This month I got to visit one of my favourite UK cities to see a music artist I've been wanting to see for such a long time.
This all took place during a fantastic and incredibly accessible weekend in Manchester.
We drove from Scotland to Manchester on a sunny Friday morning. Arriving at our Crowne Plaza Hotel on Oxford Road just in time to order some room service for dinner. There is nothing better than enjoying amazing food in the comfort of your hotel room. The hotels own vegan pizza was delicious.
What made it even better was the stunning views of Manchester as the sunset. Casting gorgeous colours across the sky and streaming golden light into our accessible room. .
In the morning we fuelled up with breakfast before heading out to explore the city. We found a disabled parking spot and then took to the streets on foot/wheels.
With no set plans for the day, we chose to wander around and see where we ended up. We stumbled across a great veggie/vegan shop and cafe called The Eighth Day, which was lovely. Despite being quite small, we were impressed to see it had a lift for disabled customers.
With drinks and snacks bought we continued to wander around before stopping at a nice little park. We soaked up some sunshine and enjoyed our snacks.
After another stroll around some shops, it was then time to head back to the hotel for dinner. With a craving for a Wagamamas, we ordered from Deliveroo to our hotel.
Dinner was delicious and after a short rest, we got ready to head back out again. This time it was to the Albert Hall to see Dermot Kennedy.
It was a busy Saturday night in the city centre of Manchester, but luckily we managed to find a disabled parking spot near the venue. As soon as the venues door steward spotted us he immediately took us around to the accessible entrance.
Another steward appeared with a stair climber machine. This machine was amazing as it was able to accommodate my heavy powered wheelchair and climb the four or five flights of stairs up to the venue.
I was amazed at the level of accessibility and customer service at the Albert Hall. For a listed building with no lift, they have really taken incredible steps towards inclusion for all ensuring that disabled people can attend.
Dermot Kennedy came on stage and blew the entire audience away with his performance. He is an Irish singer-songwriter with such unbelievable talent and powerful presence.
I loved every single moment of that gig. From the great wheelchair accessibility to the stunning venue and beautiful performance from Dermot Kennedy. I cannot wait to see him again.
Before heading home on Sunday we decided to visit MediaCityUK. Home to BBC, ITV and other media businesses. It was a beautiful sunny day so it was nice to spend some time there and end a perfect weekend in Manchester.
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