Eight Things To Do With Your Elderly Parents In Surrey
Situated just to the south of London, the county of Surrey is home to a wealth of attractions and significant landmarks. If you’re visiting Surrey with your elderly parents, you will find a range of fantastic days out to enjoy in this beautiful area and lovely opportunities to spend quality time with each other. Here are eight suggestions for excursions with your elderly parents.
Hampton Court Palace
As a royal residence and home to some of the most significant figures in British history, Hampton Court Palace is a must, if you are visiting Surrey. This was Henry VIII’s favourite home, and he (and his wives) spent more time at Hampton Court than at any other royal residence. The Great Hall, the Tudor kitchens and the Chapel Royal are magnificent. If the weather is fine, though, you could spend an entire afternoon just exploring the gardens and maze.
You can book a wheelchair to use here, although staff recommend you make arrangements two weeks in advance to avoid disappointment. Special guided tours are available, and there is lift access to the upper floor of the house, so those with mobility issues won’t miss out on anything.
Brooklands Museum is described as ‘the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation’, and the museum’s classic cars, motorbikes and planes are sure to stir up a sense of nostalgia for some members of the older generation. Brooklands played a key role in both the First and Second World Wars, so if your loved ones have an interest in military history or wartime life in general, they will be interested in the exhibits on display here.
Disabled parking and wheelchair hire are available, and if your loved one is receiving companion care and has brought their live-in care assistant with them, they will be admitted free of charge.
Ripley Farmers’ Market
Spend a peaceful afternoon sampling local food, produce and crafts at Ripley Farmers’ Market. With a range of stalls selling everything from locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables to artisan bread and cakes or antique tools and jewellery, you won’t go away empty handed. Keep an eye out for some of the special events which run throughout the year, or enjoy one of the regular cooking demonstrations while you’re here.
With one of the world’s largest plant collections, the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley are a beautiful place to spend time with your elderly parents. Whether they’re green-fingered or only have a passing interest in horticulture, they will enjoy a gentle stroll through the grounds when the weather is nice, keeping a look out for all the different species growing here.
There is a wheelchair route throughout the gardens, and 26 manual wheelchairs and three mobility scooters for hire. If your elderly parents receive care at home, either from you or a live-in care assistant, one carer is admitted for free for wheelchair users or those with other disabilities.
The Sculpture Park
The Sculpture Park is in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is an ideal spot for getting out into the fresh air if the weather is nice. With 800 sculptures on display and lovely water gardens to take in, this is a truly unique attraction.
Although some parts of the standard route around the park include stairs, there is a wheelchair-accessible path around the lakes and grasslands, which takes in some of the sculptures on display. Bear in mind that there are no cafés for refreshments, but there are picnic tables and disabled toilets on site.
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Denbies Wine Estate
If you fancy sampling some delicious local produce, Denbies Wine Estate, near Dorking, is the perfect destination. There are fantastic views over the rolling Surrey countryside and, of course, award-winning wines to sample, as well as tours and a full calendar of special events. The Conservatory Restaurant has received rave reviews and offers a range of British classics throughout the day.
Disabled parking and drop-down kerbs make wheelchair access easier. The shop and both restaurants are easy to access by wheelchair, and the tables are arranged for the comfort of wheelchair users. Outside, the terrain is mostly flat and easy to navigate.
British Wildlife Centre
For many receiving elderly care, including live-in care, getting out into the countryside can be something they miss. The British Wildlife Centre is a perfect place to take your elderly parents if they feel they want to reconnect with the “Great Outdoors”. With 40 different native British species, it’s the ideal destination for wildlife spotting or birdwatching.
If your loved one is receiving dementia care or any other form of elderly support, then their carers are admitted free of charge. The centre is also accessible by wheelchair.
Guildford Castle boasts some of the most magnificent grounds and gardens in the county, as well as the ruins of this Medieval fortress.
While access to the upper levels is via steep steps which may make it off-limits to those with mobility issues, the entrance to the ground floor is level, and talks and activities involving some of the castle’s artefact collection can be arranged.
However long you’re visiting Surrey for, there are plenty of fantastic attractions to fill your time. This is one of England’s prettiest counties, and it’s the perfect place to spend some valuable family time with your elderly parents.
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