Festival Accessibility

Making sure that everyone can enjoy the Festival

Ensuring accessibility for all

Brighton Festival is making more and more events accessible to more people through a variety of assisted formats: Audio Description, British Sign Language interpretation, Relaxed Performances, Captioning and pre-event Touch Tours

Venue Access

There are over 30 Brighton Festival venues and each is a unique space. Details of access provisions can be found on individual venue pages. If you have any queries, please call the venue directly. You may also contact Brighton Festival’s Visitor Services Team. Please click here for more general info on what we offer and further information.

Access Enquiries

For further access information, email access@brightonfestival.org or call our Visitor Services Team.

Blue Badge parking in Brighton

Customers with a Blue Badge can park in disabled bays, pay & display bays and shared use bays in Brighton & Hove. Also car parks throughout Brighton & Hove have different policies on disabled parking. To make sure you aren't given a parking ticket you should read the signs carefully when you enter the car park.

Visit Brighton and Hove City Council’s webpage for more information on Blue Badge parking.

Information on parking in local bays

New Road parking spaces - Max stay: 3 hours

Church Street Bays - No time limit on stay

You may also park on a single or double yellow line for up to 3 hours as long as there is not a loading restriction (marked by strips on the kerb). You must make sure that the time disc is set to the time that you left the vehicle.

The following car parks do not charge Blue Badge holders for parking

  • Black Rock
  • Carlton Hill
  • Haddington Street
  • High Street
  • King Alfred
  • Norton Road
  • Oxford Court
  • Rottingdean Marine Cliffs
  • Rottingdean West Street
     

Making our website accessible

We have implemented YouAccess by Grandad Digital to make this website accessible for all visitors. This is a simple and innovative tool that allows Users to tailor their website experience to suit their specific needs

Clicking this icon anywhere on the website will give you access to a panel where you can configure how you view this website’s content.

Our Access Scheme

Help us provide you with the best possible service so you have an easy and enjoyable visit every time you book a ticket and attend a Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival event. By letting us know your access requirements we can support your visit from start to finish, allowing us to:

  • book the best seats for you
  • give you information about our upcoming accessible performance
  • ensuring complimentary personal assistant tickets are always available

For assistance completing the form and for more information please contact 01273 261541 or access@brightondome.org

How to Join

Joining is as simple as filling in a form, which can be accessed in the following four ways:

  1. Download a hard copy of the form below
  2. Collect a form from our ticket office
  3. Contact us to send you a form in the post
  4. Apply online >

Completed forms can be sent to:

access@brightondome.org

Access Scheme,
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival,
12a Pavilion Buildings,
Castle Square,
Brighton BN1 1EE

Brighton Festival 2021 Audio Brochure

Listen to our 2021 Brighton Festival events line-up in our audio brochure  on Soundcloud. 

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Assisted shows

Every year, we make more and more of our performances accessible to a wider audience through a range of assisted shows. Read on for more information about the different types of assisted shows on offer and follow the links to discover the shows.

Booking assisted shows

BSL Interpreted

BSL sign language interpretation, delivered by an interpreter, gives a sign interpretation of the text sung and/or spoken by artists in the onstage production.

If you require this service, please let us know when booking so we can reserve you an appropriate seat. We have a selection of tickets on hold to ensure a good view of the interpreter, we are also happy to reserve you a seat for performances where seating is usually unreserved.

Captioned performances

Captioning converts the spoken word into text that provides people with hearing impairments or who are deaf access to live performance. In captioning, the words appear on a screen at the same time as they are sung or spoken. Captions also include sound effects and offstage noises. For more information visit www.stagetext.org

Highly visual events

Highly visual performances are those that are particularly enjoyable without aid of hearing. These events are highly visual and contain few or no words. You can also have a look at our full dance & circus and visual arts & film programmes.

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with autism spectrum condition, sensory processing difficulties and/or communication disorders, or those who have additional needs. They are also dementia friendly.

There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement, some small changes made to the light and sound effects, and an open door policy so you can move freely in and out of the auditorium with a chill out space available. Visual Stories are also made available ahead of your visit to help you familiarise with the production.

Touch Tours

Audiences with autism spectrum condition may also be interested in our touch tours, which offer tactile introductions to the set, costumes, props and instruments. If you think this would be useful, please get in touch with our access team who can arrange this wherever possible.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards

Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment.

Not all people with hidden disabilities require assistance. But if you do, wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard discreetly indicates that you need additional support, help or a little more time.

Our staff are trained to recognise the lanyard, to understand that not all disabilities are visible, and to offer additional support where needed. We can provide you with a lanyard.

We can offer:

  • Early entry into the venue or the auditorium, to avoid queuing and/or crowds
  • Use of our lowered counter service point in the foyer bar
  • Access to radar keys to open accessible toilet facilities
  • Additional assistance from staff (e.g. escort to seats)

For your own lanyard or if you have any queries, please contact visitor services

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Other resources to help plan your visit

Booking tickets

Everything you need to know about booking tickets for the Festival
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Getting to Brighton

What you need to know to get to the Festival City
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Your Safety

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