Quingo Personal Mobility & Accessible Festive Shopping
When you have a disability, Christmas shopping can be intimidating, but with our take apart Ultra, our self loading Flyte mobility scooters and the folding Connect powered wheelchair you have never had more opportunities to take advantage of accessible shopping centres with your Quingo personal mobility vehicle.
While online shopping can be very convenient it just isn’t the same as being able to see and touch your intended purchases. There is also the atmosphere created by large numbers of people sharing your excitement for the Yuletide season and this is even better if your trip is shared with family or friends.
A mobility scooter can really help to get your Christmas shopping done, beat the queues and make sure you get those must have gifts and toys to make the festive season extra special for you and yours. With the superb agility and range of or mobility aids, the Ultra offering up to 18m, the Flyte up to 23m, or 34m with the range extender, and the Connect up to 9.3m you should be able to visit all the shops you want!
To this end we have decided to share some shopping centres that feature fantastic accessibility, allowing your retail therapy to go smoothly and pleasurably!
Opened in 2008 Westfield London in White City is the largest covered shopping centre in London and, with recent expansion, it is now the largest retail area in Europe!
Featuring a wide choice of shops from high end boutiques and jewelers to household names like HMV, so you can get that CD of christmas carols, Hamleys for the ultimate toy experience, a large Lego store and high street favourites like John Lewis you are truly spoilt for choice.
If you want a break from all that shopping you can visit the Vue Cinema, a state-of-the-art complex with 20 screens and almost 3,000 seats, where you can take in the latest blockbusters with Dolby 6.1 Surround in 4k.
Should you get peckish or thirsty there is a huge choice of options for your food and drink requirements.
If you are visiting with children, or even as an adult Westfield Winter Village offers a festive treat for the young at heart.
Another fantastic attraction for kids is KidZania which makes us kind of a bit jealous being too old.. but then we could go bowling or putting, or even to the pub!
The Centre also features numerous events most of which have a Christmas theme at the moment.
Getting there couldn’t be easier with links by road, bus and train with Shepards Bush being the nearest overground station and there are many carparks close by and 5% of the parking spaces in the centre cater for Blue Badge holders with 4hrs parking being free Mon-Fri.
The Bullring can also make a claim to be the largest shopping centre in the UK when you include the Grand Central to which it is linked by a bridge.
The Bullring dates back as a market to the 12th century with it expanding over the following centuries and by the 19th century had become the main market area in the city.
The shopping centre as we know it opened in 1964 but throughout its early life it was less popular than hoped, was plagued with many issues, and was eventually demolished in 2000 in order to be re-developed and re-opened in 2003. The new centre has proved much more popular with shops and shoppers alike.
The idea of a shopping centre is that it provides a great choice in shops and the Bullring will not disappoint. From getting a haircut and shave to buying the latest bestselling books, browsing the shelves to accessorise your winter wardrobe or building some very special toy bears for your favourite children there is something here for everyone.
There are various places to get food and refreshments with something to suit all tastes.
You can also enjoy events hosted in the Bullring.
Accessibility is a top priority at this centre with level access at all the main entrances and no doors or automatic doors. There are accessble toilets on all levels and there is a full Changing Places toilet available as well in the Middle East Mall.
The are 28 parking spaces for disabled users available in the car park.
They have a handy directions page here.