Access at the Fringe

We want to make Ventnor Fringe as inclusive as possible.

The Ventnor Fringe Box Office at Ventnor Exchange has team members in place specifically for access enquiries and ticket bookings. This service is here to assist anyone with an access requirement to make the most of what the Fringe has to offer. You can call us on (01983) 716767

Our team can help you with the following enquiries:

  • Specific accessibility information for each venue
  • Organising extra assistance when at a venue, including avoiding waiting in queues and busy environments
  • Helping facilitate specific seating requirements
  • Specific information for wheelchair users
  • Anybody who requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance.

There are 4 accessible toilets located around Ventnor during the Ventnor Fringe.  These are toilets with an adult-sized changing bench and hoist, for people who are unable to use a standard accessible toilet. The locations for these are:

  • Parkside (Accessible Portaloo) for The Magpie and Comedy & Cabaret Tent
  • St. Catherine’s Church, also located close to The Book Bus and Ventnor Exchange
  • Pier Street Playhouse (Baptist Church)
  • Ventnor Eastern Esplanade (Access with a Radar Key) located opposite Harbourside

All venues at the Ventnor Fringe have step free access except the following:

  • Ventnor Exchange (2 steps at entrance)
  • Ventnor Arts Club (1 step at entrance and steps to toilets)
  • Some ‘pop up’ venues and private houses/studios

Festivals can sometimes be loud and busy places and we understand that doesn’t suit everyone. This might include someone with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, sensory or communication disorder or learning disability. We want to make sure the Ventnor Fringe accommodates everyone and so every venue is designed so that is easy to come and go from the venue if needed. If you would like to be seated near to an exit please let a steward know and they will be happy to accomodate this.

Parkside is located in Ventnor Park, which has lots of empty space and quiet areas. In Downtown (Ventnor Town Centre) The Book Bus provides a relaxed and calm environment and Harbourside is located on the Ventnor Esplanade, just a stone’s throw from the beach and coastal footpath.