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Castlefield Bowl


VENUE: Castlefield Bowl

SHOW: The Walk: When the Birds Land

ADDRESS: Castlefield Bowl, via Castle St entrance, off Duke Street, Manchester M3 4RU

VENUE TYPE: Castlefield Bowl is a large, open-air arena close to Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

VENUE ACCESS

The main audience entrance is on Castle Street, off Duke Street (which is cobbled and uneven – a journey of approximately 250m from the junction with Liverpool Rd), and across the part-paved, part-cobbled (with flat square cobbles) open space of Castlefield Basin.

There is step-free access to all areas of the event except for the stone bleachers towards the back of the arena. These are accessed via stone steps with a handrail. There are flat, square cobbles throughout Castlefield Bowl as well as flagged paths, and the ground is uneven in places.

This is a standing, General Admission event. For those who book a Wheelchair User or Access Seat ticket type and their companions, there will be dedicated space in on the two inbuilt viewing platforms either side of the bleachers. These are accessed via a ramp at the foot of the railway arches. The journey from the event entrance up the ramp to the first viewing platform is approximately 30m and from there, the far platform is another 65m away across the smooth concrete area at the back of the bleachers.

Please note that, like the rest of the venue, these areas are uncovered and open to the elements.

PERFORMANCE ACCESS

This event will have captions. We will ensure that the captioning is visible from as much of the arena as possible.

This event will be BSL-interpreted by Lizzie Wharton. The interpreter will stand on a platform to the right of the stage. This will be signposted at the venue on the day.

TOILETS

There will be toilets on site, including accessible toilets.

Unfortunately there isn’t a Changing Places facility on site for this event. The nearest Changing Places facility which will be open in the evening is located at Manchester Central Library (approximately 0.7 miles away) and is open until 8pm. This is accessible via a RADAR key, or by asking a member of Library staff.

If you are in the Castlefield area pre-show, there is also a Changing Places facility inside the Science and Industry Museum (0.1 miles away) which is open until 5pm and accessible with a RADAR key or by asking a member of Museum staff.

TRAVEL & PARKING:

Please note that on Wednesday 3rd November, Manchester City are playing in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium (kick-off at 8pm) – accordingly, traffic and public transport routes around the city centre may be busier than usual.

Parking

There is limited accessible parking close to Castlefield Bowl, in front of the Science and Industry Museum on Lower Byrom Street and along Liverpool Road.

The nearest car parks with accessible spaces are NCP Great Northern Warehouses 1 & 2 on Watson Street (M3 4EE for SatNav). There are 25 accessible spaces in Warehouse 1 and 15 in Warehouse 2 which operate on a first-come, first-served basis. These car parks are approximately 0.4 miles from Castlefield Bowl.

Train & Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station (Zone 1) and Deansgate railway station are both approximately 485m away from Castlefield Bowl. All platforms at the Metrolink and railway stations have step-free access to the platforms. There is lift access from the street to the stations (accessible at the end of Deansgate on the corner with Whitworth St West). There is no tactile paving at Deansgate railway station, and level access to the Manchester platform is across the overbridge from the Metrolink station (this is to your right as you come out of the lift from the street).

Bus

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Castlefield Bowl along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible.
For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

Bicycle

Public cycle parking is available at the following locations on a first-come, first-served basis, but is not managed by MIF:

  • Outside Science and Industry Museum, Lower Byrom Street (6 Sheffield stands)
  • Deansgate / Whitworth Street junction (5 + 5 Sheffield stands)

A network of other bike racks are available within and around a 5-minute walk of the site.

UPPER CAMPFIELD MARKET


VENUE: Upper Campfield Market

SHOW: The Walk: When the Birds Land – Puppetry Workshops

ADDRESS: Upper Campfield Market, Barton St (off Deansgate), Manchester M3 4NN

VENUE TYPE: Upper Campfield Market is a large former industrial building in central Manchester.

VENUE ACCESS

The main entrance for workshop participants is through the archway from Deansgate, between Instituto Cervantes and Dimitri’s bar.

There is step free, flat access to all areas of the venue – the floor is concrete and slightly uneven in places.

Please note that depending on the weather, it may be cold inside Upper Campfield. Please dress appropriately.

WORKSHOP ACCESS

This workshop will be led by puppetry artists from Curious School of Puppetry. Instructions will be given verbally by the workshop leaders throughout, and there will also be printed instruction sheets on your table to guide you. You will be able to sit down at tables while creating your swallow puppet, and there will be volunteers on hand to assist if needed.

For the second half of the workshop there will be physical demonstrations of how to animate your puppet – you are welcome to move around the space during this section, or take part from your seat in whatever way you prefer.

If you have any questions about accessibility at the workshop or any specific access requirements you’d like to discuss, please contact creativeengagement@mif.co.uk as soon as possible when you book so that we can source the right provision for you.

TOILETS

There are toilets onsite, including an accessible toilet.

Unfortunately there isn’t a Changing Places facility on site for this event. The nearest Changing Places facility is located inside the Science and Industry Museum (0.2 miles away) which is open until 5pm and accessible with a RADAR key or by asking a member of Museum staff.

TRAVEL & PARKING:

Parking
There is limited accessible parking outside the Science and Industry Museum on Lower Byrom St (3 bays, 0.2 miles away). There are also a number of Blue Badge bays in the Stone Street car park (Stone St, M3 4NE, 0.1 miles away).

Otherwise, the nearest large car parks with accessible spaces are NCP Great Northern Warehouses 1 & 2 on Watson Street (M3 4EE for SatNav, 0.3 miles away). There are 25 accessible spaces in Warehouse 1 and 15 in Warehouse 2 which operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Train & Metrolink
Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station (Zone 1) and Deansgate railway station are both approximately 0.2 miles away. All platforms at the Metrolink and railway stations have step-free access to the platforms. There is lift access from the street to the stations (accessible at the end of Deansgate on the corner with Whitworth St West). There is no tactile paving at Deansgate railway station, and level access to the Manchester platform is across the overbridge from the Metrolink station (this is to your right as you come out of the lift from the street).

Bus
Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible.
For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

Additional Information


Disclaimer: all information is subject to change as a result of new information, COVID-19 planning, venue changes and any unforeseen circumstances. Please keep up to date with this information.

Please contact us at access@mif.co.uk with relevant queries.