Find out about new wheelchairs, our events, fund raisers, training, opening, new funding, and press coverage
Training for volunteers. You can also follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.
New season starts in April
We open on Sunday 5 April for the 2020 season. Before then we are still available for bookings if we have volunteers available. Call us to find out if we can arrange your visit.
Youth Philanthrophy Initiative winners!
Earlier this year a group of students from Ellon Academy approached us and asked if they could represent the Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs in the YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative). If they were successful the prize would be £3,000! On 20 November we attended the finals in this years competition......... and WE WON! Congratulations to a wonderful team. It was a great, informative and entertaining presentation! We were so proud to be there to watch you win. Well done! See the photos on Facebook
Fundraising charity sale at the Balmedie Congregational Church - Saturday 16 November, 10am - 4pm
Stalls selling new and pre-owned jewellery, toiletries, stationary, stocking fillers, Sand Bothy calendars and refreshments. In aid of the Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs & disabled toilet refurbishment.
End of the 2019 season
Sunday 13 October is the last day we are open this season. But we will still be available for bookings if we have volunteers available. Remember to come and see us again when we re-open in Spring 2020!
Charity quiz night - Friday 20 September 2019
The Belhelvie Community Trust are holding a quiz night at Forsyth Hall to raise funds for the Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs and the disabled toilet refurbishment. Friday 20 September 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Bring your own refreshments. £5 per person, £3 concessions. UPDATE: We raised over £850 at the quiz, big, big thank you to everyone who helped run the event and everyone who took part!
Cycling at the Sand Bothy - Sunday 18 August 2019
Free, fun inclusive cycling session with adapted bikes and a chance to try out our beach wheelchairs, or bring your own bike! Sunday 18 August 10.30am - 4pm. Find out more on the Sand Bothy Facebook post.
Changing Places toilet campaign
We are currently raising funds for a Changing Places toilet at the Balmedie Country Park so that disabled people, their families and carers can enjoy our lovely beach. Find out more on our donate page.
Appeal for more volunteers for north-east beach wheelchair project (Evening Express website)
"An appeal has been launched to attract more volunteers to help people gain access to a popular north-east beach..."
New season starts
Our 2019 season starts on Sunday 7 April. We will be open from 10am to 4pm (with our last booking at 2.30pm). We really recommend you call to book in advance. Find out more on our booking page.
Easter egg hunt at The Sand Bothy (The Sand Bothy on Facebook)
Come and join the hunt for Easter eggs, beach wheelchairs are available to hire.
Volunteer training in March 2019
We are running volunteer training from 10am - 12.00 noon on Friday 22 March, Sunday 24 March, Friday 29 March and Sunday 31 March. Please contact us to find out more.
Find out about our chairs, facilities, how to book and keep up to date with the beach wheelchair project on our new Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs website
Call for volunteers
We are looking for more people willing to join our pool of volunteers at Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs. If you think you can spare a few hours a couple of times a month then please get in touch for a chat. More information about how to get involved.
Aberdeenshire cafe’s new wheelchairs help make beach accessible to all (Press and Journal website)
“A beachside community cafe has helped make one of the most popular parts of the north-east coastline accessible to all…”
Fundraising success (Just Giving site)
We raised £1,271 to help fund a new HIPPOCAMPE beach wheelchair for Balmedie Beach
Balmedie beach takes delivery of special all-terrain wheelchair (Press and Journal website)
“A beachside community cafe has taken delivery of a specially-designed all-terrain wheelchair…”
Phone: 07864 350 989
How to find us
Park at the main Car Park in Balmedie Country Park, AB23 8XG, near the Sand Bothy. Follow signs to All Access route to beach, and you will find The Bunker on the left of the path.
March to October - Sundays 9am to 5pm