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image for Festival item typeNorfolk Summer Deaf Festival at The Forum

  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Festival, Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019, free entry

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Come and join us!


We recognise that hearing loss can feel isolating and we want to demonstrate that you are not alone, anything is possible, no matter what loss you have, what age you are or where you come from.

Our festival is a chance to make friends, source tools to support independence, meeting new inspiring deaf and hard of hearing people, learn about deaf culture and so much more. The whole two days will have access to British Sign Language interpreters and captions, equal access for all.

We have the inspirational Paul Whittaker, a musician and performer who is profoundly deaf hosting the event and a signed song workshop, so come and learn how to translate some songs into British Sign Language. We also have David Ellington, a deaf actor, famous for his interpretation of adverts during the Olympics. With these two hosting, there is bound to be lots of laughs and definitely not to be missed!

The fantastic NDCS Roadshow bus will be coming along again and sharing vital information for all ages and all types of hearing loss, as well as companies such as Advanced Bionics and Phonak with stalls brimming with information. Local services such as Easton College, Deaf Connexions, Sign The Cross will also be there and many more.

Hearing dogs for deaf people will be giving an inspiring talk about their role and plenty of opportunities for cuddles. A wide range of signing choirs will be performing including Claire’s School, Colman Junior School and Bungay High School.

Raymond Antrobus and Donna Williams, deaf poets will be running workshops so that you can learn poetry skills and gain some insight into the magical world of poetry and sign language working together. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite shortly.

Olivier Jamin and Sunny Chana, deaf artists will be running art workshops where you can learn how to decorate a tote bag and t-shirt combining the effect of colours and patterns. Tickets must be purchased beforehand, limited spaces available and will be available on Eventbrite shortly (keep updated by following us on insta #norfolkdeaffestival or facebook @norfolkdeaffestival).

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impaired

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019 10:00 to 16:00


Free entry

The event is free for all but art and poetry workshops will require tickets which can be purchased beforehand on Eventbrite (follow facebook/Insta page for more details @norfolkdeaffestival)

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Norfolk Summer Deaf Festival


Millennium Plain,
Bethel Street,


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • 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