convenience, and value for money.

Click on their logos to find out more about our partners!

Berwick Holiday Park

"Berwick Holiday Park in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland is one of England’s northernmost holiday destinations, not far from the border with Scotland and Hadrian’s Wall." - Haven

There amenities include:

  • Heated indoor pool, with water chute

  • Heated Outdoor pools

  • Outdoor SplashZone

    • Currently, there is no hoist to access the pool, but working with them to change this

  • Bowling alley

  • Play areas

  • 18-hole golf course

  • Multi-sports court

  • FunWorks amusements

  • Restaurants and takeaways

  • Day and evening entertainment

  • Mini market

  • Nature Rockz

  • Pool tables

  • Dog friendly with some caravans being dog friendly too (including ours)

  • And much more!

Through our collaboration with Berwick Holiday Park, a booking with the Accessible Luxury Caravan comes with a complimentary Complex Park Pass. Tailored Leisure believes that accessibility should never come at the cost of enjoyment, and the Complex Park Pass ensures that holiday makers have exclusive access to a their wide range of amenities and attractions within the Berwick Holiday Park as well as park-wide discounts.

Red Sky Foundation

The Red Sky Foundation is a charity that saves not just the lives of children but adults across the North East and the rest of the UK by fundraising initiatives including raising over £1 Million pounds to buy a variety of equipment and also provide facilities and after care at the Children’s Heart Unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, Sunderland Royal Hospital and the James Cook Hospital, Teesside. They have also purchased a number of defibrillators available to thousands and work closely with schools, communities and city centres, so they can be used in those life or death moments when someone has a cardiac arrest and when time is of the essence.

Their generosity doesn't end there - they also give back to the community to improve the lives of everyone.

For Tailored Leisure, this generosity was to update and improve our Accessible Luxury Caravan with:

  • Ceiling hoists

  • Updated lighting fixtures

  • Two TVs

  • Tilt shower chair

We are incredibly grateful to the Red Sky Foundation for these donations, which allows families with more complex needs to enjoy a short break.

Holistic Thinking Holidays

Holistic Thinking Holidays offer holiday homes equipped to meet the needs of people with disabilities and complex mobility issues for whom “wheelchair access” just isn’t enough. They are a low cost, pet friendly accessible service that provides short breaks for families with disabilities across the UK.

We are honoured that our Accessible Luxury Caravan has joined their impressive fleet. All bookings for Tailored Leisure's Accessible Luxury Caravan will be made via their website - please follow the link at the end of the page to make a booking.

Accessible Luxury Caravan Facilities & Features

If you're considering a holiday to Berwick-upon-Tweed and you or a member in your group has additional needs, consider booking your stay at Tailored Leisure's Accessible Luxury Caravan.

The excellent accessible facilities and features include:

  • Wet-room with tilt shower chair

  • ramped decking

  • Private parking space

  • Ceiling hoist

  • Park passes & discounts

  • Profile bed

  • Wi-Fi

Check out our video tour and photo gallery for a detailed look at what our Accessible Luxury Caravan has to offer. From comfortable accommodations to modern amenities, we strive to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Look out for our upcoming sensory room on our social media accounts!

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Photo Gallery

Video Tour

Getting There

Located just 90 minutes from Sunderland by car, Berwick-upon-Tweed is easily accessible by road. If you prefer public transportation, the train is a convenient option, taking only one hour from Newcastle on either the LNER or CrossCountry services. Upon arrival at the Berwick-upon-Tweed station, you will only be a 10-minute walk or roll to Haven, where the Accessible Luxury Caravan is located. While taxis are available at the station, it's advisable to check and pre-book an accessible taxi if needed.

Accessible Areas in Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick-upon-Tweed boasts several accessible areas for visitors with mobility needs. In the village, you'll find a small shopping area with a weekly Saturday market, perfect for picking up souvenirs or local produce. There are also plenty of cafes, pubs, and restaurants to enjoy. Weatherspoon's and Limoncello come highly recommended for their accessibility and reasonable prices.

Things to Do in Berwick-upon-Tweed and Surrounding Areas

Berwick-upon-Tweed and its surroundings offer a plethora of attractions and activities to suit every interest. Here are some highlights:

  • Alnwick Gardens: Immerse yourself in the beauty of these stunning gardens, featuring cascading waterfalls, floral displays, and enchanting landscapes. Designed with accessibility in mind, everyone can enjoy the splendour of nature.

  • Bamburgh Castle: Explore one of Northumberland's most iconic landmarks, perched dramatically on a rocky outcrop overlooking the North Sea. Delve into history at this iconic castle, equipped with accessible pathways and facilities for visitors of all abilities. In 2022 we completed an Access Audit for Bamburgh Castle and rated it 3.5 out of 5 butterflies - they made as many accessible changes to the site as possible within the restrictions of being a heritage site.

  • Edinburgh Zoo: Take a day trip to Scotland's capital and visit the famous Edinburgh Zoo, home to a wide variety of exotic animals and conservation efforts. With accessible exhibits and services, Edinburgh Zoo is worth the visit.

  • Seahouses Harbour: Experience the quaint charm of this coastal village, known for its scenic harbour, fresh seafood, and opportunities for boat trips to the nearby Farne Islands - where accessible amenities and breath-taking views await!

Whether you're seeking historical landmarks, natural beauty, or simply a relaxing getaway, Berwick-upon-Tweed has something for everyone. Plan your trip today and discover all that this charming town has to offer!

Enjoy your Accessible Holiday!

Tailored Leisure is committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy the ultimate holiday escape.

Embark on an inclusive adventure to Berwick-upon-Tweed with our Accessible Luxury Caravan, where accessibility meets adventure. Plan your trip today and embark on a journey filled with unforgettable experiences for all.

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