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Mission Christmas Access information

Mission Christmas and The Historic Dockyard Chatham wishes to be fully inclusive and we make every effort to ensure that we are accessible to as many visitors as possible.

This page should help explain provisions around the site and help you plan for your visit. If you have any specific requirements please do not hesitate to contact us prior to your visit and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. Please call us on 01634 823800 or email us at info@chdt.org.uk 

We have worked with AccessAble to develop comprehensive guides to each of our gallery spaces. Mission Christmas will take place in our Command of the Oceans galleries and our dedicated guides give you the detailed information you need to work out if a space is going to be accessible to you.

Arrival

Parking

All parking for Mission Christmas is free of charge. We have designated parking spaces for visitors with accessibility requirements in our main car park within easy reach of the admission point. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

If you are not a Blue Badge holder but require certain access needs, please contact us prior to your visit.

Admission

We understand that you may need an assistant to enjoy your visit. One personal assistant is permitted free entry if you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment. If you need multiple personal assistants, prior arrangements must be made in advance and written evidence of this may be required.

ACCESS-ABLE GUIDE TO PARKING, ENTRANCE, TICKET OFFICE & SHOP

We have worked with AccessAble to create an access guide for getting around our historic estate.

When you click on the link below you will be taken to the AccessAble website.

GETTING AROUND

The Mission Christmas guided experience is fully accessible, with one section of the tour requiring access via staircase or lift.

Wheelchairs –

You are welcome to bring any type of mobility vehicle but due to the nature of the historic building where Mission Christmas takes place and to comply with our evacuation procedures we are only able to facilitate one wheelchair user per tour.

Please advise us in advance if you require wheelchair access by calling 01634 823800 (phone lines are manned Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).

This restriction is only applicable to the guided experience, it does not apply to the wider Christmas offer, including the Mess Deck restaurant and shop.

A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available for loan at the admissions point; if you require one of these, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Assistance Dogs –

Assistance dogs are welcome. If you are planning on bringing an assistance dog, please do let us know in advance so we can update your booking accordingly.

ACCESS-ABLE GUIDE TO GETTING AROUND

We have worked with AccessAble to create an access guide to getting around the site.

When you click on the link below you will be taken to the AccessAble website.

CHANGING PLACES AND ACCESSIBLE TOILETS

We are Changing Places registered and you are welcome to use the facility.

We can make our Changing Places toilet available to our Mission Christmas visitors, but please be aware that this the opposite end of the Dockyard to the experience and might be best accessed by car. Please feel free to call us before your visit for more information.

During the Mission Christmas experience, there are accessible toilets located at the following locations:

  • Outdoor Play Area
  • Mess Deck

ACCESS-ABLE GUIDE TO CHANGING PLACES & ACCESSIBLE TOILETS

We have worked with AccessAble to create an access guide to our Changing Places facility and accessible toilets.

When you click on the link below you will be taken to the AccessAble website.

EATING & DRINKING

The Mess Deck restaurant will be open for Mission Christmas and has level access from the entrance or ramp from Museum Square.

ACCESS-ABLE GUIDE TO THE MESS DECK RESTAURANT

We have worked with AccessAble to create an access guide to the Mess Deck Restaurant. This guide gives you the detailed information you need to work out if this space is going to be accessible to you.

When you click on the link below you will be taken to the AccessAble website.

GALLERIES

Mission Christmas will take visitors through our Command of the Oceans galleries, including Hearts of Oak. The show has been specially adapted for Christmas.

ACCESS-ABLE GUIDE TO COMMAND OF THE OCEANS

We have worked with AccessAble to create access guides to Command of the Oceans. This guide gives you the detailed information you need to work out if this space is going to be accessible to you.

When you click on the link below you will be taken to the AccessAble website.

ACCESS-ABLE GUIDE TO HEARTS OF OAK

We have worked with AccessAble to create access guides to Hearts of Oak. This guide gives you the detailed information you need to work out if this space is going to be accessible to you.

When you click on the link below you will be taken to the AccessAble website.

CARER OR PERSONAL ASSISTANCE TICKETS

We understand that some of our visitors have additional needs, and in instances where the adult is also their Carer or Personal Assistant, we offer complimentary tickets. These tickets are available on all tours across the experience.

All carer or personal assistance tickets are subject to receipt of individual supporting evidence.

Relaxed Tours

We will be offering three dedicated, relaxed experience times that have been specially tailored for those with additional needs on:

  • Saturday 25th November – 3pm
  • Saturday 9th December – 6.15pm
  • Monday 18th December – 6.15pm

These tours operate at a reduced capacity, giving families an opportunity to enjoy Mission Christmas in a calmer environment. These sessions will have quieter music, lower lighting and the guide will go at a slower pace to reduce overloading the senses and create an experience which is accessible for all.

British Sign Language Tour (BSL)

For the first time we will be introducing a BSL session for Mission Christmas on Sunday 10 November.

This session will be led by a qualified BSL interpreter and will go at a slower pace to ensure everyone gets the best experience.

Hidden Disabilities

We recognise hidden disabilities. Our staff will recognise sunflower lanyards and these act as a discreet sign to indicate that an individual may need additional assistance or support.

Children with noise anxiety

Some parts of the Mission Christmas experience can get a little noisy and involve audience participation. There are background noises and sound effects in some areas.  For children with noise anxiety, we have a small supply of ear defenders that can be borrowed for the experience.