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Weekend fun with Emma

It’s been a while since we’ve visited Liverpool, so it was good to go back again. This time we got to explore more of the city, stroll around Albert Dock and visit Tate Liverpool.

We stayed at the super-modern Staybridge Suites in an accessible suite. It was in a great location only a few minutes’ walk to Albert Dock which made it really accessible to explore the area. There is also pay and display parking inside the Albert Dock Gates and outside the Britannia Pavilion if arriving by car.

This was our first time at Tate Liverpool and we got to see lots of cool art and displays. Some of the pieces were by artists Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and the Constellations display. There was also a new exhibition from artist and activist Keith Haring.

I was impressed with the accessibility of the museum and didn’t have any issues getting around in my wheelchair. I loved that Tate Liverpool has a Changing Places toilet on the ground floor too.

After looking around the museum we stopped for some lunch in the cafe. We opted for the veggie hummus wrap, fries and vegan chocolate orange cake. It was all lovely. The interior of the cafe was decorated with Keith Haring designs to tie in with the new exhibition.

It was a nice day so we casually strolled over to the Baltic Triangle area as well. We stopped at the amazing Paul Curtis Liver bird’s wall mural. Of course, we had to stop for a photo or two in front of the stunning wings.

Our main reason for going to Liverpool was to see one of our favourite bands, Kings of Leon at a festival. Despite the festival being a disaster for accessibility, Kings of Leon were fantastic. The issues we had at the festival didn’t ruin our time in Liverpool and we are already looking into our next trip.

The road trip wasn’t over yet. Our next stop was Wales for a stay in an accessible safari tent. It is hard to believe that camping in a tent can be accessible to wheelchair users, but it’s true and so much better than camping. Luxury comforts, a log burner and hot running water are just some of the advantages.

The safari tent is in a lovely little town called Lampeter and is run by two amazing owners of Canvas and Campfires. We couldn’t believe how beautiful and huge the tent was when we stepped inside. It was top class luxury glamping and completely wheelchair accessible.

An open plan living, dining and kitchen area with two bedrooms, one with a superking bed and one twin room with bunk beds as well as a double cabin bed. Then there was a spacious wet room bathroom with a roll-in shower, a flushing toilet and electricity. It was better than most hotels I've stayed in. It was perfect.

The views from the tent were beautiful and we saw some of the most amazing sunsets. We loved being cosy by the fire, cooking pizzas and burgers on the burner and playing board games by fire/lantern light.

We were able to park our car directly outside the tent which meant I could just drive my wheelchair up the ramp into the tent.

It was great having the freedom of our wheelchair accessible Ford Tourneo Connect as it meant we got to do lots of exploring along the Ceredigion coast. We visited a handful of beautiful accessible beaches and harbour towns such as Aberporth, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Llangrannog as well as a trip to Swansea. Wheelchair access was fantastic with disabled parking bays and accessible toilets in each town.

Before the long car journey home, we decided to stop off at the Elan Valley to admire the amazing dams and reservoirs. The scenery was breath-taking. I loved that we were able to park the car next to a majestic mountainous wall that made us look and feel tiny and walk over to the edge of the dam. It was a perfect end to an amazing trip.

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