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Five places that offer a concessionary ticket for disabled people
Hi everyone, I'm Luke, a visually impaired blogger from Bradford. I have a hereditary eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. This means that I also have from tunnel vision, night blindness and floaters, but it doesn't stop me from doing the things that I love.
I love meeting up with my Friends and doing something fun, but as someone who's on a low income, it can become incredibly expensive. So, I thought I’d tell you five of my favourite places that offer a concessionary ticket for disabled people as they're a great way to save a little bit of money.
What is a Concessionary Ticket?
A concessionary ticket is offered to a disabled person to enable them to enjoy the same experience as everyone else. It's usually offered free or at a significant discount so that they can bring someone with them if they require support.
I might not be able to see properly, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with my hearing as I love listening to live music. Luckily the Manchester arena has a great selection of events as well as being totally accessible. Here are the access features that it has:
- A concessionary ticket
- Disabled parking
- Lift access from both the disabled car park and Manchester Victoria station
- A box office with a lower counter
- A designated wheelchair area
- A hearing loop system
- Disabled toilets all throughout the arena
To get a concessionary ticket, you need to fill out an application form before booking. The only trouble I had was booking a ticket. Their accessibility booking line is just an answering machine service, but they do ring you back.
I love visiting the cinema and watching the latest releases, even though I can’t actually see most of the screen, I can still follow along with the story. Yes, I could use an Audio Description headset, but they tend to get on my nerves as they usually don’t work properly. To get a concessionary ticket, you have to show your CEA card when booking your ticket or entering the number on the card in the promotion box if you are booking online.
I hadn’t been bowling since I was a young teenager. However, when I went a couple of weeks ago, I had an amazing time, even though I did nearly break one of their bumpers! Unfortunately, their concessionary ticket terms are a little bit strange. You can only get one before 6pm on a weekday, except during the February, October and December school holidays. They do however have the following facilities:
- Level access at all their locations
- Disabled toilets
- Moveable ramps for getting on to the lines
- Ramps to help you push the ball during the game
To get a Concessionary Ticket, all you have to do is ask when booking.
Sea Life Centre Scarborough
I don’t know why, but I absolutely love sea creatures, especially dolphins, penguins and seals. This is why I love visiting any kind of sea life centre. Luckily the one in Scarborough is accessible, because as well as offering a concessionary ticket they have these facilities:
- A totally accessible route around their centre
- Disabled toilets
- A lift to their restaurant and penguin island on the top floor
To get a Concessionary Ticket, all you have to do is show your proof of eligibility when booking.
Emmerdale Studio Experience
I was very kindly invited to come and visit the studio experience when they first opened, and I had an absolute blast. Yes, quite a lot of it was visual, but parts of it like the plane crash simulation was amazing. Also, eating fish and chips in The Woolpack after the tour was brilliant. I was also really surprised to learn that it was totally accessible and have the following:
- Concessionary ticket free of charge
- Disabled toilets
- An accessible tour route for wheelchair users
To get a concessionary ticket, you can ask when making a booking.
There are a lot of other places that offer a concessionary ticket for disabled people, but I just thought I’d tell you my favourites. Here is my blog, Luke Sam Sowden, if you’d like to follow what I get up to!
What are some of your favourite places that offer a concessionary ticket? Where do you like to go and visit? Let us know in the comments below!