It’s July, and that means it’s Disability Pride Month. This celebration originated in the US but has grown to become an internationally celebrated month. During this time, people make efforts to celebrate and understand diversity, share their experiences and raise awareness of the barriers and challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Here at Blair Drummond Safari Park, we are dedicated to ensuring accessibility for all visitors, regardless of their abilities. As we celebrate Disability Pride Month, let’s explore the efforts made by the park to provide an inclusive experience.
- Free admission for carers: Disabled visitors receive free admission for one accompanying carer by presenting relevant documentation upon entry to the park.
- Disabled parking: Over 70 reserved parking spaces for Blue Badge holders ensure closer proximity to the entrance.
- Accessible toilets: Disabled toilets are conveniently located throughout the park, and a Changing Places toilet is available with a radar key.
- Wheelchair accessibility: Most of our pathways and viewing platforms are wheelchair-friendly, and designated wheelchair spaces are provided at the bird of prey display and indoor sea lion arena. Wheelchairs are available for a refundable deposit from our gift shop.
- Assistance dogs: Fully trained assistance dogs are welcome in the park (proof of accreditation is required).
- Breastfeeding: We are proud to be part of the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Scheme. Parents are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the park. We also have a dedicated feeding room located in the restaurant foyer for those who prefer a more private space.
- Neurodiverse visitors: Our estate is over 160 acres – meaning that there are many easily accessible quiet spaces around the park. Feel free to venture off into some of our open, green spaces to find a little bit of calm.
On busy days, we know queue times can be tough. As such, we are now part of the Hidden Disabilities Scheme. We are happy to provide our guests with sunflower stickers upon request. These stickers are designed to let our team know that you might need support, help or a little extra time. Simply show your sticker to our staff members and they will do their best to move you to the front of the queue.
We are also listed on Euan’s Guide and are pleased to have worked with them for a number of years to improve our offering. We are always looking for ways to improve accessibility within the park.