Access

First Light Festival takes place on Lowestoft’s South Beach, seafront promenades and Kensington Gardens. Whilst our unique setting is very beautiful and we want to festival to be something everyone can experience and enjoy, the natural environment and Victorian infrastructure may mean it is not easy to navigate for everyone.

We have compiled the guide below to help you plan your visit and consider what support and/or equipment you might need to enjoy the festival.

If there are ways that we can make First Light Festival more accessible to you, or if you have any access questions, please email Robbie at Info@firstlightlowestoft.com.

 

Programme

All of our events can be found online. If you would like a large print or audio version please email Robbie at Info@firstlightlowestoft.com.

 

Tickets

First Light Festival is free entry and you are welcome to come and go as much as you like over the 24 hours.

Over 100+ events are free and unticketed. A handful of events are ticketed, including Wild Beach Camping, MoonDance Silent Disco, Mossy’s Afterparty, Screen on the Sands cinema and Feasts. Specific access information for each of these can be found on the event page.

We are happy to provide a complimentary Personal Assistant ticket for each paid-for ticket. If you would like to book a free PA ticket, please email Robbie at info@firstlightfestival.com

 

Getting there

The best car park for step free access to the beach is Claremont Pier. Please note that usual charges are in place and may still be applicable to blue badge holders.

There are a small number of allocated disabled bays on London Road South near the shops and on street parking on Kirkley Cliff Road and Pakefield Road near Kensington Gardens. For further information regarding blue badge on-street parking visit https://www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council

Disabled Accredited Parking spaces can be found here: https://www.dpaccreditation.org.uk/.

All East Suffolk Council car parks, including those on the seafront use the Ring Go app and is convenient for all car drivers https://www.myringgo.co.uk/?style=m/ .

For information on getting to the site via public transport see our ‘your visit’ page

Click here for Your Visit page

TAXI SERVICES –

The following taxi companies can provide facilities for wheelchair users who need to travel in their wheelchairs or scooters:

Atlas Private Hire 01502 500000

Dial-a ride bus – 01986 896896

Five 1 – 01502 515151

Harbour Cabs – 01502 507299

Electric and manual wheelchairs and scooters are available for hire, daily or for holiday hire from

Lowestoft Shopmobility 01502 588857 lowestoftshopmob@btconnect.com

Be-Active Mobility 01502 568848 or 0800 2118810

East Coast Mobility 01502 514500

 

Getting around the Festival site

South Beach is a large and flat, comprising of very soft sand, becoming more pebbly closer the sea. We will be putting in a temporary trackway on the beach for access to the Sun Light stage, Moon Dance and First Word as well as a small number of food concessions, a bar, information point, box office and toilets. Beach wheelchairs are available to hire from the beach management office located near to the Red Pogoda public toilets

Kensington Gardens is mainly flat with tarmac paths. The Bowling Greens only have level access via the gate entrance from Kensington Road/Kirkley Cliff Road. All other access points have a small number of steps, including 6 steps to get to the Boating Lake. The sunken area of Japanese Gardens is only accessible via a small number of steps which can be slippery when wet.

The Upper Esplanade is a wide, tarmacked path divided in a walkway for pedestrians and a cycle lane running from South Pier and East Point Pavilion to Kensington Gardens.  It has a slight and steady incline from Claremont Pier to Kensington Gardens. It is approximately a 10-20 minute walk or wheel (depending on your speed) from Claremont Pier to Kensington Gardens. There are benches along the length of the Upper Esplanade for rests.

Jubilee Parade is a wide, flat and level tarmacked path from Claremont Pier to All Saints Road in Pakefield. It is approximately a 10-20 minute walk or wheel (depending on your speed) from Claremont Pier to the main festival site on the beach. There is a concrete wall that runs alongside it which is suitable for taking a seated rest enroute.

There are various slopes and steps between the upper esplanade and jubilee parade

Claremont pier – gentle slope, most suitable for mobilty scooters and wheel chair users.

Pagoda Toilets – fairly steep, 42m slope split into 2 sections.

Sandy toes/ Kirkley cliff road car park – steep, 42m slope.

Victoria Hotel/ Beach – 67m ramp split into 3 sections, each with steps between. 7 steps total.

Rectory road – 73m steep slope split into 2 sections, with no steps.

Kensington Gardens/ Zaks café – 60 steep steps split into 2 sections, with a 48m walkway and a bench in-between.

Cefas/ Pakefield – very steep 96m slope

Pakefield Road – 29 very steep steps onto a grass park.

Pakefield Road – Very steep steps. Going from the beach upwards there are 26 steps, it then splits with one way going to the road (31 steps) and one way going to the car park (24 steps).

Pakefield Street – Very steep 55m slope.

All Saints Road – Steep 56m slope.

All Saints Road – Very steep 35m slope.

 

Festival Zones

Please be advised that flicker, laser, strobe and other lighting affects may be in use during performances.

 

Sunlight Stage

Performances are viewable from the beach, trackway and Jubilee parade. Please note this is public access and not a managed viewing area.

Seating is not provided

 

Moon Dance

Ramped access from Jubilee Parade.

Solid wooden floor inside

Seating available.

 

First Word

Ramped access onto trackway from Jubilee Parade.

Solid wooden floor inside

Seating available.

Some events will have BSL – see ‘whats on’

 

New Dawn Stage

Performances are viewable from the beach and Jubilee parade. Please note this is public access and not a managed viewing area.

Seating is not provided

 

Beach Club

Ramped access from Jubilee Parade TBC

Seating available.

A section has a wooden floor, the rest is sand.

 

Cosmic Pirates

Access and activities are on the sand.

 

Wellbeing by the Waves

Access and activities are on the sand.

No washing facilities are available

 

Screen on the Sand

Seating is mainly on the sand, although the screens are viewable from jubilee parade.

Audio is via headphones.

Films will be captioned

 

Wild Beach Camping

Access and activities are on the sand.

 

Planet Positive

The Bowling Greens only have level access via the gate entrance from Kensington Road/Kirkley Cliff Road. All other access points have a small number of steps, including from the Boating Lake and Japanese Gardens.

Access ramps will be available from the path onto the bowling green.

Carpeted pathways on bowling green

Marquees all carpeted with seating available (some tents might be on request – please ask a member of staff).

 

Gardens stage

The Garden Stage can be enjoyed from the Boating Lake area of Kensington Gardens

The Boating Lake has level tarmacked pathways with grassed areas

Seating available.

 

Makers Market

The Makers Market is situated on The Upper Esplanade, which has level, tarmacked path

 

First Light Food Market

The First Light Food Market is situated on The Upper Esplanade, which has level, tarmacked path

 

Toilets

Accessible toilets are available at :

Portable toilets on Knesington Road

Portable toilets adjacent to the Beach Club

Portable toilets adjacent to the Sunlight Stage.

Pagoda public toilets on Jubilee Parade.

East Point Pavilion public toilets

Accessible Toilets which require a RADAR key are available in Kensington Gardens.

RADAR keys can be purchased from the D.I.A.L. office (161, Rotterdam Road, Lowestoft NR32 2EZ), the Shopmobility office (15, Station Square, Lowestoft NR32 1BA) or online via the RADAR Key Company. To report damage or any issues regarding the toilets, telephone Waveney Norse on 01502 527100.

CHANGING PLACES – There is a changing places facility at East Point Pavilion, which is approximately 25 minutes walk from the festival site.

 

Livestreaming, BSL and Captioning

We are offering highlights from the programme as livestream to watch online from home

Some events in the First Word, Sunlight Stage and Planet Positive will offer BSL, please see individual events on our Whats On page for further information

Screen on the Sand events will have subtitles.

 

Assistant Dogs

Assistant dogs are welcome at First Light Festival, however please note that no other dogs are allowed on the beach at this time of year.

If you are able to provide us with any changes to the information on this page please email info@firstlightlowestoft.com