On Saturday 17 January #DisabledAccessDay is encouraging disabled people, their friends and family to explore somewhere new. Find out why and how to take part.

Are you one of the millions of people whose New Year’s resolution involved trying something different or discovering a new place? Getting involved with the first ever Disabled Access Day could be the perfect way of putting this into action before 2015 is even a month old.

On Saturday 17 January, #DisabledAccessDay is encouraging disabled people, their family and friends to get out and explore somewhere new. Sponsored by the access review website Euan’s Guide, this day has also had locations up and down the country register to take part, with dozens offering events and promotions to ensure that every visitor can make the most of their experience. For many, this is a glimpse of what’s available throughout the year – see our new accessible events listings page here to find out what’s coming up near you.

As much as the day is about welcoming disabled people into museums, galleries and gardens that they haven’t discovered before, Disabled Access Day will also introduce organisations to new audiences, something that Shape is committed to working on through our Shape Training programme. As Saturday 17 January will highlight, there are many venues that still don’t reflect the diverse audiences that should be able to enjoy them. Shape works with organisations to help them improve their accessibility, through disability equality training, audience development training and access audits. Find out more about what we do by clicking here.

We want to know about your experience of Disabled Access Day – were the places you visited as accessible as they promised to be? Have you found somewhere fantastic that you want to share with others? Leave us a comment in the box below, or tweet us tagging in @ShapeArts, and using #DisabledAccessDay to connect with other people involved in the day.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 of the top venues to explore on Disabled Access Day:

1. The Art House, Wakefield have got accessible activities including tours of their Old Drury Lane Library and hands-on experiences

2. St Paul’s Cathedral are getting involved by offering free entry for anyone registered disabled and their companion, touch tours at 10.30am and 1.30pm, and tours for children throughout the day

3. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum, are running sensory stories at 1.30 and 3.00pm, and a Super Saturday club from 10.00-12.00am – make sure you book in advance!

4. The Story Museum are offering relaxed exhibition visits, sensory story sessions and accessible gaming demonstrations.

5. The National Theatre will have members of staff on hand to chat to anyone who’s keen to know more. There’s also the chance to look at captioning units and an opportunity to go backstage.

6. Tricycle Cinema films being screened on 17th January will all be captioned with subtitles for Deaf and hard of hearing visitors.

7. Tate Modern, which was recently voted Number 1 for access in Britain by Vitalise UK, are offering free guided tours specifically for disabled visitors at 1.00 and 3.00pm, and touch tours at 12.00, 2.00 and 4.00pm, with no need to book.

8. Royal Collection Trust, Edinburgh have and free admission for visitors with disabilities if you pre-book your ticket. There are also amplified shorts talks for visitors with hearing impairments, and verbal description for visually impaired visitors.

9. Cutty Sark are launching their first audio described tour at 10.30-11.30 – book in advance. There is also a BSL interpreted curator’s tour, concessionary rates for disabled visitors and free tickets for carers.

10. Caffé Nero are giving a complimentary coffee to everyone signed up and taking part in Disabled Access Day, so you can have a well-deserved break after all that exploring!