Accessibility at First Light Festival
We would like First Light Festival to be an event that everyone can experience and enjoy.
First Light is free and un-ticketed, with the exception of the Moon Dance Silent Disco and Screen on the Sand where headphones are required, Wild Beach Camping and Gilles Peterson’s Club DJ Set.
Getting to the Festival site
We are situated in an open access public site in Lowestoft, comprised of the sandy South Beach and Victorian Kensington Gardens.
Please consider the ground conditions and our unpredictable British weather when deciding what access you might require and what equipment you might need to bring. If you would like to discuss anything particular to your needs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no vehicle access to the site however there are a choice of public car parks nearby. If you are in a wheelchair the best car park to use is Claremont Pier for level access to the site on both levels. More details on how to get to the site and parking can be found on Your Visit
Sentinel Leisure have 2 beach wheelchairs available for hire for a small fee from their beach office on Jubilee Parade.
The South Beach is mostly level but comprised of soft sand and may not accessible for those with additional mobility requirements.
Kensington Gardens has 3 areas – the Bowling Greens, Japanese Gardens and Boating Lake. There are level paved and tarmacked pathways throughout the park, however the shortest routes often involve a small number of steps. There is step free access from the Upper Esplanade and Kirkley Cliff Road
The Upper Esplanade and Jubilee Parade are level tarmacked public paths that run the length of the site at the top and bottom of the cliff. There are a choice of ramps and steps between the two, however these are steep and may not be suitable for those with additional mobility requirements. The best routes will be signposted, however these are not always the shortest ways around so if you have an electric scooter please ensure it is well charged!
Particular information for each stage is as follows:
Sunlight Main Stage
We are creating a Terratec trackway from Jubilee Parade to an accessible viewing area on the beach.
Viewing area – this is solely for the use of our disabled Festival goers plus one other. Chairs are not provided but customers can bring their own to use
Customers are advised that flicker, laser, strobe and other lighting affects may be in use during performances.
We are creating a Terratec trackway from Jubilee Parade to into Moon Dance
Moon Dance will have a floor laid out over the sand inside.
Cosmic Pirates, Wellbeing by the Waves, Cinema on the Sand, Wild Beach Camping and Circadian
These areas are situated directly on the beach, which is level but comprised of soft sand and may not accessible for those with additional mobility requirements.
Interstellar Ideas on the Green
The Bowling Greens have level access via the gate entrance from Kensington Road/Kirkley Cliff Road. Some access points have a small number of steps.
There is also level access from the Boating Lake via the path that runs parallel to the Upper Esplanade
Access ramps will be available from the path alongside Cefas onto the bowling green.
Terratec pathways on bowling green
Music from the Japanese Gardens can be enjoyed from the Boating Lake area of Kensington Gardens and The Japanese Gardens
The Boating Lake has level tarmacked pathways with grassed areas and seating
The sunken area of Japanese Gardens is accessible via a ramp that runs alongside the Bowling Green end of the Tennis Courts or a small number of steps which can be slippery when wet.
The Makers Market is situated around the Boating Lake in Kensington Gardens.
There are paved tarmacked paths between the different stalls
The stalls themselves are situated on grass
One of the makers marquees is located atop a mound, which is accessible via a small number of steps or a grassed incline.
The Food Zone is situated on The Upper Esplanade, which has level, tarmacked path
Art in the Huts
Are situated in Beach Huts along Jubilee Parade. Access will vary.
Accessible toilets and seating will be situated around the site.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer BSL, Captioning or hearing loops at the festival this year but are looking to include this at future festivals.