Clumber Park has extended its welcome, by opening a fully accessible Changing Places toilet.
Changing Places are life changing toilet facilities which provide comfort and dignity to people with profound and multiple disabilities. These amenities enable those with serious impairments to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.
Located in the Turning Yard, close to the main café, the Changing Places toilet provides a spacious private area with specialist equipment, including a ceiling track hoist, grab rails, height adjustable washbasin, and a wall-mounted adult-sized mobile changing bench.
Steff Rae, Clumber Park’s Visitor Operation and Experience Manager, added: “For many families, Changing Places toilets are essential to visit somewhere like Clumber. This new facility will enable people with complex care needs to have a comfortable and happy day out here.”
The new Changing Places facility is now available to use and will be open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm and accessible with the user’s radar key. Users are asked to bring their own strap for the hoist.
The Changing Places unit will complement Clumber Park’s existing accessible offer which includes a lift in the Discovery Centre, powered mobility vehicles, a side-by-side bike and a wheelchair platform bike. Clumber also has a newly-refurbished accessible Bird Hide and holds an accessible and autism friendly Sensory Nature Club on a Monday morning at 11.00am.
What’s On at Clumber Park
Friday 9th September: Heritage Open Day. Explore and discover more about Clumber’s history and innovations including Glasshouse tour. Free admission into the park. No booking required.
Sunday 11th September: Family Fun Dog Show, Central Bark, 11.00am. Enter ‘Waggiest Tail’, ‘Prettiest Eyes’, ‘Best Junior Handler’ and many more. £1.00 per dog, per class. Face painting, archery and axe throwing. Visit the show stalls to pick up a treat and grab a bite to eat in the dog-friendly café. Registration from 10.00am.
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September: Festival of Food and Drink. Book at www.festivaloffoodanddrink.com.
Saturday 24th September: Cycling Showcase Event, including accessibility bikes, maintenance tent, kids balance bike course and bike sale. From 10.00am, outside Central Bark.
Wednesday 28th September and Wednesday 26th October: Mr Straw’s Guided Walk Round Worksop, 10.00am to 12.00pm. Learn a little more about the history of Worksop and the Straw family on this walk through the town, taking in the places the Straws worked, worshipped and wandered. Tours start at Warwick Villa, 5 Blyth Grove. Park in Mr Straw’s House car park. This is an urban walk with slight inclines included and cobbled streets. £5.00 per person, booking essential through www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mr-straws-house/whats-on.
1st to 31st October: Autumnal Photography Competition.
Saturday 1st October: Fun Palace arts and crafts session with Mr Straw’s House volunteers at Worksop Library, time tbc.
Sunday 2nd October: Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk, 10.00am. Book at www.alzheimers.org.uk/memorywalk.
Tuesdays 4th and 11th October: Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour and Sketching course, 10.00am to 12.30pm, Discovery Centre, £30.00 for both sessions. Book online.
w / c 17th October: Apple Week including pruning workshop, Gardens talk with Clumber’s Beekeeper: The importance of bees and a heritage apple trail.
w / c 17th and 24th October: Family Photo Scavenger Hunt.
October half term (dates to be confirmed) – Arts and crafts with Sunflower Wellbeing. 11.00am to 2.00pm in the Discovery Centre. £5.00 for four crafts.
Wednesday 19th, Saturday 22nd and Wednesday 26th October: Archery and Axe Throwing with Into the Forest. 10.30am to 4.00pm. Front Field. Have a go Axe Throwing – £3.00 for six throws. Minimum age 10. Have a go Archery -– £3.00 for six arrows. Minimum age 5. Cash only due to lack of signal.
Saturday 29th October: Sneaky Experiences Family Halloween event. Mysterious sightings have been reported within the grounds at Clumber Park. An expert team of paranormal scientists has been summoned to investigate… but they need your help! Join this hilarious supernatural expedition with immersive storytelling, magic, dancing, games and fun for the whole family. Multiple times available. Adults £12.50, children £15.50, under twos free. Book online at www.sneakyexperience.co.uk.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October: Breakfast with the Spooks including Halloween themed crafts, fancy dress optional for all. Adults £12.50, children £4.50, under threes free. Multiple times available. Book by calling 01909 511034.
Find more details about any of these events at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park/what’s-on and book online here where necessary.
Clumber Park hosts a variety of weekly and monthly walking and running events for all ages and abilities. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park/what’s-on for details.