We welcome everyone to Peterborough Celebrates Festival and our team will do all they can to ensure that you enjoy your visit. The information here provides an overview of the accessibility of the event. The Nene Park website has more detail of the accessibility of Ferry Meadows, home of Peterborough Celebrates Festival. 

If you have any questions or feedback about the accessibility of Peterborough Celebrates Festival contact us and the team will be happy to help.  

Key information / access highlights

  • Free accessible parking on site for blue badge holders by obtaining a QR code from event staff on the day 
  • Mobility scooter and Mountain Trike hire 
  • Accessible toilets and changing facility 
  • Staff available on site  

Accessibility welcome 

Members of event staff and volunteer team will be on hand to provide assistance and support around the Festival site and at the Nene Park Information stand.  Nene Park Trust staff will also be available at the Visitor Centre, Nene Outdoors and the Duty Ranger number. 

Information and updates about the event can be found on the Festival webpage and social media channels: Facebook: @PeterboroughCelebratesFestival, Twitter: @PboroCelFest, Instagram: @pborocelebratesfest 

Planning your visit 

Hire of mobility scooters and mountain Trikes 

To help visitors with access needs explore Ferry Meadows, we offer a mobility scooter hire service from the Visitor Centre & Gift Shop in Ferry Meadows, free of charge (donations welcome). In addition to our four mobility scooters, we also have two new Mountain Trike all-terrain wheelchairs available to hire. The service will be available during the event but pre-booking is highly recommended. Visit our Ferry Meadows accessibility pages to find out more about the mobility scooter and Mountain Trike hire service. 

Assistance dogs  

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Festival site. Dog drinking bowls are provided outside the Visitor Centre, Ferry Meadows Café and Lakeside Kitchen & Bar. 

How to find us 

The main festival site is on Coney Meadow within Ferry Meadows. Please see the travel section of the Festival FAQs for more details of the different ways of getting to the Festival. 

FREE event parking for blue badge holders is available at Ferry Meadows main Visitor Centre tarmac car park, next to the Festival site, by obtaining a QR code from event staff on the day. Marked accessible parking bays are available.  

Bringing a companion/carer 

Entry to the Festival is FREE. The majority of the activities are FREE but there will be a charge for the climbing wall, pay and play water sports activities and the fun fair.  

If you require a companion/carer to access the climbing wall or play and play watersports activities with Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity Centre, please contact Nene Outdoors on 01733 234193 to discuss any additional access requirements before making a booking. While carer(s) will be allowed entry to the event/activity with you free of charge, they must at all times be in a caring role that is providing support and assistance. It is not acceptable for carers to be participating independently and if this is the case, that person will not be allowed entry as a carer and will be expected to pay in full. 

Please note that not all activities at the Festival are operated by Nene Park Trust. Enquiries about arrangements for companions/carers should be directed to the specific activity organiser. 

Getting around 

The Festival is taking place on Coney Meadow, with some activities in the open air and some in marquees, big top circus tent and gazebos. Whilst the area is reasonably level the grass meadow is a natural landscape which may be uneven in places. 

Paths around the main areas of Ferry Meadows are hard surfaced (a mixture of tarmac, bound gravel, crushed limestone and compacted stone), generally of a minimum width of two meters, with a good contrast to the surroundings, reasonably level and at a safe distance from open water. They are shared routes for pedestrians and cyclists, and in some circumstances horse riders. 

Please refer to the Festival map for the location of the event activities, the Ferry Meadows map for more detail of the path network including steep and unsurfaced sections or contact us for more information.  

Information 

Details about the event, including Festival map and programme of activities can be found in advance and during the weekend on the Peterborough Celebrates webpage. If you have any problems accessing the information ahead of the event please contact us. 

At the event, information will be provided on signs and through leaflets available at the information stand. Event staff will also be on hand to help with any queries.  

Facilities and Services 

Toilets 

Accessible portaloos will be available on the Festival site and on an area of the Visitor Centre tarmac car park, closed off to vehicles next to Coney Meadow. These are in addition to the accessible toilets at Ferry Meadows public toilets, Ferry Meadows Cafe and Lakeside car park. The nearest accessible changing room, with hoist and height adjustable changing bench, is at Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity Centre at Lakeside. Users are required to provide their own slings. Nene Outdoors is approximately 1.1km from the festival site using the footpaths, however an alternative car park is adjacent to the building. This changing facility is available during the centre's opening hours which are 11:00-17:00 on Friday and 10:00-17:00 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on using this facility, please get in touch with the Nene Outdoors team on 01733 234193. 

Please refer to the Festival map and the Ferry Meadows map for details of the locations, routes and distances between the facilities. 

Quiet area 

There will be a gazebo designated as quiet area next to the Nene Park information stand. 

Seating 

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and rugs and enjoy the Festival site. 

Lighting and effects 

There will be flashing lighting but no strobe, lasers, fireworks or smoke in use at the event.