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Welcome to Folk Weekend!

At Folk Weekend we believe the arts are for everyone, and we are committed to developing our own practice in making our festival as accessible and welcoming as possible. Our aim is a festival where everyone feels welcome to *any* event, and where accessible practice becomes the norm; signed song performances sit in the main festival programme, and you can choose your workshops from 'Beginners melodeon' to 'Singing with a VOCA'.

We are developing our accessibility practice all the time, but we are very much still learning as we go. If there is more information that you need, any particular events you'd like to see, or anything else you would expect to see on this page or at the festival please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Festival Director Cat Kelly and let us know.

Contact:

If you have any queries about accessibility, please contact Cat Kelly, Festival Director on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Euan McGill, Logistics Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like us to phone you to discuss arrangements please provide a contact number in your email and let us know a good time to call. We will aim to get back to you within 5 working days but please bear with us as we are all volunteers!

About the Festival site

Folk Weekend is a city-centre festival; we hire out existing spaces in the centre of Oxford, so all of our venues are indoors, and accessible by road or pavement. There are seven main festival venues (listed below) which you can view on the map on this page. Please see Parking info below for details on disabled parking in Oxford. On foot, all of our festival venues are within a mile of each other. You can buy or collect tickets from any ticketed venue (excluding Blackwell's and Pitt Rivers below, marked as FREE VENUE) so there is no need to go to a specific ticket collection point.

Before the festival

Alternative formats

Accessibility information and the main schedule are available to download as Word or PDF documents. If you would like any other information in an alternative format please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carers / Personal Assistants

If you would like to attend Folk Weekend but need to employ a carer or Personal Assistant to come with you then please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask about free carer tickets. If this will make the difference to you being able to attend then we are more than happy to provide tickets for carers, but will have to ask you to provide evidence of your need for this. Please get in touch to discuss this with us.

People in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Carers Allowance are entitled to purchase tickets at a concessionary rate.

Wheelchair users

We don't have any viewing platforms available in our venues, but if you are a wheelchair user and are able to give us notice of the events you wish to attend it will be a great help to us and will ensure we can best accommodate your needs - please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to talk it over.

Planning your visit to Oxford

Parking in Oxford

Thanks to the Oxford Playhouse for this fantastic map of Blue Badge Parking in Oxford.

There is some information on the Oxford City Council website regarding Blue Badge parking, or you can ring Oxfordshire County Council on 01865 815700 for information or Oxford City Council Access officer on 01865 249811 or contact the Access Officer by email.

Gloucester Green underground car park is not accessible to wheelchair users, so we think the nearest city centre car park with disabled spaces is Worcester Street. Westgate car park is closed for refurbishments so that facility has moved over to Oxpens next to the Ice Rink. There are disabled spaces and a Shopmobility there, but it's a bit further to walk - half a mile to our main concert venue, and around one mile to the ceilidh venue. Click here for information on City Centre car parks.

Transport in Oxford

Please see this page on the Oxford City Council website for information about accessible transport.

Accessible Toilets

Oxford City Centre does not currently have a Changing Places toilet - there is one listed on the Changing Places website which was based in the Westgate Car Park, but the car park is currently closed, and the toilet doesn't seem to have been replaced. We spoke with the City Council before putting this information together and they confirmed there are no toilets in the City Centre with an adult changing bed or a hoist. (If you'd like to feed back to the council on this why not get in touch with Oxford City Council's Access Officer)

The nearest Changing Places toilet to Oxford City Centre is at The Vine in Cumnor, which is about 5 miles outside of the city centre. Please note Botley Road (the main route out to Cumnor) is likely to be very, VERY busy on a Saturday so please allow plenty of time if you plan to use that route.

There are standard accessible (public) toilets in Gloucester Green, and some more information on the City Council website about other toilets around the city centre.

We have included information about accessible toilets for each venue below (please note these are all 'standard' disabled toilets, not Changing Places toilets). This is being regularly updated as we find out more information, so please keep checking back or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

At the Festival

Ticket collection

You can buy or collect tickets from any of the main festival venues (excluding Blackwell's and Pitt Rivers, labelled FREE VENUE below) and volunteer stewards will be on hand there to answer any questions, so when you arrive at the festival you can head straight to your first event and get stuck in!

Questions / Queries

If you have any particular questions or need any more information throughout the weekend, the Festival Information Point and the main festival office are located at the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre at the bottom of St Ebbes. There will be volunteer stewards there throughout the weekend who are happy to answer your questions, and talk you through the programme. If you have any questions they can't answer, they will be able to get hold of Cat Kelly (the Festival Director) or Euan McGill (Logistics Manager).

The Festival Information Point will be open from 6pm on Friday 15th April. On Saturday and Sunday it will be manned from 10am until 9pm.

Festival Programme

The festival programme is free, and if you require a large print version of the schedule it will be available on our website, or you can ask at the Festival Info Point and they will print one off for you.

Medical Services

We have First Aid cover at each venue, but don't currently have any specialised medical provision for people with disabilities. If this is something you need, or if you need to enquire about storing medication during your visit to the festival please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Access to Performances

Currently we do not have BSL interpretors or Audio Descriptions at our performances, though it's something we'd like to work towards in the future. If this is something you think you can help with please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! We do have one performance at our 2016 festival which is Makaton-signed folk song.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in all venues. We do ask that you bring with you some proof that your dog is registered with an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs UK.

Strobe Lighting

There will be NO strobe lighting at any events.

Festival Venues

Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre - Festival Information Point, concerts
St Ebbes, OX1 1RL

The centre is fully accessible - more details to follow when we have done our 2016 Site Visit.

Wesley Memorial Church - Main concerts
New Inn Hall Street, OX1 2DH

The church is accessible by a ramp (or a step up from the pavement) and is level access throughout, with an accessible toilet on the ground floor in the entrance hall.

St Barnabas Church - Ceilidhs
Cardigan Street, Jericho, OX2 6BG

Main entrance to the church is up three shallow steps, there is a fold up ramp available on request. All public areas are level access; accessible toilet available.

Ashmolean Lecture Theatre - concert (Sunday only)
Beaumont Street, OX1 2PH

The leacture theatre is on the lower ground floor, which is accessible by lift. If you would like to speak to the Ashmolean directly about accessibility, contact Jude Barrett on 01865 288078, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can click here to download the Ashmolean Accessibility Guide (PDF).

The Pitt Rivers Museum - Family festival - FREE VENUE
South Parks Road, OX1 3PW

The PRM is wheelchair accessible. There is a platform lift at the main entrance from the Natural History Museum for wheelchair and pushchair users. There is also level access into the Museum via the South door on Robinson Close (directions in location section on this webpage). A disabled parking space (close to this entrance) can be booked in advance on a first come first served basis. Tel. 01865 270927.

Other facilities include: A lift to all floors, a hearing loop (at reception, in the shop and in the lecture theatre) and adapted toilet and baby change facility.

You can also download an Accessibility Guide from the PRM website.

St Columba’s Church & Church Hall - Euro dance, workshops
Alfred St, Oxford OX1 4EH

Access is through main church door up one step, with a fold up ramp available just inside the foyer. Level access to all public areas inside the church, with the exception of the balcony. Accessible toilet is available off the foyer.

Blackwell's Bookshop - Concerts - FREE VENUE
48-51 Broad Street, OX1 3BQ

There is ramped access through Music Shop frontage (far left side of the row of shops), then a lift or long flight of stairs down to next level. From the lift go down three steps with a handrail (or lift beside it) then gentle slope access into Norrington Room. The room is a myriad of different levels, but all have short flight of stairs or ramp access except the lowest level which is only accessible by a flight of five stairs. Concerts will be in the main central area which is accessible by ramp.

For more information please contact Blackwell's on 01865 792792.

Click here for information about our 'Special Saturday' events, particularly suited to people with Special Educational Needs and their families

Contact us

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for general enquiries.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details about volunteering.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details about performing.

Click here for contact details for other areas of the festival.

Folky Fundraisers

We have a number folky fundraisers throughout the year - from Christmas Concerts and workshops to Family Ceilidhs. Supporting Folk Weekend whilst having a fabulous time - what could be better?!

Support Folk Weekend as you Shop!

An easy way of supporting Folk Weekend without costing you a penny! Once you have registered with Easyfundraising, every time you shop online a small donation will be made towards Folk Weekend by the participating retailers. If you ever needed an excuse to go shopping then here it is! Sign up with Easyfundraising now!

Morris at Folk Weekend

We are always delighted to welcome Morris dancers to Folk Weekend, who perform in the streets and at fantastic locations across the City centre including the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. For more information, go to our Morris page.