• Inclusive photograph by William Mankelow

Access to Carnival

Access for All

Cowley Road Carnival is an inclusive event which aims to include everyone in everything we do. We have tried to make our event as accessible as possible in terms of site layout, website and artistic programming. 

Attitude is Everything bronze bnner

We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded with the Access Charter of Best Practice – Bronze Level by Attitude is Everything in recognition of our work making Cowley Road Carnival as accessible as possible for Deaf and disabled people

We will be continually working to improve the accessibility of the Carnival event but if you have any suggestions or are experiencing any difficulties please do not hesitate to let us know.

Closer to Carnival Day, we will publish a map which can be downloaded which shows car parks, taxi drop off points and distances of the Carnival site.


Blue Badge Parking

There are dedicated accessible spaces in the St Clements Car Park and at Magdalen Colllege School

Holders of Blue Badges are able to park in the streets leading to the Cowley Road.

Taxi Drop Off

At the Plain and Magdalen Road.  Taxis can also use side streets for drop off, bearing in mind that access to the Cowley Road is blocked and turning the vehicle could be difficult in some of the narrower streets.

Wheelchair and Buggy Access by Stagecoach Bus

Stagecoach can carry wheelchairs, disabled buggies and approved mobility scooters on suitable low floor buses subject to available space.

Journey Assistance Cards are available for you to use if you need a bit more help when using the bus. They’ll make it easier for you to let Stagecoach bus drivers know what extra help you need.

Journey assistance cards are available if you have

  • limited vision or hearing
  • difficulty in communicating
  • special educational needsor if:
  • English is not your first language
  • you need extra time or help to find a seat


You can find our more about Journey Assistant Cards and apply online here >

At the Carnival

We look forward to welcoming everybody to the Carnival and hope that you have a fantastic day. Our volunteer stewards are on hand if you have any questions about what is going on where.

Accessible Viewing

Accessible viewing for the procession will be at Leon Close. All stages are accessible for viewing by wheelchair users, The stages marked for accessible viewing on the Carnival Map have a volunteer steward who will be happy to help make sure you have a suitable spot to enjoy the performance.  These are the Global Dance Stage, Carnival Music Stage, Disco Car Park and Blackfrog Studios Stage and Planet Inclusive.

Accessible Loos

We have accessible WCs provided near the Plain, inside the Methodist Church and at Planet Inclusive, in the Disco area, Manzill Gardens, the Global Dance Stage at the Asian Cultural Centre, Restore Car Park and the Church of St Mary & St John. See the map.

Medical Tent

The Medical Tent is at Mansil Gardens. See the map.

Using Screen Reader Software

If you are using screen reader software there is a PDF version of the Access Information on this page on the following link: Access to Carnival

Hearing Loop

There will be a hearing loop available at the information kiosk at Manzil Gardens. See the map. 

For More Information on Access to Carnival

Please call: 07935 954602. (Please note, the phone number is not monitored at all times but if you leave us a message someone well get back to you).

Or email