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 our '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 an experienced caller will guide you through a some simple dances, suitable for all abilities, and easily adapted for wheelchair users and people with other mobility problems.
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 space if you need one.
If you'd rather relax and listen to some music, then you might like the Family Folk Show in the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre.
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 be amplified but please do speak to stewards if the noise is too much as we may be able to turn down the volume. 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.
Other Special Saturday events will be listed here as they are confirmed.