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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 Coral Reid, Access Officer on 07852 359637 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively you can also contact Cat Kelly, Festival Director on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01993 357340, 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 so there is no need to go to a specific ticket collection point.

Before the festival

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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 Oxford University for this downloadable leaflet and map with Blue Badge parking spaces in Oxford.

There is some information on the Oxford City Council website regarding disability and access in Oxford, or you can download their Accessible Oxford guide or 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.

The new Westgate shopping centre is accessible to wheelchair users including the parking, with disabled spaces on all levels, and Shopmobility. Gloucester Green underground car park is not accessible to wheelchair users. Click here for information on City Centre car parks.

Accessible Toilets

There is a Changing Places toilet on the top floor of the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford city centre.This toilet is free to use, and does not require a Radar key. It is accessible by lift, with standard toilets available in the same area.

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, please ask one of our lovely volunteer stewards 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).

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 any venue and they will supply you with one.

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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.

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 - Concerts, Trade stands

St Ebbes, OX1 1RL

Ramped access to the main hall is round the back of the building, and will require steward assistance to open doors. There is level access within the Grand Hall to the disabled toilet, bar, and ticket desk. Main access is to the side of the building up three steps - to the right as you are facing the front entrance. We will not have the main front door open so all access for members of the public will be round the side.

Wesley Memorial Church - Main concerts, Dance

New Inn Hall Street, OX1 2DH

There is a sloped entry from the main street up to the church doors, and level access inside. General access to the Back Hall is up a couple of steps and through the John Wesley Room. There is a sloped entry from the main street up to the lobby between the main church and JWR with level access to the hall inside. An accessible toilet is on the ground floor along with the Gents, and the ladies are up a flight of stairs. These events 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, and there will be a small pop up tent at the back of the hall which you are welcome to use if you need somewhere a bit sheltered to sit.

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. Inside is level access to the church, bar, and accessible toilet.

The Quaker Meeting House - Concerts

43 St Giles, OX1 4EH

Access is through main building door, then through the garden along a paved path to the Meeting House, where there is ramped access. Level access to all ground floor areas inside the Meeting House. Accessible toilet is available at the back of the concert space.

Westgate Central Library - Lectures, Workshops

Queen St, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ

There is level access to the building, and inside is lift access to the main library and children's library, breakout room, and accessible toilet. This event will NOT be amplified and PA equipment will be turned off. 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.

Blue Room, St Aldates Tavern - Lectures, Workshops, Sessions

St Aldates, OX1 1BU

Access is through through the main bar and up two flights of stairs, there is no ramped or lift access.

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 lowest level.

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

The Crown - Sessions
59a Cornmarket Street OX1 3HB

Access through both entrances is up one large step, there is no ramped access. There are also no disabled toilets.

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

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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 Botanic Gardens and the Ashmolean Museum. For more information, go to our Morris page.