bOing! is free to enter and we have free parking available on campus so that everybody can come and join in the fun with us – from the very young to the very elderly, or adults, children and teenagers with disabilities and complex needs.
Along with many free outdoor shows and performances, we have some events that have been curated especially for those with access requirements:
A new show from Oily Cart for teenagers (11+) with complex needs and their friends and families.
It’s time to make some noise! Let their Balkan band guide you through a colourful world, where the music can be felt through your whole body. Using tunes co-composed with young people with complex needs, Jamboree is a sensory theatrical riot like no other.
‘As ever with Oily Cart, the interaction between audience and performers is beautifully judged.’ The Guardian (Hush-A-Bye)
Access note: Please be aware that Jamboree will be a highly sensory/stimulating experience.
A luminarium gives access to a very broad audience, embracing all ages, all abilities, all cultures and communities. The idea for the first Architects of Air Luminarium originally grew out of a theatre project for people with learning disabilities and it has become a highly popular sensory experience that everyone and anyone can enjoy. The Daedalum Luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and anyone with mobility issues.
“It was one of the greatest examples of the arts reaching the everyday citizen I have ever seen.” Emily L. Spruill, Director of Cultural Affairs, Virginia Beach, USA
“Our 16-year-old special needs son does not tolerate crowds and noise. He needed a little coaxing to enter the exhibit but once inside it was amazing to see him so mesmerized by the lights and shapes and he squealed with laughter several times. It is rare that we get to enjoy activities with all three of our children but this was the exception. Thank you for making this family occasion for us all to enjoy.” Laura Hollenbec, Austin, USA
Accessible Film Club: The Lion King
At our Accessible Film Club screening, audiences can watch The Lion King in a relaxed environment, with no adverts, dimmed lights and captioned subtitles / audio description available. Please contact the Ticket office on 01227 769075 to book a free carer/support provider ticket.
From live music to clowns, puppets and dancing, there is so much to see for free at bOing!
Accessible Bay Parking
Drivers who have a Government Blue Badge are directed to park within the Central Visitor Car Park. Please check with Tickets & Information who will able to advise with regard to parking for specific shows on 01227 769075 or email email@example.com.
If you are attending Jamboree, please refer to specific parking information that will be sent by email to you nearer the time of the festival in August.
Accessible toilets are available across the University of Kent campus and the festival site.
Young adult and adult changing facilities are available in the Library Building close to Gulbenkian.
Baby changing facilities are available at each venue.
bOing! is an indoor and outdoor event utilising the University of Kent grounds and venues. The majority of the area is flat and are serviced by a network of paths, however, mobility problems may arise on grassy areas, particularly in bad weather conditions. If it rains it may get muddy and access around the site (other than on paths) may be very difficult. Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much trouble but the ground can be uneven in places.
There are around 15 different venues and performance areas, which are located around the site. Download the 2018 site map. The 2019 site map will be available closer to the festival.
We take health and well-being very seriously at bOing! There will be to be first aiders on hand during the whole event.
If the team can help you with any access questions then please call on 01227 769075 and let them know.