Carnival Fifty-Six is an outdoor event in a park, this can pose some mobility problems, particularly in bad weather conditions. If it rains it will get muddy in places and access round the site may be very difficult. Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much trouble but the ground can be uneven and is predominantly on grass.
We do not offer any internal transport due to the limitations of moving around the site.
There are 5 stages and performance areas. The mainstage is 500 metres from the entrance, Stage 2 is 180 metres from the entrance, and Stage 3 is 400 metres from the entrance.
2 For 1 – One Free Disability Access Personal Assistant Pass
Customers requiring assistance throughout the festival are entitled to one free pass for their Personal Assistant/Support worker. Please note that the individual with a disability must have a ticket, which will be sent out in the post.
PLEASE NOTE: You must have applied in advance for a Personal Assistant Pass by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will require proof of disability, and the name and address of the PA/carer. We require proof of disability to ensure people do not fraudulently obtain one. Proof can include a doctors note, DLA award, Blue Badges, and other forms of proof given for certain types of disabilities. Tickets for the PA/carer can be collected at the box office on the day of the festival.
The Disability Access Pass
The ONE FREE pass will be collected at Carnival Fifty-Six when you present your matching ID and are with your personal assistant at the Box Office upon arrival. This will not be sent to you in advance, and we will not issue any Personal Assistant passes without matching ID, so please remember to bring this with you to avoid disappointment! Personal Assistants will also be able to access the viewing platform if there is space available at the time. You must collect this at the box office at the main entrance.
All customers who receive a 2 for 1 Personal Assistant Pass can access the Viewing Platform along with their Personal Assistant, subject to availability for each performance. You will receive a wristband for this when you collect your Personal Assistant pass.
There are viewing platforms at the Main Stage and at Stage 2.
Disability onsite provision
- Accessible Car Park will be situated within 300m of the Main Entrance
- Accessible public transport shuttle buses to/from the City Centre & the Park & Ride
- Hearing Loop in the Box Office
- Dedicated Accessible Lane at the Main Entrance
- Accessible viewing platform at the Main Stage and Stage 2 (for accessible customer + 1 PA)
- Accessible Toilets at the platforms and at each sanitation block
- Access for assistance dogs – water and toileting area provided
- Large Print Info Maps available from Welfare
- Medical Fridge on site to store essential medication
Accessible toilets are located at the Medical tent, the viewing platforms and all the sanitation blocks, and in the VIP area. All accessible toilets will be strictly for the sole use of customers with disabilities.
Medical and Welfare Provisions
If you have any medication that needs to be kept cool, we have fridges available for you to use in the medical tent. We recommend you take your medication directly to the medical tent when you arrive on site.
The medical tent is located next to the welfare tent, next to the Main Stage.
If you have any other questions regarding medical and welfare provisions, please contact us directly.
If you would like to bring an Assistance Dog to the festival, please contact us directly first. We will request evidence for you to do so (this will usually be either be the Dogs’ ID book or evidence of the dog’s training as an Assistance Dog from an ADUK certified organisation).
There is a car park on site for those with disabled tickets, or those requiring easy access to the festival. If you wish to access this car park over the festival weekend, please email email@example.com and we will send you a form.