Accessibility

ValeFest is currently working towards the Bronze award with Attitude is Everything and our overarching aim is to continue to make our site and festival as accessible as possible. Below we have outlined the available facilities at our festival but if you have any further questions or suggestions, then please don’t hesitate to message us on social media, email us at valefestival@guild.bham.ac.uk or write to us.

The accessibility information that follows is also available in large print. If you require a large print copy of this information, please get in contact with us; either by email or by post, and we will be more than happy to provide you with a copy.

Vale Festival – Accessibility
University of Birmingham
Guild of Students
Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham
B15 2TU

We are still finalising our 2016 site, so stay tuned! Below are our accessibility provisions for 2015:

Although all attractions, stalls, stages and facilities are on grass; both concrete and wooden paths ensure access to all areas on site.

The ValeFest site is roughly circular in shape, the site is 200m at its longest point with the Main Stage on the left as you enter through the main gate, following the site round clockwise, you have the Comedy and Performance tent up a slight inclining hill (Stewards will be available to aid anyone requiring assistance, available from Site HQ situated near main gate). The Acoustic tent is in the wooded area – again, there is a slight inclining hill, and assistance is available should you need it. The Dance tent is accessible through the woods behind the Acoustic tent; the path will be clearly signposted. Access to the Second Stage, at the bottom of the hill by the lake, can be accessed by tracing the path back through the Acoustic area, down towards the lake, and you will find it on your left-hand side.

A large print site map will be positioned near the main entrance, and programmes including a map will be available from the main gate. Should you require a map in advance, please get in contact and we will send one out ahead of your visit.

Approximate distances from accessible viewing areas/platforms to each stage:

Main Stage – 20m (includes viewing platform)
The Second Stage  – 15m
The Acoustic Tent – 10m
The Dance Tent – 15m

Site opening times

General admission: Saturday 6th June 12:00 – 21:00

– All guests must be off the main festival site by 22:30 after the headline act has finished. If attending the afterparty at the Duck and Scholar, all guests will be asked to leave at 02:00.
– There is strictly no admission or re-admission after 21:00 (including admission to the afterparty).
– The Wristband Exchange at both the Main Entrance and the Guest List entrance will close promptly at 21:00.

Bookable Access Facilities

2:1 Tickets for Personal Assistants:
A free ticket for a personal assistant is available to any deaf or disabled person, or anyone who would be unable to attend without their presence and who has bought their own ticket.

Viewing Platforms:
We have one viewing platform available and accessibility viewing areas at all other stages. The viewing platform is situated at the Main Stage. Access to the platform will only be granted to people wearing a viewing platform wristband alongside the general admission wristband. You will also receive an extra viewing platform wristband and general admission wristband to allow one companion access along with you.

 

Assisted Access:

Assistance with belongings is available upon request at arrival, and storage provisions can be made at our Site HQ (personal belongings are left at the owners risk and ValeFest accepts no responsibility for theft or loss of items).

Our staff will be trained and willing to be on hand should you need assistance around the site.

How to Apply:
To apply for the 2:1 tickets and to request a viewing platform wristband or place in the accessible campsite, you will need to do the following:

– Purchase a standard ticket from our website here: www.valefest.co.uk/tickets
– Fill out the Access requirement form (available on request) and email to: valefestival@guild.bham.ac.uk with the subject title: Access requirement form. (A physical document is available on request)
– We will then issue the 2:1 ticket to you manually.
– Upon entrance you will just need to bring your ticket printout which will be exchanged for a wristband either on the day or in the days leading up to the festival at one of our pop-up wristband exchange stalls (locations and times TBA).

Wristband Collection:

Customers making use of the 2:1 scheme and access facilities on site should proceed directly to the ‘Guest List’ entrance, this will be clearly signposted (see accessibility map for more details) at the Wristband Exchange (main entrance marquee) to get their wristbands, passes and assistance upon arrival.

Parking:

Blue Badge parking spaces do not need to be pre-booked, although prior knowledge will enable us to provide sufficient spaces as parking near the site is limited. Upon arrival at ValeFest, please display your Blue Badge clearly in your car window. Blue Badge parking is directly outside the Shackleton main reception for the Vale student village. The car park will be clearly signposted as you enter the Vale.

Approximate distance from Shackleton parking to:

Guest List Entrance – 160m (slight declining hill)
Main Entrance – 180m

Toilets

Accessible toilets are available at three major points around the site:

1. Inside Duck & Scholar Bar. (Behind Main Stage)
2. Inside Shackleton building. (Access just before Comedy and Performance)
3. Behind Second Stage. (Right-hand side of site, by the lake)

Approximate distances from main viewing areas to accessible toilets:

Main Stage viewing area  = 55m
Comedy and Performance viewing area  = 60m
Alternative viewing platform = 15m

Strobe Lighting

Strobe lighting may be used at any time during the festival without warning.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome at ValeFest. Please let us know if you intend to bring an assistance dog using the Access requirement form. A dog water station will be situated at Site HQ. Dogs are to be kept on a lead at all times and it is the owner’s responsibility to collect and properly dispose of any dog foul on the festival grounds.