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, and to book, 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 Wristbands*
Our easy access wristbands allow you entry to the accessible viewing areas at SIRF.  Wristbands 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.

Touch Tours*
For the first time at SIRF18, we’re offering a pre-show Touch Tour of Belly of the Whale. These special tours will take you around the set and guide you through the important costumes, set and props used during the performance. Touch Tours must be booked in advance by contacting SIRF Central and are available at the following times:

  • Saturday 2pm, ahead of 2:45pm performance
  • Sunday 1:15pm, ahead of 2pm performance
  • Sunday 7:15pm, ahead of 8pm performance

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 at least 7 days 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*
The show is approximately one hour long and the audience will be standing throughout. 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 further information and/or a wristband for our accessible area.
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.

Rear View*
Rear View is a fully accessible show and accessible wristbands must be book in advance of the performance.  These will be available on the day of your preferred show by contacting SIRF Central (see details above). Audio description is available on the 7.30pm performance on Saturday 4 August, captions are available on all Saturday and Sunday performances (availability is two per show) and wheelchair access is available on all performances (availability is one per show).

Unfortunately due to the nature of some of our SIRF18 shows, we are unable to facilitate wheelchair and scooter access on the following shows:

*Please note; booking is essential as spaces are strictly limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Useful information

Mobility Equipment Hire – if you require some help getting around SIRF you can hire a wheelchair or electric scooter from Stockton Mobility Centre.  Wheelchairs are available for £2 per hour and Scooters for £2.50 per hour.  We advise visitors to pre-book equipment to avoid disappointment.
Please telephone 01642 605676 for more information.  For any visitors who have not pre-booked equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from Stockton Mobility Centre, 3-5 Bridge Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1BH

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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