The Heart is a modern, mixed use shopping centre and residential complex boasting almost 800 public car park spaces over four floors, with dedicated disabled spaces, parent and child parking, and separate car valet spaces. Disabled drivers are able to park free with a valid blue badge.
The Centre principally offers ground floor shopping facilities that provide excellent disabled access, although some shops also trade from a first floor mezzanine level. All of these shops have lifts.
There are public toilets with baby changing facilities between Sainsbury's and Debenhams, and there is also free wi-fi throughout the centre.
The Heart Shopping Centre offers great mobility and access facilities with all shops being accessed at ground floor level. Stores which trade from mezzanine levels also provide internal lifts. Shop thresholds are the same level so wheelchair users are not presented with physical features that may create a barrier. Further services offered include three lifts to all floors of the multi-storey car park, allocated disabled parking spaces, a travelator from the car park first floor directly into the Sainsbury’s foyer, and dedicated disabled toilet facilities at ground floor level. There is also a disabled lift to the first floor management suite in New Zealand Avenue.
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Walton Playhouse - The building which has survived as The Playhouse for seventy years, was built by Cecil Hepworth, Head of Hepworth Film Studios, as the power house for the film studios, which was one of the first indoor studios and one of the first to use artificial light. When the studios closed in 1924, the equipment was sold. The building was bought by George Carvill, the architect who had designed the building and an enthusiast of amateur theatre. He designed a raked stage, wings, dressing rooms, orchestra pit, lounge and bar so that Walton would have a local theatre. Today it is used as a community theatre allowing the auditorium hall use for ballet etc. In 1991 the building was under threat of demolition, but such was the public outcry that the Elmbridge Arts Council relented, and its use continues.
The Riverhouse Barn - an arts venue built around an 18th century barn on the river in Walton-on-Thames. Opened to the public in 1989, it is a performance space, art gallery, craft studio, café-bar and garden with free on-site parking.
Everyman Cinema - The Everyman Cinema in Walton-on-Thames offers a truly unique and memorable cinematic experience. The charming venue provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere boasting a bar area, delicious snacks, treats to your seats and two intimate screening rooms. 85-89 High Street, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1DN. Reservation line: 0871 906 9060
The River Thames - Once you venture out of the town centre, why not enjoy the Thames path with some wonderful views of the riverside and wildlife.