National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016

3 September 2016

National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016

Event information:

Time: 1pm - 6pm

Family friendly: Yes


Come and join in the excitement, just four days before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. A fantastic free summer festival where you can try para-sports and enjoy an incredible line-up of Deaf and disability arts. Everyone is welcome at National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016, which has some of the most accessible and inclusive facilities in the UK.

Here is the programme for the Liberty Festival:

UP! The Orchestra of Unlimited Potential / UP! A Orquestra de Potencial Ilimitado
Mind the Gap band, featuring Jez Colborne
Kris Halpin
Billy Saga and Kid Campbell, in association with Drake Music
Rockinpaddy, featuring John Kelly
Monica Vasoncelos
Victoria Oruwari
Lizzie Emeh Big Band

Short films curated by Together! 2012

Embrace Deaf Men Dancing
Marc Brew Company Uchronia presented by Sadler's Wells
The Big Dance Bus featuring Corali and WDSA
Grotteschi Touch Compass

Installations and Visual Arts
Eye Music Trust: Colourscape Symphony of the Senses featuring Laura Dajao
Jason Wilsher Mills
James Lake

Poetry and Spoken Word
Owen Lowery in collaboration with Gijs van Bon Skryf (Sand Writer)
Jack Dean
Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Madhouse
Rowan James
Together! 2012 tent (music, poetry, comedy, dance)

Street Theatre and Aerial performance
Nodus Tollens, The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble
Bingo Lingo Daryl Beeton and Nicola Miles-Wildin
Sailing Through The Dark, Amelia Cavallo
Natural Diversions (Together! 2012)

Here is the full programme of activities taking place for National Paralympic Day:

ParalympicsGB Carnival
Para Triathlon
Table tennis
Sitting volleyball
Wheelchair basketball
Wheelchair tennis
ParalympicsGB fan zone where you can meet athletes, take photos with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch and more

Come and try inclusive sports
Mini golf sessions
Activity Area (2-3 x static rowing machines; Speed bounces; Mini-hurdles; Bean-bag throws; Balance board)
Dance taster sessions
Hula hoop Fitness
Skip fit
Tennis - (mini) taster activity / wheelchair tennis
New age kurling
All ability bike try-out - up to 15 bikes for adults and children

Access infomation:

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. There are level access routes throughout the park. National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival takes place on the South Lawns which is predominantly a hard standing area, with step-free access.

On the day access facilities will include:

  • Audio description headsets are available at Event Information & Access Points.

  • BSL interpretation, induction loops and captioning services are available at locations across the event. Also available are roaming personal assistants, interpreters and audio describer.

  • Rest area located on site (south of the South Lawn).

  • Changing Places facilities available at The Podium, next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit. A High Dependency Unit will also be available on site.

  • A spend area for assistance dogs - who are welcome at the event.

  • Getting to the Park:

    Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) have some of the best and most accessible public transport links in London. More information is available on the QEOP website:

    The pedestrian route from Stratford Station to the Park is level and over good hardstanding surfaces. The distance to the Stadium is approximately 1km and takes 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, there is a public and accessible bus route (388) that runs from Stratford City Bus Station to Westfield Avenue/Waterden Road every 10mins approx. Please do check in advance for any re-routeing on event days.
    Download the photo route

    Dial A Ride Shuttle Service:
    A free shuttle service will be provided by TFL Dial A Ride between Stratford Station (Jubilee Line, Platform 13) and the temporary passenger drop off point on Pool Street at the event site. This is intended for disabled customers. Passengers will need to be members of Dial a Ride (but you can register on the bus during the day). The service will run between 11:30 and 19:00 on Saturday 3 September.

    Blue Badge Parking
    For Blue Badge holders who are attending the festival on the south lawn, there will be parking provided at a temporary facility on Pool Street. Pre-booking is advised please call 0800 0722 110 and quote Blue Badge for National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival
    For customers arriving by taxi, a drop off point is located on Pool St. in close proximity to the South Park Lawn.
    An accessible buggy service will run between the blue badge parking and Pool Street drop-off and the event site.
    Please follow this link for a map and directions to the drop off point and blue badge parking for National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival.

    Park Mobility Service:
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park operates a Park Mobility service for Park visitors who require additional mobility support and assistance. Mobility buggies will operate on the Park taking customers from the Park's Information Point to the event. It is not necessary to book the buggy service; these will run a regular shuttle service between the Park Information Point and the event site.
    Customers can also hire a mobility scooter or manual wheelchair. Details of the Park Mobility service is available on the Park website:
    Pre-booking of the Park Mobility equipment is strongly advised and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis by calling 0800 0722 110. No charges will be made for use of this service at National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival, although users will be required to leave a form of identification.

    If you have any access questions about this event please email: or call 020 8305 1818


    Tickets/Booking: FREE

    Location & Map: