How ‘big’ is the site?
The site is pretty big now, and it can be a fair trek from one end to the other. The main tented villages are located on each side of the Racetrack and both are roughly 100m wide and 225m end to end. The music stages and the indoor venues extend up from the top end of the village into the grandstand area, with the furthest venue about 200m away. However, this section of the site lies on a fairly serious slope, which can be more of a challenge than the distance!
The disabled camping area is sited to give priority access into the heart of the village areas.
How accessible is the festival village for someone with mobility issues?
Within the festival village on the Grandstand side, tarmac paths link-up many of the venues and the exclusion of all but essential operational and emergency vehicles make the roadways pretty quiet. Access to some parts of this part of the festival village is still across grass and whilst not much of this could be described as perfectly manicured lawns it is by and large fairly well maintained ground and generally not too rough. From this part of the tented village a long and fairly steep tarmac slope runs up to the top end of the grandstand. It can be negotiated by wheelchair, but a rest part way can be welcome depending on levels of stamina and strength! If preferable a longer, but gentler, route can be navigated by skirting around the external car-parks (from the ticket office gate to the Hall of Fame entrance).
The other part of the tented village (and the campsite areas) are pretty level but all on grass and lie on the other side of the Racetrack in what we call the centre course.
A number of festival venues are located within the grandstand itself and permanent structures and are all accessible by wheelchair. The grandstand has a number of lifts, but not all of them stop at all floors! The key (‘glass’) lifts, which reach all levels, are therefore reserved for disabled and pushchair use. Finding your way to some of the indoor venues can be challenging at the best of times, but doubly so if you need to avoid stairways – the on-site info packs will contain details on the best routes to use.
How accessible is the campsite?
The campsite is located in the centre of and to the side of the racetrack and is primarily comprised of fairly rough, but level grassland. The Disabled camping area is located in the inner racecourse section which provides quick access into the heart of the both parts of the festival village. A network of tarmac, gravel and grass roadways allows easy vehicular access around the campsite, but for fire safety reasons all vehicles must be removed to the car parks once you’ve un-loaded.
If you absolutely need your car to stay close to you on the campsite then contact us in advance but please appreciate that we cannot guarantee to accommodate this. In all other cases, we would request that, where cars can be driven by an able-bodied helper, they are parked in the main campsite car park.
To improve safety and easy access around the campsite a minimum of 3m between all tents is enforced. This has made navigation through the campsite much simpler and has reduced the risk of tripping over guy ropes etc. Please also read the Greenbelt Essential Information.
Disabled toilet facilities are located in the disabled camping areas.
Are there accessible toilets on site?
There are some disabled toilets in the permanent racecourse buildings plus a number of accessible portaloos in the festival village; the Disabled Camping Areas; and various other places (a full list of locations will be included with the Greenbelt Accessibility Guide available from the Information Booth).
Please note: the majority of the disabled toilets in the permanent racecourse buildings are now RADAR keyed – please bring your key with you!
Page last updated 27 Apr 2013