Harry Potter studio tour forms year long partnership with Guide Dogs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, which runs tours at the studios where the Harry Potter movie franchise was filmed, has announced a year long partnership with Guide Dogs.

The partnership will look at improving accessibility at the Watford based studios as well as “lead the way for accessibility across UK visitor attractions and to encourage the industry to become more inclusive”.

To launch the link up the studios have named three guide dog puppies after the three central characters of the Harry Potter books and films, Harry, Hermione and Ron.

The studio will support the puppies during their training to be guide dogs for those with visual impairments.

Other initiatives include training staff at the studio in supporting visitors with sight loss, including at its shop and signage.

“Our partnership with Guide Dogs marks our steadfast commitment to become a best practice example of accessibility for those with sight loss in UK attractions,” said Warner Bros. Studio Tour London general manager and senior vice president Geoff Spooner.

“We also hope to drive change throughout the industry that makes a real difference.”

Kerry Kernan, head of children, young people and families at the charity, added: “We are delighted to be working with the Studio Tour team and hope our partnership will improve the experience and make a difference to visitors with visual impairment.

“Through our consultation, advice and training, we hope to encourage change across the UK attractions industry to become more accessible for people with sight loss, so blind and partially sighted visitors have more confidence to visit such attractions independently in the future.”

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