We’re committed to ensuring that SIRF is as accessible as possible to everyone who wishes to attend. You can find a summary of the services we offer below and for more information please contact SIRF Central:

Call: 01642 528130
Email: visitorinformation@stockton.gov.uk
Visit: SIRF Central (the Rediscover Stockton Shop, 134b High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LP).

We can provide support for easy access to performances, viewing areas and other festival activities that can enhance the experience for visitors with additional needs.

Buddy Service
Our buddy service can support you in accessing performance sites and viewing areas.  This service is available on request and should be booked 24 hours in advance at SIRF Central.

Easy Access Lanyards
Our easy access lanyards allow you entry to the accessible viewing areas at SIRF.  Lanyards are available during the festival from SIRF Central and the Visitor Experience Team.

Viewing Areas
SIRF performances are accessible for all and our Visitor Experience Team are on hand to help you find a suitable viewing area.  For larger scale shows, a specific viewing area will be available for those with accessibility needs.

Programme Formats
The SIRF18 programme is available in a range of formats, including large print and braille, from SIRF Central.  These are subject to availability and must be requested in advance.

Accessible Toilets
Disabled toilets are located in the centre of the High Street in the Shambles. Disabled toilets are also available in Wellington Square Shopping Centre and The Castlegate Shopping Centre during their normal trading hours.

All SIRF performance areas on the High Street are on flat concreted ground. Disabled access into Parish Garden is flat from the High Street and a ramp is located next to the stairs off Church Road. The performances at Trinity Green and Riverside will take place on grass so please come prepared for all weather conditions.

Please be aware that most of the shows are not seated and some may involve the audience moving around. Strong lights, strobe and smoke effects may feature in some of the shows.

Festival Launch – This is Not for You
This Is Not For You features British Sign Language and Audio Description. Captions are also available via The Difference Engine app, which will allow you to stream captions directly to your smartphone or wi-fi device.
For Android devices, you can download the app via Google Play.  For iOS (Apple) device, you can download the app from the App Store.  Access to the app will be available from August – please check website for details.
The show is approximately one hour long. If you are deaf or disabled or require a seat/wheelchair space in the accessible seating area, please contact us in advance (see details above) and we will provide you with a ticket for our accessible areas.

Useful information
We are proud to be encouraging and supporting breastfeeding welcome venues in Stockton-on-Tees, and you can find details of these here.

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