We're committed to making WILDSIDE FESTIVAL accessible to all. We’ve been taking advice from Attitude is Everything, our supporters and disabled event go’ers to help us achieve just that. This page is here to provide the latest information on access, from parking to personal assistant tickets and more. However, we recognise that accessibility requirements can vary greatly so if you have any queries, questions or advice we’d love to hear from you.
You can contact Jack the following ways:
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sandy Hill, Main Street, Middleton, Derbyshire, DE4 4LR
We aim to get back to you within 5 working days.
You can download the latest access info as a PDF here.
You can download the latest access info as a Word document here.
WILDSIDE FESTIVAL is staged at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Woodside Farm; adjacent to Shipley Country Park and the former American Adventure theme park.
Navigation from the car park to the festival site is step-free. The disabled car-park and pathway leading to the festival site is comprised of hardstanding and consists of a distance of approx. 850m. Disabled parking can be provided upon request within 50m of the festival site, however this would require parking in a field with potentially uneven surfaces (our highland cows live there most of the year!) and could be further compromised by poor weather.
The majority of the festival site takes place in a field used for grazing highland cows. Consequently the ground can be susceptible to uneven surfaces and as such we roll the field prior to the festival (this practice is subject to weather conditions; if the ground is too dry then the roller can fail to roll out irregularities) and manually fill in any ruts we locate on a walkover of the fields. The field is largely flat in aspect with a gentle slope in one area. We will contact all disabled attendees within two weeks of the festival to update them on the condition of the festival site as it can be influenced by local weather conditions.
There will be one main stage within the field and potentially a smaller stage positioned elsewhere on site for additional live music, talks and demonstrations.
The max distance from one side of the festival site to the other is approx. 400m.
Aside from the grass field, the rest of the festival site comprises hardstanding or stone paths through our wildlife gardens and woodland; this contains 5 shallow steps inclusive of a handrail.
There is a viewing tower at Woodside Farm and although this is not a direct element of the festival all attendees and the public may use it. It comprises approx. 25 steps and a handrail.
Personal Assistant, Parking, Drop off / Pick up.
If you require a free personal assistant ticket and / or access to disabled parking and / or to arrange drop off - pick up to the festival site we can issue you with an access code to use when booking tickets online; this code will open up the necessary access tickets for you to select. If this is what you’re after, please contact Jack using the details at the top of this page with the following details:
Access facilities you require e.g. PA, disabled parking or anything else we may need to know.
Contact number if you would like us to call you regarding your enquiry or for updated access information.
If you have not booked accessibility tickets with us before we may request proof of eligibility in the form of - Front page of DLA / PIP, Front page of Attendance Allowance letter, Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind), Credability's Access Card. If you don’t have any of this evidence, we will consider any other evidence you submit on a case-by-case basis.
Parking - The disabled car-park and pathway leading to the festival site is comprised of hardstanding and consists of a distance of approx. 850m. Disabled parking can be provided upon request within 50m of the festival site, however this would require parking in a field with potentially uneven surfaces (our highland cows live there most of the year!) and could be further compromised by poor weather.
Taxi / Drop Off / Pick Up - for attendees with necessary access requirements we can arrange taxi drop off / pick up within 30m of the festival site entrance. Please contact Jack using the details at the top of this page for prior arrangement of this.
Public Transport - you can find the information on public transport here. The nearest bus stop is at Pit Lane, approx. 2km from the festival site on a hardstanding path.
Start - The festival opens at 12pm with the official car park accessible from 11am. Early arrival can be arranged with prior notice.
End - The headline act will finish at approximately 10.00 pm allowing us time to get everyone off site safely.
These timings may be subject to change but we'll of course let you know if that's the case.
Driving and Parking - upon arriving at Pit Lane entrance you will need to indicate to staff that you require access to the disabled parking zone; you may be required to show your tickets. Staff will then direct you to the appropriate parking bays. The path from the car park to the festival site is comprised of hardstanding and consists of a distance of approx. 850m. Disabled parking can be provided upon request within 50m of the festival site, however this would require parking in a field with potentially uneven surfaces (our highland cows live there most of the year!) and could be further compromised by poor weather.
Taxi / Drop off / Pick up - for your convenience you will have needed to make us aware of this prior to the event so that we can make security at our Slack Road entrance aware of your planned arrival. Upon arrival at our Slack Road entrance you will need to indicate to staff your name. They will then direct you to the drop-off / pick-up point and instruct the driver on how to exit the site.
Festival Entrance and beyond - If you require assistance at the festival site entrance or at anytime during the festival look out for a staff member; identified by their hi-vis clothing or official WILDSIDE FEST t-shirts. They will be able to assist you with any queries, including making your way through the entrance gate.
Temporary accessible toilets will be located no further than 100m from the stage and bar. The toilets will be located within the field or adjacent field to the main festival; the route to the toilets will comprise of a grass field.
We welcome attendees who need to bring medicines, food or drink to manage a medical condition, or medical equipment. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact Jack via the details at the top of this page. We will have a first aid team on site during the festival; if you require any medical assistance during the festival please approach our staff (hi-vis / WILDSIDE FEST t-shirts) or the first aid team (located on site map given to you upon entrance).
Dogs are welcome at WILDSIDE FESTIVAL.
WILDSIDE FESTIVAL is a strobe free event. If you have any concerns during the festival regarding this, please inform a member of festival staff.