Blue Badge Parking: Yes
Concessions/Carer Prices: Full price disabled adult, carer concession available with proof of necessity
Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter hire: Yes (booking recommended)
Accessible Toilets: Yes
I visited Whitehouse Farm on the 16th August with friends. This is one of my favourite places to go in the North East; especially with my friends who have children.
On arrival, parking is found in a gravelled car park which can be a bit tricky to negotiate in a manual wheelchair. Proof is required if you wish to get a carer in for free with you; acceptable forms include blue badge, proof of disability-related benefit, doctor’s note specifying need for a carer, etc.
I had booked the mobility scooter for the day, having tried to use my manual wheelchair on the site in the past and found it really hard going due to the terrain. There’s only one available for use so I would recommend making sure you do book it. A £30 deposit is also required for the use of the mobility scooter.
All indoor areas are wide enough for wheelchair/mobility scooter users, and I really enjoyed the petting barn. The staff members brought the animals to me so that I could take part.
The gravel path alongside the trampolines up to the Porky Parlour is really difficult to negotiate if you’re using a wheelchair or are unsteady on your feet, so this is something to be aware of. The outdoor walkway also takes you across grassy terrain so I wouldn’t have been able to do this bit without the scooter.
All in all, due to it’s nature; Whitehouse Farm is not the most accessible place and may not be suitable for some. However, it’s a place I’ve loved to visit since I was a child so I think it’s worth the effort if you’re a farm fan!
Enjoy the rather amusing photo below…
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