Although many festivals are still lacking when it comes to accessibility, it appears that more and more festivals are becoming inclusive in 2023. From wheelchair accessible festivals that provide ramp access for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, easy-to-use accessible toilets, and designated viewing areas for disabled people, check out these heavily anticipated wheelchair-accessible festivals in the UK to check out in 2023.
One of the biggest and most popular festivals in the world, Glastonbury has offered accessibility for a number of years now. With dedicated viewing platforms, toilets, and even shuttle bus services to help those with disabilities get around the huge site, Glastonbury does its utmost to accommodate access needs on its festival grounds. There are also stone paths throughout the site and metal trakway to ensure wheelchair users can get around.
Wednesday 21 June – Sunday 25 June 2023
Latitude is a multi-arts festival held in Suffolk. This year, the popular festival will be headlined by Pulp, George Ezra and Paolo Nutini. The festival offers wheelchair access to all stages as well as accessible toilets. To top it off, Latitude also offers accessible camping with a range of access facilities including a Changing Places toilet and shower facility provided by RevoLOOtion.
Thursday 20 July – Sun 23 July 2023
Reading and Leeds Festivals
Reading and Leeds Festivals are two of the biggest music festivals in the UK. Originally known for their alternative headliners and incredible camp parties, the festivals have become more mainstream in recent years, with the likes of Billie Eilish and Sam Fender headlining this year.
Both festivals offer wheelchair access to all stages, designated viewing areas, and accessible toilets. RevoLOOtion will also be providing Changing Places toilets at both festivals. Those who require accessibility access will gain dedicated maps, have access to the accessibility team and have a dedicated campsite available for use throughout the festival.
Friday 25 August – Sunday 27 August 2023
Fan of heavy metal and rock? Download Festival is the place to be this year, especially as they’re celebrating their 20th year with a huge 4-day line-up! Featuring Slipknot, Ghost, Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and so much more, it’s sure to be a wild year at Donnington Park.
The arena itself will have dedicated viewing platforms, ramp access and charging points for power chairs. The arena will also feature accessible toilets as well as accessible lanes for wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
At Download, there will be two RevoLOOtion Changing Places units, one in the accessible camping area (with shower facility) and one in the arena. To top it off, disabled customers will also have access to a dedicated accessible bar.
If you wish to camp at Download festival this year, you can also do this thanks to their Disabled Access Campsite which features accessible toilets, ramps, camping spaces, charging areas and even a fridge for you to store any medication.
Thursday 8 June – Sunday 11 June 2023
Greenbelt is an arts and music festival held annually in Kettering, Northamptonshire. The festival offers wheelchair access to all stages, designated viewing areas, and accessible toilets amongst other things. This year, the festival features a range of activists, bands, comedians and more!
Thursday 24 August – Sunday 27 August 2023
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the largest arts festivals in the world. Featuring musical artists, comedians, poets and more, this year’s line up is set to make this year’s festival one to remember! Although the Fringe team make it one of their most important priorities to make the festival accessible, some venues and areas do not have full access or accessible toilets. For more information on the venues which are exempt, visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe accessibility page.
Friday 4 August – Monday 28 August 2023
Taking place over the August bank holiday this year, the Big Feastival is a family-friendly food and music festival held annually in the Cotswolds. The festival offers wheelchair access to all stages (including raised platforms for wheelchair users), designated viewing areas, and accessible toilets. On top of this, there’s an accessible campsite with a dedicated accessibility team to help you get around the site with ease.
Friday 25 August – Sunday 27 August 2023
In conclusion, wheelchair-accessible festivals in the UK are becoming more and more common, making it easier for wheelchair users to enjoy live music and events. The festivals listed above are just a few of the many festivals in the UK that offer wheelchair access and facilities for disabled festival-goers. It’s important that festivals continue to make their events accessible to everyone, ensuring that no one misses out on the fun.