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'.
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
Carers / Personal Assistants
People in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Carers Allowance are entitled to purchase tickets at a concessionary rate.
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.
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.
At the Festival
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.
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.
Access to Performances
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.
There will be NO strobe lighting at any events.
Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre - Festival Information Point, concerts
St Ebbes, OX1 1RL
The Festival Information Point is accessible through the front door, with several small flights of stairs leading to the Grand Hall. Ramped access to the Grand 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.
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.
St Columba’s Church & Church Hall - Euro dance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vaults and Garden Cafe - Sessions
1 Radcliffe Square, OX1 4AH
Level access from the side entrance to the garden, several steps at front entrance. Level access inside to cafe.
Click here for information about our 'Special Saturday' events, particularly suited to people with Special Educational Needs and their families