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 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 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.
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.
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, 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).
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.
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 - 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