Wetwheels Beaulieu Muscle Dream Programme
BOOST YOUR WELLBEING ON THE OCEAN!
Programme Hosts: MHF + Wetwheels (Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth)
DATE: Thursday 5th July, 09.00hrs – 19:30hrs (all day)
MAX NO. BENEFICIARY PLACES: 3
MAX NO. ACCOMPANYING GUESTS PER BENEFICIARY: 2
NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: midnight, Sunday 2nd July
Boost your health and wellbeing on the ocean. Uplift your confidence on board Wetwheels. Access the sea in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way. Your very own fully accessible powerboat awaits. Adapted steering controls will enable you to drive Wetwheels from your wheelchair. In being an active participant on board, your physical and mental wellbeing will be improved.
OUTCOMES / TAKEAWAYS – AT THE END OF THIS PROGRAMME
THE WETWHEELS EXPERIENCE
Central to the Wetwheels experience is the reality of being active on board and learning a little about seamanship alongside peers, friends and families. Being out on the open water is a wonderful thing. Horizons will be extended, aspirations broadened, new opportunities opened up. We also know just how important social connection is, so you’ll meet other Muscle Warrior families.
ACCESSIBLE POWERBOAT – YOU’LL TAKE THE CONTROLS
Wetwheels is a fully wheelchair accessible power boat. There is also a ramp to the steering position given anyone in a wheelchair, be it manual or electric, the amazing opportunity to take the controls and drive the boat.
YOUR WETWHEELS PROGRAMME
Join us for an all-day programme along the beautiful Beaulieu River. The day programme starts off at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Boarding Wetwheels, you will go out into the Solent, for a high-speed trip along the coast to the mouth of the Beaulieu River.
BUCKLERS HARD – PRIVATELY OWNED ESTUARY
Once we reach the mouth of the river, we will meander up to Bucklers Hard at a gentle 5 knots. One of the few privately owned estuaries in the world, the Beaulieu River has been carefully conserved for over four centuries. This is a wonderful area rich with wildlife.
STUNNING HAVEN FOR WILDLIFE
Originally granted to the monks of Beaulieu Abbey by King John in 1204, the rights and responsibilities of caring for the Beaulieu River later passed to the Montagu family. Their careful ownership has created a river which is a stunning haven for wildlife.
HEART OF THE NEW FOREST
Our next destination is Buckler’s Hard, located on the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest. Buckler’s Hard remains untouched by the passage of time. Once we arrive there, you will be welcome to disembark and either visit the Bucklers Hard Museum or maybe have a little bite to eat at the Master Builders Hotel or the Captain’s Table Cafe.
TRANQUIL HAVEN – PAUSE, BREATHE, RELAX
Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler’s Hard is a tranquil haven, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life, a time to hit the pause button, breathe and relax. You will be welcome to disembark and explore the village at your leisure. At a pre-arranged time, you will meet back at Wetwheels. The group will then return home.
ABOUT Food & REFRESHMENTS
You can bring your own picnic, sandwiches, nibbles and refreshments (non-alcoholic) or there’s a choice of where to grab a quick bite to eat if you prefer at either The Master Builder’s House Hotel or The Captain’s Table Café – either way, there is plenty of space to settle down and watch the world go by.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS + TOILETS
Buckler’s Hard has remained almost unchanged since the 18th century and is by its nature not easy for wheelchair access. The site includes mainly gravel paths, some steep slopes, narrow doorways, and stairs to historic buildings. The Visitor Centre and Museum at Buckler’s Hard is on various levels as it is located within historic buildings. There is a fully accessible toilet adjacent to the Captain’s Table.
ITINERARY + TIMINGS
09:00hrs – Welcome by Muscle Help Foundation at Gunwharf Quays
09:30hrs – Greeting from Wetwheels, board boat and briefing
10:00hrs – Depart Gunwharf Quays
11:45hrs – Arrive Bucklers Hard and disembark for tea etc
14:15hrs – Est. time to re-embark on board Wetwheels
14:30hrs – Est. departure time from Bucklers Hard
16:00hrs – Est. arrival time back at Gunwharf Quays
16:15hrs – Time to relax/chill out, meander, go shopping
17:30hrs – Celebratory Muscle Warrior early group dinner
19:30hrs – Farewell
WHAT TO BRING
All safety equipment & life-jackets are provided on board
Splash capes will be available (you may get splashed)
Bring warm clothing as it can be colder on the water
Bring any completed paperwork (MHF will speak with you about this)
Bring your own picnic food to include refreshments
Only water is provided on board Wetwheels
COME PREPARED + OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
Electric wheelchair users should ensure batteries are fully charged
Be sure you bring dark glasses, sun cream, wipes
Bring anything that makes you feel more comfortable
TOILET FACILITIES ON BOARD
There are no toilet facilities on board Wetwheels
There will be time to pay a visit before departure