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Accessibility

Accessibility

We are dedicated to making sure our events are accessible to everyone, and will be conducting numerous accessibility listening groups this year. We will be seeking expert advice from relevant disability charities and the community who we feel can offer valuable input on our accessibility offerings for Manchester Pride Festival 2020, and are also working in partnership with Attitude is Everything.

We want everyone to be able to use our website regardless of their computer knowledge or disabilities. We have designed our website to be as accessible as possible, in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Carer/Personal Assistant Tickets

In our commitment to making the festival accessible to everyone, we will provide those ticket holders with a disability that require full-time assistance with a complimentary ticket for their personal carer/assistant.

Please specify when completing our online Access Application Form. You will also be asked to kindly upload relevant supporting documents. We appreciate that some people may require assistance but not receive DLA, please contact us to discuss your access requirements. Each request will be looked at individually.

How to apply

1) Purchase your ticket(s) – If you require a PA Ticket please do not purchase this as this is applied for separately.
2) Complete the Access Application Form to let us know about your access requirements
3) Upload your evidence via the form
4) We will reply to you within 10 working days with an outcome to your application

Click here for the access application form.

Help with seeing the page

You can easily make changes to your computer to help you see what's written on the page more clearly.

Most internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Safari, allow you to force the text on a web page to be the size and colour you want. Many operating systems also come with a built-in screen magnifier that allows you to enlarge a portion of the page to several times the original size.

Help with your keyboard and mouse

Many people think they can't use a computer because they can't use a mouse, but it's perfectly possible to do away with your mouse and use a keyboard instead.

If you can use a mouse, but find it difficult, there are ways to make your mouse easier to use in your settings on your computer.

Attitude is Everything

We are proud to be working with consultants Attitude is Everything. Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry. Using their Charter of Best Practice and Toolkit, we have been working with Attitude is Everything in the planning and delivery of the Festival. The ethos of the Charter is that Deaf and disabled people should be as independent as they want to be at a live music event.

Statement of Intent

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with disabilities but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all visitors.

The Festival

The Manchester Pride Festival is a multi-strand event which takes place in venues across the city over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Festival is made up of Gay Village Gathering, Manchester Pride Live, Manchester Pride Parade, Gay Village Party, Candlelit Vigil and Superbia Weekend.

Manchester Pride Live is a multi-stage music festival taking place at Mayfield. Mayfield is a historic depot next to Manchester Piccadilly station. The Gay Village Gathering takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village. The Candlelit Vigil takes place in Sackville Gardens and Superbia Weekend takes place in a number of venues in the city.

Manchester Pride makes temporary, reasonable adjustments to the area to provide access to the event site and staged event areas. Manchester Pride is aware of the limitations and restrictions of making the event site fully accessible due to the nature of the location of the event and provides alternative access where access is restricted.

Getting to Manchester and The Festival

Manchester enjoys first-class transport links, making it easy to get to the city, The Festival and for exploring Greater Manchester.

For travel information to get to Manchester please visit here.

For travel around Manchester once you arrive in our fabulous city, there are a number of transport networks to choose from:

Metrolink

Manchester's light tramway system runs a fast and frequent service and is ideal for getting to The Festival. Metrolink is accessible with step-free platforms. The nearest Metrolink stops to the Gay Village are Manchester Piccadilly (approximately 5 minutes away) and Manchester Piccadilly Gardens (approximately 5 minutes away). The nearest Metrolink stop to Manchester Pride Live at Mayfield is Manchester Piccadilly (approximately 2 minutes). The Parade works its way across the city and so any number of Metrolink stops will get you close to the action.

Free Metroshuttle

Getting in and around the city centre is easy and free with Metroshuttle. The shuttle buses pick up outside Piccadilly Station, on the approach and travel to key areas including Oxford Road, Deansgate, Portland Street and Spinningfields. The Metroshuttle is fully accessible with step-free access to pavements.

Bus Network

Greater Manchester has an extensive bus network. The nearest bus stop to The Gay Village is located on Portland Street just outside Caffé Nero or on the opposite of the street next door to Yates bar. The nearest bus stop to Manchester Pride Live at Mayfield is located on Fairfield Street adjacent to Manchester Piccadilly.

Parking

Manchester City Council offers over 15,000 secure parking spaces as well as on-street parking. There are a number of accessible car parking facilities around the city close to our Event Sites. The nearest accessible NCP Car Parks to the Gay Village and Mayfield are Minshull Street, Sheffield Street and Piccadilly Plaza. Please check the NCP website here for fees and further info.

Carer/Personal Assistant Tickets

We offer a complimentary Carer/Personal Assistant ticket for anyone who is registered disabled and requires assistance whilst at The Festival. We kindly ask that you purchase your own ticket first, either online or over the telephone and then complete this form to request your complimentary Carer/Personal Assistant Ticket. Carer/Personal Assistant Tickets are limited to 1 per applicant. Conditions apply and proof of disability and/or need for an assistant may be required.

Assistance Dogs

We welcome assistance dogs to the Gay Village Gathering and Mayfield event sites.

If you are a visitor to the Festival and encounter an assistance dog, please remember they are at work and should not be petted or distracted.
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