Coronavirus (covid-19) update

Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers continues to be our priority. In line with national guidance and government recommendations in March, we took the difficult decision to close Beaumanor Hall until further notice.

In line with the latest government guidance at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus we would like to outline our current position regarding key areas of our business:

Weddings, celebrations and corporate events

Weddings, celebrations and corporate events are not taking place at Beaumanor Hall at this time. Existing bookings up until 31 August 2020 have been rearranged or refunded where possible . On 11 May 2020,  Government announced they would be exploring the possibility of larger group gatherings during stage two (after 1 June) of the recovery plan.  Stage two is currently being discussed by Government and will only be considered if the correct conditions are met. We continue to monitor updates and will post all relevant information here.

We are pleased to say that while we remain closed, our core team continues to work from home and are accepting new enquiries and provisional bookings for weddings, private or corporate events being planned for 2021 and 2022.

Please call 01509 890119 or email Beaumanor.hall@leics.gov.uk if you have an enquiry for our venue.

Events

All events until 30 September 2020 have been cancelled and customers have now been contacted regarding a refund or voucher.  We will continue to review those events scheduled beyond the end of September in line with government guidance.

Beaumanor outdoors – residentials and holiday clubs

Due to a large number of year groups not returning to school this term, we will not be facilitating our residentials and holiday clubs until October 2020 at the earliest. We hope that as lockdown eases, we are able to continue to review the situation to see what we can deliver practically and safely. Any existing bookings have been moved where possible, but we’re encouraging schools to consider planning ahead for 2021/2022.

All dates listed above are an indication and are subject to change in line with the latest Government guidance. We continue to navigate our way through these challenging times and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Stay safe and please continue to check for the latest updates on our website.

For the latest government information and advice visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 

ACCESSIBILITY

Parking

Beaumanor Hall has dedicated parking for blue badge holders outside the Main Hall and outside a number of our cabins for our residential groups.

Entrance

The main entrance to Beaumanor Hall can be accessed by a lift that is built into the steps.  Ramp access is provided whenever the lift is unavailable for any reason.  There is a communication system so you can contact staff when you arrive to request assistance in using either the lift or the ramp. Entrance to all outdoor learning & residential buildings is at ground level.

Dining

Our dining facilities are on the ground floor of the main hall and accessed via a lift/ramp if required. For our residential groups with additional needs, we offer private dining on request.

Lavatories

We have disabled facilities in the Hall, on the ground floor. The Outdoor Learning Centre has facilities in the amenities building as well as in our specially adapted accommodation block – which also has showering facilities. We have a hoist available for our residential groups on request.

Groups

If you are organising a large group booking and members of your party need to use the lift system into the main Hall, we can put up a temporary ramp to speed up access. For our outdoor learning and residential groups our amenities block has ramp access and our ‘Gage Cabin’ is adapted for groups with additional needs. Groups using the standing camp will be directed to the amenities block for most of their needs.

Activities – Advanced booking required

Many of our activities are accessible for people with additional needs. We do not have a lift for our abseil and zip wire but may be able to accommodate people with severe physical impairments in other ways. Many of our activities are accessible and if not adaptable and we have many regular and returning groups with additional physical, sensory and learning needs. We have a small number of staff with experience of Makaton for our younger guests.

Gardens

The grounds at the back of the Hall can be accessed by a pathway from the side of the building.
Most of the gardens can be explored by wheelchair along a mixture of grass and gravel paths. We provide a series of ramps and graded slopes to provide access to the various levels in the gardens.  It may be difficult on the gravel, grass and ramps for some users depending on the weather conditions please be aware that the distances to get around the garden in a wheelchair are longer due to the location of the ramps.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in the Hall and Gardens. We would be happy to discuss your requirements if you are staying with us.

The team at Beaumanor Hall & Park are always available to help you plan your visit. Please call us on 01509 890119 to ensure you have the access support you need.

Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Beaumanor Hall website.

This website is run by Leicestershire County Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Some images do not have a text alternative.
  • Some elements don’t have sufficient colour contrast
  • Skip to content options isn’t available
  • Some links and attributes on pages are not unique
  • Some meta data may be affecting the zooming.
  • Some iframe elements don’t have a title
  • Some pages are missing the first level heading.
  • Navigation using a keyboard could be improved

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, contact us:

Email: Beaumanor.hall@leics.gov.uk

Tel: 01509 890119

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email: Beaumanor.hall@leics.gov.uk

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Leicestershire County Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Some elements don’t have sufficient colour contrast which can make them difficult to read for users with low vision, for example some web links. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum).

Skip to content options isn’t available. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks.

Some ID attributes on pages are not unique, so people using screen readers and other assistive technologies may find it difficult to access  elements lower down the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 Parsing.

Some links don’t have unique names. E.g. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context)

Some meta data may be affecting the zooming. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4

Some iframe elements don’t have a title so people using a screen reader may struggle to access the information e.g. Videos and facebook feed on the Home page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, role, value).

Some pages are missing the first level heading. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 Headings and Labels

Navigation using a keyboard could be improved e.g.

  • it wasn’t always clear where you were on the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 Focus Visible
  • there’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will regularly review the accessibility of this website with automated testing using the Lighthouse and WAVE accessibility tools, and conduct manual testing exercises.

We will review any issues reported by users of the website and work with our developer to make improvements.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This website was last tested on 8 September 2020. We did our own testing using the Lighthouse and WAVE accessibility tools. We also conducted manual testing exercises.

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020.