End of the Road Festival is set in lovely old Victorian pleasure gardens, woodlands and fields located on a slight hill. It is predominantly a greenfield site with varying gradients, types of terrain and pathways. The natural terrain is bumpy in parts as you would expect in lush countryside but most of the festival areas can be reached via a road or pathway. We are committed to doing everything we can to make the festival accessible to everyone. Here is more information to help you plan your time at the festival.
Applying for Accessible Facilities and/or a Personal Assistant or Essential Companion
Applications for Personal Assistant tickets, accessible camping & viewing platform access for End of The Road 2024 will close at midday on Monday 29 July 2024. Please be aware these are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Facilities are intended for people with long-term disabilities and health conditions. Regrettably we are not able to provide any specific support to people with temporary injuries.
Once you have bought your ticket, if you require use of accessible facilities or wish to apply for a personal assistant / essential companion ticket, please answer the below questions and send back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. A copy of one or more of the following documents:
– The Access Card.
– DLA/PIP or equivalent.
– Medical professional’s letter.
– D/deaf or blind registration.
2. Full name of the Accessible Customer
3. Their ticket ID number
4. Full name of the Personal Assistant / Essential Companion
5. Do you wish to camp in the Accessible Campsite?
6. Will you be in a tent or a campervan/caravan?
7. What is the model and registration number of your vehicle if you are driving?
8. How many people will be in your party? (max. of 5 people for the accessible campsite)
9. Does the accessible customer require Viewing Platform access?
Once all documentation has been received and processed, you will receive confirmation by email. All documentation is kept secure and destroyed after processing.
Site Layout / Ground Conditions
End of the Road is a small festival, with the stages, bars and village traders positioned relatively close to one another. There are a variety of tarmac, gravel and wood chip roads and pathways linking all of the festival spaces and facilities. All of the traders and food stalls are on level grass and have flat areas in front of their counters. At Joe’s Green we have to protect the grass as it is the Victorian Wedding Lawn so the Peacock Bar has a small step up into the marquee. The Boat Stage area is mainly woodchip and wooded forest floor with trees lying on the ground and some tree roots. This area is lit at night but can be difficult to manoeuvre when it’s busy. The Talking Heads Stage, where Literature and Comedy takes place, is at the bottom of a steep hill in the woods, access to which is via a woodland pathway down a short incline. There are stewards at the gate to advise you of the route down and we have created a viewing area halfway so you can have a good view of the stage without going all the way down.
To help with access, especially in wet weather, there is a tarmac road from the Accessible Campsite which will give you backstage routes straight up to the Gardens, Joe’s Green, the Cinema, Folly Arena and into the main festival Village. In the festival Village there is a gravel road that runs past the Big Top and down to the Woods Stage.
The Gardens, Wonderlands, Games Area, Piano Stage and Fairy-lit Woods are all linked with smaller gravel or woodchip pathways which are wide enough for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and even in the rain are pretty protected by tree cover.
The Accessible Campsite is placed in order to be within easy reach of the festival arena, but also closeby to the main entrance/exit drive to ensure your arrival & departure is as smooth as possible. Due to the campsite’s close proximity to the festival arena, recorded music can often be heard into the early hours. If you think this might not be suitable for you, the Family campsite is much quieter, however it is not as close to the arena and you cannot park close to your pitch. We recommend bringing your own earplugs, but if you forget them, you can grab some from the Accessible Info Tent in the Accessible Campsite.
Upon arrival onsite
When you arrive through Green Gate, please ask the traffic stewards to direct you to Box Office where you can collect your festival wristband. Everyone in your travel party will need to come to the Box Office to receive their festival wristband. There are no steps at Box Office and there is a lowered counter at the Accessible window. Our Box Office staff are super friendly and will come out of the cabin to assist you so please just ask! Accessible Camping is then just a 30-second drive down the main driveway and on your left. Once you arrive here, you will be greeted by our Accessible Campsite managers who will issue you with your Accessible Parking Pass, Viewing Platform Lanyard & Wristband and Accessible Campsite wristband. You can also hire a Radar Key from here for a £5 returnable deposit.
On Site Distances
Accessible Camping -> Big Top: 375 Meters
Accessible Camping -> The Boat Stage: 400 Meters
Accessible Camping -> Garden Stage: 450 Meters
Accessible Camping -> Woods Stage: 475 Meters
Accessible Camping -> Folly Stage: 550 Meters
Please note: All distances are approximate and subject to change
For full information on getting to the festival please visit our travel page.
Viewing Platforms / Areas
We have a mixture of viewing platforms and viewing areas, please make the stewards in these areas aware if you require access. Access will be granted to those with the correct wristband & lanyard, which you will receive when you arrive at the Accessible Campsite and are limited to 2 per party (1 wristband and 1 lanyard). The person with accessible requirements will receive a wristband and their Personal Assistant will receive a removable lanyard that can be swapped between other members of their party.
Viewing platforms are available at the Woods Stage, the Garden Stage and the Big Top. Viewing areas are available at the Folly and the Talking Heads stage. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a viewing area for The Boat as of yet. The platforms and viewing areas operate on a first-come, first-served basis and we cannot guarantee access at busy times. If the viewing platforms or areas are full, we will operate a one-in, one-out process. We would advise you to arrive early if it is an act you are particularly keen to see.
EOTR will provide some chairs for each viewing platform and area, however, you may also bring your own, providing the chair isn’t too large or obstructive. If you cannot see any chairs available on the Viewing Platform, please ask a steward if there are any more. We ask you to be mindful of others when bringing your own chair onto the viewing platforms & areas. If you decide to leave the platform or area and you have brought your own chair, you must take it with you when you go.
The nearest accessible toilet to the Woods Stage is 50m behind to the right. The nearest accessible toilet to the Big Top is outside and down towards the Woods Stage, approx 100m. The nearest accessible toilet to the Folly Stage is on the way to the Wonderlands, approx 100m. The nearest accessible toilet to Garden Stage is to the left of the Viewing Platform, just down the line of hedges, approx 50m.
Accessible Campsite Facilities
You can park very close to your tent in Accessible Camping and there are toilets and showers within 30m. Please speak to the campsite stewards for help with anything else you need to make your stay comfortable and safe. They will try to accommodate as much as they can.
For 2024, we are pleased to offer accessible customers boutique camping options in the accessible campsite, via Tangerine Fields. You can take a look at their tent options here and they will set this up for you in the accessible campsite prior to your arrival. If you would like to proceed, please mention this when you email us to request your accessible camping and we will ask Tangerine Fields to get in touch with you. Please note that this will be on a first come first served basis and the number of boutique tents they can supply is limited.
Wheelchair charging will be available within the accessible campsite, located at the Campsite Information tent by the toilets & showers. Please liaise with our accessible campsite staff about your requirements when you arrive. Any items will be left at your own risk. If you have special adapters please bring them with you as we will supply a 13amp socket only. You will also be able to charge your wheelchair at each of the Viewing Platforms on Woods, Garden, Big Top & Folly stages.
There are accessible toilets and showers in the Accessible Camping area, plus accessible toilets located at all toilet blocks within the Festival Village (except for the bar/garden area behind the Folly Stage), the Gardens, Effing Forest, the Campervan field, the Boutique Campsite and the Family Campsite. Some of these also have baby-changing facilities in them. If you have a RADAR key please bring it with you as we use these locks on the toilets where possible. You can also hire a RADAR key from the Info Point in the Accessible Campsite.
Calm And Quiet Spaces
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds to an area with fewer people, we suggest the following areas Library, Fairy Light Woods, Wonderland Lawns and the Folly Firepit. The Piano Stage is also a really relaxed space and you can see some special acts here if you’re lucky! We would also encourage you to check out our Healing Gardens which have an array of different treatments and therapies available.
Hearing loops will be available at the Box Office, the Information Point and the Woods Stage viewing platform.
We are currently unable to offer sign language as a service on any of our stages, but hope to be able to make improvements in future years.
If you have medical supplies that require refrigeration, please take them to our First Aid and Welfare Tent near Joe’s Green. Our medical staff can look after it for you safely over the weekend. Please bring some form of ID with you as we will only be able to hand medication back to the named person or their PA.
Regarding bringing an assistance dog to the festival, although renewed guidance states that Assistance Dogs can be owner trained and do not necessarily need to be registered with Assistance Dogs UK, we would still require some form of evidence that your dog is sufficiently trained. This could be a registered ID Book, a training log or any other evidence you think is relevant. We would also have to request that the dog be kept on a lead at all times and wears a high-vis jacket when in the arena.
Strobe lighting may be used throughout the festival site. Please speak to stewards on site for more information.