Using Lightweight Wheelchairs at Festivals and Events

Man on a wheelchair in a park

Companies like Karma Mobility are committed to ensuring that mobility issues don’t get in the way of users enjoying life in the same way as everyone else. A good supplier will be able to offer options when it comes to lightweight wheelchairs so that customers can choose one that tackles the various challenges that a weekend at a festival can present.

Website and tickets

Researching and following individual event guidelines is vital to having a great time at a festival if someone is disabled. Many websites have special areas dedicated to providing information for disabled users. If they want to bring a carer, access special camping areas or use onsite viewing platforms then they may need to procure special tickets and passes before they go.

Terrain

A disabled festival goer may be able to find information on the festival website about the terrain of the site itself. There are many festivals that have completely level sites which make it easier for them to get around in their lightweight wheelchair. WOMAD is a good example of this.

If it rains, this can make movement difficult for wheelchair users. However, many events lay down track throughout the site to assist with mobility if this happens. Disabled guests should check with festival organisers to find out about the amount of track that they use across their event site.

Parking and camping

Many events ensure that the accessible camping has adapted toilets and showers plus extra staff to help guests in the campsite. Glastonbury Festival, for example, has a 24 hour steward presence in accessible camping.

Toilets

Standard event toilets can be tricky for people using lightweight wheelchairs to access. However, there are versions that are much larger, have hand rails installed, and no steps at the entrance. The event website may detail the location of disabled toilets on site and there is often a map that can be printed out too.

Viewing platforms

Disabled viewing platforms generally provide an excellent view of a stage and are often elevated to allow seated users a clear line of sight. A special pass is often required or perhaps a blue badge. The entrance to the viewing platform is usually manned by a steward to prevent people who do not need the facility from gaining access.