At Folk Weekend we believe the arts are for everyone, and we're committed to making the festival as accessible as possible. Everyone is welcome to any event, but if this is your first time at the festival or you're not sure whether a main concert is the right thing for you, we've got three 'Special Saturday' events which are particularly suited to people with Special Needs and their families.
If you love to dance, head down to St Barnabas Church for our Family & SEN ceilidh where experienced caller Andy Rouse will guide you through a some simple dances, suitable for all abilities, and easily adapted for wheelchair users and people with other mobility problems. 11.30am - 1pm; St Barnabas Church. Click here to book tickets.
Access details: There is a ramp entry to the church, and level access inside, with an accessible toilet. This event will have amplified music, and people will be getting up and dancing. It's totally fine to make noise, and if you're prone to a bit of sensory overload there will be a little tent with cushions and blankets, where you can enjoy the music from somewhere slightly sheltered. Stewards (wearing high vis jackets) can direct you to a quiet room if you need one.
If you'd rather relax and listen to some music, then you might like Dan Walsh's Family Folk Show in the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre. Dan will be joined by Handy Voices, a BSL signing choir who will do a short performance at the start of the show. 1.30 - 3pm; Oxford Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre. Click here to book tickets.
Access details: There is ramp entry to the building, but it is round the side so please ask stewards for directions. Main entry is up a couple of steps. Inside is level access to the concert hall, bar, and accessible toilet, though there are steps down to the main toilets. This concert will NOT be amplified and PA equipment will be turned off. There will be a small tent at the back of the concert hall which you are welcome to use if you'd like somewhere a bit sheltered to sit. Stewards (high vis jackets) can clear chairs to make spaces for wheelchairs so please do ask if you can't see somewhere obvious. Stewards can direct you to a quiet room if you need one.
You could also check out Iris, who perform all their songs with Makaton signing. They are performing in the Wesley Memorial Church from 12.45pm-1.30pm. This is part of a larger concert, but we've got an extra special offer on if you only want to come to the first part, and it will be possible to buy tickets just for that. You'll also get to see some students from local SEN schools who are going to join Iris for some Makaton-signed folk songs. Click here to book tickets.
Access details: There is a sloped entry from the main street up to the church doors, and level access inside with an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Gents toilets are downstairs, ladies are up a flight of stairs. This event will be amplified music. Stewards (high vis jackets) can clear spaces for wheelchairs, so please ask if you can't see anywhere obvious. They can also direct you to a quiet space if you need one, though there isn't an entirely separate room at this venue so it's likely to be the entrance hall of the main building. There will be a small tent at the back of the church which you are welcome to use if you'd like somewhere a bit sheltered to sit.