Accessibility

 

We are committed to making sure that our services are available to everyone.

We are aware that our building has limitations on accessibility, but we are keen to make the experience as accessible as we possibly can, as far as it is practical and reasonable to do so. 

We are approaching our accessibility in two stages. Our gin school is very inclusive, however, our building will require significant changes and investment to improve accessibility. We are committed to doing this in 2020.

Gin School 

Level access

Our door is on a hill so that means there is a small step into the building and then steps down from our reception area that is serviced by a wheelchair lift.

  • The door provides a clear width of 840mm

  • The floor service is firm and covered in floor paint.
     

Seating arrangements

Seating is provided by the way of bar stools with backs, and low chairs with backs, should this make you more comfortable. Some customers like to stand up - this is fine too. It's your experience and we want you to enjoy it.

Our stills are quite high at 1.25 metres; however, we can assist you loading the still, and extend the pipe so that your gin is distilled onto a bench at a more comfortable height.  We advise customers who wish us to have this ready for them upon arrival to contact us at point of booking so we can welcome you prepared.

Hearing and sight

Our Gin School experience is one for all of your senses to enjoy. We welcome assistance dogs and have a hearing loop to assist those who require it.  We also have a written script for you to follow, should you require it. We can also supply drinking water (instead of gin) for assistance dogs too. Our distillery is well lit and additional lighting is available.

Clear language

We aim to explain things as clearly as possible using simple language that you can understand.

 

Toilet facilities

We have unisex toilets which are situated upstairs.

We have plans to have an accessible toilet fitted on the ground level, but this may not be installed by the time we open. Please check with us.

We have hand wash facilities on the ground floor level, with a lever tap. There are accessible toilets at Victoria Gate opposite. 

Stairs

The stairs have handrails to the right-hand side.

The treads have closed risers with colour contrasting nosings. Stairs are hard surfaces. There is a good colour contrast between the stairs and the adjoining wall. Lighting levels are suitable. 

Transport/parking options for getting to and from the SchooL

We recommend not driving to the event so that you can fully enjoy sampling our wonderful gins, and you can sample your own gin as you distil it. However, we do have a range of non-alcoholic drinks for drivers. Remember, we can also help you to make a non-alcoholic spirit if you would prefer. Please let us know in advance if you would like this option.

Our building is in the middle of town so there is easy access from the taxi drop off point.

There are Blue Badge/accessible parking bays nearby. There is no onsite parking.

The nearest bus stop is outside served by bus numbers; 49, 50, 50A, 163, 166, 167, 168, X60

Reading and writing

Our Gin School experience does not require you to be able to read and write, with the exception of weighing out your chosen botanicals, where we will be happy to assist.

Our website

We have aimed to design our website to make it as accessible as possible while remaining visually interesting and easy to use.

We have included a number of features that are detailed below.

Clear language

We aim to explain things as clearly as possible using simple language that you can understand.

Images and alt tags

Where images are used we have added text alternatives in ALT tags. This means you will still know what the image is meant to convey if it doesn't load, if you are browsing with images switched off, or if you are using assistive technology such as a screen reader.

 

Videos

Wherever possible, we include subtitles and captions in our online videos. We use YouTube to host videos, which has a number of accessibility features, including the ability to increase the size and language of the subtitles.
 

Resizable text

Follow the steps below to alter the font size and make it easier to read.

Internet Explorer

Select view from the menu at the top of your browser window

Then text size from the menu

Choose the size you require

Chrome

On your keyboard hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key to make the text larger. Use the minus (-) key to make the text smaller 

OR

Select the menu button on the browser toolbar

Then settings

Select show advanced settings in the web content section

Use the font size dropdown to make adjustments

Firefox

On your keyboard hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key to make the text larger. Use the minus (-) key to make the text smaller

OR

Right click top bar and select menu bar. The menu bar should appear
select view on the menu bar

Then zoom

Choose zoom text only

Then select view menu

Select zoom

Choose zoom in to make the text larger or zoom out to make the font smaller

Apple Safari (All versions)

On your keyboard hold down the Apple key and press the plus (+) key to make the text larger. Use the minus (-) key to make text smaller

OR

Select view to highlight the menu bar

Press the right arrow key to open the view dropdown menu

Click zoom text only

Choose zoom in to make the text larger or zoom out to make the font smaller (in older versions of Safari you need to choose make text bigger or make text smaller) 

Assistive technology

We encourage our users to customise their own computer with assistive technologies to suit their individual needs. For example, you may like to change the colour scheme or have the site content spoken to you. If you are not sure how to do this we recommend you visit BBC My Web, My Way.  Visit the BBC website

 

This page accurately describes the facilities and services offered and not opinions as to the suitability for people with specific access needs.

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