Birmingham Pride Accessibility Policy: 2022
Birmingham Pride has been one of the biggest and most vibrant Prides in the UK since 1997 with 1000’s of participants taking part in the Parade in 2019. Birmingham Pride is committing to inclusivity and access, with the aim of achieving a ‘gold standard’ of accessibility according to Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice by 2023.
The disabled walking group will once again be front and centre in this year’s parade! Groups and individuals can meet by the Exchange building which has seats, a quiet area, an accessible toilet and a changing places toilet. It is difficult to leave and rejoin the parade so we recommend using the toilets here before the parade. Volunteers from the access team with high flags will mark the meet point. The flag will have the wheelchair disability symbol on top of the progress pride flag. Volunteers will guide you to the correct spot and gather your sign in sheets. The Exchange building is also offering quiet and seated space ahead of the parade. This is in centenary square, opposite the central library. National Express have offered there bus for anyone that needs to have a sit down and rest whilst the parade is going on.
Watching The Parade
The location of our route makes having a raised viewing area very difficult. For this reason we will have cameras following the parade route and these will be broadcast live online @birminghampridefestival on Instagram.
Those with access needs can receive an accessible wristband. It is Birmingham Pride’s vision that those with invisible disabilities will be able to enjoy the festival as much as anyone else, so the wristbands will be the same regardless of how visible your access needs are. Therefore accessible wristbands are available as a free add on on our ticket page. You can also get them from any Pride kiosk but we recommend using the Access/VIP kiosk in hurst street which will be clearly signposted on the day. This will give you and 1 friend access to the express entrance to the festival, disabled viewing area for the Main Stage and VIP area for the Cabaret Stage. The disabled viewing area is a raised platform with direct views of the main stage and the BSL interpreter for this stage. It has seating, plug sockets for power chairs and other equipment, plus water for service animals. There are a number of disabled toilets and a mobiloo changing places toilet next to the platform.
Proof of disability is NOT required for an accessible wristband.
If you require a carer’s ticket we have a dedicated form you can access here
The additional carer’s ticket is free, so we therefore require proof of disability. We encourage people to use the upload function on the form, if you are unable to do so you can still pick up carer’s tickets from the access kiosk on the day, but we will not be able to provide confirmation in advance. Please provide proof of purchase of disability equipment such as mobility aids, sunflower lanyards or radar keys, or use/wear these on the day. You can also provide a diagnosis letter or a letter for medical investigation if you are undiagnosed.
Proof of disability benefits (or proof you are in the application stage) would be suitable. Scans of a blue badge (back side) Please purchase your tickets before applying for the carer ticket(s). Please only purchase the amount you need for attendees/carees and do NOT use the accessible wristband add on as this will create duplicate entrees.
The main stage is now located at the Smithfield’s site, exact location to be confirmed, but we will let you know where the accessible entrance will be as soon as possible. Access volunteers will have rainbow sashes on and all volunteers should be able to direct to the right place. The Parade finishes on Pershore Street, where the general ticket kiosks will be. The Accessible kiosk will be clearly marked and next to the VIP kiosk. Please do not join the general queue. Moving the music festival should make moving around the pedestrianised Gay Village a lot easier. We are also happy to announce the return of the Village Green on Hurst Street itself. This will have seating, a slightly raised stage with local performers accompanied by a BSL interpreter. This is our quieter zone for Pride 2022, but it will still have some noise so please be prepared for that. There is also the future stage which is in the Nightingale Club this year, a fully accessible venue (ground floor only). There will be a mobiloo changing places toilet at the Pride Village site. This is so pride goers on any ticket band can access it and it will be available as soon as you’ve finished the parade.
Dogs are welcome during the parade and throughout the festival. Water bowls and shaded areas will be available in the disabled viewing area and at the Community green area. Whilst dogs are welcome, please be aware that the Pride sites are noisy, crowded and potentially very warm, so please plan accordingly.
Live Streaming and Videos
The main stage is being streamed complete with closed captions. We will release the platform we are using closer to the time! The QR code to access it will be available throughout the site.
Travel Guide and Map
The Arcadian car park is the recommended car park for Pride goers and often does deals for those with Pride tickets.It has 11 disabled spaces on the ground floor. The Mailbox car park is situated close to Victoria Square, within walking distance of the Gay Village and has 16 disabled spaces. The normal tariff applies to Blue Badge users in both of these car parks.
The Town Hall car park (otherwise known as the red cage), is close to Centenary square and within walking distance of the Gay village. It has 6 disabled spaces and is free for blue badge users. Street Parking.
The following link shows all the on-street blue badge parking bays in Birmingham city
centre.https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/directory/21/blue_badge_designated_parking_bays/categ ory /141 There are two full size blue badge bays behind the rep, navigate to old rep stage door in a sat nav to reach these. There are also a number of blue badge bays in the side roads off Broad Street. These will be the best options for the parade parking. Centenary Square itself is closed to cars, the closest drop off location is by the Hyatt Hotel or the Old Rep stage door.
John Bright Street (behind the Alexandra Theatre) is close to both the parade start and the Gay Village. Moat Lane is next to the Smithfield’s Site but not adjacent to the accessible entrance. Most of the streets have limited BlueBadge bays but a greater number of pay and display bays, which are free for Blue Badge users (witn no time limits).
The Hurst Street bays will be cordoned off during Pride.
Also be aware that Birmingham City Centre now operates a clean air zone so certain high emission vehicles may be subject to an £8 charge. Vehicles with a disabled tax class are exempt.
This information is correct to the best of our knowledge, but there may be last minute changes and road closures.
Birmingham City Centre is served by numerous buses coming in from all over the West Midlands. Centenary Square is easiest to reach via the following bus services; 9, 23, 24, 61, 63, 126, 822, 829, x10,
The Pride Sites are easiest to access via the following bus services; 16 & 16A, 17, 25, 34, 35, 45, 47, 50, 61, 63, 80A, 144, 150, X1 and X2.
Each bus has ramp access and priority seating. Mobility scooter users require a pass to ride. Ring and Ride The Birmingham Ring and Ride service operates Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm and Saturday between 8.30am and 3.30pm. There is no Sunday service. You can register for the service online.
The Parade and Pride Sites can all be accessed via Birmingham New Street, Birmingham’s central Train Station.
The Pride Sites are also accessible from Birmingham Moor Street Station and Centenary Square can be accessed via Birmingham Snow Hill.
Moor street is approximately 15 minutes walk away, Snow Hill 20 minutes walk. Most sites are 10 minutes from Birmingham New Street and the ground is generally fairly level in most directions from New Street.
The Town Hall and Grand Central stops are closest to Centenary Square where the Parade Starts this year.
Grand Central is also the closest to the Pride Site at an approximately 10 minute walk.
Each Tram has 2 disabled priority bays. Mobility scooter users require a pass to ride. RNIB Key Fobs
Public Transport users with visual impairments can request an RNIB key fob which gives them real time audio information of their location via a phone app. The fobs are enabled on the majority of public transport in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
There are a great number of hotel rooms and apartments in Birmingham City Centre.
The closest to the action is the Ibis Birmingham New Street which has 2 accessible rooms, and is a literal stone’s throw from the Gay Village. However, Pride can be a noisy affair and tends to go on well into the evening, so if a good night’s sleep is more important than being walking distance from the action we’d recommend staying in other areas of Birmingham city centre or a surrounding suburb.
Quiet and Sensory Space
Our quiet space/recovery room will be located upstairs at the Loft. There is a push button lift to access the space and accessible toilets on both floors. The room will be clearly signposted and monitored by a member of the access volunteer team. This space is available for non-disabled people in need of recovery but priority will be given to access wristband wearers.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Audio Processing
Accessible wristbands are available for anyone from the deaf/hoh community and no proof is required. The accessible viewing platform will have the QR code prominently displayed for the live stream. This means you can have live audio directly from your personal headphones as well as your own image of the BSL interpreter and closed captions. There are BSL interpreters on the main stage, cabaret stage and village green community stage.
We know that one of the biggest barriers to celebrating Pride is finance, especially in the current economic client and in times when LGBTQ+ people face harsh economic discrimination. This is why we are providing cheaper street party tickets and complementary carers tickets.
This year a ‘Free community pride’ event will be held on Friday the 24th September. Free tickets can be claimed via the Birmingham Pride website.
Disability Equality Training (DIT) is available for Birmingham Pride volunteers and security staff and this includes an online version. We will also have a short guide for security staff on the day explaining the accessible wristbands and what that entitles you to.
On our map and Venues page we will state the level of accessibility for each venue. This includes fully accessible, partially accessible or inaccessible venues. A fully accessible venue has step free entry and access to all areas as well as accessible toilets.
A partially accessible venue has step free access as a minimum although most also have accessible toilets. These venues will also be shown on our Festival Map which you will be given on the day.
We are not doing full paper programmes this year, but a ‘Pride Guide’ document will be available on the day in large print. All our online information should be suitable for e-readers and similar software. Please get in touch if this is not the case.
Please email our access consultant Naomi (she/they) with any general questions about this year’s event access: firstname.lastname@example.org If you have already purchased tickets and require a carer’s ticket please email email@example.com
Policy created by Naomi Rowe (they/she) Access Consultant