Accessibility

Venue Location

The Patrick Studio

The Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio is the new home of Verve Poetry Festival!

The Patrick Studio reception can be reached step-free from either entrance to the Hippodrome, but we recommend using the entrance on Thorp Street for easiest access to the festival.

Thorp Street

The entrance on Thorp Street will be the main entrance for visitors to Verve. There are two automatic doors that are street level and lead into a foyer.

The Patrick Studio is on the ground level.

This entrance is fully wheelchair accessible.

Please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Hippodrome staff for help or directions to the Patrick Studio if you need further assistance.

Events

All events, except workshops, will take place inside the Patrick Studio Auditorium.

There is step-free access into the auditorium from the festival foyer. Seating in the Patrick Studio will consist of both flat-floor and raked seating, with wheelchair positions available at the front. There is no limit on attendance for wheelchair users.

Carers/those accompanying a person in a wheelchair are eligible for a complimentary ticket to sit next to the wheelchair user. To reserve your complimentary ticket, email lizze@vervepoetryfestival.com with the name your paid ticket is under and the name you’d like your complimentary ticket reserved under.

Workshops 

There will be three workshop rooms during the festival.

Two of the workshop rooms can be found on the ground level and can be accessed, step-free via the foyer.

The third workshop room can be accessed step-free via the lift, available from the foyer.

Each workshop room has a private bathroom off of the room, alternative toilet facilities are available on the same level as the room. These can be found by turning right as you exit the room.

Booking Tickets

Tickets can be booked online via the Hippodrome website or by phoning the Hippodrome’s dedicated local rate access number 0121 689 1060. 

Alternatively, the Box Office Staff at the Hippodrome are happy to call back customers who enquire by email.

Parking

Limited disabled parking is available on Hurst Street and Thorp Street. The Arcadian Centre Car Park has specially allocated bays with easy access to street level and only about 150 yds to our entrance.

Wheelchair users and patrons with impaired mobility may prefer to use Thorp Street car park directly opposite our stage door which provide the easiest access to the theatre.

BSL Interpretation

Unfortunately, for 2020 we are unable to provide BSL interpreted events and workshops.

However, we are investigating how to make this possible for future Verve Poetry Festival events.

Toilets

Accessible unisex and ambulant disabled toilets are available on all levels, plus low-level counter service.

Further Requirements

Please let us know via the contact form below if you have any specific requirements that need accommodating or if you have any further questions about accessibility.

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