image for Exhibition Centre item typeExhibition Centre at The Forum

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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Exhibition Centre



Millennium Plain,
Bethel Street,

The Forum

The Forum


The Forum in Norwich is a stunning community building in the city centre and is the ideal place to meet any time of the year. There's an al fresco café and a pizzeria in a very unique setting plus an outdoor amphitheatre over looking the magnificent St Peter Mancroft church.

The Forum was an especially commissioned £65 million project for the East of England to celebrate the new millennium. Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, who has designed a number of other award-winning buildings including Norwich Cathedral Refectory (2004). The Forum attracts approximately two million visitors per year and houses the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium and the 2nd Air Division Memorial Libraries, BBC East's regional headquarter, Norwich Tourist Information Centre, a shop, a cafe, restaurant, Fusion - a giant digital gallery (the largest in Europe), BBC open studio and The Curve auditorium.

Throughout the year an exciting and varied programme of events are staged, including outdoor cinema and opera, Comedy Store, jazz concerts, art exhibitions, craft markets and children’s school holiday activities. It's well worth checking the website,, telephoning the 24 hour information line on 01603 727905 or popping in to see what's going on.

Disabled access

Disabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Facilities for hearing impaired

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 10 Oct - Sat 17 Dec Cards for Good Causes
Sat 29 Oct Norwich Pumpkin Rescue



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Map reference: TG 228084  Lat: 52.62778 Long: 1.29099


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
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