Hereford Cathedral will be taking part in Disabled Access Day on Saturday 16 March to celebrate accessibility and encourage people to try something new.

Disabled Access Day is a national event which began in 2015. The day celebrates good access and focuses on creating opportunities for people to attend a series of organised events where they will receive a warm welcome, a chance to try something new and the memory of having done something different.

Inspired to take part in the day, Hereford Cathedral (who have recently been awarded Autism Friendly status), will be hosting a range of activities which celebrate the improvements which have been made to accessibility within the cathedral over the last year. As well as being able to sample exciting new resources which have been produced including a Sensory Trail and video tours of inaccessible parts of the cathedral, there are three special one off activities for visitors to take part in.

At 10.30 am, the Cathedral Librarian will welcome visitors to the Reading Room, Hereford Cathedral’s lending library which is fully wheelchair accessible, to spend the morning looking at high quality facsimiles of some of the best medieval illuminated manuscript books that there are, including the Lindisfarne Gospels. Later, at 11.15 am, a specially trained Guide will deliver a Tactile Tour of the cathedral, designed for visitors with visual impairments, which will highlight the fascinating history of the building.

The day will finish with a talk from Hereford Cathedral’s Access Ambassador, Sarah, as she discussed the changes she has made during the last year to improve the cathedral’s accessibility. The session, which begins at 2.30 pm, is open to all and will be an opportunity to share lessons and practical tips for other churches, museums and groups. These events are all free but booking is essential, please visit the cathedral website for more information.

Throughout the day, the Stanbury Chapel will be dedicated as a Quiet Space, equipped with holding cross, twiddle muff, and accessible NIV translation of the Bible.

To download social stories, find out more information about the day and for further details on accessibility at Hereford Cathedral please visit herefordcathedral.org.