Access Information

AND aims to meet everyone’s accessibility needs. This page contains information on disabled access and accessible performances for all AND Festival venues.

AND Festival 2017 is a programme of ambitious and one-off events, a number of which are held in unusual, found and underground locations. Due to this, some of the venues have more complex access issues – detailed below – we have therefore, programmed the majority of the events to happen in other, accessible locations across the site of Castleton. If you have any specific access requests, please email us at hello@andfestival.org.uk or fill in an access form online.

 

Strobe lighting will be used across the festival during performances. Please get in touch if you need more information.


Castleton Visitor Centre //

Recently refurbished, Castleton visitor centre is the flagship centre for the Peak District National Park. It is fully accessible, including access to the cafe and toilets.

Parking: There is charged parking in the Visitor Centre car park (133 spaces for cars – 8 of which are disabled spaces). There is also limited free and charged on street parking in Castleton.

Events in this venue:

Heavy Metal Detector – this is a guided, spoken-word walking tour, which will start from and return to the Visitor Centre. The walking tour will be approximately 30 mins long, and take place in and around the centre of Castleton. The tour is led by the artist who will take into account participants mobility needs and tailor the route for the group. The work is also a sound piece and headphones will be provided. Participants are required to carry a metal detector – this can be done in pairs and adults are welcome to support children with this. This is a free event which must be booked in advance (limited capacity).
Key elements: In a group, sound, metal detectors

Winnats Pass //

Winnats Pass is a well used road leading into Castleton from the west, which winds through the dramatic valley. The road will be closed during the Waterlicht event (each night 7pm – midnight).

Parking: There will be charged parking at the bottom of Arthur’s Way which is 0.3 miles away from the start of the installation. There will also be access parking at Speedwell Cavern for those who have access needs.
Distance: 0.6 miles / 12 min walk from Castleton Visitor Centre.

Events in this location:

Waterlicht – this is an open-air, public space, standing event which will attract a large crowd. The work, (created from lasers and smoke) will partially cover the valley in the evenings. The work is vast, and will be visible from Castleton centre. You will be able to view the work on foot for a prime viewing spot beside Winnats Pass – this position is wheelchair accessible. The work is accompanied by a sound piece, which is additional (this will be accessed via mobile – please bring your own headphones) there is also a transcript available to view from this online page. Non-bookable, drop-in event – you can join and leave the experience as and when during the event times.

Key elements: Large scale, light and smoke, look up, bring your own headphones (optional)

Travel: Winnats Pass will be closed for the full duration for the projection of Waterlicht across the valley as part of Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival.

The road will be closed during the below times:

Wednesday 20 Sept 19:00 – 02:00 for installation.

Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 Sept 19:00 – 23:00 for projection of Waterlicht.

For visitors travelling from the North of Castleton, we recommended using the following diversion which will be signposted: Beginning at the junction of A6 and Sheffield Road, travel via Sparrow Pit A623 and Bradwell into Castleton.

Please turn up early to Waterlicht avoid any delays to your journey.

Treak Cliff Cavern //

Treak Cliff Cavern is an underground cave network. Access to the cavern entrance is only via a public footpath and steps with handrails from the roadside car park & is exposed to all weather conditions. There are 80 steps in blocks of 4, with handrails (not barriers), and seats at intervals.  Inside, in total there is a climb of 100 steps in easy stages. This venue is not wheelchair accessible and not accessible for those who have difficulty walking.

The entrance to the cave is a tunnel, the lowest point of the tunnel is 4.6m and the length of tunnel is around 36m until the cave opens out into a large chamber. This entrance tunnel is uneven underfoot and undulates.

Remember: this is a cave environment. That means that parts will be dark, cold and wet. Some parts of the cave are small, with cave walls tight and ceiling low. It can feel claustrophobic and uncomfortable. If you’ve never been in a cave, or are worried about the journey through one, please talk to our guides before you set off. We can describe the environment, and the experience, so that you can decide if it’s for you or not.

Parking: The car park is a graveled area parallel with the road and is free to cavern visitors. In addition, parking on the road is in marked parking bays only, which at the current time is free. There is reserved parking for disabled visitors. Alternatively you could park at the charged Visitor Centre car park in the centre of Castleton.

Distance: 0.9 miles / 23 min walk (partly uphill) from Castleton Visitor Centre.

Event at this venue:

Digital Dark Ages – this is an group exhibition tour, led by a guide. The guide will introduce (spoken-word) the art works situated throughout the cave. There will be time to stop in certain areas for questions, and the tour will move at the pace of the slowest walker.

The entrance tunnel is low and narrow in places for 38 metres. Steps and paths inside the cavern are concrete and are always wet due to the natural underground environment. Anti slip measures are installed here, but suitable footwear must be worn. There are handrails (not barriers) mostly everywhere including access paths to the toilet facilities.

This event is not wheelchair accessible. As a general rule, if visitors are able to climb the hillside steps to the cavern entrance, they will be able to visit inside the cavern. Extra helpers where necessary are allowed into the cavern at no charge.

Key elements: art, visual, spoken tour, in a cave

Peak Cavern //

Peak Cavern is a large cave network. The entrance is only accessible via a slowly rising tarmacked footpath from the centre of Castleton. The cavern entrance is accessed at ground level (with no steep descent). There are several chambers – the first, main, chamber is of a vast scale and accessible to all, the second and third chambers are not wheelchair accessible and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues, please do ask us for more detail.

Parking: The closest is the charged car park at the Visitor Centre – this has 133 spaces for cars (8 of which are disabled spaces). There is also limited free and charged on street parking in Castleton.

Distance: 0.3 miles / 7 min walk from Castleton Visitor Centre.

There are several events taking place in the different chambers, each with their own access info:

The Listening to the Dark (LTTD) daytime guided cave tour will feature three individual installations situated throughout the cavern. It is a ticketed event with limited capacity which must be booked in advance. The works will be introduced by your guide, and the tour will move at the pace of the slowest walker. The full tour is a standing / walking event and is not wheelchair accessible. (The Hive will be accessible separately as an individual event – more info coming soon.) The LTTD tour will include:

The Hive –  taking place in the first, main, chamber. This is a vast space which is accessible from ground level at the cavern entrance.

LTTD Residency – taking place in the second chamber. To access the space, you need to walk through a low passage, entering a large, enclosed chamber. The work is an audio installation. Light levels may be low.

Key elements: cave tours, spoken word, walking tour

Extensionless Thought Points 

Key elements: meditation, sound, low light

Remember: this is a cave environment. That means that parts will be dark, cold and wet. Some parts of the cave are small, with cave walls tight and ceiling low. If you’ve never been in a cave, or are worried about the journey through one, please talk to our guides before you set off. We can describe the environment, and the experience, so that you can decide if it’s for you or not.

The Listening to the Dark (LTTD) evening event (Friday 22 Sept) is an immersive, evening music event with amplified sound. It will feature The Deluge by James Ferraro as the main act, with other supporting acts to be announced. Taking place in the first chamber only, it is a standing event which is likely to draw a large crowd. This a ticketed event which must be booked in advance. You can arrive at and leave the event as and when during the event times. It will be wheelchair accessible with a disabled viewing area (of limited capacity). To reserve a space on the platform, please contact hello@andefestival.org.uk.

Key elements: electronic, immersive sound,

Village Hall //

Castleton Village Hall is a Community Hall situated on the main road in Castleton, a distance / min walk from the Visitor Centre car park. It is wheelchair accessible.

Parking: There is a charged car park beside the Visitor Centre – this has 133 spaces for cars (8 of which are disabled spaces). There is also limited free and charged on street parking in Castleton.

Distance: 0.3 miles / 6 min walk (mostly flat) from Castleton Visitor Centre.

Events at this venue:

Film and Talks programme – throughout the weekend, the AND Festival film and talks programme will take place at the Village Hall. These are seated events, and seating will be unreserved. Bookable in advance.

There will be transcripts of the films available at the screening on request, please see staff.

Key elements: film, viewing, question and answer

Speedwell Cavern //

Speedwell Cavern is an underground cave and canal network. Occupying the site of the 200 year old lead mine, the cavern is navigated by boat. From the entrance by Winnats Pass, there is a descent of 105 steps to the underground canal – which need to be used on the exit. It is not wheelchair accessible.

Parking: There is a charged car park by the entrance to Speedwell Cavern (on Arthur’s Way), with approximately 40 spaces for cars. Alternatively there is further charged parking beside the Visitor Centre – this has 133 spaces for cars (8 of which are disabled spaces). There is also limited free and charged on street parking in Castleton.

Distance: 0.6 miles / 12 min walk from Castleton Visitor Centre.

Events at this venue:

Undercurrency Vault: 53.3414° N, 1.7921° W: This is a cave tour access by taking 105 steps down to a hidden cave, which is then proceeded by a boat ride across the lead mine for the remainder of the experience. Ticket holders will wear SUBPACs that will vibrate down the spine, and wear headphones that add which will play audio accompanying the journey. It may not also be suitable for people who are claustrophobic.

Key elements: boat tour, spoken tour, in a cave

Cinema Caravan //

The Cinema Caravan is an intimate screening space in a converted caravan, situated by Castleton Visitor Centre. Entry is via a few steps, and it is not wheelchair accessible. It is a seated space for a limited capacity.

Parking: There is a charged car park beside the Visitor Centre – this has 133 spaces for cars (8 of which are disabled spaces). There is also limited free and charged on street parking in Castleton.

Events at this venue:

Everything: This is an interactive gaming experience in AND Festival’s mobile caravan that will be parked at Castleton Visitor Centre. This will be a drop in experience which you can leave at any time.

Peveril Castle //

The Castle sits high above Castleton Village, and 0.3 miles from the Visitor Centre. Due to the location of the Castle, it is not accessible for wheelchair users and people with walking problems. For comprehensive information on access, please visit the English Heritage site here.

Events at this venue:

The Real Smiling Rock: This is a site specific installation of The Real Smiling Rock in the castle. There is a steep walk up to the castle. Parts of Lawson’s work will take place in the village which will be more accessible. Please check back soon for more information.


 


If you have anymore questions on our events in regards to access, please contact us at hello@andfestival.org.uk