New Directions 2018 - Access Information

We are dedicated to making New Directions 2018 as accessible and open as possible.

If you have any access requirements, please let us know in advance so we can make the event as suitable as possible for your needs.

We are happy to arrange an opportunity to provide someone to help you on arrival to familiarise yourself with the spaces and the site. For this, or if you require any other support, such as assistance getting from public transport hubs to the venue, please contact us in advance emailing or use the access request section of the booking form.


Guide dogs are welcome. A carer is welcome at no cost for the sessions, but a small fee will be charged for food and accommodation (POA).

A floor map is available to enable you to find your way around the space. We will also provide large font lists of sessions if requested prior to conference.

There are support staff available to guide you around the space, read out any written material - for example, the timetable wall - and to help you make notes and create your reports.
We can also accept bookings and payment over the phone to Live & Local on (01926) 402173 if you prefer not to use the website.


Disabled Parking is available. Further information will be published as soon as possible, including position and distance from accommodation and activities.

It is possible for taxis to drop off directly in front of the university main reception, outside the accommodation and near to the venues.

If you have mobility needs but don’t use a wheelchair, there are plenty of chairs and spaces to rest throughout the event, and you are welcome to move wherever you like at any time.
Information to be published soon:

  • Campus and surrounds map with disabled parking and drop off points;
  • Description of building and general access.


We can book a BSL interpreter for the Rural Touring Awards on request. You are welcome to bring your own interpreters if you prefer. You don't need to buy tickets for your own interpreters but a nominal charge (POA) will be made for food and accommodation.

We will have one Sondio handset available, which acts as personal hearing booster and can be used with or without hearing aids. This can be booked out prior or during the conference and will be on a first come, first served basis. If you find you are struggling to hear, please just ask one of the support staff on the day and they will be able to see if it is available and show you how to use it.


There are support staff available to guide you around the space, read out any written material and answer any questions you have and clarify anything that feels confusing.

To be confirmed: There will be walk-up videos to show you the route to the New Directions Showcase venue from these stations:
• Worcester stations (Bus and train)
NRTF events are always “relaxed performances”. You can move around whenever you need to. You can arrive and leave the event whenever you want.


We welcome all genders at NRTF events. Where possible toilets will be gender neutral, signposted according to what facilities are inside, rather than designating a gender.


Children are welcome at New Directions 2018. We don’t provide childcare, but we are investigating providing a play space. We are also open to facilitating a network if parents wish to club together to provide a group childcare solution themselves, and would not charge entry for a paid childminder organised by parents. Email or call us if you’d like to discuss this.


NRTF events are run on a non-profit basis and are significantly subsidised. We charge the minimum possible price to cover the costs of running the event.

There are bursaries for Promoters to attend. See the Promoter Bursary link for details of how to apply.
All artists groups who have been offered a showcase opportunity will be offered some places to attend the whole event including accommodation and meals.