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bOing! 2024 is a Relaxed Festival

We believe that bOing! is for everyone and each year we work to ensure that all audiences can enjoy the special bOing! atmosphere.

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:

Theatre performances

Our indoor spaces all have wheelchair access, and we always programme work create for neuro-divergent audiences. We will be announcing the bOing! line up in early April 2024.

bOing! Films & Relaxed Film Screening

All of our screenings at bOing! have level access and wheelchair spaces available.

At our Relaxed Film screening, audiences can watch films in a relaxed environment, with no adverts, dimmed lights and captioned subtitles / audio description available. When on sale, please contact the Ticket office by email boxoffice@kent.ac.uk to book a free carer/support provider ticket. (Gulbenkian Access Scheme members will be able to access supporter tickets when booking online.)

Outdoor Performances

From live music to puppets and dancing, there is so much to see for free at bOing!
Each outside performance area will have a wheelchair viewpoint marked out for each event.

British Sign Language Interpreted Performances

This year we have two performances with BSL interpreters…

The Puppet Van presents: Space Chickens – a free outdoor performance on Gulbenkian Lawn.

in.difference – a new original performance in Lumley Theatre.

Captioned Performances

TEN by Bootworks Theatre is a fully captioned performance in the Aphra Theatre.

Access Information

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 by email boxoffice@kent.ac.uk.

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 and Rutherford College.
Baby changing facilities are available at each venue.

Site description
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 several different venues and performance areas, which are located around the site. You can see a map of the site here (with 2023 details).

Medical Assistance
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 email on boxoffice@kent.ac.uk and let them know.