South Devon Railway & Totnes Rare Breeds Farm among Britain's best family attractions

Two Devon attractions have been jointly honoured for being one of the best family venues in the UK for people with disabilities.
 
The South Devon Railway and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm have been Highly Commended alongside Legoland Windsor, the Alnwick Garden in Co Durham and the Eden Project in Cornwall at the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain Awards.
 
Mystery shoppers were so impressed with the two Totnes venues they were jointly shortlisted in the Best Family Venue category despite having a fraction of the visitors of the other category finalists. The top award in the category was won by the Science Museum in London.
 
The judges were said to be particularly impressed with the venues’ joint ticket scheme, which enables people to enjoy a full day out at the two attractions, both of which are completely accessible to wheelchair users.  
 
The award winners were announced at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Tate Modern on Monday 22 March, hosted by TV personality and adventurer Ben Fogle.
 
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm owner, Barrie Tolley, said:  “I can’t believe we have been named as one of the best places in the country for families with disabilities to visit. We have always prided ourselves on being somewhere that everyone can enjoy. As we reopen to the public on Good Friday, this is the best possible start to our year. We are simply chuffed to bits.”
 
South Devon Railway general manager, Dick Wood, said: "The South Devon Railway prides itself on giving a warm welcome to all of our visitors and we recently converted a second coach to give ready access to wheelchair users or those with who have difficulty walking. Winning a prestigious national award like this, and against some heavy duty competition, is a big achievement for us, and we are all thrilled to have done so."
 

 March 22nd 2010

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Ben Fogel (left) with Totnes Rare Breeds Farm owner and SDR Plc director Barrie Tollie (second left), SDRT chairman Alan Taylor (second right) and Ian Goswell of Motability Operations with the awards.

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