Improving disabled access at UK festivals

Improving disabled access at UK festivals

Published on Friday 13th March 2020

Most people can enjoy access to music at any time, anywhere. However, for wheelchair users and those with disabilities, seeing their favourite band live can be mentally or physically challenging without the right provisions in place.

Most people can enjoy access to music at any time, anywhere. However, for wheelchair users and those with disabilities, seeing their favourite band live can be mentally or physically challenging without the right provisions in place.

With prior planning, suitable equipment and facilities, festivals and live event organisers can accommodate disabled festival-goers appropriately.

Here are our top suggestions for festival accessibility:

Disabled Camp Site

An accessible campsite should be a short distance from the festival site, on level ground.  

The camp should be well-lit from the early evenings right through to the early mornings, with stewards on hand to help. 

Charging Stations

These are essential for battery charging mobility scooters.

Wheelchair Accessible Showers & Toilet Units

Suitable shower and toilet facilities should be available for wheelchair-users with enough room for an assistant if required. 

A low-level toilet and handrails should be fitted, with a wide door and external wheelchair access.

Mobile Changing Units 

Portable units give carers the necessary extra assistance needed to move someone from a wheelchair to a toilet and/or a changing bed. 

Rapid Ramp can supply and fit temporary wheelchair ramps & steps to portable units /cabins, either under our Supply & Install Package or under the Ramp Rental option.

Viewing Platforms

Being differently-abled should not compromise a person’s experience of watching live music, hence why a viewing platform is required to allow spectators to see performances from a raised height, away from large crowds.  

Access to platforms can be achieved with modular ramps & steps. The product has telescopic legs that can be adjusted to match different threshold heights. Plus, concrete pads can be added underneath to ensure rigidity in muddy conditions. 

More advice on festival accessibility can be found at Euan's Guide. 

Useful links: 

Home Improvement Companies in East Sussex.

UK Manufacturers - List of Industrial Manufacturers

 

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