The Bolton Bulls wheelchair basketball club provides wheelchair basketball to people of all ages, disabilities and gender from all over the North West of England including Bolton, Bury, Blackburn, Wigan and Stockport.
So the summer is over, the autumn has arrived and everyone is wishing they still had the hot lazy days of the holidays. Myself and Chairman Steve are no exception.
Actually just lazy days would be good. He's got me at the gym and all-sorts but that's another blog post. In August we took the mini Bulls and went to stay with Jacqui and Carl of www.ineedaholidaytoo.com in Brittany France.
This is holiday accommodation with a difference. It is specifically designed with the disabled holiday maker in mind. Jacqui and Carl Alban saw a need for wheelchair accessible holidays in France and rose valiantly to the challenge. The end result being a converted cotton mill on the pink granite coast of Brittany, on the banks of the River Jaudy, in a small and picturesque town called La Roche Derrien
The apartments not only meet all local regulations and cover the Disability Discrimination Act in the UK. They are spacious and offer everything you could need on a holiday. If you need a care package, they can arrange it at a reasonable cost. If you need specialised equipment they can arrange it and you only have to pay for items they don't stock.
We went in the last week of the school holidays, just as the weather in the UK became horrific and we took the sunshine with us. Not only are all the apartments fully accessible, the garden is too. Built on a slope down toward the river and fully fenced off, the garden boasts a swing set for the small people, tables and chairs in a couple of areas with very scenic views and is home to approximately a dozen chickens, 2 dogs, 2 cats, a parrot and Dennis.
Mini Bull would have been happy to stay in the garden all week playing with the menagerie that live with Jacqui and Carl. He even learnt to drive the lawnmower (I see chores in his future). Dennis Big Red
Being typical tourists, we visited the beaches of Ploumanach and Treguier. Beautiful sandy beaches with access to kayaking/canoeing/surfing. It certainly kept the mini Bulls busy pushing each other in the water investigating the little rock pools dotted about the coastline. We were even able to drag Chairman Steve onto the sand! Les Sept-Iles He hasn't been on a beach in years!
There was a boat trip to the 7 Islands, watching the porpoises trailing after the boat and being astounded by the vast number of birds nesting on the cliffs. We didn't see any Puffins though (apparently they were out of season, I think they saw Chairman Steve coming and did a runner). We visited the La Radome and got all knowledgeable about all things communication based. Had a barbecue whilst watching the Paralympic opening ceremony and finally took the mini Bulls treeclimbing at Vivons Perches.
They got to be harnessed up and traverse through the trees on zip wires, climb through obstacles, negotiate tricky netting and generally had a blast.
I had slightly less fun as I had to manoeuvre Chairman Steve around the forest floor. It is classed as a wheelchair accessible day out and it certainly is, if you have a sense of humour. Be prepared to climb over tree roots, negotiate stumps and traverse 45 degree angled paths on one wheel. It was a good day! Extreme chair pushing. All in all, it was a brilliant holiday and we can't wait to go back. If you're looking for a holiday as a couple, a family or even on your own and you have access issues (even if you don't, they don't discriminate against the able bodied).
We can thoroughly recommend you visit Jacqui and Carl in Brittany. Check out their website and have a look at www.ineedaholidaytoo.com It was the relaxation I needed before getting back into the chaos that is basketball season. (See what I did there) ;-)