…going to a festival?
By Claire-Louise Fallis
I attended The Long Road festival in September of last year, a three day long festival of Country music held in the beautiful surroundings of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.
Can you attend a festival when you have a visual impairment?
The short answer is yes, of course you can. You just might need some extra planning depending on your level of vision. For example you could call up the company organising the festival and see if they can make any reasonable adjustments or arrange some assistance for you.
Accessibility wise The Long Road was outstanding, considering it’s the first time the festival has run. A suggestion for the organisers is to have better lighting in some places like The Honky Tonk bar (it was packed out and badly lit and I found it quite disorienting as a visually impaired person) and also a better lit pathway to the shuttle bus, again it felt very disorienting trying to find my way out of a field in the dark!
That said the staff working there were wonderful and really helpful and I look forward to attending the festival again.
It would be really great to hear from others who have had positive experiences enjoying other music festivals!
Have you been to a festival you would recommend? We would love to hear your comments or any further advice you can share in the comments at the end of this article.
Written by Claire-Louise Fallis