Increasingly large-scale events are becoming more inclusive – giving individuals the opportunity to enjoy days out with others, which they may have previously been unable to attend.
Outdoor events can be challenging to make fully accessible, but by providing viewing platforms to allow those in wheelchairs to see above the crowds, as well as improving path surfaces – some of the difficulties are alleviated. Fully accessible toilets with hoists and height adjustable adult sized changing bench also enable a wider audience to attend large scale events.
Around the UK, festivals are also being designed specifically with people with disabilities, and their friends and families, in mind. A Perfect Day, held near Caistor, was set up to provide a festival setting in a safe environment for those who would normally struggle to go to a mainstream event. A number of individuals went along to enjoy the sights and sounds – enjoying a day of bands, silent disco and interactive activities including circus skills, drama workshops and music therapy sessions.
A trip to the Coastal Family Festival at Cleethorpes was another fun-filled day out, where individuals enjoyed lots of outdoor entertainment – playing games, meeting Disney characters, riding a bucking bronco and enjoying fairground rides before enjoying a picnic together.
The event also saw a variety of musical tribute acts such as Taylor Swift and Robbie Williams and gave individuals an opportunity to get creative with face painting and glitter!