31 May 2022

New Inclusive Beaches

**Booking now open for Portstewart Strand and Cranfield Beach**

What is an Inclusive Beach?

An Inclusive Beach is a beach environment which Mae Murray Foundation has planned so that people of all ages and abilities can take part, have fun, and be included.

Inclusive Beaches will provide access, parking, and disabled toilets. Toilets will always offer hoisting and adult sized changing bench facilities – to full Changing Places standard whenever possible.

Inclusive Beaches in Northern Ireland offer free beach equipment loan schemes, operated as a partnership between Mae Murray Foundation and respective beach operators.

In addition to offering beach equipment for individual loan, Inclusive Beaches often host events and activities, delivered by Mae Murray Foundation. This may include beach fun days, surf days, litter picking events amongst others. Event notifications are emailed via the membership newsletter. Membership is free, simply click here to join.

How does the Inclusive Beach Equipment Loan Scheme operate?

You will find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Terms and Conditions, beach locations, schedules and equipment range on the Mae Murray website. Watching online induction and safety videos are a compulsory part of the 6-step booking process.

Does it take long to make an Equipment Loan Scheme booking?

The 6-step booking process involves watching an induction video and if you are borrowing a floating chair, you will also need to watch a water safety video. If you are using the beach equipment loan scheme for the first time, this is ALL important information, designed to keep you safe. Please set aside time to watch carefully and read the associated information.

Once you are used to the process and have a good understanding of safety measures you may not need to rewatch the videos – enabling you to book more quickly for the rest of the season.

Group of inclusive beach users celebrate mae murray foundation inclusive beach in Portstewart
Hands up for the beach!

Inclusive Beaches and OutmoreNI

OutmoreNI is working hard to make sure everyone can choose the best place for them to #GetOutMore. In the very near future we hope to add a filter to our interactive map so that you can select from beaches and other outdoor places that have a Changing Places Toilet and inclusive equipment.

The current inclusive equipment beaches in Northern Ireland include Benone, Cranfield, Groomsport, Portrush and Portstewart. Download the equipment booking form below:

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