Statement on Safety for Disabled Guests
Blackgang Chine is a member of the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) and welcomes visits by disabled people 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.
The Blackgang Illuminations contain a variety of lighting effects, these include ‘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.
Please download our accessibility guide to help you plan and make the most of your visit to Blackgang Chine. This includes details of disabled facilities, attractions and ride restrictions.
Wheelchair and electric mobility scooter users
The park is set on top of 400’ high cliffs overlooking the English Channel. The paths around the site are undulating with some paths as steep as 1:5.
Visitors in manual wheelchairs 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 paid 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.
We do not wish to discriminate against visitors with disabilities and therefore the appropriate admission rate will be charged. Visitors who are disabled and assisted by a Carer, are both
eligible for our concession rate on our Standard Tickets. Proof of disability may be requested to confirm eligibility. This may include:
- A copy of the Visitor’s Award Letter for Disability Living Allowance
- A copy of the Visitor’s Blue Badge
- A copy of BD8 Certificate for being registered blind or partially sighted
For Visitors who are disabled and who plan to visit the park on a regular basis throughout the season with their Carer, we recommend the purchase of our heavily discounted Frequent
Visitor Ticket and Carer card.
The Carer card can only be used in conjunction with a Frequent Visitor Ticket purchased for the disabled visitor, but it can be shared amongst the authorised Carers, providing flexibility. If more than one Carer is required to accompany a disabled visitor, then additional Carer cards will need to be purchased. Each Carer card provides admission for one Carer only. Proof of Carer status may be requested to confirm eligibility. This may include:
- ID card from Carers Support Centre
- Benefit entitlement letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to prove receipt of a Carer’s Allowance (CA).
- Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance benefit entitlement letter
- I Count card form the Register for Children and Young People with Disabilities
The Carer card is the same price as our Frequent Visitor Ticket as we are unable to discount our prices any further but this works out cheaper than a Carer having to pay the concession
rate of a standard ticket price per visit. No other offers or discounts apply.