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Accessibility

Underbelly understands disability within the Social Model. This means we are committed to making our festivals accessible to everyone and creating equal experiences for all people.

Register for our Access List

If you require the assistance of a personal assistant or a carer to attend, your companion may be eligible for a complimentary ticket. Free companion tickets can be booked in person or over the phone.

To discuss this with a member of our team, please email boxoffice@underbelly.co.uk. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0131 510 0395.

Accessible Performances

We offer captioned and BSL interpreted performances for certain shows.This service may be useful for people who are D/deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. More details of captioned and BSL interpreted performances in 2022 will appear here soon.

We offer relaxed performances for certain shows with a more relaxed performance environment. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the performance venue. House lights will be up at a low level throughout the performance. No changes are made to the lighting and sound within the show. More details of relaxed performances in 2022 will appear here soon.

 

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcomed everywhere, and water bowls can be provided if required.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society also offer an access booking service if you have questions or require assistance regarding shows at non-Underbelly venues.

You can find out more at https://www.edfringe.com/experience/accessibility-and-additional-needs.

 

Our Venues

George Square
Underbelly George Square has ramped access for throughout the site and into all performance venues. Our main bar has a low-level counter section of the counter. The food concessions do not have a low-level counter section; however staff are more than happy to come out from behind the counter to take your order.

An accessible toilet is located within the main toilet area of the site, accessed by a shallow ramp. The door opens outwards and is wide enough for both manual and powered wheelchairs. Inside, there are fixed handrails and drop-down rails to assist with self-transfer between a wheelchair and the toilet. All handrails are colour-contrasting. There is a low-level sink with sensor taps installed.

The box office and Udderbelly have hearing loops installed. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions about this.

The nearest drop off point for Underbelly George Square is at Crichton Street. There is level access through to George Square and Bristo Square from here.  

Bristo Square

Underbelly Bristo Square has ramped access throughout the site and into all performance venues. Our main bar has a low-level counter section of the counter. The food concessions do not have a low-level counter section; however staff are more than happy to come out from behind the counter to take your order.

An accessible toilet is located within the main toilet area of the site in Bristo Square and in McEwan Hall. The doors open outwards and are wide enough for both manual and powered wheelchairs. Inside, there are fixed handrails and drop-down rails to assist with self-transfer between a wheelchair and the toilet. All handrails are colour-contrasting. There are low-level sinks with sensor taps installed.

The box office has a hearing loop installed. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions about this.

The nearest drop off point for Underbelly Bristo Square is on Teviot Place, in front of the University of Edinburgh Medical Building.

Cowgate

Unfortunately, due to the historical and temporary nature of the venue, only one performance space, Belly Dancer, is accessible for people who require the use of a wheelchair. All other performance spaces within the venue can only be accessed by staircase.

The box office and Beer Belly bar, both on the ground floor of the venue, are accessible by ramp. The main entrance to the venue is along a cobbled lane. 

The box office has a hearing loop installed. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions about this.

There is an accessible toilet located on the ground floor of the venue, by the Beer Belly bar. The toilet unit is accessed by a shallow ramp. The door opens outwards and is wide enough for both manual and powered wheelchairs. Inside, there are fixed handrails and drop-down rails to assist with self-transfer between a wheelchair and the toilet. All handrails are colour-contrasting. There is a low-level sink installed.

Circus Hub

Underbelly’s Circus Hub has ramped access for throughout the site and into all performance venues. As the festival takes place in a park, some areas of the site are on grass so please ask a member of staff if you require any assistance to access these areas. There is solid flooring between all key areas of the site including the venues, toilets and bar.

The Lafayette has raked seating with the front 2 rows at floor level. The Beauty is fully accessible apart from the booths which are accessed via 2 steps. In both venues, seating can be removed to accommodate manual and powered wheelchairs. Please enquire with the box office if you have any questions about different sections of seating.

Our main bar has a low-level counter section of the counter. The food concessions do not have a low-level counter section; however staff are more than happy to come out from behind the counter to take your order.

An accessible toilet is located within the main toilet area of the site, accessed by a shallow ramp. The door opens outwards and is wide enough for both manual and powered wheelchairs. Inside, there are fixed handrails and drop-down rails to assist with self-transfer between a wheelchair and the toilet. All handrails are colour-contrasting. There is a low-level sink with sensor taps installed.

The box office has a hearing loop installed. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions about this.

 

Get in Touch

For more information about our access facilities, or if you have any ideas about what we could do better, please contact us at access@underbelly.co.uk or on 03333 444 167.