Visit Bucks welcomes disability advocate Sophie Morgan
Visit Buckinghamshire and The Chilterns was delighted to welcome Sophie Morgan, in partnership with Visit England, on a tour around some of Bucks’ key attractions last week, staying in local accommodation and enjoying the hospitality of pubs, cafes and restaurants.
As part of Visit England’s Mission Accessible and ‘Escape the Everyday campaign’, Sophie’s visit highlighted all the amazing things locals and visitors can do in Buckinghamshire, particularly for those with accessibility needs. Sophie herself a wheelchair user, campaigns for better representation for disabled people especially in the travel sector.
Sophie’s three-day visit began with lunch at The Grange Restaurant at The Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’s centre in Saunderton, where she also got to meet one of the dog trainers and watched some of their extraordinary work.
After lunch, Sophie went on to the Paralympic Heritage Museum to learn about Dr Guttman, the founder of the Paralympic games, before heading to Rumsey’s Handmade Chocolates in Wendover to turn her hand to making all sorts of chocolate confectionaries at one of their workshops.
After her first full day, Sophie enjoyed dinner at Michelin chef’ Atul Kochhar’s Sindhu restaurant at The Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow, before retiring to her stylish room at this luxury 4 star hotel on the banks of the River Thames.
Day two and Sophie had a guided tour of the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre in Great Missenden, a favourite with adults and children alike, followed by lunch at award-winning The Nags Head nearby. After lunch Sophie was met by Chiltern Trike Tours who chauffeured her through the Chilterns landscape on their boom trike with a stop off at the Griffiths Brothers gin distillery to learn about their gin. This was followed by a visit to the Chiltern Brewery, the oldest in the Chilterns, to sample their craft beers and enjoy a tour of the brewery.
Sophie’s third and final day began at Waddesdon Manor. Once home to the wealthy Rothschilds, it is open to the public to explore the opulent interiors and to ramble around the extensive grounds which include beautiful formal gardens, an aviary, children’s adventure playground and regular art installations and exhibitions.
Finally, Sophie headed to the Claydon Estate where the Claydon Courtyard includes The Phoenix Kitchen and Corzo & Wood along with other independent retailers. The Phoenix Kitchen serves high quality food with ingredients from local producers, while Corzo & Wood offer silver jewellery making workshops. Here Sophie learnt how to make a unique piece of jewellery and browsed their gift shop that also sells homewares and accessories.
Lucy Dowson, Tourism Development Manager of Visit Bucks, said: “We were delighted to welcome Sophie to Buckinghamshire to experience the broad range of activities and attractions available to visitors to our beautiful county. So why not join Sophie and escape your every day with a visit to Buckinghamshire? There is plenty to see and do in accessible and inclusive Bucks and we look forward to welcoming you soon.”
Visit Buckinghamshire and The Chilterns is the official Destination Management Organisation (Tourist Board) for Buckinghamshire. Hosted and managed by Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF), its website - www.visitbuckinghamshire.org/ - is the most visited tourism website in the county (over 20,000 visitors each month), providing ideas and inspiration on the best things to do and places to visit, stay, eat and drink.