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Getting Out and About (Adults)

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Getting out and about

We all want to have fun, enjoy our hobbies, follow our interests, relax with friends or go out for a day trip.  On these pages you will find useful information about travelling safely, disability related discounts and things to do locally and nationally.

There is legislation that requires all new buildings, including dwellings, together with alterations and extensions to have disabled access.

Leisure and Activities

Ladies bowling

Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic, and independent as you get older.  Many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group.

There are a range of activities listed on these pages, from gentle exercise to days out and arts and crafts.  You can search through activities on the list of categories.

You can also find lots of interesting events on the Visit Peterborough website.

Shopping and Errands

Man shopping for food

You may find it difficult to get out and about due to disability, frailty or illness. If you feel you have this difficulty, you might wish to consider some of the following options:

  • you could ask friends or relatives for help

  • try shopping online and have your groceries delivered to your home

  • there are care providers that can help with shopping which can be found on the categories list

  • Shopmobility is available at Queensgate shopping centre.

Disabled toilets

Woman in wheelchair coming through a door

There are various disabled toilets across the city centre. Their locations are listed below:

  • Car Haven car park, Bishop's Road, PE1 1YX
  • Peterborough Railway, Station Approach, PE1 1QL
  • Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough, PE1 1NT
  • Rivergate Shopping Centre, Viersen Platz, PE1 1EL
  • St Peters Arcade, Bridge Street, PE1 1HG
  • Northminster car park, Northminster, PE1 1AY

Find a Changing Places toilet quickly and easily!

When you are in the website you can type in the city, town, village, street or postcode, then press the find button to search for a Changing Places toilet close to that location. When your map appears please select and click on any of the pins to display a photograph and full details of all the facilities provided within that unit.

Radar National Key Scheme - offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets across the country. Around 10,000 toilets are fitted with National Key Scheme (NKS) locks and can now be found in locations such as shopping centres, pubs, bus and train stations and many more. Radar keys can only be purchased with proof of disability in order to prevent them from being misused or left in an unsuitable manner.

Radar Keys are available to purchase from the Visitor Information Centre Monday to Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm. Proof of disability will be required.


Disability Related Discounts

Disability leisure discounts logo

Many sports and leisure activities offer discounts to older people or people with disabilities.  For example, some theatres offer discounted tickets for disabled people. Some also reserve seats for wheelchair users and allow carers in for free.  Check with the theatre when you’re booking tickets to find out what they offer.

The National Trust give free entry to companions or carers of disabled visitors. The disabled visitor pays the normal admission fee or membership.  To save having to ask for free entry at a National Trust property, you can apply for an ‘Access for All Admit One Card’ in advance.

A copy of your award letter from the Department for Work and Pensions showing that you are eligible for disability benefits is normally accepted as proof that you’re disabled if you are ever asked.  Alternatively you could show a copy of your Blue Badge or your disabled bus pass.

Bus information

Stagecoach Bus

Stagecoach produce Journey Assistance Cards for you to use if you need a bit more
help when using the bus. They make it easier for you to let their bus drivers know
what extra help you need. You can use your cards any time of the day, seven days
a week, on any of their bus services.

You can apply for Journey Assistance Cards if you have limited vision or hearing, difficulty in communication, special educational needs or if English is not your
first language.  Or maybe you just need extra time or help to find a seat.

Types of Journey Assistance Cards

Their Journey Assistance Cards have been developed with their trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).

The cards available are:

  • please be patient, I am deaf
  • please be patient, I am visually impaired
  • please be patient, I have difficulty speaking
  • please be patient, I am hard of hearing
  • please speak slowly and face me to help me hear better
  • please scan my pass for me
  • please count my change for me

Also, you can apply for a concessionary bus pass from Travelchoice

If you live in a rural area of Peterborough you may use the Dial-A-Ride service.

Train information


National Rail Enquiries provide information on support that is available.

Access information for our local train companies can be found below:

Great Northern

London North Eastern Railway (LNER)

Cross Country

You can also apply for a senior railcard or a disabled persons railcard for reduced rates train travel.


Driving and parking

Disabled parking space

You may be eligible for the Motability Scheme which can provide disabled people with safe, reliable and affordable cars, powered wheelchairs or scooters. You can find more information on the Motability website.

Peterborough City Council operates a Blue Badge Scheme which allows people with disabilities to park in designated parking zones. For more information or to apply, please visit the council’s Blue Badge Parking webpage.

You can contact the Royal Voluntary Service Volunteer Driver scheme who have volunteers who help you stay independent and involved with your community


How to apply for a blue badge for a person with dementia

You can now apply online for a blue badge. This article written by the Alzheimer's Society explains the criteria for people with dementia and how to fill out an application for yourself or someone you care for.

Need assistance fuelling your car?

Sainsbury's petrol station colleagues are happy to help disabled or older customers fill up with fuel on the forecourt when needed.

They are proud to be the first supermarket to enable their customers to request assistance via FuelService. FuelService is an app which can be downloaded to your phone, or you can call to ask for help when you arrive at the forecourt. Just look out for the FuelService stickers on the forecourt giving you the number.

To find out if this service is available in your local Sainsbury's petrol station, click here to use our Store Locator.

Disabled Go

AccessAble is a website where you can find detailed access information to thousands of venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland: shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities, hospitals and more. 

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