This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.
Cowley Road Carnival will be held on Cowley Road between The Plain and Magdalen Road on 10 July 2016. This stretch of the road will be closed to all traffic between 8am and 7pm on that day. The activity extends down Chapel Street and into the car park behind Tesco and along Manzil Way. We want Cowley Road Carnival to be an enjoyable day for everyone and hope the following information will help to ensure this.
You can contact us with any enquiries you may have about your visit by telephone, email or via social media. Contact details are set out below.
Maps and other visitor information can be found on our website and in our printed programme.
There are no dedicated Cowley Road Carnival car parks, and the Union Street car park will be closed.
Getting to Cowley Road and parking
By car – there is limited parking in the vicinity of Cowley Road – attempting to park in the area is not advised.
Disabled parking: There is no dedicated disabled parking. Blue Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours (except in unloading/unloading restricted areas) in the surrounding streets and on Cowley Road beyond the junction with Magdalen Road.
By Bus – bus routes down the Cowley Road will be diverted to the Iffley Road see our section on getting to Carnival for more information or contact Stagecoach and the Oxford Bus Company for full information about bus services.
Access to the Cowley Road Carnival
Costs of organising and managing The Cowley Road Carnival are around £150,000. We are asking all Carnivalgoers to pay £1 towards the costs to secure the future of this fabulous event.
The Carnival can be accessed at either end of the Cowley Road closure area, at the junction with Magdalen Road and at The Plain, and from the many side roads that lead on to the Cowley Road.
All of these access points in the Carnival area will have road barriers. The barriers will be manned by stewards who will move barriers for disabled access.
There are public toilets on Manzil Gardens. In addition there will be toilet blocks provided at various locations on the Cowley Road. These are identified on the Cowley Road Carnival map, which is on the website and will be displayed and available on the day.
There will be disabled toilet facilities, with appropriate access, in each toilet location.
Disabled access and viewing areas
All surfaces on the Cowley Road, Manzil Way and Union Street car park are tarmac, flat/undulating and there are no cobbled areas. There are grassed areas on Manzil Gardens and in SS Mary and John Churchyard.
We plan to provide a specific disabled viewing area for the procession details and further information to follow.
Carnival maps will be available on the website and posted near the information points on Carnival day.
The Information Team in bright green shirts at the information points and other volunteer stewards in yellow shirts can provide directions and information.
Stewards and volunteers will be briefed regarding Disability Awareness.
A Medical/First Aid facility will be provided at Manzil Gardens