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July ends on a high for the Access Card

The Access Card Team added more great venues & attractions to its directory

As more of our favourite venues & attractions reopen in time for the summer holidays, the Access Card Team has been working hard to recruit new Access Card Providers.

Last month we watched the Access Card directory continue to expand with a wide range of exciting favourites being added.

A recap of July’s activity can be found below.

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films – just in case they were ever needed later on in the series. Once filming wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artefacts, many of which wouldn’t have been saved on a typical production…

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Supreme Education

The students attend a full-time alternative provision for adolescents with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties, in the London Borough of Croydon. The Students can demonstrate frustration and anger – by shouting out, appearing rude, displaying inappropriate behaviours whilst amongst unknown peers and the general public.

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Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection

“Visiting our collection is like stepping back in time to a gentler world of motoring – to a time when driving was a pastime far removed from the helter-skelter rush from A to B we’re used to today. The museum’s showstoppers include over 40 cars, vintage caravans, classic motorcycles and dozens of bicycles, but what really makes us unique is the huge amount of driving-related material we have on display as well. Showcases packed with motoring paraphernalia, old garage equipment, authentic enamel signs from a bygone age all around the walls, petrol pumps and globes, in fact pretty much everything connected with motoring – even a real AA box.”

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Guildford Lido

“Guildford Lido was opened in 1933 and still retains its period charm to this day. Set in beautiful landscaped gardens, the Lido provides the perfect environment that all the family will enjoy. The 50 metre heated outdoor swimming pool offers swimming for all ages and abilities from ther serious lane swimmer to toddlers in armbands who can splash and play in the shallow paddling pools. The rolling lawns are the ideal location for a lazy summer picnics or a great place to relax and unwind in the warm summer sun whilst dipping your toes in to keep cool. Light refreshments are available from our cafe.”

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Evesham Vale Light Railway

“The Evesham Vale Light Railway has many things to offer. Come along and take a journey overlooking some stunning views across the Vale of Evesham. At Christmas meet Santa as he makes his list of presents for the children, you may even receive a small gift to keep you going on the run up to the 25th December! After a trip on the railway, why not visit the shops or the garden centre, there is something for everyone! The railway is owned by Adrian & Sandra Corke and helped by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy driving, guarding and helping the running of the railway. We are a small group but are always looking for fresh blood! If you are interested, please get in touch!”

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Gordon Russell Design Museum

Located in the original workshop, the Museum celebrates the life and work of Gordon Russell and his Company over a period of sixty years in Broadway, Worcestershire. Its unique collection of furniture embraces a range of styles spanning this rich period of design: from the Arts and Crafts to ‘30s streamline Modernism; Utility Furniture to 1980s luxury postmodernism. To complement this collection the Museum has an extensive archive of original drawings, notebooks, catalogues and correspondence, as well as access to the firm’s original reference library.

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Escape Reality Coventry

Escape Reality’s uber-real and movie-inspired escape room games in Coventry engage the hero in you, as you overcome challenges and defeat your doubts on the way to victory.

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The Heights of Abraham

“Take a flight in our famous cable cars and escape for the day to the summit of the Heights of Abraham’s 60-acre estate. Take two guided cavern tours into ancient lead mines. Breathe in the fresh Derbyshire air and admire the spectacular views of the surrounding Derwent Valley as you learn our 230-year story and find out why the Heights has been a favourite place to visit for generations…”

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Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower stands on Beacon Hill, the second highest point in the Cotswolds. Rising 312 metres above sea level, the hill was a natural place from which to send long-distance signals, and was used for this purpose long before the tower was built.

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The MAD Museum

“In a Snapshot… The MAD Museum does what it says on the tin! Based in the center of Stratford upon Avon, this quirky attraction displays interactive pieces of mechanical art, in particular; kinetic art and automata. “MAD” stands for Mechanical Art and Design. If you’re not quite sure what mechanical art is all about, think of the machines and gizmos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In a nutshell, mechanical art is usually beautifully crafted, moving sculptures either made to have an exaggerated purpose or made simply for the fun of it.”

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National Trust – Hidcote

Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.

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National Trust – Charlecote Park

Overlooking the River Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Charlecote Park has been part of this corner of rural Warwickshire for centuries. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, you can explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels.

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Primark – Newcastle

“Primark is an international retailer that offers the latest fashion, beauty and homeware at the best value on the high street; put simply, Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices.”

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