Access

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We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Greenwich and Dockland International Festival.

GDIF takes place across outdoor spaces in east and south east London with a focus on the town centres of Greenwich, Woolwich and Tower Hamlets. Outdoor shows welcome all audiences and are usually more relaxed performances.

We have made every effort to ensure that the day is accessible to everyone who wants to attend; particularly disabled and older people. We want to provide you with as much information about access as we can before Greenwich and Docklands Festival. We will update this page regularly, so do visit again.

All information about GDIF2016 will be available as a word document soon.

We’ve provided information on the main festival locations to the right, and information on BSL, captioning and audio description below. You can also watch our Access videos or listen to the audio file for a summary of information for 2016.

If you have any questions about access for Greenwich and Docklands Festival please email access@festival.org or call 020 8503 5023 and we will do our best to help.



The House access video
Greenwich Fair access video
The People Build access video
Moat Island access video
Silence access video
Dancing City access video
Ignite! access video
Festival finale - The Clash of Drums access video






BSL, caption & audio description

The House (24 June) and Silence (1 July) are captioned and audio described.There will be a touch tour of Silence (1 July).

There are BSL interpreted tours at Greenwich Fair (Sunday 26 June) and Dancing City (2 July).

There are viewing platforms at most locations – please see site information for details. These will be made available to those that require them plus one personal assistant. Places on the platform at The House and Silence can be booked in advance, or you can just turn up on the night.

At other locations viewing areas will be made available and clearly signposted and stewarded.

Site by Site

All sites will have accessible toilets available. Viewing areas or platforms will be marked on the floor and with a sign, and will have chairs, with and without armrests.


The House

The performance will take place after dark in the grounds of the National Maritime Museum. There is level access to the site and there are paved paths. Those standing in the audience will be on a grassy surface. There is a tiered seating stand and a viewing platform with step-free access.


Greenwich Fair

Shows take place in Cutty Sark Gardens, the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC), St Alfege Park and Greenwich Town Centre during daylight hours. Access to ORNC is at street level. There are 4 shallow steps in the centre of Cutty Sark Gardens, but access is available by ramp from the pavement on Greenwich Church Street. The ground is level and paved. Some performances take place on grass.

Public transport
By Train: Greenwich (step-free station, assistance dogs welcome)
By DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (step-free station, assistance dogs welcome)
By Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386 (low-floor vehicles, assistance dogs welcome)
By Thames Clippers: Greenwich Pier (wheelchair accessible via ramps)

Disabled Parking
It is recommended to use public transport as there are limited car parking facilities available near the Festival sites. Greenwich Council allow free parking to any person displaying a Blue Badge in disabled parking spaces, Pay & Display access, metered parking spaces and limited stay bays. You will also be able to park on a yellow line for up to three hours, provided you do not cause an obstruction and there is not a loading ban. You will need to clearly display your badge, with the clock showing the arrival time.

Locations of car parking:
Blackheath Avenue - Six designated disabled bays
Greenwich South Street/Blackheath Hill - Four 3-hour red-route box bays
Burney Street - One designated disabled bay
Romney Road near Park Row - One car park with moderate access
Welland Street - One car park (2.2m height restriction)
Blue Badge holders can also park in car parks (up to three hours)

Induction loops
There will be an induction loop in place at the Information point located at the entrance to the Cutty Sark Gardens site.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Park offers good step-free access, hard-standing surfaces, regular seating and accessible Blue Badge car parking. There is a mobility buggy on site which may be available for use (tbc)
Click here for the Park's accessibility map


Dancing City

Performances take place in the grounds of Canary Wharf Estate during daylight hours across multiple locations - Canary Riverside, Westferry Circus, Wren Landing, Cubitt Steps, Jubilee Plaza and Montgomery Square. Canary Wharf Estate is fully accessible. The ground is level and paved.

Public transport
By tube: Canary Wharf (step-free station, assistance dogs welcome)
By DLR: Canary Wharf (step-free station, assistance dogs welcome)
By bus: D3, D7, D8, 135, 277
By car: Underground car parks leading to Cabot, Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clippers: Canary Wharf Pier (Step-free access from street level to the pier)

Bethnal Green Gardens

Performance will take place after dark on the tarmaced area (basketball courts) in the south of the gardens. The site has flat and ramped access. The ground is tarmaced and mostly level. There are some grassy areas.

Public transport
By Tube: Bethnal Green (not step-free)
By Overground: Bethnal Green (not step-free)
Closest accessible stations: Hackney Central (Ramp access)
By Bus: 8, 106, 254, 309, 388, D3, D6 (buses in bold from Hackney Central)

Disabled Parking
It is recommended to use public transport as there are limited car parking facilities available near the Festival sites. Hackney Council allow free parking to any person displaying a Blue Badge in disabled parking spaces, Pay & Display and metered parking spaces. You can also park on a single yellow line for up to three hours, provided you do not cause an obstruction and there is not a loading ban. You will need to clearly display your badge, with the clock showing the arrival time.

There will be a stewarded viewing area for this performance area.

Royal Artillery Barracks

Performance will take place after dark on the tarmaced area of the barracks. The site has level access. The ground is tarmaced and level.

Public Transport
By DLR: Woolwich Arsenal (step-free station)
By Bus: 53, 54, 291, 380, 422 (buses from Woolwich Arsenal in bold)

Disabled Parking
It is recommended to use public transport as there are limited car parking facilities available near the Festival site. Greenwich Council allow free parking to any person displaying a Blue Badge in disabled parking spaces, Pay & Display access, metered parking spaces and limited stay bays. You will also be able to park on a yellow line for up to three hours, provided you do not cause an obstruction and there is not a loading ban. You will need to clearly display your badge, with the clock showing the arrival time.

There will be a stewarded viewing area for this performance area.

General Gordon Square

Performances take place in General Gordon Square during daylight hours. Access is at street level with mild gradients. The access routes are paved. There are some grassy areas.

Public Transport
By DLR: Woolwich Arsenal (step-free station)
By Bus: 51, 53, 54, 96, 99, 122, 161, 177, 178, 180, 244, 291, 380, 386, 422, 469, 472, 658

Disabled Parking
It is recommended to use public transport as there are limited car parking facilities available near the Festival sites. Greenwich Council allow free parking to any person displaying a Blue Badge in disabled parking spaces, Pay & Display access, metered parking spaces and limited stay bays. You will also be able to park on a yellow line for up to three hours, provided you do not cause an obstruction and there is not a loading ban. You will need to clearly display your badge, with the clock showing the arrival time.