April 2013

The Ryedale
Exhibition &
Leisure Village

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Disabled access

This year’s BJC site has recently been undergoing some developments, and a few of the finishing touches won’t be completed before we use the venue. So we just thought we’d give jugglers with mobility needs a bit of a heads up about what to expect.


There will be 6 disabled parking spaces available adjacent to the building. The main car park is approximately 150m away. Campers will be able to drive up to the campsite to drop things off on arrival on the first day. If you arrive after this and need vehicular access to the campsite for mobility reasons, just let us know.

Access to the Building – 24-hour juggling hall, workshop rooms, chill out room, toilets

Access from outside into the building is flat, as is access to the juggling hall, chill out room and one workshop room. There are two disabled access toilets inside the building. Unfortunately, we do have two workshop rooms upstairs and although a lift is in the pipeline, it has not yet been installed. Please ask at reg-desk if you’d like to access these upstairs spaces and we’ll see if we can help.

Access to the Main Campsite

There is a path running from the building to the main campsite, which also hosts The Ladybird tent and the onsite shop. It’s a packed mud path of approximately 250m.

Toilet and Shower Facilities

There are two disabled access toilets inside the building. We have one shower that has been adapted for disabled access. In addition, we have purchased a non-slip shower seat to be used in this shower. The disabled access shower will be located adjacent to the main building, and for this reason we would encourage convention-goers with mobility issues to camp in the campsite near to the building.

Traversing the Site

Please be aware that the majority of our site is grass, which could easily become muddy in inclement weather. The caterers and bar tent will be located a short distance from the building, with the big top a little further away. There will hopefully be a path to the big top, though this is likely to be gravel.

We realise that big, grassy sites can be a challenge for those jugglers with mobility needs, especially wheelchair users, so we’d like to remind you that jugglers are a friendly bunch who are more than willing to help out fellow convention-goers if it’s needed. If there’s anything this year’s BJC team can help you with, please do let us know – just ask at the info point or reg-desk. We will also be able to charge electric wheelchair batteries, if they just require a normal socket. If you have any concerns before BJC, please contact us at info@bjc2013.co.uk.