Adapt-e has announced details of the Keswick Mountain Festival’s (KMF) new Accessibility Zone, which is being designed to make the festival more accessible and welcoming to visitors with disabilities and adaptive sporting needs.
The KMF Accessibility Zone will be located just inside the Festival Village, on the flattest part of that area, with a ‘Mobiloo’ alongside it and parking for drivers with blue badges nearby.
Visitors with disabilities and adaptive sporting needs will be able to watch the live entertainment on the main stage from a special viewing platform (located close to the Mobiloo), and there will also be accessible toilets at the pop-up KMF campsite.
Thanks to support from United Utilities, KMF has been able to invite charities and not-for-profit groups to exhibit in the Accessibility Zone alongside commercial companies. Joining zone partner Experience Community, organisations that have signed up so far include Adapt-e, Wheels for All, Disability Snowsport’s UK, British Canoeing (paddle-ability), Lake District Mobility, ICE Trikes and Mountain Trike.
Leading para cyclist and Ordnance Survey ambassador Mel Nicholls has visited Keswick Mountain Festival several times and has taken part in the event’s Back o’ Skiddaw sportive.
Mel said: “Keswick Mountain Festival is a fabulous weekend of outdoor fun for everyone, with expert support for all to enjoy their chosen outdoor adventures, and some you’d never thought to try. It’s a fantastic event that I recommend for everyone who loves the outdoors and I hope that as many people as possible come along and explore all there is to get out there!”
Nicola Meadley, KMF director, added: “We want Keswick Mountain Festival to become a welcoming and vibrant hub for outdoor enthusiasts with disabilities and adaptive sporting needs. Experience Community, Adapt-e and ICE Trikes all exhibited in 2019 and the idea for the KMF Accessibility Zone was born then. With support from United Utilities, we have been able to develop it into what will be one of the most exciting new elements at the festival, but this is just the start.
“We won’t achieve everything that we want in year one and we will definitely learn a lot in September, but I’m equally certain that we will deliver a really positive experience for visitors who spend time in the zone.”
Tickets for the 2021 Keswick Mountain Festival are available at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk.
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