Access

Disabled access at the Woodcote Rally

Useful Information

Woodcote Rally is an outdoor event, and for many people information about accessibility will be at the heart of planning their journey and time at the Rally. We’re committed to removing barriers to access, and we’re really open to hearing what would be helpful to you at the Woodcote Rally. If you have specific questions, suggestions or ideas, please get in touch with us at .

We hope the following information helps you both before and during your visit to the Woodcote Rally.

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Travel & Parking

Accessible Parking

There is plenty of free parking at the Rally, including disabled parking which is adjacent to the pedestrian gate in the car parking area. This is reserved for blue badge holders only.

Public Transport

Our nearest train station is Goring-on-Thames. Unfortunately, there are no public bus services that run to Woodcote and the Rally site. If you are getting the train then Reading station would be the best option.

Thames Travel runs an hourly Saturday and Sunday return bus service (number X40) between Reading Town Centre (Station Road) and Oxford City Centre (bus stop H5, St Aldates) via Wallingford and Benson.

You can find out more about getting to the Woodcote Rally on our Getting Here page.

Site Layout & Ground Conditions

Rally Field

The ground is farmland, used for grazing and generally level but uneven, especially if the weather has been wet on the run-up to the Rally weekend. In wet conditions the ground can become very muddy – there is no hardcore flooring. The music stage, food and drink vendors, trade and market stalls, and other facilities are spread around the main arena and Rally site.

Rally Field Layout

On Site Distances

Entrance fairground & children’s entertainment : 30m
Entrance craft & country area : 60m
Entrance steam engines : 90m
Entrance stage & food & drink area : 120m
Entrance cars : 140m
Entrance stationary engines : 150m
Entrance motor cycles : 200m
Entrance model steam : 210m
Entrance commercial vehicles & military : 250m
Entrance working area & tractors : 330m

Please note: All distances are approximate and subject to change

Gradients

The Rally field is in the main reasonably level, but the natural gradients of the field may present a barrier for people who make use of manual wheelchairs and those with serious mobility impairments. Electric wheelchairs can tackle all areas without too much hindrance but the ground can be quite uneven in places.

Chairs

There will be limited chairs available for use in front of the main music stage. We recommend that you bring your own folding chair to the event as this area can get very busy at times.

Toilets

We provide at least one accessible toilet in the main toilet block by the music stage. We know how much people rely on accessible toilets, and will make sure they’re maintained to a good standard throughout the Rally weekend. If you find this not to be the case, or if there’s no loo roll, please do let one of our stewards know.

Medical & Welfare

SSG UK Specialist Ambulance Service (SSG UKSAS) provide comprehensive medical advice and treatment facilities and are very flexible in meeting specific needs. They will be based by the main entrance, just into the Rally field.

In the event of a medical emergency please alert our staff so that the on site first response team can get to you as soon as possible. If an emergency services vehicle needs to come on site, medical services and security teams will work together to get a crew to the right part of the site by the best route.

Hidden Disabilities

We understand that a hidden disability is not immediately apparent. If you would like support or advice at the Woodcote Rally the secretary’s tent will be the main point of contact and is located near the main entrance to the Rally field. Or please contact us in advance with your questions at at .

Security & Safety

Our security personnel, stewards and marshals are clearly identifiable. They are briefed on all aspects of the Rally and are able to assist and give information. In the instance of a site evacuation please ensure that you are aware that they are your main point of assistance in an emergency evacuation.

Strobe Lighting

As a rule strobe lighting is not used in performances at the Woodcote Rally. If this were ever to change we are committed to making our visitors aware of this on the Rally site.

Any questions?

We want our visitors to enjoy their time at the Woodcote Rally, but we appreciate that we may not cover everything you need or wish to know about the event. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch prior to the event by emailing .

Please note; that over the Rally weekend, will not be monitored as we will be working operationally on the ground.

Whilst You’re On Site

When you’re at the Woodcote Rally we don’t want you to feel that there’s nobody for you to talk to about access concerns or barriers. We have people on site who will listen and work to ensure that you are able to enjoy as much of the programme and site as possible. We’re there all weekend, so get in touch with us.

The Secretary Tent – found just near to the main site entrance – is the best port of call for any query or question. They will be more than happy to go through the programme with you or point you in the right direction.

We have a great team at the Rally who will be happy to assist, answer and arrange as best they can.