Accessible SIRF

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:

  • VISIT: SIRF Central (the Rediscover Stockton Shop, 134b High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LP)
  • EMAIL:
  • CALL: 01642 528130

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*
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.

Programme Formats
The SIRF 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. You'll also find easy access toilets in our SIRF Festival Village.

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 on Stockton 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.

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

Useful information

We have partnered up with Stockton Shopmobility to offer wheelchair and electric scooter hire throughout the festival. Hire is available from one hour to the full four days and this can be booked in advance by calling 01642 605676 or by visiting Stockton Shopmobility Centre at 81 High Street, Stockton-on-Tees.

NCT and Teesside Sling Library - visit the pop up family tent within Parish Gardens, offering baby changing facilities, space and seats for breastfeeding mums and the opportunity to hire a sling. We are proud to be encouraging and supporting breastfeeding welcome venues in Stockton-on-Tees, and you can find details of these here.