Statement on Safety for Disabled Guests
Blackgang Chine is dedicated to ensuring visitors with specific needs are able to enjoy the park and will do all that is practical to ensure a safe and pleasurable stay. However, certain rides and attractions in our parks can be physically demanding and vigorous. We therefore reserve the right to refuse admission to certain rides and attractions should we feel there is a danger to a particular individual or individuals for whatever reason.
We have been advised by the Health & Safety Executive that refusal on the grounds of health and safety does not constitute discrimination. We hope that you understand and accept the decisions made in the interest of your safety.
Evening events at Blackgang Chine may contain a variety of lighting effects, including ‘moving head lights’, various flashing lights, projections, and some limited use of lasers and strobe lighting. Visitors with photosensitive epilepsy or other conditions which could be triggered by light should consider this information carefully before making their visit.
It goes without saying that the Illuminations extend into the hours of darkness. Whilst there is always adequate lighting to navigate all paths, attractions and features that are open for the event the reduced lighting levels inevitably mean that in places changes in surface and terrain will be harder to identify – particularly for those with sight impairments.
Wheelchair and electric mobility scooter users
The park is set on top of 400ft high cliffs overlooking the English Channel. The paths around the park are undulating with some paths as steep as 1:5 gradient.
Visitors in manual wheelschairs who wish to visit all areas of the park should be accompanied by strong helpers. Those using electric mobility scooters must ensure they are confident in using the equipment and do not exceed its capabilities. Particular attention should be pair to the paths leading to and from Area 5, Giant Bug Walk and Cowboy Town where gradients are likely to be at their steepest.
Unfortunately, we do not hire out wheelchairs or mobility scooters, so please make adequate provisions before you visit.
The majority of the park’s attractions are outdoors. Due to the unpredictable nature of the British weather, paths may be wet and conditions could be windy. Visitors should ensure they are dressed appropriately including suitable footwear, and any mobility aids used should be fit for purpose.
Pricing and Ticketing
Guests who can provide the following documentation are entitled to one free carer when purchasing another ticket for the parks. However, the disabled guest and any further members of their party will pay full price. It is vital that you show the relevant paperwork at the admission desk when you buy or collect your ticket. Minimum carer age is 16 years. Please note, each disabled guest must provide at least one of the documentations below to receive a carer ticket.
- Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance award letter (dated within the last 12 months).
- Personal Independence Payment letter (dated within the last 12 months).
- A current and valid Blue Badge (or picture of, if the badge in with the vehicle).
- Letter from GP or consultant (dated within the last 12 months) confirming the need for a full-time carer. This does not need to be a letter of diagnosis.
Unfortunately we will not be able to issue carers tickets without seeing the above documentation.
Should guests require 2:1 care, please provide a letter from your GP to substantiate this and additional free carer ticket(s) may be provided.
Should you as a guest have any temporary accessibility requirements, or would like to discuss our park accessibility please contact our team at [email protected] in advance of your visit so we may assist you. Please give us 48 hours to respond.
Can you book your tickets online?
Yes – book tickets online for your visit! On the day, please present your e-ticket and supporting documentation so we may issue the carer ticket.
Please note, each disabled guest must provide the documentation above to receive a carer ticket.
Terms and Conditions
- The Carer Card can only be used in conjunction with the Disabled Visitor
- The Carer Cards can be interchangeable amongst different carers for that individual
- The minimum age for a Carer is 16.
- Under 4s do not need an FVP to visit our parks regularly as they do not qualify for our admissions tariff until they turn 4. Parents, as carers, can apply for one free carer card per full paid FVP purchased. An FVP card for any child under 4 will be issued in conjunction with carer card(s) and will be charged for once the child reaches 4 years.
- Carer passes can only be obtained through our admissions team.
- Should guests require 2:1 care, they need to provide a letter from their GP to substantiate this and addition free carer ticket(s) may be provided.
- This offer is not valid to organisations who buy multiple transferable passes. However, if they are buying individual passes for their users, they can then access the free carer pass.