Moving into care can sometimes mean moving to a slightly new area, and that can mean new places to explore. Or perhaps you know the area well but need some recommendations on suitable spots to enjoy time outside of the home with your loved one.
Whether you’re a resident at Blenheim House or a family member looking to take your loved one on a day out, our local area has a wealth of days out and activities to enjoy. Here are just some of the top days out within striking distance from our care home in Melksham, to help you plan your leisure time together.
· Bowood House and Gardens
Just 20 minutes by car from Blenheim House, the whole family will enjoy visiting this beautiful stately home, nestled in around 100 acres of beautiful parkland and meticulously manicured gardens. Designed by Capability Brown, visitors can explore the lake, arboretum and cascade on a sunny day, or can discover the interior of the house, complete with unique items such as Napoleons death mask and Queen Victoria’s wedding chair. Younger family members will adore the adventure playground, petting zoo and soft play, while you relax with an ice cream. Wheelchair accessible toilets are available, and the majority of the grounds and ground floor of the house can be accessed by wheelchair users.
· Castle Coombe Village
Famous for its namesake racing circuit, Castle Coombe village offers a more laid-back slice of Cotswold life. Frequently named the ‘prettiest village in England’, this gorgeous Cotswold stone built village is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Pop into one of the friendly pubs for a lovely lunch, or browse the local crafts, flowers and produce available from local sellers. The village has a free car park and is around 25 minutes from Blenheim House, making it an ideal activity on a sunny day.
One of England’s best-known attractions and a World Heritage Site, Avebury is an ancient monument containing three stone circles dating back to Neolithic times. Just half an hour’s drive from our home, the Barn Gallery tells the story of the discovery of these stones. Unlike it’s better known counterpart at Stonehenge, visitors can actually go right up to the giant stone circles and ponder their purpose in close quarters. Wheelchairs are available for hire and guide dogs are permitted, although in inclement weather access may be difficult or restricted for disabled visitors.
· Lacock Abbey
A real local gem, Lacock Abbey is less than ten minutes by car from Blenheim House and offers a wonderful glimpse into history for lovers of the past. Built in the heart of the village of Lacock, the Abbey is a unique country house built on the site of a former nunnery. Operated by the National Trust, Lacock Abbey is a beautiful building to explore, and combines a small museum dedicated to the achievements of William Henry Fox Talbot, a former local resident who contributed to the development of photography. All the main areas are disabled friendly, although some of the walks through the grounds may only be suitable for more mobile people.
· Wadworth Brewery
If you or your loved one are fans of great ales, a visit to the Wadworth Brewery is a must. Occupying its present site in Devizes since 1885, and just 15 minutes’ drive from the home, Wadworth is well know as a family brewery, bringing us wonderful brews such as the 6X, Swordfish and Bishop’s Tipple. The factory tour is good fun, but due to steep stairs and uneven surfaces may not be suitable for those less sure-footed. However, the visitor centre is disabled accessible, and you can even meet the legendary Wadsworth Shires, Max, Archie and Sam.
There are many more things to do and places to enjoy in and around Melksham and the wider Wiltshire area. For recommendations of things to do that will suit the needs of your family and loved ones, have a chat with any of our carers. We also arrange regular trips out – last month’s festivities included a trip to Whitehall Garden Centre to see their magical Christmas lights, so just check with the team to see what’s coming up! You can also check our Facebook Page for upcoming events and photos from previous outings.