PoliNations is for everyone, and everyone is invited.
We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible.
PoliNations was located in Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square in central Birmingham. This page has information on accessibility for this location.
The site is fully wheelchair accessible and many of our key events will have BSL interpretation and Audio Description available, please see the full programme for details.
Visiting the Site
Entrance to the site is available from: Waterloo Street, New Street, Pinfold Street, Hill Street and Chamberlain Square
An accessible, step free route, is available throughout the site. Paths are either paved or have a cork covering.
Seating is provided across the PoliNations site.
Toilets, including accessible facilities will be available onsite.
Assistance dogs are welcome across our site!
Travel and Getting Here
Blue badge parking is available near the site on Swallow Street, Pinfold Street and Waterloo Street. Spaces are also available in the Town Hall Car Park.
Volunteers are available on our site during opening hours and are on hand to advise or support if you have any access needs.
Our Information Point, located in Chamberlain Square, will be open 8am-10pm every day. Here you can find:
- Neck Loops
- Sensory bags
- Further access information
For deaf and partially hearing users
Interpreted Performances (BSL): Our lunchtime talks and music performances will have British Sign Language interpretation. For full details see our programme here.
Neck Loops (NL): Neck Loops will be available for our Mother Tree stage allowing users to get a feed of our PA system direct to their hearing aids (via the T position).
For Blind/Partially Sighted Users
Audio Description (AD): A selection of events across the programme will have live Audio Description available via personal headsets. For full details see our programme here.
Iconic Plant Tour: An audio described version of our Iconic Plant tour is available. A special headset channel will offer users an audio description of each of the Iconic Plant sculptures, alongside the tour content.
Touch Tours: There will be two facilitated Touch Tours offered on Sunday 11th September at 11am, and Tuesday 13th September at 6pm. There are limited places available and can be booked via our ticketing platform.
For Neurodivergent Users
Social Narrative: A Social narrative for the PoliNations site will be available from our website soon.
Sensory Bags: Sensory bags, including ear defenders, will be available to borrow from the PoliNations Info point.
For Wheelchair Users
Accessible Viewing Platforms: An accessible viewing platform is available for our Main stage. Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. One companion space is available per user.
If you have any questions about Accessibility on site please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan your visit
We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible. We hope this guide will make planning your visit to polinations as easy as possible; in it you will find information about getting to PoliNations, general information for when you are on-site, and programme-specific access information.
The site will be wheelchair accessible and many of the events will have BSL interpretation and Audio Description available. For full details of access provision please visit the Accessibility page on the website.
Yes, the whole of the PoliNations site will be accessible for wheelchairs.
We will have accessible viewing areas available for our Mother Tree and Main stage areas. Places will be limited so we would encourage people to reserve in advance by e-mailing email@example.com to ensure you get a spot.
The closest Blue Badge Parking is on Swallow Street. Spaces are also available in the Town Hall Car Park and on Pinfold Street and Waterloo Street. More information on this can be found on the Birmingham City Council Website.
There will be lighting effects on the PoliNations site each morning during the Awakening, in the evening during the Sunset Cycle and during some live events. While flashing or strobing lights will not be standard, and audiences will be alerted within our programme and with signs onsite.